Governing body

Our governing body gives leadership to the commissioning of health and care services in our area. They have an ongoing role to review our governance, making sure that we continue to reflect our vision and values.

The governing body meet every two months. This is usually the second Tuesday of each month in the afternoon.

You can find the details of upcoming governing body meetings on the events calendar page of our website.

Attending a governing body meeting

Meetings are open to members of the public to observe (public section of the meeting only). You can find some information and guidance on attending a meeting in public as an observer in our guidance document.

Questions from members of the public directly relating to items on the meeting agenda can be asked at the meeting, at the relevant point indicated on the agenda.

Questions from members of the public on any other matters should be submitted in advance by email to Questions should be submitted by close of play on the Thursday of the week before the governing body meeting, for response at the meeting.

Please note that papers will not be printed for this meeting.

If you would like to speak to us about something else that is not on the agenda, please contact us using the details below. To submit questions or comments, you can:

  • write to: governance and corporate manager, NHS Bradford district and Craven CCG, Scorex House (West), Bolton Road, Bradford, BD1 4AS
  • phone: 01274 237717
  • email:

Governing body papers

The papers and agendas for our governing body meetings will be published on the relevant meeting date on the event page of our website at least four working days ahead of the meeting date.

Although we are a new organisation, the governing bodies of our three previous clinical commissioning groups (CCGs); NHS Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG, NHS Bradford City CCG and NHS Bradford Districts, have been meeting as committees in common since summer 2017. If you wish to view these previous meeting papers, please visit the document archive page of our website.

Meet the governing body

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    Helen Hirst

    Chief officer

    Helen became the chief officer for the three Bradford district and Craven CCGs – Airedale, CCGs in October 2016 having previously been in the same role for Bradford City and Districts CCGs since their establishment in 2013. In the last few years she has also undertaken interim roles with NHS England (director of CCG development) and with the Vale of York CCG (accountable officer).

    Helen has worked in Bradford since 1992 and was the deputy chief executive of the former Bradford and Airedale Teaching Primary Care Trust (PCT). In 2010 Helen took a two-year secondment with the Department of Health as programme director for primary care commissioning as part of the NHS Commissioning Board establishment team. Outside work, Helen spends her time with her family, she’s married with a 13 year old daughter and 30 year old step-daughter who has just made her a proud ‘granny’.

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    Dr James Thomas

    Clinical chair

    James is originally from London where he carried out his medical training and initially worked. He moved to Yorkshire in 1995 and trained as a GP in the Airedale area. In 2002, James joined the Fisher Medical Centre in Skipton as GP partner. He has a keen clinical interest in sport and exercise medicine and he was involved in the Olympics in 2012. He is also passionate about education in local primary care services and teaches medical students, young doctors and GPs. He was the school lead for GP trainers for Health Education England in Yorkshire and Humber. He was previously a GP executive and clinical chair at Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG leading on children’s services and the New Models of Care programme.

    James is now the clinical chair at the CCG and clinical lead for standardisation of clinical policies across West Yorkshire and Harrogate Health and Care Partnership. He is married to Kate who is also a GP and he likes to spend his free time with his family. He enjoys watching American football and rugby; and plays baseball when he is able!

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    Robert Maden

    Chief finance officer (interim)

    Robert is a qualified accountant who has worked in the NHS since 1991 in a number of deputy finance director roles. His was deputy chief finance officer of Bradford City and Bradford Districts CCGs, covering the role of chief finance officer between 18 January 2016 and 1 May 2016. He became chief finance officer (interim) of the three Bradford district and Craven CCGs in summer 2019.

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    Angie Clegg

    Registered nurse

    Angie qualified as a nurse at St James’ Hospital in Leeds in 1984. Since then she has worked as a nurse, clinical leader, consultant nurse, lecturer, senior manager and director in Leeds, Bradford and Airedale. She has been awarded a BSc in health studies from Leeds Metropolitan University and an MSc in leadership and advanced practice from her studies at Bradford University. As a nurse leader, Angie’s research, publications and area of expertise includes innovations in intermediate care, out of hospital care, advanced practice, clinical leadership and quality.

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    Professor John Young

    Secondary care consultant

    John Young trained at the Middlesex Hospital, London and was appointed as a consultant geriatrician in Bradford in 1986 where he developed numerous new services including an elderly care assessment unit; a stroke unit; and an orthogeriatric unit. In 2005 he was appointed as head of the academic unit of elderly care and rehabilitation, University of Leeds (based in the Bradford Institute for Health Research), now one of the largest research units of its kind in the UK. John was seconded to the Department of Health (2001-2007) to assist with the national service framework for older people, and then to NHS England (2013-2016) as national clinical director for the frail elderly and integration.

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    Bryan Millar

    Lay member for audit

    Bryan retired as chief executive of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (BTHFT) in August 2014, having worked in the NHS since 1977 in a variety of roles within Yorkshire and the North East of England. After occupying a number of posts at district and regional health authorities, he joined Northgate and Prudhoe NHS Trust becoming their director of finance and performance management in 1993.

    He became director of finance at Bradford Community Health NHS Trust in 1999 before moving to Bradford South and West Primary Care Trust (PCT) where he was director of finance and deputy chief executive. Bryan joined BTHFT in October 2005. He is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. In addition to his former role as chief executive of BTHFT, Bryan was also a board member of Health Education England, Yorkshire and the Humber (and chair of its finance, governance and risk committee), chair of the local comprehensive research network partnership group, and director of Medipex (an intellectual property company and NHS innovation hub).

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    David Richardson

    Lay member for patient and public involvement

    After more than 30 years’ service, David retired as a senior police officer in 2004. He has also worked with the Government Office for Yorkshire and Humberside on community safety initiatives and to help reduce crime and disorder, and the use of drugs and alcohol.

    In 2005, David became chairman of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, a post he held for nine years, whilst at the same time working as chief executive for Bradford Breakthrough Limited, the senior business leaders’ networking and advocacy partnership. He is currently a director of a property business in Leeds and independent chairman of Bradford and Airedale Estates Partnership, a company created to improve healthcare buildings.

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    Neil Fell

    Lay member for finance and performance

    Neil has worked in numerous NHS roles over many years. After a short period in industry he began his NHS career in Rotherham in 1974. Between 1974 and 1986, he held a number of accounting positions with Rotherham and Sheffield Health Authorities. In 1986, he joined Bradford Area Health Authority as chief internal auditor and held a number of management roles before he was appointed as director of finance in 1993. He was an executive director at Bradford Health Authority and at the Airedale Primary Care Trust, until 2007. Since then, he has had roles as a finance consultant or finance director. Married with a grown-up family, he is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants. When not working he enjoys hill-walking, fishing and watching most sports – particularly football.

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    Ruby Bhatti OBE

    Lay member for governance and communities

    Ruby is a solicitor with over 20 years’ experience in the legal field. As a lay member, she brings over 20 years’ experience in governance as a non-executive director, presently with Incommunities Housing Association, Action For Business Ltd, Arise Yorkshire Ltd (social enterprises), Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust, Rainbow Academy and Dixon Multi Academies Charitable Trust Ltd. Ruby sits as an independent member of the mental health panel which enables patients to have their cases considered independently. She chairs numerous schools in Bradford.

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