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Our governing body meets bi-monthly in public. Everyone is welcome to attend and observe the meeting.

Each time the governing body meets we publish the agenda and papers for the meetings.

You can find details of future meetings and papers here.

Papers published before March 2018 can be read here.

Our governing body has an ongoing role to review our governance, making sure that we continue to reflect the principles that we work towards. 

Meet the governing body:

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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.

Angie Clegg, registered nurse

Angie qualified as a nurse at St James Hospital in Leeds in 1984. Since then she has worked as a nurse, clinical leader, consultant nurse, lecturer, senior manager and director in Leeds, Bradford and Airedale. She has been awarded a BSc in Health Studies from Leeds Metropolitan University, and an MSc in Leadership and Advanced Practice from her studies at Bradford University. As a nurse leader Angie’s research, publications and area of expertise includes innovations in intermediate care, out of hospital care, advanced practice, clinical leadership and quality.


Ali Jan Haider, CCG executive director

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.



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.

Bryan Millar, lay member (finance)

Bryan retired as chief executive of Bradford Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust on 31 August 2014, having worked in the NHS since 1977 in a variety of roles within Yorkshire and the North East of England. After occupying a number of posts at District and Regional Health Authorities, he joined Northgate and Prudhoe NHS Trust becoming their Director of Finance and Performance Management in 1993.

He became Director of Finance at Bradford Community Health NHS Trust in 1999 before moving to Bradford South and West PCT where he was Director of Finance and Deputy Chief Executive. Bryan joined the Foundation Trust in October 2005. He is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants.

In addition to his former role as Chief Executive of Bradford Teaching Hospitals, Bryan was also a Board member of Health Education England, Yorkshire and the Humber (and Chair of its Finance, Governance and Risk Committee), Chair of the Local Comprehensive Research Network Partnership Group, and Director of Medipex (an intellectual property company and NHS innovation hub).

Sarah Muckle, public health representative (non-voting advisor)

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.

David Richardson, lay member (patient and public involvement).

David brings a wealth of strategic partnership and NHS experience to the governing body: providing an independent view of the work of the CCG and overseeing one of its key areas – making sure that local people’s views and ideas are heard by the CCG, to make a difference to how local services are planned.

As a former senior police officer for over 30 years, David retired from West Yorkshire Police in 2004 and then acted as an advisor to Government Office for Yorkshire & Humberside, in connection with the improvement of performance, governance and the partnership working arrangements relating to community safety, crime, disorder, drugs and alcohol.

David also became the non-executive independent chair of Bradford and Airedale Community Solutions Ltd, which was created to improve healthcare facilities. In 2005, he became chairman of Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, a post he held for nine years.

David also chaired the Trust’s council of governors, which represents and listens to the views of 50,000 public and patient members including hospital staff and partner organisations.

Between 2005 and 2012, David was chief executive of Bradford Breakthrough Ltd, the senior business leaders’ networking and advocacy partnership. He is currently a director of the property business Martin & Co in Leeds.

Michelle Turner, nurse member and 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.

Richard Wilkinson, lay member (governance)

Richard’s career has been spent in education and, during 36 years at Tong High School, he progressed from probationary teacher to assistant head teacher. He also has wide and varied board and governance experience, notably with the West Yorkshire Aimhigher Area Partnership, an education partnership organisation, and Leeds Trinity University. Richard is also chair of the compliance and scrutiny committee for Accent Housing.

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 &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.

John Young, Secondary Care Consultant

Prof John Young 149x238John Young trained at the Middlesex Hospital, London and was appointed as a consultant geriatrician in Bradford in 1986 where he devleoped numerous new services including an elderly care assessment unit; a stroke unit; and an ortho-geriatric unit. In 2005 he was appointed as Head of the Academic Unit of Elderly Care & Rehabilitation, University of Leeds (based in the Bradford Institute for Health Research), now one of the largest  research units of its kind in the UK. John was seconded to the DH (2001-2007) to assist with the National Service Framework for Older People, and then to NHS England (2013-2016) as National Clinical Director for the Frail Elderly and Integration.

The register of interests for our board members can found within our publication scheme