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, Chief Officer

Amanda is a qualified diagnostic radiographer and worked in hospitals in 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 she decided to pursue a career in management.  Amanda has held senior management posts within the acute sector, strategic health authority and PCT covering policy areas such as Choice and access; managing performance and assurance of PCTs at a regional level and has undertaken significant work on system redesign. 

Dr Rick Sweeney, Lead for Vulnerable People

Rick qualified as a doctor from Leeds Medical School in 1979 and, following junior doctor training posts particularly focussing on medical care of the elderly, was a partner at a central Harrogate GP practice from 1984 until his retirement in 2015. He represented local GPs on the Local Medical Committee for over 30 years. His involvement with commissioning began in 1991 as the Lead Partner in a first wave Fundholding Practice and he has subsequently been involved with commissioning throughout the various NHS reorganisations until being appointed as a Governing Body Member of the HaRD CCG in January 2012. He has a particular interest in mental health and problems of an aging population, and is the CCG clinical lead for vulnerable people and primary care.

Dr Sarah Hay, Lead for Planned Care
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 Angela O’Donoghue, Lead for Planned Care

Angela is a GP in Green Hammerton and has a role in planned care for the CCG. She has an interest in delivering patient centred compassionate care. Her interests are in patient safety; using human factors knowledge, positive staff culture and quality Improvement. She believes these qualities need to be central to commissioning for a sustainable future with Vanguard new care models.

Governing Body lay members       

Rachel Mann, Vice Chair and Chair of the Audit Committee

Rachel Mann is a local business woman with extensive experience of the public sector.  She is founding partner and managing director of an executive coaching and leadership development company based in Harrogate. Rachel has many years of experience in health and local government and the skills sectors. For over 10 years Rachel worked at director and chief executive level, initially in the health service and subsequently local government. Rachel was Chief Executive of Craven District Council in North Yorkshire for 5 years from 1999 to 2004. In addition to this executive experience Rachel has held non-executive posts over the last 8 years. She was chair of the learning and skills council for North Yorkshire from 2006 to 2008 and was subsequently appointed chair of the Regional Board of the learning and skills council from 2008 to 2010; the regional learning and skills council was responsible for a £1 billion budget, funding all post-16 skills and further education across the region. This high level public sector governance experience is also supplemented by Rachel's appointment last year to the chair of a not-for-profit limited company based in Leeds, providing employability skills and training. Rachel has particular skills in change management and organisational development and holds a masters degree in Leading Innovation and Change. She currently works extensively in leadership and partnership development.

David Hall, Lay Member - Patient and Public Involvement

David Hall is the Lay member with responsibility for patient and public involvement. Married with three children, Dave's experience at Board level has been gained in two Fire and Rescue Authorities, a Mental Health Trust and a community safety charity. In his last full time role as Assistant Chief Fire Officer, Director of Personal and Organisational Development with Humberside Fire and Rescue Service, Dave managed a wide variety of strategic references and held operational command responsibility for 2,000 uniformed staff. He is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD) and holds a Masters degree in management. Dave has been appointed as a Lay member of the NHS Citizen Programme Board. This is the national body which has been established to guide and support the NHS in its commitment to ensure that Patients and the public have a voice in the development of service improvements across the country.

Governing Body executive members       

Wendy Balmain - Director of Transformation and Delivery -

As a qualified social worker and senior health professional Wendy has worked throughout her career with national and local organisations, and people who use services, to deliver better health and care outcomes. This has included senior roles in the Department of Health, strategic health authority and local government. Wendy has extensive experience in system leadership with a particular interest in  the integration of health and care.

Joanne Crewe - Director of Quality and Governance Executive Nurse 

Joanne qualified as a registered general nurse in 1986 and went on to complete an MSc in Nursing Practice. Joanne worked at Dewsbury and District Hospital as a respiratory specialist nurse and with North Kirklees PCT as lead nurse for clinical development and innovation. She then moved on to lead a team responsible for transformational redesign and commissioning services, including large-scale programmes for long-term conditions, intermediate tier services, frail elderly, palliative and end of life care. Prior to joining the CCG, Joanne worked as an Operational Director at Harrogate and District NHS Foundation Trust.

Dilani Gamble, Chief Finance Officer

Dilani is a qualified accountant and an associate member and fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants (ACCA). Dilani has had 17 years of NHS experience with over 10 years in senior management roles. During this time, her career has spanned finance, contracting, business intelligence and performance, holding a number of senior management positions including Head of Finance at NHS England (North Yorkshire & Humber Area Team), Associate Director of Contracting and Information at East Riding of Yorkshire PCT and Senior Commissioning Accountant at North Lincolnshire PCT.



Professor Jane Metcalf, Secondary Care Consultant 

Jane Metcalf qualified from Newcastle University in 1988. She trained in Northern Deanery and the South West and has been a senior lecturer in medical education and consultant gastroenterologist at North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Trust on Teesside since 2000. She has been Clinical Director for Education and Organisational Development at her Trust since 2007, with budgetary and management responsibility for training over 5000 medical, clinical and non-clinical staff. She has a particular interest in interprofessional education and the development of high quality clinical teams. She is involved in commissioning discussions within her own Trust and planning for moving more clinical care into the community.

Kathy Clark - Assistant Director, Commissioning, North Yorkshire County Council, Health and Adult Services

Kathy Clark is an Assistant Director for Commissioning at North Yorkshire County Council, and leads as Director for Harrogate. Kathy is a qualified Social Worker and has worked in Adults and Social Care for over thirty years.