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Governing Body  

Our Governing Body is clinically-led, including seven GPs, a registered nurse and a secondary care clinician, all of whom have day-to-day knowledge of the health problems that residents face.  

Dr Anthony Kelly 

Chairman | Joint Clinical Lead for Droitwich and Ombersley

Anthony trained in Birmingham and worked in New Zealand for two years before returning to the UK, where he has worked as a GP in Droitwich for nearly 30 years. He has been involved in commissioning and managing clinical services since the inception of fundholding in the early 1990s and has progressed through various roles with PCGs and PCTs since then.

Dr Anthony Kelly

Dr Carl Ellson 

Chief Clinical Officer | Joint Clinical Lead for Droitwich and Ombersley

Carl has been a GP in Droitwich for 19 years with a special interest in medicines management and hypertension. He has been involved with clinical commissioning for 15 years and is the clinical leader of SWCCG.

Carl Ellson

Dr David Farmer 

Clinical Lead for Evesham, Bredon and Broadway

David served in the Royal Air Force (RAF) for 19 years during which time he undertook a wide variety of hospital and general practice roles, in various countries, including Registrar posts in Rheumatology and Respiratory Medicine. David qualified as a GP trainer and completed a Masters Degree in General Practice in 2000. Since leaving the RAF David has been a full time GP in Evesham.

Dr David Farmer

Dr George Henry 

Joint Clinical Lead for Malvern, Pershore and Upton  

George has been a partner at New Court Surgery (previously Court Road Surgery) since 2001. He has been involved in Practice-Based commissioning since its inception. He was elected to the SWCCG Board in 2012 and is deputy Chairman of the Malvern and Pershore Locality Group. He is the GP Quality Lead for the SWCCG. He is also Chairman of the Malvern GP Association, organising regular clinical educational meetings for local clinicians.

Dr George Henry

Dr Jonathan Thorn 

Joint Clinical Lead for Malvern, Pershore and Upton  

Jonathan completed his GP training in South Worcestershire and now works in Malvern as a partner at Malvern Health Centre. Part of his role within SWCCG is Clinical Lead for Community Services, and along with several colleagues they aim to provide excellent care to patients within the community. His interests include minor surgery and ENT medicine.  

Dr Jonathan Thorn

Dr Nikki Burger

Joint Clinical Lead for Worcester City

Nikki moved to Worcestershire to complete her GP training as a GP Registrar at Tenbury Wells and Spring Gardens in Worcester. After a year as a salaried GP at Severn Valley Medical Practice, she joined the Partnership at St Johns House Surgery in 2007. Her main clinical interests are Urgent Care, Diabetes and Anticoagulation. She also has an interest in General Practice efficiency and productivity and how to maximise this. 

Dr Nikki

Dr Lindsay Pickerell 

Joint Clinical Lead for Worcester City


Mari Gay

Interim Chief Executive Officer 

Mari joined NHS South Worcestershire CCG in November 2012. She is the Governing Body lead for quality, patient safety and for professional issues related to nursing. Prior to joining the organisation Mari was the Deputy Chief Nurse at Royal Wolverhampton Hospitals NHS Trust and before that the Director of Nursing Quality and Transformation at Wolverhampton City Primary Care Trust. 

Mari Gay

Lucy Noon

Director of Corporate and Organisational Development 

Lucy has enjoyed a long and varied career in the NHS. She originally trained and worked as a nurse in Birmingham before practicing as a midwife in Solihull. During her time as a midwife she also studied law and then made the move into a number of senior management roles within the NHS. Lucy has a wealth of experience in working with local GPs and healthcare providers.


Lisa Levy

Interim Executive Nurse and Director of Quality

Lisa Levy

Lynda Dando

Director of Primary Care
Lynda Dando

Mark Dutton 

Chief Finance Officer 

Mark is a qualified accountant who has worked in the NHS since 1998 and during this time has held many senior posts in various NHS organisations. Mark was previously Deputy Director of Finance for Worcestershire Health and Care NHS Trust and prior to that was Director of Finance for Worcestershire PCT Community Provider Services from 2009 up to 2011. 

Mark Dutton

David Mehaffey  

Director of Strategy 

A specialist in strategy development, programme management and cost improvement, David leads on a number of key themes such as strategic planning, QIPP and overseeing major transformation projects. In total David has spent more than 15 years in high profile consulting roles including 10 years at PwC and supporting NHS bodies in Worcestershire on a variety of projects.


Dr Alistair Munro 

Secondary Care Clinician  

Alistair was born and educated in Worcestershire and received his medical training in London. He was appointed consultant chemical pathologist in Northampton in 1984 where he also chaired the local research and ethics committee. In 1991 he moved to a similar consultant post in Worcester. Laboratory work came equally from primary care and hospitals (most specialties), providing an overview of local clinical services. He set up clinics for patients with disorders of lipid metabolism and for the medical management of patients with urinary stones. At times he was also associate medical director for clinical audit and effectiveness, pathology lead and, for several years, organiser of a meetings programme attended by both GPs and hospital doctors. He retired from the acute trust in 2011 and joined NHS South Worcestershire CCG as the secondary care clinician a year later.

Trish Haines  

Lay Member for Integration and Partnerships

Trish was most recently the Chief Executive of Worcestershire County Council, a role which she retired from in spring earlier this year. A graduate of Bradford University, she began her career in social work and moved into a number of managerial positions including posts in Herefordshire and Worcestershire ahead of being appointed Director of Social Services in Warwickshire in 1997. 


Rob Parker  

Lay Member for Audit & Governance 

Rob comes from south of Evesham. He was Finance Director of Whitbread Hotel company and subsequently a NonExecutive Director of the West Midlands South Strategic Health Authority. As well as being a Non-Executive Director of Worcestershire Primary Care Trust, he has also been appointed Chairman of its Audit Committee. 


Sarah Harvey-Speck

Lay Member for Public and Patient Involvement 

Sarah is a busy Mum to two young sons but is also an MSc-trained scientist and experienced science communication specialist. She has over 15 years’ experience of working in corporate communications for several life-science and healthcare companies and more recently for Defra.



Frances Howie 

Public Health representative 

Frances is a public health consultant, and Head of Public Health for Worcestershire County Council. She was Assistant Director of Public Health for Worcestershire PCT, which she joined in 2008, having been Associate Director of Public Health in Herefordshire since 2004. Prior to this, she was based at Regional and Strategic Health Authorities.


The Governing Body’s role is to ensure that we have appropriate arrangements in place to exercise our functions effectively, efficiently and economically, and in accordance with the generally accepted principles of good governance, the NHS Constitution and our own local Constitution.

The Governing Body meets in formal public sessions six times a year. It is provided with accurate, timely and clear information so it can maintain full and effective control over strategic, financial, operational, compliance and governance issues. 

Our Governing Body is supported by a number of committees and sub-committees who meet on a regular basis throughout the year to review, assess, and regulate the activities and responsibilities of the organisation. The details of these committees and the membership of each one can be found within the Meetings and Papers section.