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
Dr Karen West Member GP and Clinical Director for Quality and Integration
Dr Rashmi Sawhney Member GP and Clinical Director for Health Inequalities and the Primary Care Networks Directed Enhanced Service (DES)
Dr Dal Sahota Member GP and Clinical Director for Urgent and Emergency Care
Dr James Kent Chief (Accountable) Officer & ICS Executive Lead
Robert Majilton Deputy Chief (Accountable) Officer
Kate Holmes Interim Chief Finance Officer
Robert Parkes Lay Member, Lay Vice Chair and Chair of Audit Committee
Tony Dixon Lay Member and Chair of Finance Committee
Wendy Bower Lay Member, Patient and Public Involvement
Dr Crystal Oldman Registered Nurse
Dr Robin Woolfson Secondary Care Specialist Doctor

The CCG’s Accountable Emergency Officer is Catherine Mountford, Director of Governance for Oxfordshire CCG. This is a shared management post, though this named individual is not currently a member of the CCG’s Governing Body.

The Governing Body Members

Dr Raj Bajwa – Clinical GP Chair


Dr Bajwa is the Clinical GP Chair for NHS Buckinghamshire CCG, re-elected in November 2018. 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, Medicines Management and End of Life Care.

He is senior partner and trainer at Little Chalfont Surgery having himself trained in the 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.

Dr Rashmi Sawhney – Member GP and Clinical Director for Health Inequalities

Dr Rashmi Sawhney – Member GP and Clinical Director for Health Inequalities and the Primary Care Networks Directed Enhanced Service (DES)
Having previously been the Clinical locality Director for the Wycombe locality until July 2019, Dr Sawhney has since become Clinical Director for Health Inequalities and The Primary Care Networks Directed Enhanced Service (DES)

The Health Inequalities role is aligned with the NHS Long Term Plan with the aim of supporting the CCG and Primary Care Networks in developing and implementing an inequalities strategy.

Primary Care Networks link local practices in small collaborative groups to offer primary care health service that are in addition to their core contracts with the NHS. The nationally published specification for the DES is the additional contract mechanism for this. It includes tackling inequalities locally, as well as other services such as early cancer diagnosis and cardiovascular prevention.

Rashmi completed her undergraduate training at Lady Hardinge Medical College, New Delhi. She did her post graduate training (MRCGP, DCH & Post Graduate Certificate in Medical Education) in the UK. She also has a special interest in management of patients with type 2 diabetes.

Dr Sawhney has been a GP at Riverside Surgery in High Wycombe since 1997. She is part of the Oxford GP trainers group as well as the Bucks GP appraisers group.

Dr Dal Sahota – Clinical Director – Urgent and Emergency Care

Dr Dal SahotaDr Sahota is Clinical Commissioning Director for Urgent Care, having previously been the Clinical Director for Maternity, New Borns & Children. She qualified at University College London in 2001. She then completed her VTS within the oxford deanery based at The Royal Berkshire Hospital, Reading. Thereafter she worked as a partner in Berkshire for 5 years.

Following the births of her son and daughter Dal now lives and works in Buckinghamshire. She is a portfolio GP, so as well as being a family doctor, has a special interest in dermatology and skin surgery and is also a GP appraiser in Buckinghamshire. In 2017 she became clinical director for urgent care across Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern CCG, a role which continues with the two CCGs merging as of 1 April 2018.

Dr James Kent – Chief (Accountable) Officer & Integrated Care System (ICS) Executive Lead

James has over 25 years of healthcare experience as a doctor, management consultant and government adviser. Most recently he has been working with the NHS X leadership team on their priority areas for the recovery COVID-19 phase.  James is also appointed as the ICS Executive Lead, with both roles commenced in May 2020.

Robert Majilton – Deputy Chief (Accountable) Officer


Robert is Deputy Chief Officer of the CCG and in addition oversees Corporate Governance, the Digital Transformation programme, Strategy and Planning and programme delivery through the Programme Management Office.

He has previously led both the urgent care and planned care portfolios for Aylesbury Vale CCG as well as helping to establish the Integrated Care System in Buckinghamshire through co-chairing the first system transformation delivery group.

Previous to this Robert has held many finance roles within the NHS including Chief Financial Officer for both Aylesbury Vale and Chiltern CCGs, Director of Finance for Community Health Services in Oxfordshire and senior finance roles across commissioning and provider organisations.

Kate Holmes – Interim Chief Finance Officer

After over 7 years experience as Deputy CFO for Buckinghamshire CCG, Kate Holmes was appointed as Buckinghamshire CCG’s interim Chief Finance Office from 1 October 2020

Robert Parkes – Lay Member, Lay Vice Chair 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.

Tony Dixon – Lay Member and Chair of Finance Committee

Tony Dixon

An accountant by background and Director of Finance in local government during his working career. 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.

Wendy Bower – Lay Member, Patient and Public Involvement

Wendy began her career as a nurse over 30 years ago and has worked in London and acute hospitals across Berkshire and Surrey.  She was a senior lecturer for Critical Care Nursing with Thames Valley University mainly teaching registered nurses in Intensive Care, Coronary Care and Accident and Emergency in order for them to gain additional qualifications but also had some teaching responsibility for student nurses.

Wendy has been a non-executive director firstly with Wokingham PCT and latterly with NHS Berkshire servicing both East and West Berkshire.  She has particular interests in Quality and Patient and Public Involvement and sees these taking an ever developing and crucial role in the CCGs across the BOB geography (Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West).  As the Lay Member PPI for the BOB CCGs, Wendy will ensure the continued integration and development of this important aspect.

Dr Crystal Oldman – Registered Nurse


Dr Crystal 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. Crystal was awarded a CBE in 2017 for services to community nursing and leadership of the Queen’s Nursing Institute.

Dr Robin Woolfson – Secondary Care Specialist Doctor

Robin Woolfson

Robin 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. As Divisional Director for Transplantation & Specialist Service (2009 – 2017), Robin gained significant experience from managing the successful mergers of the Renal (2006), Liver/ Hepatobiliary and pancreatic (HPB) (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.

Robin was involved in the acquisition of Barnet & Chase Farm Hospitals Trust and subsequent development of the Royal Free London Group Model in 2017. Robin was appointed Medical Director of the Royal Free Hospital in 2017.

External roles include Chair of the North London Deanery Renal Specialty Training Committee from 2005–12 and Chair of the Strategic Partnership Board for Camden’s Diabetes Integrated Practice Unit (2014-17). 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.

Dr Karen West- Member GP and Clinical Director of Integration

Dr Karen West – Member GP and Clinical Director for Quality and Integration
Karen is a GP partner at Haddenham Medical Centre. She  is our Clinical Lead for Integrated Care and also chairs the Quality and Performance Committee, and is appointed to the statutory role of Caldicott Guardian.

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.