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Our governing body meets bi-monthly in public. Everyone is welcome to attend and observe the meeting.

Each time the governing body meets we publish the agenda and papers for the meetings.

You can find details of future meetings and papers here.

Papers published before March 2018 can be read here.

Our governing body has an ongoing role to review our governance, making sure that we continue to reflect the principles that we work towards. 

Meet the governing body:

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Liz Allen, CCG executive director

Liz is a registered nurse and has spent the greater part of her life on the frontline of delivering healthcare as a practice nurse. In that time she gained a community nursing degree and then went on to work for Bradford Health Authority as a practice nurse advisor and primary care facilitator. Having completed a master’s degree in management and leadership, Liz then moved into the world of PCTs, first managing teams of community staff and then taking lead roles in nursing, professional and practice development, and quality.

Ruby Bhatti OBE, lay member (governance)

Ruby is a solicitor with over 20 years’ experience in the legal field.  As a lay member, she brings over 20 years’ experience in governance as a non –executive director, presently with Incommunities Housing Association, Action For Business Ltd, Arise Yorkshire Ltd (social enterprises), Bradford Diocesan Academies Trust and Dixon Multi Academies Charitable Trust Ltd.

Ruby sits as an independent member of the mental health panel which enables patients to have their cases considered independently.

She chairs numerous schools in Bradford and is the chair of the primary care commissioning committee and remuneration committee for Bradford City CCG.  She is also a National Leader for Governance in Education (NLG), a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts (FRSA) and an Associate Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy (AFHEA).

Helen Hirst, accountable officer

Helen became the accountable officer for the three CCGs in the Bradford District and Craven – Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven, Bradford City and Bradford Districts – in October 2016 having previously been in the same role for Bradford City and Districts CCGs since their establishment in 2013.  In the last few years Helen has also undertaken interim roles with NHS England (director of CCG development) and with the Vale of York CCG (accountable officer).  Helen has worked in Bradford since 1992 and was the deputy chief executive of the former Bradford and Airedale Teaching PCT.  In 2010 Helen took a two year secondment with the Department of Health as programme director for primary care commissioning as part of the NHS Commissioning Board establishment team.

Helen spends her time outside of work with her family and a varied assortment of animals. She is married with a daughter and step daughter.

Dr Akram Khan, clinical chair

Akram trained in Sheffield and took on house jobs in Worksop and Halifax followed by a stint in casualty in Barnsley. He spent 18 months in a general medicine hospital career before he decided to go into primary care, joining the Bradford GP training scheme. He spent six months as a locum and then settled into his current practice, Avicenna Medical Practice, which has since consolidated from three sites to one inner city site. He was secretary of the small practices’ association – made up of 47 practices – and was then elected to Bradford City Teaching Primary Care Trust (tPCT) where he was health improvement and inequalities lead and also focused on clinical staff training and research governance.

He is active in the voluntary sector, with a focus on education, community development, and race equality. He also has interests in international health development, especially in Pakistan and Saudi Arabia.

Julie Lawreniuk, chief finance officer and deputy chief officer

Julie is a qualified accountant who has worked in the NHS since 1991.  During this time, she has worked in a number of senior finance roles across West Yorkshire including more recently joint chief finance officer for Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield CCGs and executive director of finance and efficiency for NHS Calderdale.

Julie is married and lives in Bradford, she has two grown up daughters and is a passionate supporter of Bradford City football club.

Max Mclean, lay member (patient and public involvement)

Max retired from a 30-year West Yorkshire policing career in 2010 where he had spent his last 12 years as the force’s senior detective. As head of CID and head of the homicide team he oversaw all major criminal investigations in the county and led on partnership working with a variety of local and national agencies tackling crime in some of the country’s most deprived communities. He has led nationally for the police service on tackling domestic abuse and made significant national and international improvements in responses to domestic violence and child protection.  Since retirement, Max has been awarded a PhD from the University of Huddersfield after studying ways in which Coroners carry out their duties.

As a lay member, Max brings an independent perspective to the Governing Body as vice chair and in particular, champions the involvement of patients in influencing how we commission services. Max also chairs the Joint Quality Committee, Primary Care Commissioning Committee and the Communications and Equality and Engagement Group.

Bryan Millar, lay member (finance)

Bryan retired as chief executive of Bradford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on 31 August 2014, having worked in the NHS since 1977 in a variety of roles within Yorkshire and the North East of England. After occupying a number of posts at District and Regional Health Authorities, he joined Northgate and Prudhoe NHS Trust becoming their Director of Finance and Performance Management in 1993.

He became Director of Finance at Bradford Community Health NHS Trust in 1999 before moving to Bradford South and West PCT where he was Director of Finance and Deputy Chief Executive. Bryan joined the Foundation Trust in October 2005. He is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

In addition to his former role as Chief Executive of Bradford Teaching Hospitals, Bryan was also a Board member of Health Education England, Yorkshire and the Humber (and Chair of its Finance, Governance and Risk Committee), Chair of the Local Comprehensive Research Network Partnership Group, and Director of Medipex (an intellectual property company and NHS innovation hub).

Sarah Muckle, public health representative (non-voting advisor)

SM V1Sarah is a public health specialist working as deputy to Bradford’s director of public health. She worked previously in Kirklees as a public health consultant in both the primary care trust (PCT) and local authority.

Some of her key achievements include developing a community-based chronic pain service which achieved national recognition and informed a national chronic pain strategy and Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) commissioning guidance, development of an online self-care tool that was nominated for a national award, and development of a nationally recognised self-care programme.

Sarah started her public health career 12 years ago in the Scottish Borders working in a role focused on applying public health knowledge and skills in primary care and community services to embed principles around improving health, protecting health and reducing health inequalities.

Dr Sohail Abbas, GP lead


Michelle Turner, nurse member and director of quality

Michelle is a registered nurse and trained as a district nurse and health visitor; she holds degrees from King's College, London and City University, London. She entered health service management in West London in 2002 after a long period of frontline practice as a health visitor in White City. She has been acting director of primary care for two PCTs, and was deputy director for transformation and integration in NHS Bradford and Airedale. She was seconded to Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust in 2010 to lead the development of the Trust's end of life strategy. Michelle is passionate about the NHS and its services to patients.

John Young, Secondary Care Consultant

Prof John Young 149x238John Young trained at the Middlesex Hospital, London and was appointed as a consultant geriatrician in Bradford in 1986 where he devleoped numerous new services including an elderly care assessment unit; a stroke unit; and an ortho-geriatric unit. In 2005 he was appointed as Head of the Academic Unit of Elderly Care & Rehabilitation, University of Leeds (based in the Bradford Institute for Health Research), now one of the largest  research units of its kind in the UK. John was seconded to the DH (2001-2007) to assist with the National Service Framework for Older People, and then to NHS England (2013-2016) as National Clinical Director for the Frail Elderly and Integration.

The register of interests for our board members can be found within our publication scheme.