Our Governing Body

Members of the Harrogate and Rural District Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body are as follows:

Governing Body members      

Dr Alistair Ingram, Clinical Chair

Alistair qualified at Nottingham Medical School in 1989. After finishing his general practice training in Lincolnshire he became a partner at Dr Fletcher and partners in Ripon in 1993.The practice shares the responsibility with the other Ripon practices for the medical cover to the in-patient beds and minor injuries unit at Ripon Community Hospital.  He has been a trainer for General Practice trainees on the Northallerton Vocational Training Scheme since 2000. Alistair has previously been Chair of the Masham and Ripon Consortium for Health and Chair of the Harrogate and Rural District Practice-based Commissioning Group.

Amanda Bloor, Accountable Officer
North Yorkshire CCGs

Amanda was appointed as the Accountable Officer for the three North Yorkshire CCGs (Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby, Harrogate and Rural District and Scarborough and Ryedale) in December 2018. Prior to this she served as Accountable Officer for Harrogate and Rural District CCG since it was established in 2013.

Amanda trained as a diagnostic radiographer and worked in hospitals across Newcastle upon Tyne and York, reaching the position of Superintendent Radiographer, with a particular interest in trauma and orthopaedics. After becoming involved in clinical redesign and service improvement Amanda decided to pursue a career in management. She has held senior management roles within the acute sector, strategic health authority and Primary Care Trusts. Amanda has undertaken significant work in service delivery and system redesign across both primary care and acute pathways and her experience includes leading and implementing policy and performance improvement.

Amanda is a strong advocate of prevention, self-care and supporting our population to lead healthy lives. She is passionate about mental health services and working in partnership to help achieve the best health outcomes for the people who live in our area. When not working Amanda enjoys yoga and running and spending time walking in the Yorkshire countryside with her family and two dogs.

Dr Sarah Hay, Lead for Quality, Governance, Urgent and Emergency care, Cancer and End of Life

Sarah qualified in 1995 from St Mary's Hospital, Paddington. She moved to Yorkshire in 1999 to train as a GP.  As a GP Registrar she was the Yorkshire representative at the BMA.  Sarah is a part-time partner in a small practice in Harrogate, her interests include Information technology, GP Appraisal and her clinical interest is palliative care, having worked in three hospices over the years.  Prior to joining her practice she worked as both a locum and salaried GP in Leeds and Harrogate and also spent a year working as a GP in New Zealand.  In addition to being a partner she does regular sessions at the out-of-hours service in Harrogate and also works as a GP Appraiser.  This is her first post in Clinical Management.

Dr Bruce Willoughby, Lead for Planned Care

Bruce qualified from Newcastle University in 1993 and went on to become a GP in Northumberland.  After a number of years of working with the Primacy Care Group on stroke improvement, he left General Practice and trained as a specialist in public health across the North East including working in a variety of PCTs, a Care Trust, Government Office for the North East and a hospital trust. In 2008 he moved to his native Yorkshire and took up a consultant post in Public Health Medicine in North Yorkshire and York PCT. In 2012, after feeling he was in need of getting back to the coal face and missing patient contact, he returned to General Practice. He has worked since then as a GP at a number of practices within Harrogate and the surrounding area and now is part of Sterling Medical Chambers which provides GP locum services to local practices.  

Dr Ian Woods, Secondary Care Doctor

Ian qualified in Medicine in 1979, and after specialist training became a Consultant Anaesthetist in 1988. His special interests included Intensive Care and also Patient Safety - he became the Specialty Advisor at the National Patient Safety Agency. During the latter part of his clinical career he was Medical Director of a Foundation Trust for 4 years, and now at the CCG sits on the Governing Body. Ian lives with his family in North Yorkshire, and enjoys walking and photography.

Governing Body Lay Members       

Sheenagh Powell, Vice Chair and Chair of the Audit Committee
Conflicts of Interest Guardian for the CCG

Sheenagh has many years’ experience of working in the NHS including roles as a board member, finance director and chief executive. Sheenagh’s career crosses NHS organisations including Primary Care Trusts, an NHS Foundation Trust and NHS England.

Kate Kennady, Lay Member - Patient and Public Involvement

Kate Kennady is one of two lay members with responsibility for patient and public involvement. Kate is retired having spent her working life in the NHS latterly as a senior nurse and has worked in a number of acute hospital trusts.  Her last post was as Director of Quality at the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals Trust. Kate then worked for the Royal College of Nursing as a Professional Learning and Development Facilitator for the Yorkshire & Humber and Northern regions. Kate is a registered nurse and undertook her training in Liverpool.  She also has a Master Degree from the University of Leeds in Health Service Studies.

Lance Gilroy, Lay Member - Patient and Public Involvement

Lance Gilroy is one of two lay members with responsibility for patient and public involvement. Lance is a retired Police officer and has lived in the Harrogate area for most of his life. Currently Lance works as a case manager in the criminal justice sector. He has considerable experience in engaging with challenging service users, particularly those with mental health and substance misuse issues.

Governing Body Executive Members       

Wendy Balmain - Director of Strategy and Integration
North Yorkshire CCGs

Wendy was appointed Director of Strategy and Integration in June 2019.

Wendy previously served as Director of Transformation and Delivery for Harrogate and Rural District CCG where she was responsible for delivering health care commissioning for the CCG and led work to integrate community and adult social care services. Wendy brings extensive experience across health and social care both at a national and local level to the role.

As Director of Strategy and Integration she is responsible for primary care transformation and commissioning, including implementation of primary care networks, working closely with partners across North Yorkshire to expand integrated service models.


Julie Warren - Director of Corporate Services, Governance and Performance
North Yorkshire CCGs

Julie was appointed Director of Corporate Services, Governance and Performance in June 2019. She has worked in the NHS for over 26 years in different organisations across Yorkshire and the Humber including setting up one of the first Surestart programmes for 0-5 year olds and their families and carers.

Qualified in health promotion, Julie strongly promotes being proactive in raising awareness and self-care. She is committed to ensuring local priorities are delivered learning from best practice across the country.

Simon Cox - Director of Acute Commissioning
North Yorkshire CCGs

Simon assumed the role of permanent Director of Acute Commissioning in June 2019, having served in this role temporarily since January 2019. Prior to this he was Chief Officer of NHS Scarborough and Ryedale CCG.

Simon started his career as a practitioner in operating theatres in Leeds General Infirmary and brings 30 years' of NHS experience to his role. As Director of Acute Commissioning he oversees the relationship with acute providers across the three North Yorkshire CCGs, including commissioning and performance. He will also support transformation and service redesign initiatives ensuring that acute care best serves the needs of North Yorkshire.

Jane Hawkard, Chief Finance Officer
North Yorkshire CCGs

Jane joined the team as Chief Finance Officer in November 2019 after six years as Chief Officer of East Riding CCG.

Jane qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG and worked as a financial accountant at Yorkshire Bank in their store card, leasing and central office divisions before joining the NHS in 1994. Since joining the NHS Jane has worked for mental health, community, acute trusts and the former North East Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire (NEYNL) Strategic Health Authority. She has worked at a senior level in finance, contracting and strategy prior to her Chief Officer role. Jane was also a Director on the East Riding of Yorkshire Council senior management team.

In her role as Chief Finance Officer Jane is committed to ensuring a sustainable financial future for the North Yorkshire health economy working with trusts, local authorities and CCG partners.


Sue Peckitt - Chief Nurse
North Yorkshire CCGs

Sue was appointed Chief Nurse in June 2019. She is a registered nurse with over 30 years’ NHS experience in a wide variety of nursing and clinical quality roles in both secondary care organisations and clinical commissioning groups. Sue worked at Deputy Chief Nurse level for six years prior to her current appointment and holds an MSc in Health Sciences and a post graduate diploma in management.

Sue is responsible for clinical quality and safety, safeguarding of adults and children, and patient experience. Sue is committed to working closely with colleagues across the health and social care system in North Yorkshire in order to reduce health inequalities and improve the quality of care for our population.