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Our governing body gives clinical leadership to the commissioning of health and care services for people in Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven.

The governing body meets bi-monthly in public.  Everyone is welcome to attend and observe the meeting. Each time the governing body meet we publish the agenda and papers for the meetings. You can read governing body papers and agendas here.

Our governing body have an ongoing role to review our governance, making sure that we continue to reflect the principles of good governance.

Meet the governing body:

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Dr Peter Brunskill, secondary care consultant

Peter is an obstetrician and gynaecologist who held a consultant post at Airedale General Hospital, from 1991 to 2009. During that time, he developed a number of new and innovative clinical services and led the gynaecological cancer team. From 1992 to 1996, he was Chair of the District Audit Committee and the Theatre Management Group, from 2005 to 2008. He played an active role in the development of maternity IT services and the gynaecology out-patient facilities. 

Since leaving Airedale Hospital, Peter has continued to live in the area and works as a medicolegal expert witness in the UK and Ireland.  He remains active in clinical practice by regularly working as a consultant locum. He is an active medical teacher both for the UK Advanced Life Support Group and for the Liverpool School of Tropical Medicine in Africa. 

His main passions outside work are golf and the success of Burnley Football Club.

Angie Clegg, registered nurse

Angie qualified as a nurse at St James’ Hospital in Leeds in 1984.  Since then she has worked as a nurse, clinical leader, consultant nurse, lecturer, senior manager and director in Leeds, Bradford and Airedale.  She has been awarded a BSc in health studies from Leeds Metropolitan University and an MSc in leadership and advanced practice from her studies at Bradford University.  As a nurse leader, Angie’s research, publications and area of expertise includes innovations in intermediate care, out of hospital care, advanced practice, clinical leadership and quality.

Pam Essler, deputy chair and lay member for patient and public involvement

Pam has a long standing involvement with the NHS - as a lay person at a local, regional and national level. She was Chair of Airedale Primary Care Trust before Bradford and Airedale Teaching Primary Care Trust was formed, where she was Deputy Chair. 

As independent Chair of the Standards Committee of Bradford Council she was involved in the development of the ethical governance framework and oversaw the associated complaints process.  She is Chair of Keighley and Ilkley Voluntary Community Action, an infrastructure organisation that provides support to local voluntary groups. 

For the three CCGs in Bradford and Airedale, Pam is Chair of the Individual Funding Request Committee. She is also trustee of a number of local charities. 

She has four grandchildren, who she spends lots of time with and jokingly refers to looking after them as her new exercise regime. 

Neil Fell, lay member for governance

Neil has worked in numerous NHS roles over many years. After a short period in industry he began his NHS career in Rotherham in 1974. Between 1974 and 1986, he held a number of accounting positions with Rotherham and Sheffield Health Authorities. In 1986, he joined Bradford Area Health Authority as Chief Internal Auditor and held a number of management roles before he was appointed as Director of Finance in 1993. He was an Executive Director at Bradford Health Authority and at the Airedale Primary Care Trust, until 2007. 

Since then, he has undertaken roles as a finance consultant or finance director and is currently finance trustee and vice chair in a theological college. 

Married with a grown-up family, he is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.  When not working he enjoys hill-walking, fishing and watching most sports – particularly football

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 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’s married with an 11 year old daughter and 27 year old step daughter.

Karren Jolaoso, executive nurse

Karren has worked as a nurse in the NHS since 1982, including roles in general surgery, medicine and orthopaedics.  Qualifying as a District Nurse in 1990, Karren worked in the Inner City of Bradford for 5 years before taking on various senior leadership / management roles within local community provider services.  In 2000, she completed her Masters in Leadership and Management in Health and Social Care.

Living locally, Karren has always been passionate about making a true difference in the provision of healthcare to people living in Bradford, Airedale and Craven, always striving to drive forward improvements in the quality of care provided.

In October 2016, Karren moved from Bradford District Care Trust to our CCG in order to offer her extensive knowledge and clinical expertise to the clinical executive team, ensuring commissioned services are delivered in a safe and effective way, ensuring positive health outcomes for patients and carers alike.

Karren has very little free time, always rallying round her two teenage boys, but does enjoy the odd holiday when she can fit it.

Dr Brendan Kennedy, GP executive group member

Brendan has been one of our executive GPs since the inception of our CCG. He leads on matters relating to Mental Health and learning disabilities.  Brendan has worked with colleagues at Bradford District Care NHS Foundation Trust and Airedale NHS Foundation Trust on mental health, acute service developments and secondary care contracts. 

In his spare time he enjoys live music and watching sport, especially rugby union.

Julie Lawreniuk, chief finance officer/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.

Sue Pitkethly, chief operating officer

Sue has worked in the health service for 40 years. After qualifying as a registered nurse and intensive care specialist, Sue had a number of clinical roles before she embarked on a clinical leadership role at the Zurich University Hospital. She returned to England to clinically lead the successful development of a new independent hospital. 

Moving back to the NHS as Director of Nursing at a major teaching hospital, Sue then made a significant career change to become Director of Planning and Performance. Sue led improvements that resulted in the hospital become a high performing organisation and she managed its successful application to become a foundation trust. 

Again seeking a challenge, Sue switched her career from 'provider' to ‘commissioner’; she led the Airedale and Wharfedale Practice Based Commissioning Alliance which involved quality improvement, delegated budgets and contracts. She was the ‘think tank’ behind and pioneered the national award winning Airedale Collaborative Care Team, before embarking on the development of our CCG, to full authorisation, across two local authority boundaries. Sue is married with two daughters and her hobbies include cooking, cycling and horse riding; and she particularly enjoys three-day eventing with her daughter.

Dr Colin Renwick, GP executive group member

Colin is a GP who has spent over 25 years working in Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven, having completed his training at Airedale Hospital. Born and brought up in Surrey, he moved to Yorkshire to the Leeds Medical School in 1981 and he has been a GP in Settle since 1992. He was a member of the practice based commissioning alliance in Craven for four years and became Chair after the first year, working in partnership with the North Yorkshire Primary Care Trust as they managed the financial challenges they faced. He was Vice Chair of the working group set up to develop our CCG. 

Currently, he is leading the urgent care programme and is a member of the Bradford and Airedale A&E Delivery Board and the North Yorkshire Health and Wellbeing Board.  He also currently leads on Children and Maternity and Medicines Management.  His wife Jackie is also a GP at the Settle practice and they have four children.  In Colin’s spare time, he enjoys cooking and walking in the Yorkshire Dales with the families Labrador dog.

Dr Graeme Summers, GP executive group member

Graeme joined Ilkley Moor Medical Practice in 2001. He has held a number of roles including public health GP registrar where he developed the PACE antibiotic guidelines for Bradford. Previously, he was a member of the Bradford Local Medical Committee (LMC) and the Airedale and Wharfedale Practice Based Commissioning Alliance Board, as lead for prescribing and ambulatory conditions. 

As a member of our CCG’s Executive Group, he is responsible for long term conditions, cancer and end of life services.  He has worked on a number of successful service developments including: community DVT and cellulitis pathways and setting up MDT’s and is currently responsible for the New Models of Care- communication and engagement. 

Graeme is a fitness addict, enjoying: cycling, running, swimming, weight lifting, snowboarding and competing in triathlons.  He is married to a doctor in A&E and they have two young children.

Dr James Thomas, clinical chair

James is originally from London where he carried out his medical training and initially worked.  He moved to Yorkshire in 1995 and trained as a GP in the Airedale area.  In 2002, James joined the Fisher Medical Centre in Skipton as GP partner.  He has a keen clinical interest in sport and exercise medicine and he was involved in the Olympics in 2012.  He is also passionate about education in local primary care services and teaches medical students, young doctors and GPs.  He was the school lead for GP trainers for Health Education England in Yorkshire and Humber.  He was previously a GP Executive at Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven CCG leading on children’s services and the New Models of Care programme.

James is now the clinical chair at the CCG.  He is married to Kate who is also a GP and he likes to spend his free time with his family.  He enjoys watching American football and rugby; and plays baseball in the BBF Northern Conference.

Dr Bruce Woodhouse, chair council of members

Bruce qualified from Nottingham University in 1989 before moving to Airedale to complete his general practice training at Airedale General Hospital.  Since 1994, he has been GP principal at Dyneley House in Skipton.  For 13 years, he has worked as a GP trainer and is currently involved in medical student training.  His areas of clinical interest include diabetes and orthopaedics.  Away from work, Bruce is a keen cyclist and plays cricket for the Skipton Church Institute Cricket Club.

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