Dr Sarah Schofield - Chairman
Sarah has been a GP for many years and, despite promising she would never return to the Southampton area once leaving for university in Leicester, has been based in west Hampshire for over a quarter of a century. Her interest in clinical leadership started informally with various doctors’ mess roles organising big social events and hospital shows. However, a more formal and serious career was launched when Sarah became a local Primary Care Group chairman. She wanted to combine her role as a GP with hospital medicine, so took up a role as assistant medical director at Southampton General Hospital. Her interest in working across boundaries was further developed with leadership roles for the Department of Health.
With the introduction of CCGs, Sarah set about leading the development of the local CCG for west Hampshire. Her colleagues elected her into the role of Chairman which she has continued since day one. Sarah’s interest in working across boundaries has helped establish her role, as the job involves working with 51 local GP surgeries, local hospitals and other health trusts, local councils, the voluntary sector and many others. She has always had an interest in improving patient experience, and as a commissioner is keen to see many neglected services step into the spotlight and focus attention on improving patient experience.
Outside of work, Sarah is kept busy with four step children, a husband who runs his own business, and a close family who live in different corners of England and Europe.
Judy Gillow - Lay Member, Quality and Patient Involvement
Judy Gillow is our Lay Member for Quality and Patient Involvement.
She is chair of the CCG's Clinical Governence Committee and the Involvement Steering Group.
With previous board experience and as a director of nursing and organisational development Judy has a track record of delivering improvements to patient care. She was previously a member of the National Quality Review of Nursing and is currently an inspector for the Care Quality Commission.
She has gained recognition in her field for leading major transformation programmes and for delivering in the fields of infection prevention, quality improvement, nursing leadership and workforce development.
Simon Garlick FCCA - Lay Member, Governance
Simon has spent over 30 years as an external auditor in the Public Sector auditing NHS organisations, local authorities, police and fire authorities. This included giving an opinion on both the accounts and arrangements for delivering value for money.
For the majority of his career Simon was employed as a District Auditor by the Audit Commission specialising in the NHS. More recently he was employed by Grant Thornton again specialising in the development of their NHS business.
At various times Simon has been the external auditor for every hospital trust and primary care trust (the forerunners of CCGs) in Hampshire, Dorset and Somerset and so has a good understanding of the challenges faced by the NHS locally.
Caroline Ward - Lay Member, New Technologies
Caroline has a 35-year track record of working in technology, latterly as a senior leader, in giants including IBM, Oracle, Sun Microsystems and Hewlett Packard.
She has also worked in smaller companies, such as Geo Networks, where she was Chief Marketing Officer on the board.
Caroline now runs her own consultancy, helping companies transform and accelerate their growth. She brings experience from the public and private sectors, including the NHS, Defence, Finance and Telecoms.
She is also a volunteer STEM Ambassador – a group of technology professionals who use their experience and expertise to help inspire young people into careers in the Science, Technology, Maths and Engineering sectors.
Alison Rogers - Lay Member, Strategy and Finance
After starting life on the fringes of the City, Alison has spent most of her career in the voluntary sector, leading health, assisted housing and education charities as CEO. As Chief Executive of the British Liver Trust she was heavily involved in developing understanding of - and frequently represented - the patient perspective of liver disease, and she campaigned for and supported a National Liver Disease Strategy. She co-chaired the Strategy’s work stream on Workforce Development and sat on the Programme Board.
Latterly Alison took the lead in establishing a new Patient Group at her local surgery in Ringwood. She is also interested in end of life care and developing services that focus on best results for patients.
Maggie MacIsaac - Accountable Officer
Maggie MacIsaac became Accountable Officer of West Hampshire Clinical Commissioning Group at the end of July 2019. She is also the Chief Executive of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Partnership of CCGs.
Maggie MacIsaac joined the NHS as a graduate nurse. Since completing the NHS national management training scheme, Maggie has worked in many sectors of the NHS – locally, regionally and nationally - acquiring considerable experience in the value of strong partnerships. During her career, she has served for many years in Director and Chief Executive roles.
She is passionate about working with partners on new ways of delivering change to positively transform healthcare and experiences for patients and the wider community.
Mike Fulford - Chief Operating Officer and Chief Finance Officer
Mike has worked in the local health service for over 18 years and has extensive experience across both acute provision and the commissioning of health services. He studied for his accountancy qualifications in Southampton before joining Southampton University Hospitals Trust and has also worked at Winchester and Eastleigh Healthcare Trust, Eastleigh and Test Valley South and New Forest Primary Care Trusts and Hampshire Primary Care Trust, where he was Deputy Director of Finance for five years.
In his spare time he enjoys sport and music and lives with his family in Hampshire.
Dr Adrian Higgins - Medical Director
Adrian joined the CCG in early 2018 as the Interim Clinical Director for Primary and Community Care.
He was appointed to the CCG's new role of Medical Director in summer 2018.
Adrian is an experienced GP and most recently practised in Dorset.
Ellen McNicholas - Director of Quality and Nursing
Ellen joined the CCG from Solent NHS Trust where she was on secondment as Operational Director for community teams in Portsmouth. Her substantive post was Deputy Director of Nursing.
Ellen trained in Glasgow and her main interests were general medicine and community nursing, but she also worked in intensive care.
She has managed a range of services including prison healthcare, community teams, GP out of hours services, walk-in centres and minor injury units and mental health care.
Ellen also spent nearly seven years away from nursing as a police officer.
Ellen is the CCG's Caldicott Guardian. Click here for more information about Caldicott.
Rachael King - Director of Commissioning - South West
Before becoming Director of Commissioning for West, Rachael was our Associate Director for Primary and Community Services. She started in her present role in November 2015.
Rachael lives in Hampshire.
Jenny Erwin - Director of Commissioning - Mid Hampshire
Jenny joined the CCG in Autumn 2015 as Deputy Director for Mid Hampshire and was appointed Director of Commissioning for Mid Hampshire in 2018.
Professor Johnny Lyon-Maris - Board GP, West New Forest
Dr Charlie Besley- Board GP, Totton and Waterside
Dr Stuart Ward - Board GP, Test Valley South and Eastleigh Southern Parishes
To be added
Dr Karl Graham - Board GP, Eastleigh Southern Parishes
Dr Rory Honney - Board GP, Andover
Lorne McEwan - Board GP, Winchester and Rural
Additional GPs, including locums, salaried and partner GPs, have been appointed to lead on specific clinical areas:
- Dr Katrina Webster - Clinical Director for Mental Health
- Dr Roland Fowler - Clinical Director for Children and Families
- Dr Andy Powell - Clinical Director for Respiratory
- Dr Emma Harris - Clinical Director for Medicines
- Dr Karl Graham - Clinical Director for IT
These GPs make up the ‘clinical cabinet’ that meet once a month with the CCG leads.