CCG members

CCG members2019-01-28T13:06:29+00:00

Governing Body

Locality Chairs
Lay Members
Declarations of Interest
Governing Body Meetings
Dr Forbes WatsonNHS Dorset CCG Chair
Dr Forbes Watson is a GP principal in Lyme Regis.  He trained at the University of Glasgow, and has worked in Glasgow, Cornwall and Australia before moving to Dorset where he has been since 1997.  His interests are in models of care to enable delivery of care closer to home where possible.  Forbes is the Chair of the Clinical Commissioning Group for Dorset and also Vice Chair of the Dorset Health and Wellbeing Board.
Tim GoodsonChief Officer
Tim Goodson performs the role of Accountable Officer, to the Secretary of State, for NHS Dorset CCG’s £1.2bn funding allocation. Tim is also the Integrated Care System (ICS) lead, as well as the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) lead for the Dorset system. These roles have enabled him to take a leadership role both nationally and across Dorset in promoting an integrated approach across health and social care in order to deliver the best possible patient care.

Tim originally joined the NHS in 1995 as an internal auditor following his initial accountancy training with chartered accountancy practices in the private sector. Tim later moved into the provider sector with Dorset Community NHS Trust. Prior to his current Chief Officer role, Tim held the post of Director of Finance for three Primary Care Trusts spanning nine years. During Tim’s career in the NHS he has had a broad range of executive lead responsibilities including deputy chief executive, capital and estates, performance and information, primary care, information management and technology. Tim is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA).

Stuart HunterChief Finance Officer
Stuart Hunter is an associate of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and joined the NHS in 1983. He has held a number of senior positions within Dorset and joined the CCG having previously been the Finance Director at the Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.
Dr Mary ArmitageSecondary Care Consultant Member
Mary was a consultant physician and endocrinologist at The Royal Bournemouth Hospital for 25 years, and Medical Director of the Trust for 4 years, until her retirement in September 2013. She has held a number of senior national roles, including Clinical Vice President, Royal College of Physicians and Deputy Director of Medical Education at the Department of Health. She served on the Committee of Safety of Medicines and chaired the Expert Advisory Group on Medicines for Women’s Health  at the Medicines and Health Care Products Regulatory Agency for many years. Currently she is the Medical Director of the Advisory Committee on Clinical Excellence Awards at the Department of Health.
Elaine SpencerRegistered Nurse Member
Elaine Spencer qualified as a registered nurse in 1987 in Brighton working in acute care – including critical care, resuscitation training and cardiac care. Elaine became the first appointed consultant nurse in England working in cardiology at Guys and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust introducing and evaluating nurse-led services. Elaine worked with Bexley CCG designing, commissioning and implementing a community cardiac service and continued to work in the provision of community cardiac services as Clinical Director. Elaine spent the three years prior to appointment working in Safety and Quality at Brighton and Sussex University Hospital, as a clinical investigator and introducing the Duty of Candour. She continues to provide training to organisations on the statutory and best practice requirements to meet the Duty of Candour.

Locality Chairs

Governing Body
Lay Members
Declarations of Interest
Dr Karen KirkhamAssistant Clinical Chair and Clinical Chair, Weymouth and Portland
Dr Karen Kirkham qualified from the Middlesex Hospital Medical School in 1988 and is now senior GP partner of the Bridges Medical Practice, she has 26 years of primary care experience.  She has a particular clinical interest in sexual health, contraception and fertility and worked at specialty level for 15 years in GUM and fertility services. She is the clinical lead for maternity, family and reproductive services for the CCG.
She is the integrated care system (ICS) clinical lead and currently leading the transformational change programme for general practice.
Karen is a change leader for the Dorset health system, working on redesign and transformation of the acute and community services in Dorset and is leading on delivery of the Integrated Community Services and Primary Care component of the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) for Dorset.
Karen is also a National Clinical Advisor in Primary Care with NHSE.
Dr Jenny BubbClinical Chair, Mid Dorset
Dr Jenny Bubb is a GP partner at Cerne Abbas surgery and is currently the Mid Dorset Locality Lead. She qualified from medical school in Southampton in 2001 before moving to Dorchester to complete GP training. She has worked at Cerne Abbas surgery since 2008.
Dr Colin DavidsonClinical Chair, East Dorset
Dr Colin Davidson has been a principal GP working in Cranborne, Dorset since 1988. He qualified at the Middlesex Hospital in London and worked there and subsequently in Brighton and Bournemouth before following the sunshine again to Australia. He followed a physician training programme to become a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians, but finds general practice the only place to practice true general medicine.
Dr Nick EvansClinical Chair, Poole Bay
Dr Nick Evans qualified from Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’s Hospital in 2003.  He spent several years in emergency medicine and anaesthesia, including a year in Australia, before heading to Dorset for GP training in 2007. He has been a GP Principal at Wessex Road Surgery since 2011 before becoming Locality Chair for Poole Bay in April 2016.
Dr David HainesClinical Chair, Purbeck
Dr David Haines has been a GP in Swanage for 29 years. Born in Leicester he trained at Kings College Hospital. His GP training was completed in Shaftesbury. After a year working as a single handed locum in New Zealand he returned to Dorset and led fundholding in the 1990s.  David chaired the Purbeck and Blandford PCG and later the Purbeck Locality of the South and East Dorset PCT. He represents Purbeck Practices on the Dorset LMC. He is a member of the Dorset Health and Wellbeing Board and represents them on the Local Nature Partnership.
Dr Blair MillarClinical Chair, West Dorset
Dr Alan Blair Millar is a GP principal at The Bridport Medical Centre where he has been since 1994. He trained at King’s College Hospital School of Medicine and he has worked in London, Poole and Exeter which is where he did his GP training.  Blair has been involved in practice-based commissioning since its inception and is now the Clinical Lead for the Dorset West Locality.
Dr Mufeed Ni'manClinical Chair, East Bournemouth
Dr Ni’man qualified in 1986 and undertook his vocational training in Dorset to become a GP in Boscombe, where he has practiced for the last 15 years.  He has been involved in primary care commissioning since the start and was the Deputy Lead for East Bournemouth Locality before becoming the Lead in April 2016.  Dr Ni’man has a special interest in both sports and orthopaedic medicine.
Dr Ben SharlandClinical Chair, Central Bournemouth
Dr Ben Sharland is a GP Partner at James Fisher Medical Centre, Bournemouth. He qualified from the Royal Free Medical School in 1999 and went on to complete his General Practice training in Dorset. He has been working at his current practice since 2007.
Dr Tom KnightClinical Chair, North Bournemouth
Dr Tom Knight is a GP principal at Talbot Medical Centre, Bournemouth and been a partner since 2009. He qualified from Charing Cross and Westminster University in 1997, and did his vocational training for general practice in Dorset.
Dr Ravin RamtohalClinical Chair, Christchurch
Dr Ramtohal is a GP at Highcliffe Medical Centre.  He completed his Masters in Pharmacy at Kings College London in 2001 and qualified as a pharmacist in 2002.  He then pursued a career in Medicine and finished his medical degree at Southampton University in 2007.  Working at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital and Poole Hospital Foundation Trust for the last seven years has provided him with a wide variety of experience in a broad range of specialities, including Cardiology, Gastroenterology, Respiratory, Acute Medicine, Oncology, Haematology, Rheumatology, Elderly Care Medicine and Children’s Medicine.  He continues to work with Royal Bournemouth Hospital through his interest in the emerging Acute Medical Service, which is also helping the surgery forge strong links with the hospital teams. 
Dr David RichardsonClinical Chair, Poole North
Dr Richardson trained at St Thomas’ Hospital London. He undertook his GP vocational training in East Sussex before moving to Poole as a GP in 1990.  David is a GP at the at Canford Heath Group Practice and is the Poole North Locality Lead.
Dr Simon WatkinsClinical Chair, Poole Central
Dr Simon Watkins is senior GP partner at The Evergreen Oak Surgery in Poole where he has worked since 2000. He is currently fulfilling two roles for the CCG, those of Clinical Chair for Poole Central Locality, and Chair of the Urgent and Emergency Care Clinical Delivery Group.
Dr Simone YuleClinical Chair, North Dorset
Simone Yule qualified in medicine in Cardiff in 1991 and has been practicing at The Blackmore Vale Partnership for the last 21 years. She is a General Practitioner, specialising in substance misuse and treatment, Psychiatry and Women’s Health.  Simone says that she loves the variability and unpredictability of her work and the chance to work with people from all walks of life.  Her greatest challenge is juggling home, family, work and hobbies – whilst ‘never judging and always smiling’.

Lay Members

Governing Body
Locality Chairs
Declarations of Interest

The lay members of the governing body are key appointments for the CCG. They have excellent leadership skills and are able to establish credibility with all stakeholders and partners. The lay members of the governing body bring different perspectives to the CCG, drawn from their different professions, roles, background and experience. These differing insights into the range of challenges and opportunities facing the CCG will ensure that it can take a balanced view across the whole of its business.

Teresa HensmanLead for Governance
The role of this lay member is to bring specific expertise and experience to the finance and governance work of the governing body. Their focus will be strategic and impartial, providing an external view of the work of the CCG that is removed from the day-to-day running of the organisation. Their role will be to oversee key elements of governance including audit, remuneration and managing conflicts of interest. They will also chair the audit committee.
Teresa is a Fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants and a member of the Association of Fraud Examiners.
Teresa qualified as an accountant in 1996 while working for the Hammersmith Hospitals NHS Trust. She has more senior management experience within housing associations and local government with revenue budgets in excess of £250 million.  Outside of the CCG, Teresa is a Mental Health Act Panel Member for Dorset HealthCare, and Treasurer for Charmouth Primary School PTA.
David JenkinsLead for Patient and Public Involvement and Deputy CCG Chair
This lay member brings specific expertise and experience about involvement, as well as their knowledge as a member of the local community, to the work of the governing body. This person helps to ensure that, in all aspects of the CCG’s business the public voice of the local population is heard and that opportunities are created and protected for patient and public empowerment in the work of the CCG.
After beginning his working life as a teacher, David qualified as a solicitor, practising mainly in the public service.  He worked with Oxfordshire and Hampshire County Councils, and with the Local Government Ombudsman service, before joining Dorset County Council.  He was their chief executive from 1999 to 2012.  David has chaired the Dorset Connexions company, the Dorset Youth Offending Team Board, the Total Place Board for Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole, and the steering group that put in place the arrangements for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic sailing events.  Since retiring from Dorset Council Council, David has chaired a committee on waste management for Gloucestershire County Council, and an inquiry on infant cremations for Shropshire. He is chair of the Wessex Regional Flood and Coastal Committee, a trustee of a number of local charities, mainly involved with the arts and musical education and a school governor.  He is President of the Dorset Association of Parish and Town Councils, and a Deputy Lieutenant of Dorset.
Jacqueline SwiftPrimary Care Commissioning Committee Chair
The role of this lay member is to bring specific expertise and experience of Primary Care Commissioning together with wider healthcare leadership experience to the work of the Governing Body. Their focus will be to facilitate the development of Primary Care as an integral part of the healthcare system, ensuring objectivity and impartiality as the non-clinical Chair of the Primary Care Commissioning Committee, a committee created with NHS England to undertake and implement certain key Primary Care Commissioning functions.
Jacqueline’s early career was spent in the private sector with Imperial Group, Whitbread and Boots before becoming a management consultant specialising the in automotive industry.  Her first NHS post was as a non-executive director for South Bedfordshire Health Authority, and since then she has held a number of chair roles both in NHS provision and commissioning.  Jacqueline worked as a teacher in the prison service and was a member of the Independent Monitoring Board HMP Dorchester.  She has also been a Special Needs School Governor.  Currently Jacqueline is a qualified executive coach, an independent Mental Health Act Manager for Dorset HealthCare University NHS Foundation Trust and a Deputy Lieutenant for Dorset.

Independent Lay Members

Charles Buckle
Charles Buckle was a volunteer Lay Member of the Clinical Governance Working Group of the Dorset PCT for two and a half years.  Charles has previously spent six years as a member of the senior staff and bursar of a large Dorset comprehensive upper school after his principal career in the Royal Navy, from which he retired in the rank of Captain in 1993.  Swanage has been home for most of his life during which he has variously been involved with the community hospital and the lifeboat.
Martin Davies
Before being appointed to this role Martin has served on various committees for the CCG, which included the Quality Group, Medicines Advisory Group, the Patient and Public Engagement Group for the Clinical Services Review and continues to serve the Transformation and Sustainability Quality Assurance Group also the Audit and Quality Committee.
His previous career was in electronics all his working life serving as a Company Director for many decades before his critical illness in 2008 when he spent many weeks in hospital which included 3 weeks in Critical Care at Poole Hospital. For this reason Martin is very passionate about the NHS and he also serves nationally on the NHS England Adult Critical Care Clinical Reference Group as a Lay Member.
He is also a Lay Member of the Faculty of Wessex Academic Health Science Network for the deteriorating patient.
Dorset has been his home for all his life and is now retired and lives in Winterborne Kingston with his wife.

Declarations of Interest

Governing Body
Locality Chairs
Lay Members

Pursuant to our values of openness and honesty, it is a requirement that all member practices of Dorset’s Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), Governing Body members, GPs who are paid to provide services to the CCG and all staff, declare any interests that they have which may conflict with the interests of the CCG itself.

Under the revised Statutory Guidance on Managing Conflicts of Interest for CCGs published in June 2017, CCGs were asked to appoint a Conflicts of Interest Guardian to further strengthen scrutiny and transparency of CCGs’ decision-making processes. This role should be undertaken by the CCG’s Audit Chair (provided they have no provider interests).  The role of the Conflicts of Interest Guardian is to act as a conduit for anyone with concerns relating to conflicts of interest; to be a safe point of contact for employees or workers of the CCG to raise concerns; to support the application of the principles and policies for managing conflicts, and to provide independent advice and judgement on managing conflicts of interest.  Teresa Hensman, Chair of the Audit and Quality Committee is the Conflicts of Interest Guardian for the Dorset CCG.