Governing Body Members Biographies

Governing Body Voting Members



Dr Claire Fuller

CCG Interim Accountable Officer
ICS Senior Responsible Officer


Dr Claire Fuller, a practicing GP, is the Senior Responsible Officer for the Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care System (ICS) and, since July 2020, has also taken on the role of Interim Accountable Officer for NHS Surrey Heartlands CCG.  This dual role is helping to provide strong and consistent leadership across the local health and care system to create better outcomes for the one million people living and working in Surrey Heartlands. 

Claire champions true citizen and professional engagement (of the broadest remit) and believes in a population health management approach to improving patient outcomes.  She is also a firm advocate of the need to join up the public sector to ensure involvement of the wider determinants of health in reducing health inequalities for the people that live in Surrey.

Claire has been a practicing GP since 1995, spending most of her career in Surrey, with a spell in Northumberland, where she worked in a single-handed rural practice.

Claire regularly speaks nationally about the work in Surrey Heartlands, multi-professional leadership and population health management. She has been HSJ Clinical Leader of the Year, is a member of the NHS Assembly, the NHS People Board and Co-Chair of the NHS Confederation’s Advisory Group of the Health and Care Leaders Forum.  Claire has also been appointed as Visiting Professor in the Faculty of Health and Medical Science at Surrey University for the period April 2021 to April 2024.


Matthew Knight

Chief Finance Officer

  Biography to follow.

Dr Joe McGilligan

East Surrey GP Representative


Dr Joe McGilligan qualified in Birmingham in 1990 and has wide medical experience including time as a flying doctor in Australia.  He is Senior GP partner at Greystone House Medical Practice in Redhill, Surrey, and has a special interest in Minor Surgery. He is an experienced Trainer of GP’s and medical students and an LMC member for Surrey.

As an advocate of an integrated approach to healthcare, Dr McGilligan brought together the eighteen East Surrey practices to form ESyDoc LLP for practice based commissioning.

Between March 2012 and March 2014, he was co-chair of the Surrey Health and Wellbeing Board and following on from this role he has become a Health and Wellbeing Champion for the LGA. Dr McGilligan is keen to link health and social care in a proper partnership approach and was awarded system leader of the year by Kent Surrey and Sussex Leadership recognition awards 2013.

He is a Council member of the National Association of Primary Care (NAPC) and a founding member of the National Primary Care Network (NPCN). In those roles he is involved in all the new models of care being proposed from Vanguards to Primary Care Home, accountable care organisations and the Strategic Transformation Plans. As the LMC member for Surrey has involvement with the local plans as the favoured model is the Multi-discipline Community Provider (MCP) model of care. Actively involved in the Federation Alliance for Better Care (ABC) who will be commissioned to provide the care.

Dr McGilligan is a regular columnist for The Healthcare Leader magazine and Editorial Board member. He previously chaired the Editorial Board of the Commissioning Review and sits on the Editorial Board of Guidelines in Practice and sits on multiple Advisory Boards for the NHS and the Pharmaceutical Industry and speaks at multiple conferences.

Dr McGilligan is former chairman of East Surrey Clinical Commissioning Group.  He is motivated by a strong desire to improve the care of local residents and to realise his long held vision for high quality patient services which deliver the right health care, at the right time, by the right healthcare professional and in the right environment.  In the process, he aspires to bring back pride in the medical profession and the NHS.


Dr Shelina Jaffer

East Surrey GP Representative

  Shelina is a GP at the Oxted Health Centre, East Surrey, with a background in general and acute medicine. She qualified from the University of Bristol in 2005, with a previous degree in biomedical sciences. She has a keen interest in the primary-secondary interface and collaborative working. She is the Clinical Lead for East Surrey on the Governing Body and Prescribing Lead.

Dr Sian Jones

Clinical Deputy Chair



Born and brought up in West Wales, Sian qualified from The Royal Free School of Medicine in 1985. Her post registration experience has been varied including working in a rural surgery in Glastonbury, as a GP in Australia and a community paediatrician in Bristol and Guildford. Her particular interests are in children’s and women’s health.

Sian is a GP in Wonersh, initially salaried & as a partner from 2002. She has been involved in Gold Standards Framework (GSF) development and have a keen interest in improving End of Life Care (EOLC) in practice and looks forward to leading in the area of cancer and EOLC on the board.

She is also a school doctor and member of MOSA (Medical Officers of Schools Association).

Qualifications: MBBS London (1985) DCH, DRCOG


Dr Darren Watts

Guildford and Waverley GP Representative


Darren qualified as a doctor in 1993, initially undertook hospital medical rotation and then GP training in Guildford. He has been a GP partner at Chiddingfold Surgery in Guildford and Waverley since 1999 and completed membership of the Royal College of General Practitioners.  

He was previously a GP Governing Body representative for Guildford and Waverley CCG from its inception in 2013.
As well as a medical degree, Darren also have a degree in Clinical Pharmacology.

Darren has a particular interest in medicines management and has been a member of the Area Prescribing Committee for many years.

Darren is looking forward to continuing to represent Guildford and Waverley as a GP board member.


Dr Deborah Shiel

North West Surrey GP Representative


  Biography to follow.

Dr Rebecca Rogers

North West Surrey GP Representative


Rebecca Rogers has been a salaried GP at Sunbury Health Centre since 2007, having previously completed Primary Care training in North Yorkshire. Prior to this she had gained experience working in psychiatry in Queensland Australia, following gaining her medical degree at The University of Birmingham in 2001. 

Rebecca has worked for the CCG for some years, initially within North West Surrey CCG as a prescribing lead for the Thames Medical area, and for the past 18 months has been a GP representative on the Governing Body for the North West Surrey area. She has a desire to ensure that patient's pathway through their healthcare journey is of high quality, and equitable, in both primary and secondary care.

Dr Russell Hills

Surrey Downs GP Representative


Russell is a GP and a GP Partner at Integrated Care Partnership, Fitznells Manor Surgery. He joined the Surrey downs CCG Governing Body in April 2015 and assumed the new role of Clinical Chair at Surrey Downs CCG in August 2017.

Russell has a good working knowledge of the vision for the NHS and New Models of Care, and has ambitions to strengthen the partnership between the CCG and its localities to bring the benefits of the GP Forward View to patients and Surrey Downs membership practices.

He is also GP lead for Equality and Diversity.


Dr Andrew Sharpe

Surrey Downs GP Representative


Andrew has been a partner at the Ashley Centre Surgery in Epsom since 1993, having trained at St George’s Hospital Medical School and qualified in 1988. He trained on the Newham GP vocational training scheme and has been a GP trainer since 1994. Andrew has been involved in commissioning since before the formation of the CCGs.

Andrew is Caldicott Guardian for the CCG and also the Chief Clinical Information Officer for Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership. This involves oversight of the digital journey in Surrey Heartlands and ensuring that the system maximises the benefit from emerging digital technology.

He has a postgraduate diploma in Health Informatics Leadership from Imperial.


Dr Timothy Bates

GP Member for Surrey-wide Services


Dr Tim Bates grew up in Petersfield, Hampshire and qualified from St Thomas' and Guy's Medical Schools in 1994. He has extensive experience working outside the UK and the NHS; initially in Australia, then as a Ship's Doctor, and later in medical repatriation for the UK based holiday insurance market.

He trained in General Practice at Wonersh Surgery in 2003, before joining Fort House Surgery, Walton on Thames, in 2004. He has been a GP partner since 2006 and the practice lead for the North West Surrey Locality since 2008. He passed membership examinations for the Royal College of Physicians (2000), the Royal College of General Practitioners (2003) and has a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene (2001).

He is married with three children and lives in Kingston, Surrey. He has a keen interest in the natural world, sport, health and fitness, and hopes to bring this into his work as the GP Governing Body Representative for Surrey-wide services.


Adrian Brown

Lay Member (Audit)/ East Surrey ‘place’


Previous NHS roles includes past Chair of the Surrey and Sussex NHS Healthcare Trust and Lay Member Governance for Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG, Crawley CCG and East Surrey CCG

Adrian has over 25 years’ board level experience with major organisations both in the public and private sector, principally in the engineering and construction of large capital projects. Board positions held have included Commercial Director, Marketing Director, Managing Director and Group Managing Director and Chairman with companies including Babcock Group, Davy Plc and Tarmac plc. Appointed Justice of the Peace in 2003.​


Mark Byrne

Lay Member, North West Surrey ‘place’ (Primary Care Commissioning)


Mark Byrne is the managing partner & founder of RLVCP which is a London based high growth investment firm. Mark was previously senior corporate finance director and head of the R&D tax solutions practice for FTI Consulting LLP UK and Head of R&D tax services for Mazars Ireland.

Mark is chair of the advisory appointments committee for Cambridge University NHS Hospitals Trust and is a non executive director of a London based 43 practice GP confederation. He was previously a member of the Royal College of Physicians joint advisory group which awards accreditation to GI endoscopy units in the UK.

Mark is a previous member of the HM Treasury R&D expert working group.


Jonathan Perkins

Lay Deputy Chair


Jonathan joined Surrey Downs CCG as a Lay Member in July 2015 and continues this role for Surrey Heartlands CCG. He lives in Esher and is a lawyer.

Since retiring as a partner with Linklaters, he has acted as the Chair of the Fundraising Committee for Princess Alice Hospice and as Vice-Chair of the Trustees.

Steve Hams

Registered Nurse

Steve Hams

  Professor Steve Hams has been a registered nurse for more than 25 years, having initially specialised in coronary care. Steve has held a number of senior nursing and commissioning posts in the NHS, voluntary sector and higher education.
Steve is the Director of Quality and Chief Nurse for Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, responsible for nursing, midwifery, allied health professions and quality. He is visiting professor at the Three Counties School of Nursing and Midwifery at the university of Worcester.

Phelim Brady

Lay Member, Guildford and Waverley ‘place’ (PPE)

Phelim Brady


After a few years in advertising and marketing Phelim Brady taught sociology and was a teacher trainer. He was for a time the chief examiner for GCE Sociology and a university external examiner on several degree programmes including the MSc in Nursing at Surrey University. He ended his full-time career as a deputy principal. Phelim was appointed MBE for his services to education and health in 2013.

Phelim was also a JISC (UK universities) UK board member, a school governor and chair of Eagle Radio’s advisory panel. For seven years, he was a governor at Frimley Park Hospital and then the Lay Vice Chair for Guildford and Waverley CCG. Phelim chairs the North Guildford Primary Care Premises Redevelopment Board. He is a co-applicant with Surrey University on an NHS funded research project looking at primary care in England and is a trustee of Cunningham House in Pirbright.


Caris Grimes

Secondary Care Doctor

Caris Grimes  

Caris is the independent Secondary Care Doctor on the Governing Body. She is a Consultant General and Colorectal surgeon at Medway NHS Foundation Trust with a subspecialty interest in inflammatory bowel disease.  Caris is also the Associate Medical Director for Patient Safety at Medway.  Her interests are particularly around learning from incidents and advocating for the involvement of patients, families and their carers in all aspects of patient safety.  

Caris has written two books on learning from failure. She is also an Hononary Senior Clinical Lecturer at Kings College London where she lectures and researches in global surgery.



Governing Body - attendees


Sumona Chatterjee

Place-based leader for East Surrey ICP


Sumona was appointed as Director of Strategic Commissioning for Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership in November 2017 and took on the role of Place-based leader for East Surrey ICP in November 2019. An MBA qualified healthcare leader, she has twenty years of extensive health commissioning experience working across a range of organisations acquiring through the course of her career commissioning, stakeholder management, service redesign, commercial and procurement expertise. 

Starting her career in a Provider Trust subsequently followed by the Strategic Health Authority, PCTs, CSU and CCGs, she has held several senior leadership roles within previous CCGs.

Sumona is keen to put her experience in practice to realise the ambitions of the devolution agenda in Surrey working with system partners in the integration of health and social care services and providing high quality, sustainable services for the people in Surrey. 



Karen McDowell

CCG Deputy Accountable Officer
ICS Chief Operating Officer


Karen was appointed as Surrey Heartlands ICS Chief Operating Officer in November 2021.  Previously Karen was the Surrey Heartlands CCG Chief Finance Officer (from 2018 to 2021) and system finance lead, and had also been the CCG’s Deputy Accountable Officer since its inception in April 2018.  Her current portfolio includes urgent and emergency care, primary care, emergency preparedness, resilience and response, communications and engagement, governance, ambulance commissioning, the Covid-19 vaccination programme and ICS development.

Karen became a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) in 2003. Previously she was Chief Finance Officer at NHS Guildford and Waverley CCG (from April 2013), NHS Merton CCG and prior to this, Deputy Director of Finance for NHS Sutton & Merton.

Karen has held a number of senior roles in London and Greater Manchester over the last 20 years, including NHS Waltham Forest and NHS Manchester including both financial and management accounting.



Jack Wagstaff

Place-based leader for North West Surrey ICP

  Biography to follow.



Thirza Sawtell

Place-based leader for Surrey Downs ICP


Biography to follow.



Louise Stead

Place-based leader for Guildford and Waverley ICP (also Chief Executive of Royal Surrey NHS Foundation Trust)

Louise Stead

  Biography to follow.



Clare Stone

Director of Multi-Professional Leadership


Clare has been a nurse in the NHS for over 20 years working primarily in community settings and has a special interest in the care of older people.

Passionate about improving quality and safety for patients, Clare also worked at South East Coast SHA leading on the Engergise for Excellence in Care Programme which has now been brought under the Chief Nursing Officer of England’s Leading Change, Adding Value framework building on the ‘6Cs’.  She also co-ordinated the involvement of all providers in the region in the Safe Care pilot for the Safety Thermometer, now a nationally mandated tool for the delivery of the Safe Care CQUIN. Clare then became Deputy Director of Nursing at Surrey PCT and led the transition of quality from PCT to CCGs by playing a key role in supporting the CCG authorisation process.

Clare's portfolio includes nurse leadership and monitoring patient safety and quality of commissioned services.

Michael Pantlin

Director of Workforce and Digital

  Biography to follow.



Rachael Crossley

Joint Director of Public Sector Reform (joint role with Surrey County Council)

Rachel Crossley


Rachel has worked in Surrey since 2003, in a range of local government roles before being appointed to the Joint Executive Director for Public Service Reform role in May 2021.  In this role, Rachel is accountable to both Surrey Heartlands Integrated Care System and Surrey County Council for driving the continuous improvement of a public service model that supports the delivery of our integrated health and social care strategies.  Key areas within her portfolio include public health, population health management, reducing health inequalities, strategic business intelligence and analytics, estates and driving innovation through the Surrey Heartlands Academy.

With an extensive knowledge of local government and public services in Surrey, Rachel will help ensure we grow a connected system that brings shared benefits to our residents and drives health and social care devolution to its full potential. She is particularly focused on how we develop new ways of preventing social problems that have become entrenched and which block the potential of our communities, working to change outcomes for some of our most disadvantaged groups and bringing people together to develop solutions to the county’s wider public service problems.



Trudy Mills

Integrated Care System Director of Children's and Learning Disabilities


Trudy Mills began her career as a nurse/ midwife in 1988 and her roles within the NHS have included several commissioning posts across local authorities, clinical commissioning groups and NHS England.  She provides overall leadership for Children and Family Health Surrey and is overseeing the ongoing transformation of its services, which are delivered by partners CSH Surrey, Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust and First Community Health.

More recently Trudy has extended her role to take on the ICS Director for Women, Children’s and all age learning disabilities for Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership.



Helen Rostill

Integrated Care System Director of Mental Health Services


Professor Helen Rostill has worked in the NHS for 23 years and has also held a range of joint academic posts.  She is a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and currently holds several different roles.  Firstly, as Surrey Heartlands ICS Director for Mental Health Services; as Frimley ICS Senior Responsible Officer for Mental Health; and also the Chief Innovation Officer and Board Director of Therapies at Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.  Helen is also a Fellow with NICE.

Helen is responsible for the strategic development and transformation of mental health services across Surrey Heartlands Health and Care Partnership and Frimley in addition to the delivery of the NHS Long Term Plan priorities. Within Surrey Heartlands, she is the lead commissioner for adult mental health.  In Surrey and Borders Partnership Helen has an executive lead role for strategy, innovation, commercial development, research and development and therapies.

Helen is the Senior Responsible Officer for the TIHM (Technology Integrated Health Management) for dementia NHS Test Bed.  She has published a wide range of research in national and international peer reviewed journals. 



Ruth Hutchinson 

Surrey County Council Public Health Representative

  Biography to follow.






Review Date: 2021-07-30
Review Due: 2021-10-08
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