Our team

When CCGs were established in 2013 the aim was to embed clinical expertise into commissioning health services. As such, our organisational and governance structures have been designed to ensure that we are a clinically-led organisation with family doctors and other medical leads at the heart of our decision making.

The main way of achieving this is through our Governing Body, which includes six local GPs, a secondary care doctor, two lay members, the Director of Public Health, our Chief Executive Officer and three Executive Directors (one of whom is the Chief Nurse). There are also representatives from Healthwatch Southampton and Southampton City Council.

Our Governing Body meetings are held in public and local people are welcome to attend.

  1. Dr Mark Kelsey - GP Board Member and Deputy Chair

    Dr Mark Kelsey - Clinical Chair

    Dr Mark Kelsey became Clinical Chair of the Governing Body in January 2018, having been a member of the Governing Body since the formation of the CCG in 2013. Mark trained in Southampton and has been a GP in the city since 2005. He is our GP Board lead for digital technology, communications and engagement and diabetes.                                                                                                                       

    Mark is also Clinical Lead for the Care and Health Information Exchange (which was formerly known as the Hampshire Health Record) one of the most advanced clinical record sharing systems in the NHS.

  2. Dr Richard McDermott - GP Board Member

    Dr Richard McDermott - GP Board Member and Deputy Clinical Chair

    Dr Richard McDermott has been a GP at Bitterne Park Surgery since 1997 where he specialises in diabetes, heart disease and child health. He is a partner in the Livingwell Partnership. He is Deputy Clinical Chair and our GP Board lead for Better Care.

  3. Dr Chris James - GP Board Member

    Dr Chris James has been a full time partner at the University Health Service at the University of Southampton since 1991 and is our Governing Body lead for urgent and planned care.

    He has had a long time interest in sports medicine and since 2002 has been the company doctor to the English National Ballet. He has also worked as a GP with special interests in lower limb orthopaedics in a local multidisciplinary team.

    Chris first became involved in change management in health care in 1995, leading a group of GPs in the centre of Southampton to become one of the first 40 Primary Care Groups (a pilot for local health care commissioning) nationally. Since then, he has been involved in a number of local health care management changes with roles such as Primary Care Group Chair and Primary Care Trust Modernisation Lead.

    At a national level, Chris was Vice Chair of NHS Alliance for a number of years, and a founding board member of the NHS Research and Development Programme for Service Delivery and Organisation. In the past, he was also a member of the Primary Care Advisory Board for the National Programme for Information Technology and the Department of Health Musculoskeletal Service Framework Reference Group.

  4. Dr Ian Ward - GP Board Member

    Dr Ian Ward - GP Board Member

    Dr Ian Ward joined our Governing Body in April 2016 and is our GP lead for quality.

    Ian trained in Southampton and started working as a GP in the city in 2000. He works part time at Bitterne Park and also as a freelance GP. Ian also spent five years abroad working as a Medical Director for an NGO (Non-Governmental Organisation) in the Sahara Desert in West Africa, returning to Southampton in 2012.

    He is interested in pre-hospital emergency and event medicine, and is also one of the Southampton FC crowd doctors. He has been a volunteer with St John Ambulance for over three decades.

    Ian is a founding member of "Q", a national quality improvement initiative, and is on the Wessex Patient Safety Collaborative Steering Group.

  5. Dr Pritti Aggarwal

    Dr Pritti Aggarwal - GP Board Member

    Dr Pritti Aggarwal joined our Governing Body in April 2017 and is our lead for TARGET. Target stands for Time for Audit, Research, Governance, Education and Training – it gives GPs and practice nurses an essential opportunity to meet every two months to update their skills, learn about new treatments and share good practice.

    Pritti trained in Cardiff and previously worked as a surgeon, she started working as a GP in Southampton in 2005. She is currently a partner at the Living Well partnership of GP practices. Pritti’s main role is with the University of Southampton as a module lead for primary medical care for students and lead for faculty development for primary medical care, as well as the diversity theme lead.

    Pritti has worked with the CCG since 2013, supporting our System Delivery Team to make changes to services that support and diagnose people with Deep Vein Thrombosis and work to provide GPs improved access to CT KUB and cystoscopy (scans of the kidneys, ureters and bladder) amongst other changes. She has been bringing together GPs and consultants through the GP consultant liaison in Southampton in promoting greater understanding of the challenges they both face.

  6. June Bridle - Lay Member (Governance)

    June Bridle - Lay Member (Governance)

    June Bridle has been a lay member of the CCG Governing Body (with an interest in governance) since the CCG was established.

    June was elected to represent the Sholing ward as a Southampton City Councillor in 1995 and retired in 2008. Her main interests were in health, education and planning and development.

    Whilst working with the Improvement and Development Agency she carried out numerous reviews of other councils throughout the country. She also worked as a reviewer with the Audit Commission inspecting councils in London.

    This work gave June a valuable insight into good governance, scrutiny and effective commissioning, and their impact on performance.

    June served as a non-executive director of Southampton Primary Care Trust from 2002 to 2006 and returned in 2008 to act as the Chair of the then-emerging provider, which has now become Solent NHS Trust.

    June was appointed the Conflicts of Interest Guardian for the CCG in 2016. 

  7. John Richards - Chief Executive Officer, NHS Southampton City CCG

    John Richards - Chief Executive Officer, NHS Southampton City CCG

    John Richards has been Chief Executive Officer since the CCG was established and worked with the Southampton, Hampshire, Isle of Wight and Portsmouth cluster of Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) as CCGs were being developed.

    A former PCT Chief Executive with approaching 20 years’ experience leading commissioning organisations, John is passionate about supporting clinical leaders to own the quality and cost of healthcare, creating common purpose and leading with integrity and authenticity. He is determined to bring NHS and local authority leadership together to join up care. He is also interested in working with communities to build resourcefulness.

    Hampshire born and bred, John studied social anthropology at Cambridge and joined the NHS in 1988 after a brief career in the Welsh Office. From 1991 to 2006 he worked in south west Hampshire, becoming Chief Executive of Eastleigh and Test Valley South PCT in 2002 and of New Forest PCT in 2004. John then moved to be Chief Executive of NHS Plymouth until 2011.

  8. James Rimmer - Chief Finance Officer and Deputy Chief Executive

    James Rimmer - Chief Financial Officer and Deputy Chief Executive, NHS Southampton City CCG

    James Rimmer has been the Chief Finance Officer since the CCG was established and is also Deputy Chief Executive for the CCG.

    James joined the NHS in 2001 as part of the highly regarded NHS Finance Graduate Training Scheme. He has held numerous senior finance roles working in both the commissioning and providing arms of the NHS.

    James is a professionally qualified accountant, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and holds a master’s degree in business administration and an honours degree in accounting and finance.

    As the Chief Financial Officer for the CCG James is responsible for ensuring we meet all of our statutory duties in relation to finance, providing expert financial advice to Governing Body members. He also leads on performance and is the CCG Lead Director for our relationship with NHS South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit (our back office support services provider).

    On behalf of NHS Clinical Commissioners, James co-chairs the Finance Working Group with Paul Baumann the Chief Financial Officer of NHS England. The Group allows engagement between CCG chief financial officers and the NHS England senior finance team on various national issues. He is also a member of the NHS England Allocations Steering Group, which is responsible for providing advice on the overall direction of NHS funding allocations.

    James is a trustee of the Healthcare and Financial Management Association (HFMA) and chair of their Audit and Finance Committee, a three year term from December 2016. HFMA is a registered charity and the only professional body in the UK dedicated to setting and promoting the highest standards in financial management and governance in healthcare. It encompasses a membership community that represents a third of all finance staff working in UK healthcare.

  9. Stephanie Ramsey - Director of Quality and Integration (Chief Quality Officer and Chief Nurse), NHS Southampton City CCG

    Stephanie Ramsey has been Director of Quality and Integration and Chief Nurse since the CCG was established. Her post is a joint appointment with Southampton City Council.

    Stephanie leads on strategic development and system redesign across areas that benefit from integrated commissioning. This includes leadership of the Integrated Commissioning Unit (ICU) which is a joint commissioning team comprising CCG and Council staff (established October 2013).

    Stephanie is also our chief nurse and provides corporate leadership for key programmes of work including corporate and clinical governance, quality and safety, medicines management, continuing healthcare, safeguarding, patient experience and patient/public engagement. She is a nurse, midwife and health visitor and has graduate and postgraduate degrees in health psychology and management. Stephanie has several years’ experience in leadership roles for a range of NHS community care providers and has worked on secondment in the voluntary sector.

  10. Peter Horne - CCG Director of System Delivery

    Peter Horne - Director of System Delivery, NHS Southampton City CCG

    Peter Horne spent 18 years in the Army as an infantry officer where his appointments covered a broad spectrum from combat operations and personnel policy to strategic procurement and training and development.

    He moved to the NHS in 2005, initially as a divisional operations director within London Ambulance Service. Following this, he spent time within the regional tier of the NHS with responsibility for the management of performance, before taking up a post within local commissioning organisations in Hampshire.

    Peter now heads up the Systems Delivery Directorate, responsible for commissioning acute services for adults in both elective and urgent care.

  11. Dr Jason Horsley

    Dr Jason Horsley, BHB MBCHB MPH FFPH - Joint Director of Public Health for Southampton and Portsmouth City Councils

    Dr Jason Horsley qualified in medicine in New Zealand in 1998. He worked in clinical medicine for a decade, predominantly in paediatrics, and held positions in New Zealand, Kenya, Australia, the UK and Uganda. He has been working in Public Health for the last ten years, moving to take up the post of joint director of Public Health for the Cities of Southampton and Portsmouth. Prior to this, Jason worked for the Department of Health, in the former Strategic Health Authorities and PCT’s (Primary Care Trusts) in the East of England and in South Yorkshire, and within the CCG’s and Local Authorities in South Yorkshire. He has also worked in academic settings undertaking research and teaching roles, most recently with the University of Sheffield, but he has also previously provided clinical teaching to medical students from the University of Cambridge and Mbarara University of Science and Technology in Uganda.

    He has a master’s degree in Public Health from the University of Sheffield, a Degree in Medicine and Human Biology from Auckland university, and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health and member of the Association of Directors of Public Health. 

  12. Lesley Gilder - Healthwatch Southampton

    Lesley Gilder - Healthwatch Southampton

    Lesley Gilder is a representative of Healthwatch Southampton (HWS), the local body representing the patient voice. Having representation from Healthwatch on the Governing Body is vital to bringing the patient voice and a city-wide perspective to influence decision-making.

    Lesley is the lead link between HWS and the CCG Governing Body. She is also a member of the CCG Clinical Governance Committee. Lesley has a background in representing patients and was a member of Southampton LINk, HWS's predecessor organisation.

    Over the last two years she has been engaged in a variety of projects related to health and social care and has undertaken Patient Led Assessments of the Care Environment (PLACE) for Solent NHS Trust and University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust and taken part in the Clinical Assessment Scheme for the Hospital Trust. Lesley has also contributed to both clinical quality review meetings and to the review of a local GP practice.

    Lesley's professional career has spanned both management and research most recently as a senior manager in the Library and Information Service at Southampton University and previously as a researcher in a nationally funded Library Management Research Unit. Lesley is also President and Chair of Solent Credit Union.

    For more information about Healthwatch Southampton visit their website  www.healthwatchsouthampton.co.uk

  13. Councillor Dave Shields - Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board

    Cllr David Shields - Chair of the Health and Wellbeing Board

    Councillor David Shields is a member of the Council’s Cabinet, with portfolio for health and social care, private sector housing and local action on climate change. He chairs the city’s Health and Wellbeing Board and, along with representing the Council on the CCG Governing Body and serves on the CCG Primary Medical Care Commissioning Committee.

    David is an active campaigner for health and social care issues and has been the elected member for the Freemantle ward for five years.

    He also plays an active part in regional and national networks to promote policies to improve people’s health and wellbeing and ensure greater public involvement in shaping publicly funded care services. He was a founder member of the Care Quality Commission’s (CQC’s) Healthwatch England Committee (from October 2012 – June 2014). He also supports the Local Government Association with its national programmes of work on Health and Wellbeing Board leadership and putting Health in All Policies.

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