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 stacey.fleming@bradford.nhs.uk. 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: stacey.fleming@bradford.nhs.uk

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.


Please note: In light of the most recent Government and NHS England guidelines in relation to COVID-19, public attendance at Governing Body and Primary Care Commissioning Committee meetings has temporarily been suspended. The agendas and supporting documents will continue to be made available and will be published on the website prior to the meeting.  Questions from the public to the Governing Body or Primary Care Commissioning Committee are still welcomed and will be responded to by email.


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 and senior information risk officer

    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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    Michelle Turner

    Strategic director of quality and nursing, caldicott guardian

    Michelle Turner has been Strategic Director of Quality and Nursing since April 2020, having previously been Director of Quality and Nursing for the three predecessor Bradford and Craven CCGs. She has held these posts since April 2013.

    Michelle qualified as a general nurse in 1989 in Cambridge, and as a health visitor and district nurse in London in 1994. She holds a BSc in community health and an MSc in contemporary health and social care policy. She practised as a health visitor in London’s inner city for over a decade before entering management and leadership. Prior to her substantive director post Michelle has enjoyed interim executive roles in the transformation of services and primary care for PCTs in London and Bradford.

    Michelle enjoys spending time with her husband and cats and living the rural life. She is a member of her local community residents association and enjoys litter picking with her community and photography.

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    Dr Louise Clarke

    GP member of the senior leadership team

    Dr Louise Clarke has been a GP in Bradford since 2010. Prior to that, she completed her GP training in Bradford and did various hospital rotations across West Yorkshire. She is passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of our population, and has a particular interest in child health. Louise was vice clinical chair of Bradford Districts CCG, and covered planned care as part of her portfolio. She is also a clinical specialty lead for children and young people for our CCG, and until 2018 held the post of named doctor for safeguarding children.

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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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    Bryan Millar

    Lay member for audit, governance and senior independent director

    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 quality

    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 primary care commissioning and communities, governing body deputy chair

    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, previously 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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    Dr Peter Brunskill

    Lay member for secondary care (shared role)

    Peter is a Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist who held a post at Airedale General Hospital from 1991 to 2009 and worked as a Locum Consultant in various Hospitals in the UK and the Isle of Man from 2009 to 2017.

    At Airedale Hospital he developed a number of new and innovative clinical services and led the gynaecological cancer team. From 1992 to 1996, he was Chair of the District Audit Committee and the Theatre Management Group, from 2005 to 2008. He played an active role in the development of maternity IT services, maternity risk management and the gynaecology out-patient facilities.

    Since leaving Airedale Hospital, Peter has continued to live in the area and in addition to undertaking Consultant Locums, he works as a medicolegal expert witness in the UK, Ireland and elsewhere. He is an active medical teacher both for the Advanced Life Support Group in the UK and for the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in Africa.

    His main passions outside work are golf and the success of Burnley Football Club.

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    Professor John Young

    Lay member for secondary care (shared role)

    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 ortho-geriatric 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.

Co-opted governing body members

There are also a number of co-opted members of the governing body. These members have a standing invitation to attend governing body meetings and and contribute in a non-voting, advisory capacity. These members are:

  • Pam Essler, lay chair of the Individual Funding Request panel
  • Sarah Muckle, director of Public Health, Bradford Council
  • Charles Strachan, chair of the CCG Council (to end of June 2020)
  • Richard Wilkinson, lay member for governance
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