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.

Marcus Warnes - Accountable Officer

IMG 035Marcus has worked in the NHS for more than 20 years including five years in a joint appointment with a local authority, working in strategic partnerships and regeneration. He was previously the Accountable Officer for Stoke-on-Trent and North Staffordshire CCGs having worked with them since they were authorised in April 2011. Marcus’s background is in public health and health promotion, but he has worked in a range of NHS commissioning roles for over 10 years. 

In his role at the CCGs Marcus ensures they comply with their statutory duties and providing transformational and strategic leadership at Board level to ensure they are effective leaders and commissioners within the local health and social care system.


Dr 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 represented 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.

Dr 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 to 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. 

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, especially system improvement and development of clinical pathways. 

He has worked in a number of 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.

Alistair Mulvey - Chief Finance Officer/Deputy Accountable Officer

IMG 027Alistair has over twenty years of experience within the NHS, 10 of which have been as a Director of Finance. He qualified as an accountant in 1998 and is a Fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

Alistair's career has spanned a broad range of provider organisations and all areas of finance, including time as a Private Finance Initiative (PFI) Project Director and holding the roles of Deputy Chief Executive and Acting Chief Executive.

Alistair has been involved in and led a series of strategic and operational service change programmes with a critical focus on quality and outcome improvements for patients and service users as well as ensuring that organisations secure the best value for every health and social care pound committed.

Heather Johnstone – Director of Nursing and Quality

Heather Johnstone NEWHeather 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.

Nicola Harkness - Managing Director, East Staffordshire CCG

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Nicky started her early NHS career in nursing qualifying from the Nightingale School of Nursing, St Thomas’ Hospital London. She then went on to gain experience across both acute and community care settings gaining experience at a senior level with expertise spanning Commissioning, Public Health and the operational management of services.

Nicky has been a member of a CCG Governing Body and Executive for 2 and a half years. In her previous role as Chief Operating Officer in East Staffordshire CCG she held a wide portfolio of responsibility including: commissioning, primary care, service transformation and integration. She is passionate about working in collaboration with patients, the public and stakeholders to inform how and what we commission to secure improvements in health outcomes for residents in East Staffordshire.

Cheryl Hardisty - Director of Commissioning and Operations

Cheryl Hardisty NEWCheryl joined the NHS in 2008 after spending 16 years working in local authorities across a range of senior roles in social care. Prior to joining the NHS, Cheryl was Director of Operations for a large independent care company operating across the whole of the UK

As Director of Commissioning and Operations, Cheryl is responsible for the effective implementation of the commissioning cycle, including redesign and transformation of services and ensuring the commissioning intentions are developed through contracts with all providers. Cheryl has a particularly strong interest in the personal development of staff.

Lynn Millar - Director of Primary Care

Lyn Millar new 2Lynn Millar started out in the NHS as an NHS graduate management trainee in Birmingham. She has worked across a variety of roles in acute hospitals, commissioning organisations and primary care.

Lynn has a particular interest in organisational development and believes in the need to develop and sustain high quality primary care services that are coordinated around the needs of patients and communities. As Director of Primary Care for the six CCGs in Staffordshire, Lynn is responsible for the development of general practice, engagement of member practices and commissioning primary and community care services for the registered population of Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent.

Sally Young - Director of Corporate Services, Governance and Communications

Sally Young resizedSally worked at Leighton Hospital near Crewe for five years at the start of her NHS career and then retrained as a Primary School teacher when her children were young. She returned to the NHS in 2004 and since then has worked in a number of roles across primary care, commissioning, corporate affairs and governance.

Sally has worked with the CCGs in south Staffordshire since they were authorised in 2011, leading on the authorisation and governance process from the very beginning. In her most recent role, she has continued to lead the Corporate Governance, Communications and Engagement functions across the three CCGs.

Sally is interested in making governance arrangements simple and effective, and supporting the wider CCG team become the best they can be. She has a passion for making patient and public engagement real.

Zara Jones - Director of Strategy, Planning and Performance

zara jones director of strategy planning and performanceZara joined the NHS as a management trainee in 2003 and since then has gained a wide range of experience across a variety of NHS sectors including a Primary Care Trust, Acute Trust, a Strategic Health Authority and the Trust Development Authority.

She joined the CCG in June 2016 from Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust where she was Associate Director of Strategy, with responsibility for strategy development, planning and service and partnership developments

As Director of Strategy, Planning and Performance, Zara is responsible for overseeing the CCGs’ planning and assurance processes and monitoring performance in respect of our constitutional targets and local priorities. Zara is also responsible to the Governing Body for strategy development and the wider strategic programme of the CCG; ensuring that national and local priorities are delivered through our plans.