Our Governing Body

Dr Charles Pidsley - CCG Chair

Dr Charles Pidsley CCG ChairDr Pidsley has been a GP at Bridge Surgery in Burton for 26 years, and has always been interested in practice management. This extended to involvement with the South Staffordshire Local Medical Committees.

He leads an organisation with membership made up of many dedicated and hard working GPs and commissioning professionals.

He is keen to work with other CCGs and other local authorities to benefit the people of East Staffordshire.

Tony Bruce - Chief Accountable Officer

Tony Bruce Chief Accountable Officer Tony Bruce is the Accountable Officer for the CCG.

Tony is legally accountable for the CCG's performance in achieving high quality care and improvements in health while managing its resources effectively.

He is a member of the CCG Governing Body which sets the local goals of the CCG and is also responsible for leading a team of staff who work with local doctors and partners to deliver the improvements agreed.

Miriam Masaud - GP Executive Member

Miriam MasaudDr Masaud graduated in 2009 and is a newly qualified GP, having trained in Burton and now working in the Burton area as a freelance GP and also in the local Accident and Emergency department.

Having lived in Burton her entire life, she is keen to improve local resources.

She has an interest in Palliative Care and Quality improvement in all aspects of patient care. 

Dr Rachel Gallyott - GP Executive Member

Rachel GallyottDr Gallyott trained in Manchester and has worked as a GP in East Staffordshire for over 15 years, most recently as GP Partner at Alrewas Surgery.  

Rachel has epresented the CCG at the Individual Funding Panel and Clinical Priorities Group, and has particular interests in diabetes and palliative care. 

Rachel has a local interest as a resident of the Burton area and is passionate about high quality patient care with good outcomes.

Dr Wai Lim - GP Executive Member

Dr Wai Lim GP Executive MemberDr Lim is a GP Partner at Carlton Street Surgery and has been an Executive member for East Staffordshire Clinical Commissioning Group since 2007.

He is the lead GP for the Integrated Urgent Care Centre, Orthopaedics and Falls and Parkinson's disease for the Commissioning Group. He is also a GP with special interests in Vasectomy and Carpal Tunnel services across East Staffordshire and South Derbyshire.

Dr John Tansey - GP Executive Member

Dr John Tansey GP Executive MemberDr Tansey has been working in Burton since 1988. He was a Registrar in Psychiatry and maintains his experience working as a GP with special interest in substance misuse within the Community Substance Misuse Team serving Burton and Uttoxeter.

He has been the Chair of the Local Research Ethics Committee and is Lead GP for Cardiology, developing new referral pathways focussed on evidence based medicine.

He represents the CCG on the Local Strategic Partnership which involves councils and other groups, and hopes to develop this working relationship further.

Simon Jones - GP Executive Member

Simon Jones

Dr Simon Jones has been a GP partner at Northgate Surgery in Uttoxeter since 1998. Simon's clinical interests are minor surgery and minor trauma.

Simon is keen in improve communication between primary and secondary care as well as between practices. He is motivated to ensure Primary Care continues to succeed in East Staffordshire in light of all the pressures and demands placed upon it.

David Harding - Deputy Chair of Governing Body

David Harding Deputy Chair of Governing BodyDavid is a qualified accountant and has worked for the NHS for over 30 years, the last 17 years as Director of Finance/Deputy Chief Executive Officer.

Before joining the NHS, David studied Business Studies and then Accountancy and worked in the petro-chemical and motor industries. As a resident of East Staffordshire, David welcomes the opportunity to use his experience to assist East Staffordshire CCG in maintaining and improving health services.

David is the Conflict of Interest Guardian.

Chris Ragg – Lay Member (Patient and Public Involvement)

Chris Ragg fullChris is a Pharmaceutical Business Director with a successful career in pharmaceuticals spanning over 30 years. More recently, in the last 5 years, Chris has developed his own business, supporting and advising organisations on health care.

As well as his professional achievements, Chris has successfully set up and established a residents group in his home town. This residents association has been recognised nationally as a model of best practice.

Chris is a committed advocate of public and patient involvement, and is looking forward to building on the existing excellent work which has taken place in East Staffordshire. 

Mr Raj Saha - Secondary Care Consultant, Governing Body

Mr Raj Saha - Secondary Care ConsultantRaj is a Senior Clinician and Consultant. He has been a champion for quality and safety and has wide experience in the NHS specially system improvement and development of clinical pathways. 

He has worked in various roles for example as Lead for Clinical Governance, Gynaecology Cancer. He has inspected various hospitals in his role for improving quality and safety as Senior Assessor for the Royal College. 

Raj is passionate about improving quality and safety for the patients. He wishes to work collaboratively to see the real change in patient experience of the local community through the service commissioned by the East Staffordshire CCG. 

Lynne Smith - Lay Member for Quality

Lynne Smith Associate Lay MemberLynne is appointed to the Governing Body acting as Lay Member for quality and other advisory capacities.

Lynne has a significant amount of experience acting as an NHS Body Non-Executive Director, having previously provided such a role to the CCG’s predecessor South Staffordshire PCT.

Wendy Kerr - Chief Finance Officer

Wendy Kerr Chief Finance OfficerWendy is a Chartered Management Accountant who previously held finance roles within a number of industries.

She joined the NHS as a Fund-Holder Manager for a group of GP Practices. Since then she has worked for Primary Care Groups, Primary Care Trusts and with the Strategic Health Authority (SHA) and Hospital Trusts in various senior finance positions up to Director level.

Her prime focus is to provide transparency about the finances of the CCG and to ensure that good governance and financial management plays its part in improving quality and patient outcomes.

Heather Johnstone – Director of Nursing and Quality

Heather Johnstone

Heather has a wealth of experience gained over many years and in a variety of healthcare settings, with a background in nursing and midwifery and clinical audit.

Heather's primary focus has always been quality and safety and has worked in NHS quality management since 1999. In 2005 she graduated from the Health Services Management Centre at Birmingham University with an MSc in Managing Quality in Healthcare. In 2009 she was appointed as PCT (primary care trust) Governor for Mid Staffordshire Hospitals following the first investigation. Heather used this experience and the learning from Mid Staffs to drive quality improvements for all local providers which still operate today. 

Heather believes that high quality, safe care should be the basis of all we do, to improve outcomes for patients and savings for the NHS, both of which are essential.