Our Governing Body

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The Governing Body meets monthly in public to discuss its progress as a CCG and provide an opportunity for the public and our partners to see how we are progressing and feed back their views. These meetings are held during daytime hours to enable GP Governing Body Members to carry out their morning and evening surgeries. The dates of meetings can be found on the calendar on this website.

The Governing Body is supported by a number of committees established to undertake the work of the CCG. These are listed below and terms of reference for each can be found by clicking on the links:

Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG covers a population of 570,124. The CCG is a membership organisation made up of four Locality Commissioning Groups (LCGs). These LCGs are in close touch with the needs of their local communities and plan to strengthen their engagement with patients.


Click here to view the Governing Body papers, if available
Wednesday 10 January 2018 1.45PM – 4.00PM The Board Room, 2F Kingston House, West Bromwich
Wednesday 7 February 2018  1.45PM – 4.00PM The Board Room, 2F Kingston House, West Bromwich
Wednesday 7 March 2018 1.45PM – 4.00PM The Board Room, 2F Kingston House, West Bromwich
Wednesday 4 April 2018 1.45PM – 4.00PM The Board Room, 2F Kingston House, West Bromwich
Wednesday 2 May 2018 1.45PM – 4.00PM The Board Room, 2F Kingston House, West Bromwich
Wednesday 6 June 2018  1.45PM - 4.00PM The Board Room, 2F Kingston House, West Bromwich
Wednesday 4 July 2018 1.45PM – 4.00PM The Board Room, 2F Kingston House, West Bromwich
Wednesday 1 August 2018 1.45PM – 4.00PM The Board Room, 2F Kingston House, West Bromwich
Wednesday 5 September 2018 1.45PM - 4.00PM The Board Room, 2F Kingston House, West Bromwich
Wednesday 3 October 2018 1.45PM – 4.00PM The Board Room, 2F Kingston House, West Bromwich
Wednesday 7 November 2018  1.45PM - 4.00PM The Board Room, 2F Kingston House, West Bromwich
Wednesday 5 December 2018 1.45PM - 4.00PM The Board Room, 2F Kingston House, West Bromwich

Meet our Governing Body Members below (from A-Z)


Dr Basil Andreou
Chair, Sandwell Health Alliance Locality Commissioning Group and Health & Wellbeing Executive


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Dr Basil Andreou is a GP with specialist interests in Dermatology. He studied in Athens, Greece. He has previously held the Chair's position for Smethwick and the Commissioning Alliance and during this time he was responsible for leading on clinical commissioning for ANP nurse home visiting, community chest projects, referral triage scheme, cardiology service redesign and the community gynaecology service.


Dr Vijay Bathla
Chair, Pioneers for Health Locality Commissioning Group

Vijay Bathla

Dr Bathla came to the UK in 1976 after postgraduate study in general medicine at Banaras Hindu University, India. He became a general practitioner in Handsworth in 1983, developing his interest in deprivation and disadvantage. Outside of work, Dr Bathla enjoys spending time with family and friends. He also enjoys arranging various clinical, tutorial, social and charity events.


Rachael Ellis
Chief Officer for Transformation (Non Voting)

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Rachael Ellis has recently been appointed as the Chief Officer for Transformation. Rachael has worked in with the CCG prior to this role on the Commissioning of the NHS 111 service. 


James Green

Chief Finance Officer

James Green

James joined the NHS in 1993. He has been supporting commissioning organisations for the past 12 years. The projects he has been involved in include: ‘Right Care, Right Here’ transformational change, Long Term Conditions Management, Primary Care modernisation, Long Term Financial Planning and restructuring, and numerous organisational reforms.


Dr Ayaz Ahmed

Vice Chair, Sandwell Health Alliance Locality Commissioning Group


Dr Ayaz Ahmed Dr Ayaz Ahmed qualified from University College London and completed his vocational training at Sandwell General Hospital. He held positions at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London and was also a police surgeon at the hospital. He then joined his father at a family practice in Sandwell and joined Compton Hospice as a Clinical Assistant in 2006 for three years. He was also the first GP in the West Midlands to promote Palliative Care. Dr Ahmed has a specialist interest in Palliative Care and End of Life Care and is also a board member for Sandwell Health Alliance.

Prof Nick Harding OBE

CCG Chair - MBChB BSc FRCGP MFLM DRCOG DOccMed PGDip (Cardiology)
Chair, HealthWorks Locality Commissioning Group

Nick Harding

Prof Nick Harding OBE was formally elected as Chair for the CCG in June 2012 after being Interim Chair for 2011-12. He qualified in medicine from Birmingham University in 1994.  In 1999 he joined as a partner at Handsworth Wood Medical Centre.  This is a large Birmingham teaching and training practice offering PMS services to a diverse inner city population.


Julie Jasper

Lay Director - Chair of the Audit and Governance Committee 


Julie Jasper is Chair of the Audit and Governance Committee and a member of the governing body with a lead role for governance. Julie is also Vice Chair of both the Finance and Performance and Remuneration Committees. She is Managing Director of Westlands Associates. Julie started her career as an auditor with Sandwell Metropolitan Borough Council, then Birmingham Area Health Authority and then Severn Trent Water Authority where she qualified as an accountant in 1985. Making the move to the private sector Julie also worked for chartered accountancy firms KPMG and Bentley Jennison. Julie worked for Travel West Midlands for 15 years in a variety of roles, including Operations Director on the main board. She is also a member of Dudley CCG where she is the board lead for patient and public involvement

Sharon Liggins

Chief Officer Partnerships (Non Voting) 

Sharon Liggins Sharon Liggins started her NHS career in 1989 as a general nurse.  She is currently the Chief Officer for Strategic Commissioning and Redesign, responsible for  public and patient engagement activities, mental health commissioning, learning disabilities commissioning, primary care commissioning, community and acute hospital care commissioning.

Sharon is also responsible for the operational development of partnerships with key Sandwell stakeholders, including Sandwell Metropolitan Council, local NHS Providers and the voluntary and independent sectors.


Dr Inderjit Marok

Vice Chair, ICOF Locality Commissioning Group

Dr Inderjit Marok

Dr Inderjit Marok was re-elected as Vice Chair of ICoF Locality in 2016. He qualified in medicine from Southampton University in  1984. He is currently a partner at Rotton Park MC. This is an inner city practice with high deprivation index in the Ladywood Ward. This is a GP training practice.


Therese Mcmahon

Executive Nurse

Therese McMahon

Therese is a registered nurse with many years’ experience in the NHS at both local and national level.  She underwent her nurse training at City Hospital and held a number of senior positions in various Birmingham hospitals including two years as acting Director of Nursing at University Hospital Birmingham.  Therese spent five years working for the Department of Health’s Performance Support Team where she worked as part of the national team supporting failing organisations across England.  She later joined Heart of Birmingham Primary Care Trust to support service redesign before moving to Sandwell Primary Care Trust as a Senior Commissioning Manager.  Therese has a passion for promoting quality in the development of our local health services.

Therese has an MBA and an MSc in Primary Healthcare Management and Policy and is now working as an independent Healthcare Management Consultant.

Dr Samar Mukherjee

Chair, ICOF Locality Commissioning Group

Dr Samar Mukherjee

Dr Sam Mukherjee is Chair of the Quality and Safety Sub-Committee. This group has a range of healthcare expertise that look routinely at the feedback on patient care from a range of sources such as complaints and incidents. They will use this to discuss with those providing services and to help drive up and improve quality and safety of patient care. Dr Mukherjee studied for his doctorate in Calcutta, India.


Richard Nugent

Lay Member

Richard Nugent A member of the Strategic Commissioning Redesign Group (SCR), the Quality and Safety Committee,  the Primary Care Co-Commissioning Committee, the Audit Committee, the Remuneration Committee and Chair of the Strategic Estates Review Group (a sub-committee of SCR).   Richard is an architect by profession who has spent more than 30 years in senior positions in the NHS.  He was Director of Estates and then Director of Purchasing Development for the West Midlands Regional Health Authority in the 1990s, was a non-executive director of Sandwell Health Authority from 2000 – 2002, Chairman of Oldbury & Smethwick PCT from 2002 – 2006, Chairman of Sandwell PCT form 2006 – 2011 and a non-executive director of the Black Country PCT Cluster from 2011 until joining the CCG in 2013. 


Claire Parker

Chief Officer, Quality

Claire Parker

Claire qualified as a pharmacist in 1989 before joining primary care in 2000 as a prescribing advisor across North Birmingham GP practices. After moving to Sandwell Primary Care Trust in the Black Country in 2005 she became Assistant Director of Medicines Management in 2009. In 2012, with a wider remit in Quality, Claire was appointed as Chief Officer Quality for Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG.

She holds a postgraduate diploma in clinical community pharmacy for primary care and is qualified as a non-medical prescriber. Claire has a particular interest in vulnerable groups such as working in Safeguarding Children and Learning Disabilities. Claire is passionate about the patient’s voice and experience and set up the Time2Talk team in 2013 to offer a retail style customer care service in the NHS.

Janette Rawlinson

Lay Member


Janette is an Independent Management Consultant and experienced Director. Appointed to the CCG in 2012, she was previously Independent Committee Member on Sandwell Healthcare Alliance, Non Executive Director at Sandwell Primary Care Trust, and Chair of Sandwell Community Healthcare Services.

Her background is in international business, economic development, diversity, governance, people and business development. A former Ambassador for Diversity in Public Appointments in 2009, she is currently Chair of Women as Leaders for the Institute of Directors, Midlands.

She holds a number of committee and board roles in the public, voluntary and community sectors including national and international Health Research. Janette was born in Birmingham, and lived in Sandwell for 25 years.

Ranjit Sondhi, CBE

Independent Lay Adviser

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Ranjit is currently a Commissioner at the Criminal Cases Review Commission. He was previously a deputy chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality, Governor of the BBC, Trustee of the National Gallery, a Civil Service Commissioner and a Judicial Appoimtments Commissioner. He ilalso served for 10 years as chairman of the Heart of Birmingham PCT. He has spent his early career as a practitioner and lecturer in youth and community work.


Dr Ram Sugavanam

Vice Chair of HealthWorks LCG

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Dr Ram Sugavanum is a GP at Smethwick Medical Centre with special interests in musculoskeletal and orthopaedics. Completing his basic medical studies in India, Dr Ram trained and specialised in orthopaedics in Birmingham before becoming a GP in 2006.


Dr Ian Sykes

Chair, Black Country Locality Commissioning Group

Ian Sykes

Dr Ian Sykes qualified from Birmingham Medical School in 1987. He undertook a surgical housejob at Sandwell General Hospital, before completing his GP training in the South Birmingham area. Dr Sykes joined Oakham Surgery in 1992 as a Partner and was involved in a recent merger with Your Health Partnership. He recently stopped being a GP trainer, and also stopped teaching medical students due to his CCG and other committments. 

Dr Sykes lives in Sandwell, and his interests outside medicine include music, golf and Chairing a small charity which is building and running a school in South Sudan.


Andy Williams

Accountable Officer

Andy Williams

Andy Williams has worked in the NHS for thirty years – over half of those at Director or CEO level. Andy has been the Accountable Officer of Sandwell and West Birmingham CCG since its first wave authorisation in 2012. During that time he has led the organisation to four national awards including twice being named CCG of the year by the HSJ.

Andy has been the SRO for a number of major service reconfigurations including obstetric services in Sandwell and West Birmingham, stroke services across Birmingham and the Black Country and the Right Care Right Here partnership that culminated in approval to build the new Midland Metropolitan Hospital.

Andy’s regional roles include co-ordinating commissioner for ambulance services and NHS 111 for 22 CCGs in the West Midlands covering 5.4 million people. He is the chair of the West Midlands Urgent and Emergency Care Network and is shortly to step down after two years as the Black Country and West Birmingham STP Lead.

Andy is a Chartered Fellow of the Institute of Personnel and Development, a member of the Institute of Health Management and has an MBA (Health) from Nottingham University


Dr Surjit Bath

Pioneers for Health LCG Vice Chair

Surgit Bath

I am a Leeds University graduate but mainly worked in Birmingham to train as a GP. Joined Tower Hill Medical Centre in 1986 and remained there since. Merged and moved in to new premises 2015.I have an interest in minor surgery and family planning.GP trainer, appraiser and undergraduate tutor. Over the years I have held various senior roles in PCG, PCT and now CCG governing boards. I have an interest in the urgent care challenges. I am a Fellow of the RCGP.