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The clinical board is accountable to the council of members and has responsibility for:

Membership of the board includes six elected GPs, the chief officer, chief financial officer, director of quality, director of strategy and a representative of the local authority’s public health team.

The clinical board meets on a weekly basis except when there are governing body meetings or governing body/clinical board development events.

Meet the clinical board:

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Ali Jan Haider, director of strategy

Ali Jan qualified as a social worker in Leicester before completing an MBA at the University of Bradford. He joined the NHS in 2002 after wide experience in the voluntary and statutory sector, also having worked as a private management and change consultant. He has held director and deputy director roles in the NHS focused on equality and diversity as well as commissioning and contracting for learning disability and community services.



Dr Andy Withers, clinical chair

Andy completed his vocational training in Bradford before joining his practice in Allerton in 1986. He is involved in South & West Bradford Primary Care Group, as chair of lead clinicians. He became a member of the Local Medical Committee in the mid-1990s and was chair of the LMC for five years before becoming CCG chair, having previously served as vice chair of the South and West Bradford Commissioning Alliance and a member of the GP Commissioning Executive. He has been a GP trainer since 2006 and a firm advocate of quality general practice.


Dr Carsten Grimm, GP member

Carsten has been a freelance and salaried GP in North Bradford since he left the Bradford vocational training scheme. Following additional training in addiction medicine in Australia, he worked with the North Bradford Drug Service, then as clinical lead for alcohol services in Kirklees. His clinical interest is community and in-hospital care of people with alcohol use disorder, screening and brief intervention.

He has worked in an advisory capacity for NICE and continues to work for the Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP), as the clinical lead for the successful alcohol certificate, and an honorary clinical commissioning champion. He is the principal investigator for BHAIT: a Bradford-based study looking at the effects of alcohol consumption and high blood pressure.

Dr Louise Clarke, GP member

Dr Louise Clarke has been a GP in Bradford since 2010. Prior to that, she completed her GP training in Bradford and did various hospital rotations across West Yorkshire.

She has a particular interest in child health and is a clinical board member for Bradford Districts CCG. Louise is also a clinical specialty lead for children and young people, and a named doctor for safeguarding children and holds both of these posts across the three local CCGs.


Dr Nick Hayward, GP member

Nick HaywardDr Nick Hayward has been a GP in Shipley for the last 12 years. He is a partner at Westcliffe and Shipley Medical Practice and a GP trainer on the Bradford training scheme for the past 8 years. 

Past roles include a number of years as a GP representative on YORLMC, 11 years as GP with a specialist interest in alcohol and substance misuse, and a clinical associate in the primary care faculty of NHS Improving Quality and NHS England’s sustainability and transformation team.

Nick's interests include the sustainability of primary care, improving the quality of the care offered locally and improving patient safety. Nick is the clinical lead for primary care and patient engagement for the CCG.

Dr Taz Aldawoud, GP member

Dr Mutaz Aldawoud qualified from Leeds University School of Medicine, and holds an MBA with specialism in Strategic Management in Life Sciences and Healthcare. He trained, and has worked as a GP, in Bradford since 2008 and is passionate about tackling health inequalities and improving patient outcomes, especially through using innovative technologies and digital systems in healthcare. 

Taz also has a role as Digital Clinical Champion for NHS England and is on the Digital Health & Wellbeing Board of the Yorkshire & Humber Academic Health Science Network (AHSN).

Through his role as Director of Clinical Innovation for Social Enterprise healthcare provider Local Care Direct, he pioneered the development of clinically-managed technology enabled care services, which has won national accolades including the Social Enterprise Awards UK Winner for Innovation.

Helen Hirst, accountable officer

Helen became the accountable officer for the three CCGs in the Bradford District and Craven – Airedale, Wharfedale and Craven, Bradford City and Bradford Districts – in October 2016 having previously been in the same role for Bradford City and Districts CCGs since their establishment in 2013.  In the last few years Helen has also undertaken interim roles with NHS England (director of CCG development) and with the Vale of York CCG (accountable officer).  Helen has worked in Bradford since 1992 and was the deputy chief executive of the former Bradford and Airedale Teaching PCT.  In 2010 Helen took a two year secondment with the Department of Health as programme director for primary care commissioning as part of the NHS Commissioning Board establishment team.

Helen spends her time outside of work with her family and a varied assortment of animals.  She’s married with a daughter and step daughter.

Julie Lawreniuk, chief finance officer and deputy chief officer

Julie is a qualified accountant who has worked in the NHS since 1991.  During this time, she has worked in a number of senior finance roles across West Yorkshire including more recently joint chief finance officer for Calderdale and Greater Huddersfield CCGs and executive director of finance and efficiency for NHS Calderdale.

Julie is married and lives in Bradford, she has two grown up daughters and is a passionate supporter of Bradford City football club.

Michelle Turner, director of quality

Michelle is a registered nurse and trained as a district nurse and health visitor; she holds degrees from King's College, London and City University, London. She entered health service management in West London in 2002 after a long period of frontline practice as a health visitor in White City. She has been acting director of primary care for two PCTs, and was deputy director for transformation and integration in NHS Bradford and Airedale. She was seconded to Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Foundation Trust in 2010 to lead the development of the Trust's end of life strategy. Michelle is passionate about the NHS and its services to patients.

Sarah Muckle, public health

Sarah MuckleSarah is a public health specialist working as deputy to Bradford’s director of public health. She worked previously in Kirklees as a public health consultant in both the primary care trust (PCT) and local authority.

Some of her key achievements include developing a community-based chronic pain service which achieved national recognition and informed a national chronic pain strategy and Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) commissioning guidance, development of an online self-care tool that was nominated for a national award, and development of a nationally recognised self-care programme.

Sarah started her public health career 12 years ago in the Scottish Borders working in a role focused on applying public health knowledge and skills in primary care and community services to embed principles around improving health, protecting health and reducing health inequalities.