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Governing Body

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 and in accordance with the Clinical Commissioning Group’s principles of good governance.

The Governing Body is clinically led with Dr Hugh Porter taking the role of CCG Clinical Lead and Chair of the Governing Body. The Governing Body is composed of members from our constituent practices who have been selected and elected through a formal process, along with five independent members who include three lay members and independent clinical expertise from a registered nurse and secondary care doctor. The Governing Body may also co-opt observers and attendees with speaking rights to attend meetings as required.

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The following people are full members of the CCG Governing Body with speaking and voting rights: 

  • Dr Hugh Porter - Chair, Clinical Lead and GP Cluster Lead (UNICOM)

    Dr Hugh Porter

    Hugh Porter qualified from Leicester in 1987. He completed his General Practice training in Nottingham before working in Australia. He became a GP partner at the University of Nottingham Health Service in 1993, where he continues to practice.

    Hugh has a personal interest in travel medicine, gaining an MSc in the subject in 1999. In 2009 he completed an MBA and in 2011 was elected Chair and Clinical Leader of the CCG. His executive portfolio includes being clinical lead for the Nottingham University Hospitals Trust contract and Emergency Care. Hugh is Chair of the UNICOM Cluster Board.

  • Sam Walters - Accountable Officer for Greater Nottingham

    Sam Walters

    NHS in 1992 from the private sector. During her career, Sam has held positions in a wide range of disciplines including finance, governance, public health and primary care commissioning as well as senior roles managing community services and leading one of the country’s largest cancer networks. In her previous role as Executive Director of Strategy and Governance for Nottingham City Primary Care Trust, Sam championed a broad remit, including strategic planning, governance, and safety, with her particular passions being patient engagement, quality and equality.

    Now the Accountable Officer for Greater Nottingham, Sam is committed to working with local people to design health services for local people. She applies her knowledge, expertise and vision to help deliver innovative health solutions to our local communities. Her overriding passion is to gather patient experience and stories and use them to make positive changes to the NHS. Sam is also a keen outdoors enthusiast, enjoying climbing, hiking, skiing, windsurfing, running and indulging in the occasional extreme obstacle course race.

  • Gary Thompson - Chief Operating Officer for Greater Nottingham

    Gary Thompson

    Gary Thompson joined NHS Nottingham City CCG following a role as Chief Officer at NHS Southern Derbyshire CCG. He previously held a number of clinical and lecturing posts in primary and secondary care before moving into a managerial role, with the establishment of clinical commissioning groups. He has held national roles in the NHS in England and NHS Scotland.

    Gary has also held senior management posts in Primary Care Trusts, Strategic Health Authorities and national organisations. Gary joined Welland CCG as Chief Operating Officer in 2011 before being appointed as Accountable Officer for NHS South Lincolnshire CCG, which he left to join NHS Southern Derbyshire CCG.

  • Jonathan Bemrose - Greater Nottingham Chief Finance Officer

    Jonathan Bemrose

    Jonathan qualified as an accountant in 1994 and has over 20 years’ experience of working within health and local authority finance, particularly in social care.

    His previous roles include; Director of Resources for Nottingham CityCare Partnership where he was responsible for finance, workforce, training, organisational development, support services, estates and IT, Finance Manager at Nottingham Emergency Medical Services (NEMS) which provided him with additional business exposure and experience, and Deputy Director of Finance for NHS Nottingham City Primary Care Trust.

  • Dr Marcus Bicknell - GP Cluster Lead (Norcomm)

    Dr Marcus Bicknell

    Marcus Bicknell has been a partner at the Beechdale Surgery for 14 years and is actively involved with the British Medical Association and Local Medical Committee. He specialises in treating drug and alcohol users, offenders and the mentally ill. He is the General Practitioners Committee prison GP rep and Secure Environment Group Chair for the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP).

    Marcus studied medicine and completed his GP training in Nottingham and went on to work as a salaried GP with homeless patients. His executive portfolio includes being the clinical contract lead for mental health and learning disability services commissioned from Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. Marcus is Chair of the Norcomm Cluster Board.

  • Dr Margaret Abbott - GP Cluster Lead (Robin Hood)

    Dr Margaret Abbott

    Margaret has been a GP at the Windmill practice in Sneinton since 1988. The practice is particularly concerned with addressing the health needs of the most vulnerable in the community and has developed services in particular for people who are homeless, who have substance misuse problems, or who are migrants.

    Margaret has been involved in clinical commissioning since 2011 and leads on the development of the CCG’s practice visit programme where GP's visit their peers to engage them in what commissioning involves and how they can ensure that patients receive appropriate, high quality and cost effective services as close as possible to their home.

  • Dr Arun Tangri - GP Cluster Lead (City Central)

    Dr Arun Tangri

    Arun Tangri is a GP at the Riverlyn Medical Centre in Bulwell, where he has practised for 22 years, and is Vice-Chair of the Nottinghamshire Local Medical Committee.

    Arun is keen to address local inequalities and improve health outcomes and is involved in improving integrated services for care homes and developing stronger intermediate care services to provide earlier hospital discharge and care closer to home. Arun’s executive portfolio includes being the clinical contract lead for community services provided by Nottingham CityCare Partnership. Arun is Chair of the City Central Cluster Board.


The following people attend meetings of the CCG Governing Body as advisors:

  • Tim Woods - Lay Member (Deputy Chair and Governance Lead)

    Tim Woods

    Tim Woods, now retired, is an experienced NHS director with 35 years of service, 23 of them as a director of finance. He has advised NHS boards on financial matters and implications, playing a full board role at acute hospitals, mental health services and most recently as the Chief Finance Officer of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough CCG. Tim enjoys working with colleagues to make the best decisions for services within the available resources, both financial and non-financial ones. He lives locally and understands the diverse nature and differing health needs of the City population. He chairs the Audit Committee and is a member of the Risk and Performance Committee and also the Remuneration Committee. Tim also acts, on an occasional basis, as a specialist advisor for the Care Quality Commission (CQC), which assesses and licenses NHS providers in respect of the quality of their services.

  • Sharon Robson - Independent Nurse

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    Sharon Robson was appointed to the CCG Governing Body from 1 May 2017. Sharon is qualified nurse with extensive clinical experience both within hospital and community care settings. Most recently Sharon has held the senior and executive nurse posts within Leicestershire Primary Care Trust, NHS England and South West Lincolnshire CCG.

  • Sue Clague - Lay Member (Planning and Performance Lead)

    Sue Clague

    Sue Clague is an experienced director with a background which includes senior roles in the UK, the US and Continental Europe and managing director posts at Courtaulds and Pretty Polly. Highly motivated and commercially focused, Sue has a proven track record of successfully driving organisational change and of creating and delivering business strategies which resulted in sustained improvements. She continues to work in the textile sector as a Commercial Business Advisor at a strategic and implementation level, is a Governor on the board of New College Nottingham and has continued involvement with a number of other public and voluntary sector roles. Sue is a member of the Risk and Performance Committee and the Audit Committee.

  • Dr Adedeji Okubadejo - Independent Secondary Care Doctor

    Dr Adedeji Okubadejo

    Dr Okubadejo is a consultant in anaesthesia and pain management and the clinical director for this specialty at the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust, where he has worked since 2002. In addition to his consultant and clinical director roles, Adedeji also took on the role of associate medical director at the Trust in 2013, which includes responsibility for medical appraisal, revalidation, clinical outcomes and medical job planning. He is also the Trust’s Caldicott Guardian.

  • Sue Sunderland - Lay Member

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