The Governing Body

The Role of the Governing Body

The main function of the Governing Body is to ensure that  the CCG has arrangements in place to exercise its functions effectively, efficiently and economically and in accordance with any generally accepted principles of good governance that are relevant.

The Governing Body will be responsible for:

  • Assurance, including audit and remuneration
  • Assuring the decision-making arrangements
  • Oversight of arrangements for dealing with conflict of interest
  • Agreeing the vision and strategy
  • Formal approval of commissioning plans on behalf of the CCG
  • Oversight of performance
  • Providing assurance of strategic risks

Duties and decisions are also delegated to a number of sub-committees.

The Governing Body will meet monthly at least four times a year and these meetings will be in public.

Governing Body Structure

Name Current position (s) held in the CCG i.e. Governing Body member; Committee member; Member practice; CCG employee or other 
Dr Raj Bajwa Clinical GP Chair
Robert Parkes Lay Member
Tony Dixon Lay Member
Dr Graham Jackson Member GP
Dr Karen West Member GP
Dr Rebecca Mallard-Smith Member GP
Robin Woolfson Secondary Care Specialist Doctor
Crystal Oldman Registered Nurse
Graham Smith Lay Member and chair of Primary Care Commissioning Committee
Colin Seaton Lay Member
Lou Patten Chief Executive
Robert Majilton Deputy Chief Executive
Debbie Richards Director of Commissioning and Delivery (and Accountable Emergency Officer)
Gary Heneage Chief Finance Officer

The Governing Body Members

Dr Raj Bajwa – Clinical GP Chair

raj-bajwaDr Bajwa is now the Clinical GP Chair for NHS Buckinghamshire CCG, elected in November 2017. He was previously Clinical GP Chair for NHS Chiltern CCG from July 2016, and prior to that the Clinical Commissioning Director responsible for Long term conditions, prescribing and end of life.

He is senior partner and trainer at Little Chalfont Surgery having himself trained in a local Vocational Training Scheme within the Oxford Deanery.

He initially qualified as a pharmacist at Kings College, London before studying medicine at Southampton.

He is married with 3 children.

Tony Dixon – Lay Member and Chair of Finance Committee

Tony DixonAn accountant by background and Director of Finance in local government during his working career, he is also the Chair of the board of governors of Windsor Forest Colleges Group (previously East Berkshire College of Further Education). He is also a director of Windsor Theatre Ltd, a non-profit making company limited by guarantee.

Tony has been involved in various NHS roles since 2002, including lay memberships of primary care trusts which preceded clinical commissioning groups.

Tony joined Chiltern CCG as a lay member of the Audit Committee in 2013 and became Audit Chair in January 2015. His lay member role has continued with NHS Buckinghamshire CCG from April 2018.

Robert Parkes – Lay Member and Chair of Audit Committee

Robert, a retired chartered accountant, was Executive Director, Finance of the URENCO Group until the end of 2015.  Robert worked for URENCO for more than 20 years, and during this time, was responsible for the group’s finance functions as well as Procurement and IT.  Prior to joining URENCO, Robert was UK Finance Director of Schering.

Robert is married with two children and five grandchildren.  He lives in Chearsley and outside of work his main interests are gardening, travel and languages.

Dr Karen West – Member GP

Karen-WestKaren is a GP partner at Haddenham Medical Centre. She  is our Clinical Lead for Integrated Care and also chairs the Quality and Performance Committee.

An enthusiastic member of the team, she is committed to ensuring the NHS, especially General Practice, remains a service we can be proud of, centred around patient care. As a GP she believes we can, and will, be able to provide a better service to our patients, going forward.

Dr Rebecca Mallard-Smith – Member GP

Dr Rebecca Mallard-SmithDr Mallard-Smith is Clinical Commissioning Director responsible for unplanned community care. She qualified at the Royal Free Medical School in London in 1992 and then trained as a GP on the Oxford vocational training scheme. She started as a partner at the John Hampden surgery in 1997. She is now the senior partner in this surgery and is proud to continue to develop a surgery with a local village approach to General Practice.

Alongside her medical commitments to the patients of John Hampden Surgery, she has developed an interest in the politics and the business side of General Practice. She was elected as a member of Buckinghamshire Local Medical Committee by her colleagues in the area in 2004 and represents her colleagues in the South Buckinghamshire area. Rebecca is also a Clinical Appraiser for General Practioners in Buckinghamshire.

Dr Graham Jackson – Member GP

Dr Graham Jackson

Dr Graham Jackson has worked within Buckinghamshire continually since 1988. He became a partner at Whitehill Surgery in 1991 and still thoroughly enjoys the challenge that primary care provides. In 1993 he brought together a group of local colleagues to found AYDDOC, an Out of Hours GP co-operative, of which he was Medical Manager for 10 years. He has been an LMC (Local Medical Committee) member since 1995.

From 1992 to 2003 he was a Hospital Practitioner in Psychiatry and chaired Neurolink (a national board of mental health experts providing educational material) for several years. Dr Jackson has been involved in commissioning and health service provision in Buckinghamshire for a number of years having previously been Managing Director of Bucks Urgent Care and a member of the Medicines Management steering committee.

Robin Woolfson – Secondary Care Specialist Doctor

Robin WoolfsonRobin qualified from Cambridge University and St Thomas’ Hospital Medical School in 1983. Following specialty training in kidney medicine, he was appointed as a Consultant Nephrologist in 1997 to UCH and the Whittington Hospital, transferring to the Royal Free Hospital in 2006.

Robin is committed to improving patient experience, outcomes and value through service improvement with a strong focus on clinical leadership, education and academic development. Working as a Divisional Medical Director since 2009, Robin has gained significant experience from managing the successful mergers of the Renal (2006), Liver (2011) and Malignant Haematology (2015) services in North Central London, as well as the recent development of the UCLP-based Hepatitis and Renal Cancer networks, and involvement in the acquisition of Barnet & Chase Farm Hospitals Trust.

External roles include Chair of the North London Deanery Renal Specialty Training Committee from 2005 – 2012 and Chair of the Strategic Partnership Board for Camden’s Diabetes Integrated Practice Unit (from 2014). He was first appointed to membership of Chiltern CCG’s Governing Body in March 2016, with his role continuing to the Governing Body of NHS Buckinghamshire CCG.

Crystal Oldman – Registered Nurse

Crystal-OldmanCrystal Oldman joined NHS Aylesbury Vale CCG as nurse member of the Governing Body in January 2013, a role continuing through federation with NHS Chiltern CCG and now as a merged NHS Buckinghamshire CCG.

She is the Chief Executive of the Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI). Crystal trained as a nurse and worked in the NHS for 16 years, in the acute setting of burns, plastics, oncology and intensive care nursing. She later moved into community nursing and public health, working with some of the most deprived communities in London.

She joined Buckinghamshire New University as a senior lecturer and later as Dean of Enterprise and Business Management in the Faculty of Society & Health where her role included the development of partnerships with external agencies to promote research and assist in workforce development.

Crystal’s longstanding interest in the leadership and management has inspired her doctoral studies into the knowledge, skills and attributes of middle managers which she completed in 2014.

Graham Smith – Lay Member

Graham-SmithGraham is a Barrister who was called to the bar by Middle Temple in 2009. He is an experienced advocate who has appeared in the County Courts throughout the country and has used his legal experience to Lecture Law to students studying degree courses as well as helping more mature students returning to education after a period in work. He is also the founder of a fledging publishing and design company.

He lives locally in Buckinghamshire and is the father of two. Graham has been involved with NHS Aylesbury Vale CCG for a number of years as a lay member, as this has continued into the new NHS Buckinghamshire CCG following merger with NHS Chiltern CCG. He is Chair of the Primary Care Commissioning Committee.

Colin Seaton – Lay Member

Colin-SeatonColin retired from his post as the Wycombe District Deputy Police Area Commander last year after 30 years’ service with the Thames Valley Police.  Prior to his retirement, Colin was the district lead officer for Neighbourhood Policing, Community Engagement and Partnership.  During his service he held various posts within Buckinghamshire, Berkshire and Oxfordshire including Detective Chief Inspector responsible for investigating major crimes within the three counties.

Colin has two commendations for leadership and investigation and was awarded the lifetime achievement award for his service to the community. Colin has been involved with NHS Aylesbury Vale CCG for a number of years as a lay member, as this has continued into the new NHS Buckinghamshire CCG following merger with NHS Chiltern CCG.

Louise Patten – Chief Officer

Lou-PattenLouise is a registered nurse and trained as a District Nurse in Buckinghamshire.

She has worked as Assistant Director of Nursing for a Community Provider then moved into Commissioning as Director of Primary Care.  She has held a PCT Deputy Chief Executive and Board Nurse position.

After her year’s sabbatical taking an MBA, she has worked for a commercial healthcare organisation, set up her own consultancy company and held a Trustee/Director post at Watford Football Club’s Community Trust (registered Charity). Lou became Chief Officer for NHS Aylesbury Vale CCG in 2013, a role which expanded to include NHS Chiltern CCG from July 2016. She is now Chief Officer for NHS Buckinghamshire alongside a year long placement in the same role for NHS Oxfordshire CCG.

Robert Majilton – Deputy Chief Officer

Robert-MajiltonRobert has held many finance roles within the NHS including Chief Financial Officer at Buckinghamshire PCT, Interim Director of Finance (CHO) at Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust, Director of Finance – CHO (Interim) at Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust, Chief Financial Officer at Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust, Deputy Director of Finance at Oxfordshire Primary Care Trust, Deputy Director of Finance at Oxford City Primary Care Trust and Finance Manager at Nuffield Orthopaedic Centre NHS Trust.

His new role is to provide financial leadership to emerging Clinical Commissioning Groups, support delivery of savings programmes and provide financial advice and training to members of the organisation.

As of 1 July 2016 his role changed to take control of a newly established Project Management Office which oversaw all projects and programmes designed to be effective both financially and with excellent  patient outcomes.  Following further staff appointments since then his role has consolidated to Deputy Chief Officer which now continues for NHS Buckinghamshire CCG.

Debbie Richards – Director of Commissioning and Delivery (and Accountable Emergency Officer)


Following a number of senior NHS roles for both providers (including Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust) and in commissioning, Debbie was appointed to her current role from October 2016 and became a voting member of the Governing Bodies in common for both NHS Aylesbury Vale and NHS Chiltern CCG in February 2017. This role continues for the now merged NHS Buckinghamshire CCG from April 2018.

Gary Heneage – Chief Finance Officer

With an accountancy background and training, Gary Heneage joined NHS Buckinghamshire CCG as Chief Finance Officer from April 2018. He was previously Head of Finance for NHS England South Central region and as a statutory appointment automatically becomes a voting member of the CCG Governing Body. Prior to joining NHS England five years ago, Gary spent a decade as a Chief Finance Officer in the private sector.