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 Primary Care  

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 primary care.

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 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.

Dr Ian Woods, Representing Secondary Care

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 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.

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.


Dr Peter Billingsley, Clinical Lead for Vulnerable People