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About Our Governing Body

About Our Governing Body

The NHS Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group’s Governing Body is chaired by Dr Alan Brook and Dr Steven Cleasby is the Assistant Clinical Chair. Dr Matt Walsh is the Chief Officer and Neil Smurthwaite is the Chief Finance Officer and Deputy Chief Officer.

The governing body has 13 members including GPs, secondary care specialist, registered nurse and lay member for patient and public involvement. It also has two non-voting members who are the Director of Public Health for Calderdale and the Calderdale Council Director of Adult Social Care.

Dr Alan Brook – Chair of CCG
Dr Matt Walsh – Chief Officer
Neil Smurthwaite – Chief Finance Officer, Deputy Chief Officer
Mr David Longstaff – Lay Member & Chair of the Audit Committee
Dr Steven Cleasby – Assistant Clinical Chair
Dr Majid Azeb – GP Member of the Governing Body
Jackie Bird – Registered Nurse
John Mallalieu, Lay Member (Finance, Performance & External Relations)
Kate Smyth -Lay Member (Public and Patient Involvement) & Hal
Dr Caroline Taylor –  Member of the Governing Body
Dr Nigel Taylor – GP Member of the Governing Body
Dr Helen Davies – GP Member of the Governing Body
Dr Farrukh Javid – GP Member of the Governing Body
Penny Woodhead – Head of Quality, Advisor to Governing Body
Paul Butcher – Head of Public Health Calderdale, Advisor to the Governing Body (to follow)


058_NHS_April16_Portraits_Dr Alan Brook
Chair of CCG

Alan Brook has been a GP in Brighouse since 1987 and was one of two national GP trainee representatives on the Royal College of General Practitioners.

On arrival in Calderdale he joined the Local Medical Committee and later served as its Chair. In 1990 Alan founded the Audit Group, which helped local GP practices to compare their performance with others and identify areas for improvement. He then chaired the Primary Care Group, which in turn became a Primary Care Trust.

Alan is currently a member of the CCG’s Remuneration Committee, the Commissioning Primary Medical Services Committee and is Clinical Lead for Information Management and Technology. He strives for excellence in his practice and encourages others to do the same.

Alan lives in Calderdale and is married with three grown-up children. His interests include gardening, beekeeping, woodturning, cooking, skiing and walking. He and his wife are season ticket holders at Huddersfield Town Football Club.  (Back to top)


055_NHS_April16_Portraits_Dr Matt Walsh
Chief Officer

Matt graduated from the University of Leeds Medical School in 1987. After various hospital and GP training posts in Bradford, he became a GP partner in 1991 and was appointed as a GP trainer two years later.

Matt spent 6 years in senior management as Medical Director for Bradford South and West Primary Care Trust, and was responsible for bringing the four Bradford and Airedale CCGs together to create a single Bradford and Airedale PCT. He then moved to a role in NHS Leeds PCT as Medical Director and Executive Director for Commissioning, where he spent 4 years before joining NHS Calderdale as Medical Director in 2009.

Matt lives in Calderdale and is married with two children. He is passionate about helping to make health and social care services in Calderdale the best they can be. Matt is a member of the Finance and Performance Committee and the Commissioning Primary Medical Services Committee.  (Back to top)



Neil Smurthwaite
Chief Finance Officer, Deputy Chief Officer

Neil Smurthwaite has recently joined the CCG having previously been Chief Financial Officer with Airedale Wharfedale and Craven CCG.

He is a fellow of the Association of Chartered Certified Accountants and has worked in finance for more than 20 years, joining the NHS seven years ago.  Previously, he was a Director of Finance in social housing and worked for over eight years as a senior client manager in a top 10 accountancy firm in Leeds which specialised in public sector audit and consultancy.

Neil has lived in Calderdale for over 10 years and considers it his adopted home after moving from the south coast many years ago. He is married with three children and two dogs. After many years of being a slave to rugby, Neil has now turned his hand to running and gardening, in between being his kids’ taxi driver!.  (Back to top)



010_NHS_April16_Portraits_Mr David Longstaff, Lay Member
Chair of the Audit Committee

David Longstaff has spent of most of his career working for British Telecom. He started as an apprentice and finished after 38 years as a senior executive in charge of audit and risk. In that time, he covered the Calderdale area and knows it well.

As a Lay Member and Deputy Chair of the CCG, he chairs the Audit Committee and is the CCG’s lead for whistle-blowing and conflicts of interest. He’s passionate about the CCG being open and transparent and getting the best outcomes for local people.

He has lived in West Yorkshire all his life. Most of his family lives in the Brighouse area and all use the local NHS.

David is married, has one child and three grandchildren. He is a big Rugby League fan.  (Back to top) 



084_NHS_April16_Portraits_Dr Steven Cleasby,
Assistant Clinical Chair

Steven has been a GP in Calderdale since 1999, when he started at Spring Hall Group Practice.

His specialist area is Diabetes and also has a keen interest in medicines management. He has held a clinical leadership role in Calderdale since 2002 as the prescribing lead for the Primary Care Trust and joined the Calderdale Clinical Commissioning Group in 2007 as part of practice based commissioning where he was Chair.

As Assistant Clinical Chair at the CCG, Steven holds a number of lead roles, including being a member of the Finance and Performance Committee; Governing Body lead for Safeguarding and for Cardiovascular Disease and the Voluntary Sector.

Steven is Vice Chair of Calderdale’s Health and Wellbeing Board and he is keen to develop the prevention agenda alongside Public Health, as well as see innovation in primary care. He lives in Calderdale with his family.  (Back to top) 



028_NHS_April16_Portraits_Dr Majid Azeb,
GP Member of the Governing Body

Majid studied medicine at the University of Liverpool, qualifying in 1999 before moving into general practice in 2005. He has been a partner at Southowram Surgery for the last eleven years.

As well as his practice role, Majid holds a number of lead roles within the CCG. He is Chair of the Quality Committee and clinical lead for urgent care and non-elective care, which puts him at the heart of developing services in these areas.

Majid has many pastimes away from medicine, including playing five-a side football and growing his own vegetables. Majid grew up in Halifax and has strong ties to the Park Ward area of the town. (Back to top) 



trans-jackie-birdJackie Bird,
Registered Nurse

Jackie holds the statutory role of Registered Nurse on Calderdale CCG’s Governing Body. She is seconded to this role from her substantive position as Executive Director of Nursing & Quality at The Christie NHS Foundation Trust.

As the CCG’s Registered Nurse, Jackie is able to develop her long-standing interest in patient safety, patient experience and clinical outcomes from a commissioning perspective. Jackie is a member of the CCG’s Audit, Remuneration and Commissioning Primary Medical Services Committees.

Jackie was awarded a Florence Nightingale Leadership Scholarship in 2013 and has applied it to the investigation into the development of a ‘kite mark’ for patient experience.
Jackie is the elected Director of Nursing representative on the board of Health Education England (North). A registered nurse and a mental health trained nurse, she holds an honours degree in nursing studies and a Masters in Management and Leadership.  (Back to top)


076_NHS_April16_Portraits_John Mallalieu, Lay Member
(Finance, Performance & External Relations)

John joined the CCG having been a Non-Executive Director of Calderdale Primary Care Trust from 2009, and is a lay advisor to the Governing Body.

John is currently Managing Director of Turning Point, one of the Country’s leading social enterprises, with extensive experience in public, private and social enterprise organisations, John has held senior roles in both NHS Professionals and NHS Direct and moved to healthcare following a successful periods in Senior Management Roles with Dixons Stores Group International and in Retail Financial Services John also holds Trustee roles for a national conservation charity and a North-west Housing Association.

John is a Lay Advisor to the Governing Body, the Audit Committee and the Remuneration Committee. He is Chair of the Commissioning Primary Medical Services Committee and a member of the Finance and Performance Committee.  (Back to top)




046_NHS_April16_Portraits_Kate Smyth, Lay Member
(Public and Patient Involvement) & Hal

Kate has lived in Todmorden for over 30 years and has a special interest in how health and care services are delivered.

Her appointment to the Governing Body provides a perfect opportunity to be a champion for commissioning the best health services for the people of Calderdale and she believes passionately that the patient and public voice should be heard.

As a wheelchair user Kate (along with her trusted assistance dog Hal) has direct experience of how the delivery of health and care services impacts on patients and service users.

Kate is a member of the Audit, Quality and Commissioning Primary Medical Services Committees and chairs the Remuneration Committee. She holds a variety of non-executive posts in the voluntary sector in the local area and has a good understanding of the needs of vulnerable people. Kate has a degree in town planning and finds time to keep chickens and geese in her garden as well as being a self-appointed head gardener.  (Back to top)


078_NHS_April16_Portraits_Dr Caroline Taylor
GP Member of the Governing Body

Caroline graduated from Leeds Medical School in 1992, underwent GP training in York and Otley, and has held a variety of hospital and GP jobs, including working at Overgate Hospice for two years.

Caroline has been a GP in Calderdale since 1999 when she started working at Beechwood Medical Centre. She has always had a keen interest in mental health, and is the CCG’s clinical lead for mental health as well as being a member of the Finance and Performance and Commissioning Primary Medical Services Committees.

Caroline lives in Calderdale with her GP husband and teenage son and daughter, and is a big believer in the importance of a healthy lifestyle in maintaining both physical and mental health. Her favourite way to unwind is running and cycling in our beautiful Calderdale countryside.  (Back to top)



024_NHS_April16_Portraits_Dr Nigel Taylor
GP Member of the Governing Body

Nigel qualified in medicine at Kings College, London, in 1991 and completed his general practice training in Calderdale in 1995. He joined Hebden Bridge Group Practice as a GP shortly after.

Nigel chairs the CCG’s Finance & Performance Committee and is the clinical lead for Planned Care, Respiratory Medicine and Medicines Management. As such, he is dedicated to effective prescribing and is a champion for better equity of care and improving the quality of prescribing across Calderdale.

Prior to joining the CCG, Nigel was one of the Practice Based Commissioning leads. In his spare time he is very active, enjoying walking, skiing and sailing. He also enjoys wine tasting.

Originally from Yarm in North Yorkshire, Nigel has lived in Calderdale with his wife and two daughters since joining his practice. (Back to top)


Dr Helen Davies
GP Member of the Governing Body

Helen has worked as a GP, based in Hebden Bridge for 25 years, during which time she has developed a deep understanding of the needs of patients. Serving on the CCG’s Governing Body will enable Helen to use this experience to help improve care systems in place across Calderdale.

Helen has a great deal of experience in both training and appraising GPs and a comprehensive knowledge of the challenges general practitioners face across Calderdale, but also the opportunities available to them to improve patients’ lives.
Helen has a particular interest in developing patient self-care; improving people’s knowledge facilitate healthy lifestyles, empower patients in the personal management of their illness and educate residents on how to best use their local care services to help improve the health of our population and the efficiency of our care services. (Back to top)



Dr Farrukh Javid
GP Member of the Governing Body

Farrukh completed his GP training in Calderdale and Huddersfield before working in various practices across the region as a sessional GP, which gave him an understanding of local services and demographics, before taking up a partnership role at Rastrick Health Centre.

Before qualifying as a GP, Farrukh was involved in the development of a psychiatric liaison service in conjunction with South West Yorkshire Partnership Foundation Trust, Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust and the CCG and also helped to develop the “Ignaz” smartphone app, which allows doctors to easily access local clinical guidelines and information.

Farrukh has recently completed an MSc in Healthcare Leadership with the NHS Leadership Academy, and in his spare time likes to stay active and enjoys playing football, badminton and running. (Back to top)


039_NHS_April16_Portraits_Penny Woodhead
Head of Quality, Advisor to Governing Body

Penny has worked in the NHS for 29 years, trained as a general nurse in a London teaching hospital specialising in oncology and palliative care, and has clinical and management experience across tertiary, secondary, primary care and the voluntary sector.

Penny has been involved in clinical governance since 1998 at service and organisational level, and she holds the role of Head of Quality and Safety in the CCG.  Penny is responsible for making sure that the services that are commissioned are of a high standard.  This includes patient safety, safeguarding, clinical effectiveness and patient experience.

Penny is also the organisational lead for Patient and Public Engagement and Equality and Diversity, and is a member of the Quality Committee. Penny represents the CCGs on the Local Safeguarding Children and Adult Boards. (Back to top)




trans-paul-butcherPaul Butcher
CMBC Director of Public Health, Advisor to Governing Body

Paul has worked in various public health roles for over 30 years mainly within the NHS both in frontline and managerial positions.  This work has been within the North West and Yorkshire and Humber regions.

He was appointed Director for Public Health (DPH) for Calderdale Council in October 2013.

The core purpose of the DPH is as independent advocate for the health of the population and system leadership for its improvement and protection.

A Director of Public Health cannot work in isolation and as such being part of the CCG Governing body provides opportunities to ensure the successful delivery of public health programmes and support local health service planning and commissioning. Paul has specific research interests in physical activity, air quality and climate change.

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