Our Governing Body


Updated on 17 November 2017

Our CCG Governing Body comprises a number of local GPs, clincians and other professional. Their wealth of experience and expertise means they are ideally placed to make decisions about the types of health services patients need in the local area. Below is a short biography of each Governing Body member.

Click here for details of each member’s Declarations of Interest.


Phil Mettam, Accountable Officer 

Phil joins the team following his role as Chief Officer at Bassetlaw CCG, an organisation that has been rated as ‘outstanding’ by NHS England to recognise its delivery of national standards and the collaborative development of an accountable health and care system. 

Phil has held senior roles across Primary Care Trusts (PCT) in Nottingham and at Trent Strategic Health Authority. He has also held a number of leadership roles across the Yorkshire and Humber region including Deputy Chief Executive at Bassetlaw PCT and a senior role in industry with British Coal. Phil is a chartered secretary by profession. He is a sport and music enthusiast with a passion for the beauty of the natural world.                  

Keith Ramsay, Governing Body Lay Chair

Keith is the Governing Body Chair and lead for public and patient engagement.  Keith has held a range of senior roles and the success of several organisations is attributable to his expertise where he set the strategic direction for health, welfare and community projects and the performance management of billions of pounds of public funding.

Michelle Carrington, Executive Director of Quality and Nursing

Michelle is a registered nurse with over 26 years of experience, mainly in acute care. She has held a number of senior roles including Practice Development and Service Improvement, Assistant Chief Nurse and Head of Patient Safety at York Trust. Michelle joined the CCG in September 2014.

Denise Nightingale, Executive Director of Transformation and Delivery

Denise joins us from NHS Bassetlaw CCG where she was the Chief Nurse.  Previously she has worked as an Executive in an acute setting.  She has led a hospital re-provision and has undertaken significant service re-configurations. 

Denise has held roles within the Department of Health and a Strategic Health Authority implementing the Choice and Independent Treatment Centre agendas.  Denise believes her current role in the CCG offers a real opportunity to deliver targeted improvements through working closely with local partners.

Dr Kevin Smith, Executive Director of Primary Care and Population Health

Kevin’s expertise and leadership skills are charted throughout his career in senior roles including Principal Adviser to NHS England for Yorkshire and the Humber and as the national Medical Adviser for Specialised Services and Screening in the Department of Health. Kevin was also the head of the Healthcare team in Public Health England Yorkshire and the Humber where he has supported three local STP areas in their work to develop future models of health and care. Before working in public health, Kevin worked in clinical medicine.

He was a Senior Lecturer at the School of Health and Related Research at Sheffield University, one of the largest and most dynamic Schools of health research in the UK. He is a member of the Yorkshire Senate and continues to teach at universities in York, Leeds and Sheffield.

Dr Shaun O'Connell, Joint Medical Director and Clinical Lead for Prescribing and Planned Care

Dr O'Connell is the GP Lead for Prescribing, Planned Care, Quality and Performance.  He has been a GP trainer, GP appraiser and was a member of the Council of the Royal College of General Practitioners for eight years and of the Local Medical Committee for many years. He has experience from working as a GP partner, a salaried GP and GP locum and continues to practise as a salaried GP at South Milford Surgery.

Dr Andrew Phillips, Joint Medical Director and Clinical Lead for Out of Hospital Services

Andrew qualified as a GP following a career in the Royal Navy. Since his appointment to the Governing Body in 2011 he has continued his passion for service transformation.  Andrew combines his role as a GP with his responsibilities as Clinical Lead for Unplanned Care and an active membership of the Yorkshire and Humber Clinical Senate with his priorities to promote compassionate care in future service redesign whilst he supports primary care functions throughout innovations in healthcare.

Dr Louise Kay Barker, Clinical Lead for Mental Health and Learning Disabilities Services

Louise is a GP at the Haxby Group Practice and is the CCG’s GP Lead for Mental Health. Louise graduated from Liverpool Medical School and completed her GP training in Yorkshire. In her work at the Haxby Practice she is involved in offering women’s health services, minor surgery procedures and teaching medical students at Hull York Medical School. 

Dr Emma Broughton, Clinical Lead for Women's and Children's Health Services

Emma graduated in 1999 from Edinburgh Medical School.  She trained as a specialist in obstetrics and gynaecology in both Edinburgh and Yorkshire prior to moving into General Practice in 2011.  Emma is a partner at Priory Medical Group, in addition works at Lifeline, as a GP Specialist in Substance Misuse. Emma also continues to practice minor surgery and offer women's health services in the community.

Dr Paula Evans, Council of Representatives member

Paula started her NHS career in 1989 after graduating from the University of Nottingham. After working in paediatrics and undertaking GP training in London's East End, she moved in 1997 to take up a partnership in what is now York Medical Group practice. She also maintained an interest in haematology by working as a clinical assistant at York Hospital, until becoming a GP trainer in 2002. Her medical education portfolio includes HYMS and Foundation Year supervision.

Tracey Preece, Chief Finance Officer

Tracey joined the CCG as Chief Finance Officer in November 2013.  She has almost 16 years of NHS finance experience after graduating from the NHS Financial Management Training Scheme in 2002 and has held a number of senior finance positions across Yorkshire and the North East.  Tracey is a graduate of York University and an Associate Member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants.

David Booker, Lay Member and Chair of the Finance and Performance Committee

David trained as a social worker and worked in a number of roles in local government and third sector organisations. His latest role was as UK Director for Volunteering at Barnardo’s. In his role as Lay Member of the CCG’s Governing Body, David helps to ensure the CCG is efficient, responsive and listens to the views of local stakeholders.

Sheenagh Powell, Lay Member, Chair of the Audit Committee and Conflicts of Interest Guardian

Sheenagh has many years’ experience of working in the NHS including roles as a board member, finance director and chief executive. Sheenagh’s career crosses NHS organisations including Primary Care Trusts, an NHS Foundation Trust and NHS England. She has two grown up children and being semi-retired enjoys her life in Blubberhouses, near Harrogate.

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Dr Arasu Kuppuswamy, Secondary Care Governing Body Member

Dr Kuppuswamy works as a Consultant Psychiatrist. He has Clinical Lead responsibilities for his trust that have included both the Acute and Community Pathways. He is keen on providing person centred quality care and services for the patients under his care and for the local population. This has encouraged him to involve himself in Transformation projects for the Trust. He is now keen to apply his knowledge and enthusiasm at a CCG level.

Stuart Calder, Deputy Chair of the Council of Representatives

Stuart Calder has been a Programme Director for the York GP Training Scheme since 1997, working as a GP trainer prior to that. Stuart enjoyed 36 years as a GP in York, before ceasing clinical practice in 2013 to focus on GP education and training. Stuart also pursues a keen interest in Medical Ethics as a lecturer for the Yorkshire and Humber School of Primary Care. He has been a GP appraiser since 2003.

Members in attendance

Sharon Stoltz, Director of Public Health for City of York Council

Sharon is the Director of Public Health for the City of York. She is an experienced public health professional having worked across the NHS and in local authorities.  Before working in York Sharon was the Director of Public Health at Barnsley Metropolitan Borough Council and Head of Commissioning at Bassetlaw Primary Care Trust.  Sharon is a qualified nurse, midwife and health visitor and has joint registration with the UK Public Health Register and National Midwifery Council.

Dr Aaron Brown - Local Medical Committee Liaison Officer for Selby and York

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