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

Robert Maden, chief finance officer


Biography coming soon.

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)


Sarah 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 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.

Michelle Turner, director of nursing and 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.

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