Bradford CCGs welcome new governing body members

NHS Bradford City and NHS Bradford Districts Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) have welcomed two new faces to their governing bodies.

Ruby Bhatti and Richard Wilkinson, who both live in Bradford, have been appointed as lay members for governance at Bradford City CCG and Bradford Districts CCG, respectively.

They each bring a wealth of experience to the work of the governing bodies: providing an independent view of the work of the CCGs and overseeing key elements of governance including audit, remuneration and managing conflicts of interest.

Ruby is a Bradford solicitor with over 20 years’ experience in the legal field. She also has 17 years’ experience as a non-executive director in the voluntary and community sector, previously with Manningham Housing Association and presently with Incommunities, Firebird Homes, Action For Business Ltd and Dixon Multi Academy Trust. She also sits as an Indendepent member of the Mental Health Panel which enables patients to have their cases considered independently.

Richard’s career has been spent in education and, during 26 years at Tong High School, he progressed from probationary teacher to assistant head teacher.

He also has wide and varied board and governance experience, notably with the West Yorkshire Aimhigher Area Partnership, an education partnership organisation, and Leeds Trinity University. He is currently a board member of the charity Schools Linking Network.

Richard said: “I am delighted to be joining Bradford Districts CCG, being something of a ‘Bradvocate’ in that I support my home city at every opportunity. I hope my experience and enthusiasm can help me make a really positive contribution to the organisation.”

Ruby said: “I am also looking forward to getting started with Bradford City CCG and to be part of its work to improve the health and wellbeing of local people. I have a good knowledge of the local community and the challenges facing the CCG, and I hope my experience will help its leadership and management go from strength to strength.”

Dr Andy Withers, clinical chair of Bradford Districts CCG, and Dr Akram Khan, clinical chair of Bradford City CCG, both welcomed Ruby and Richard and the experience and expertise they will bring to the governing bodies’ decision-making.

The new appointments have been made following the decision of Tim Ratcliffe (Districts CCG) and Mohammed Iqbal (City CCG) to leave their roles as lay members for governance at the end of their term of office.

 

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For further information, please contact the Bradford CCGs’ communications team on: 01274 237386 or: communications@bradford.nhs.uk