Our Governing Body


Updated on 20 May 2019

Our Governing Body comprises of local GPs, clinicians and other professionals. Their experience and expertise means they are ideally placed to make decisions about the healthcare services that patients in the local area need. 

Below is a short biography of each Governing Body member

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

Dr Nigel Wells, Clinical Chair

Nigel joins the CCG team from Beech Tree Surgery, Selby. He moved to York in 1998 after qualifying in medicine at Dundee University. He trained in Leeds and York and started work as a GP in 2003. Nigel worked as a locum GP in York for 3 years. He was a GP partner in Consett Medical Centre Co. Durham before joining Beech Tree Surgery in 2008.

He is a GP trainer and has an interest in finance, management and service provision. Nigel has set up alternative NHS services in podiatry and community ultrasound within the Vale of York and other CCGs.

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.                            

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, Complex Care and Mental Health

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 Andrew Lee, Executive Director of Primary Care and Population Health

Andrew, who initially trained in paediatrics before working as a humanitarian aid worker in Afghanistan, brings an enormous wealth of experience to the CCG.

Being trained in both general practice and public health, Andrew has worked for many years as a public health consultant in NHS organisations in Rotherham, Nottingham City and Bradford and Airedale where he has focused on topics such as sexual health, cardiovascular disease prevention, integrated health and social care, tuberculosis control and emergency planning. Andrew has also held two important roles at the Royal College of General Practitioners as Clinical Commissioning Champion and the Vice Chair at its Sheffield Faculty.

Andrew is a practicing GP at an inner city practice in Sheffield. He is a Reader in Global Public Health at the University of Sheffield and teaches on Masters of Public Health and Executive Masters of Business Administration programmes. His research interests are in the areas of health inequalities and health protection.

GP Representative for the York (Central) Locality

Position vacant 

Dr Helena Ebbs – GP Representative for the North Locality

Helena has been a GP partner at Pickering Medical Practice since 2012. After graduating from Sheffield Medical School in 2003 she spent her first few years working in South Yorkshire in hospital medicine, before moving to North Yorkshire to train as a GP. She has an interest in mental health, frailty and rural general practice.

Dr Ruth Walker, GP Representative for the South Locality

Ruth graduated from Edinburgh Medical School in 1999 and came to York to complete her GP training. She has worked at Scott Road Medical Centre in Selby since 2004, initially as a salaried GP before becoming a partner in 2013. Ruth has special interests in mental health and health inequalities and enjoys her role teaching third-year medical students at Hull York Medical School. 

Keith Ramsay, Lay Member

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.

As the lead for Patient and Public Involvement, Keith’s role is to ensure that in all aspects of the CCG‘s business, the public voice of the local population is heard and that opportunities are created and protected for patient and public empowerment in the work of the CCG.

Simon Bell, Chief Finance Officer

Simon joins the team from NHS Kernow CCG in Cornwall.  He is a qualified accountant and graduate of the NHS Finance Management Training Scheme. He has worked in the NHS for more than twenty years across a number of provider and commissioning organisations including Chief Finance Officer roles in CCGs based in the South West of England.

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.

Phil Goatley, Lay Member and Chair of the Audit Committee 

Phil joined the CCG in July 2018 after serving as Humberside Police’s Assistant Chief Officer between 1999 and 2017. During his 18 years at Humberside Police, Phil was responsible for all non-operational services.

Prior to that Phil briefly worked in banking before joining the public sector - joining the Audit Commission, where he specialised in value-for-money studies with a focus on policing. Phil has been committed to public services for most of his career and wanted to continue to put something back into the community following his retirement from Humberside Police in 2017. He has been married for 25 years and has a teenage son.

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

Aaron was elected to the position of Division Officer for the York and Selby division of the Local Medical Committee in 2017. He has served on the LMC for the last five years and thoroughly enjoys representing the profession of general practice for the area.

He also works as a GP partner at Water Lane surgery, part of York Medical Group, in the centre of York. He lives in York with his wife and two young children.


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