The Governing Body has responsibility for ensuring that the Clinical Commissioning Group has appropriate arrangements in place to exercise its functions effectively, efficiently and economically.
Its members include lay member and representation from GP practices, including GPs and other colleagues, and senior colleagues in the CCG.
Governing body meetings are held in public, see a list of our upcoming meetings.
Jo Ohlson, Accountable Officer
Dr Andrew Steeden, GP, Chair
Andrew has been a GP in Kensington for the last 15 years. Since joining the Board he has been involved in commissioning care from Chelsea and Westminster with particular focus on quality. He has also been supporting the development of whole systems integrated care and chairs the Finance and Performance committee for WLCCG.
Dr Rachael Garner, GP, Vice Chair
Rachael is a GP principal in a GP training practice in Notting Hill and has a particular interest in education and organisational development. She leads our Commissioning Learning Sets, an educational forum for practices to provide peer support and learning. She is also the clinical lead for dermatology and the CCG representative on the St Charles Development Committee.
Yvonne Fraser, Practice Manager, Vice Chair (job share with Dr Oisín Brannick)
Yvonne has been a practice manager and now managing partner in Kensington and Chelsea for 14 years, and has a broad experience of the practical challenges which face practice managers and their practice teams. She leads the CCG's work on case management.
Dr Oisín Brannick, GP, Vice Chair (job share with Yvonne Fraser)
Oisín has been a GP in Kensington and Chelsea for the past five years. He has a particular interest in Dermatology and health promotion. He is also a GP trainer. He is the clinical lead for end of life and Macmillan GP.
Victoria Stark, Lay member and Deputy Chair
Victoria was CEO of a large and successful charitable social care and housing provider for over 30 years, delivering services across London and the South East. She was awarded CBE for services to homeless people in London in 2002. She has lived in Kensington and Chelsea and Westminster since leaving university in 1974. She has a particular focus on governance, serving on the CCG’s Finance and Performance and Patient and Public Engagement Committees, and chairing the Joint Co-Commissioning Committee.
Dr Ali Al-Rufaie, GP
Ali has been a GP at Holland Park Surgery for 8 years (2 years as a partner). He graduated from UCL in 2003 and completed the majority of his GP training in the West London area, providing him with a broad experience of local healthcare issues.
He has additional experience and interest in cardiorespiratory and elderly care medicine, GP training and digital healthcare.
Dr Puvana Rajakulendran, GP
Puvana completed her medical training at Imperial College, London in 2003. In 2009, following vocational training in general practice, she joined Earls Court Medical Centre as a partner. She has a keen interest in organisational development and promoting greater patient participation, and is the clinical lead for patient and public engagement. She is currently in the second year of her Masters degree in healthcare commissioning.
Dr Edward Farrell, GP
Edward has been a GP in Kensington and Westminster since 2013. His special interests include dementia, mental health and diabetes. Having completed his GP speciality training in Dorset he undertook a fellowship at Bournemouth University Dementia Institute before moving to London where he has led on dementia and older adults’ mental health since 2014. He is also a Diabetes Transformation Lead GP in the CCG.
Dr Imran Sajid, GP
Imran has trained and worked in a variety of medical specialities in Kensington & Chelsea for 15 years, giving him exceptional personal familiarity with the local healthcare landscape. He is currently a sessional and urgent care GP with clinical interests in musculoskeletal medicine, psychology and emergency care. Following on from a fellowship in healthcare leadership, he now has numerous roles as CCG Lead for Urgent Care, Musculoskeletal Services, Diagnostics, CWHEE Policy Development, as well as engagement with innovative digital health projects. His portfolio also includes medical education and training. His capacity involves service procurement, design, performance management and critical appraisal of evidence and research. He is passionate about ground-up clinical leadership as the foundation of effective healthcare delivery.
Karen Rydings, Practice Manager
Karen has been a practice manager in Kensington and Chelsea for four years - most recently in a large training practice in South Kensington. Prior to that, she worked for both West London and Hammersmith and Fulham CCGs, gaining a good understanding and practical knowledge of the challenges faced by practices within the local area. She leads the Practice Managers Forum, and sits on the Patient Participation and Experience Board Sub-Committee. As a new board member, she is looking forward to developing her role further to represent both Practice Managers and Practice Nurses in West London.
Sonia Richardson, Lay member
Sonia has a long career in senior management in health and social care. She has worked for a number of organisations including the The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea and the East London and City Health Authority as a health promotion manager and most recently as an advisor and trainer in dementia.
She has lived in Kensington and Chelsea for over 20 years, and has worked with the CCG as Patient Representative for the last 7 years, with a particular focus on promoting patient- focused care and patient participation in the development of health and care services. She has recently taken on the role of Lay Member with the CCG.
Alex Johnstone, Lay member
Alex is a Non-Executive Director with significant experience as a the Chair of Audit, Finance and Risk Board sub-committees. He has held five previous Board positions in the health sector since 2011.
He is currently the Chair of Audit for Brent, Harrow and Hillingdon CCGs. His other most recent board appointments were with Eastern Melbourne Primary Healthcare Network and Dental Health Services Victoria, Australia.
For ten years Alex worked as an NHS Chief Financial Officer here in London. At The University of Melbourne he held two senior roles: Executive Director of Strategic Development and IT Programme Director. His most recent Executive role was as the Chief Executive Officer and Company Secretary of IPC Health - a large community health provider organisation in Melbourne.
Alex is a Qualified Accountant (FCPFA and FCPA), a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (GAICD) and has studied Strategic Leadership at Harvard and Oxford. His portfolio includes Chair of Alliance Leadership Group, Chair Partnership Forum and membership of NKR Board and Integrated Care Board.
Philip Young, Lay member
Philip has a background as a chartered accountant and management consultant with 20 years senior experience within the financial services sector. Philip retired 14 years ago and now holds a range of Non-executive and trustee roles in the public and voluntary sector including Chair of a drug and alcohol Charity and a large primary school. Philip has been a non-executive within the NHS for the past 11 years and is currently chair of the Audit Committee for Central London, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hounslow and West London CCGs and was previously Chair of Ealing Primary Care Trust.
Louise Proctor, Managing Director
Louise has held the position of managing director at West London CCG for the past 5 years, with a particular focus in this time on developing services for older people and outpatients.
Louise brings a wealth of experience and has worked within the NHS in many different organisations, predominantly in community, mental health and primary care services. Her roles have included managing director for Northamptonshire Community Services, Director of Primary Care and Community services in Leicestershire, and director of strategy for a hospital trust in Norfolk.
Diane Jones, Chief Nurse/Director of Quality
Diane has worked in the NHS for over 25 years and is a Registered Nurse & Midwife. She initially joined Brent, Harrow and Hillingdon CCGs in March 2017 as the Director of Quality and Safety. More recently in July 2018, Diane is now the Chief Nurse and Director of Quality for all eight North West London (NWL) CCGs. Diane has significant leadership experience, having worked at senior management level for the past 12 years. Prior to her role in NWL, Diane has worked with NHS Greenwich CCG as the Director of Integrated Governance as well as Deputy Nurse Director with NHS Redbridge CCG before that.
Diane is a member of the London Clinical Senate and continues to practice as a Midwife.
Dr Jane Hawdon, Secondary Care Representative
Dr Jane Hawdon is Responsible Officer and consultant neonatologist at Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust. She has previously held consultant and clinical leadership posts at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Barts Health NHS Trust. She is the neonatal clinical lead for the National Maternity and Perinatal Audit (HQIP programme).
Dr Hawdon has been member of the board of trustees of the charity Bliss, Independent Reconfiguration Panel and NICE guideline development groups, and has chaired the neonatal hypoglycaemia working group of the NHS Improvement Patient Safety programme. She is a qualified coach and facilitator.
Paul Brown, Chief Finance Officer
Paul joined the NHS as a national finance trainee from University and qualified as an accountant, then worked in finance for Health Authorities and a number of NHS Trusts. He was a finance director over 10 years to 2002, since when he has worked as a management consultant, advising the NHS across the country on commissioning, provider and regulatory assignments.
Dr Houda Al Sharifi, Public Health Representative
Houda has held executive director positions in the NHS for over 20 years first in Richmond then in Wandsworth. She was the Director of Public Health for Wandsworth and Richmond Councils where she was also in charge of community safety and Regulatory services. Houda led on air quality for the association of directors of public health. She is currently the interim Bi-Borough Director of Public Health for Westminster City Council and the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea.