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Our governing body

Our governing body is chaired by Dr James Cavanagh.

Every GP practice has a vote and is responsible for electing its representatives onto the governing body. 

Our governing body has 10 local GPs representing our member practices, alongside patient representatives and colleagues from public health and our local authorities. They make decisions on behalf of the Council of Members (the group name for our member practices).

The CCG governing body is responsible for making the final decisions within the CCG and is accountable to NHS England and to our member practices, as well as to the public.

Our governing body meetings are held in public and the meeting papers are published on this site.

All governing body members and senior managers are required to declare any relevant and material interests, which are detailed in the register of interests. The CCG's constitution sets out the rules governing declarations of interest and the management of conflicts of interest.

This constitution was updated in late 2018 and approved by NHS England in December 2018. Approval letter can be found here. Previous versions of the constitution are available on request.

  • Dr James CavanaghChair

    Dr James Cavanagh


    Born in Hammersmith June 8th 1971, Dr James Cavanagh was educated at Kings College, Wimbledon and then at St Mary's Medical School Paddington - Qualifying in 1994. 

    He initially worked in emergency medicine and trauma at Guy's Hospital and abroad in India and South Africa before he trained as GP at the Riverside Scheme 1999-2002. 
    Dr Cavanagh’s career has included being the medical director at Soho Centre for Health walk-in centre 2002 – 2008 as well as associate GP at the Chelsea Practice over the same period 
    James has a partner at Brook Green medical Centre June 2008 onwards

  • Vanessa AndreaeVice Chair

    Vanessa Andreae

    Vice Chair

    Vanessa is a Practice Nurse at the Bush Doctors in Shepherds Bush. Vanessa leads on organisational development for the CCG, from procurement to delivery.  She regularly attends the quarterly Public Health meetings and acts as a liaison point between Public Health and the CCG. She also sits on the Governance and Quality and Patient Safety and Risk Committees. Vanessa previously sat on the Local Medical Committee as a nurse observer until her election to the CCG.

  • Dr Andy PetrosSecondary care consultant

    Dr Andy Petros

    Secondary care consultant

    Andy Petros has been a Consultant Paediatric Intensivist at Great Ormond Street Hospital since 1996. Prior to that he was Consultant Anaesthetist at The Royal Brompton Hospital, London and at the Royal Liverpool Children’s Hospital, Alder Hey. He undertook a Fellowship in intensive care at the Hospital for Sick Kid’s, Toronto. From 1991-2012 he was Director of the Children’s Acute Transport Service (CATS) for North Thames. He has also been the Director of the Paediatric Intensisive Care Unit at Great Ormond Street. He has a masters in Medical Ethics and Mediacal Law from King’s College, London and has publised widely on ethical topics and is a member of ethical committe of the British Medical Journal. He has been a memeber of a research ethics committee for fifteeen years. He is an assessor for NCAS and is an MPTS panel member for the GMC. He is also a PLAB examiner for the GMC and a medical member of the first tier appeal tribunal for the social entitlement chamber.

  • Dr Paul SkinnerGP member

    Dr Paul Skinner

    GP member

    Paul has been a Partner at Brook Green Surgery since 2007.  Paul was elected as a CCG Board member in August 2010, where he sits on the Finance and Performance committee and the Quality, Risk and Safety committee.  He previously was involved in the Practice-Based Commissioning process.  Paul currently works full time at the Brook Green Surgery whilst also carrying out his CCG responsibilities. 

  • Dr Amy WilsonGP member

    Dr Amy Wilson

    GP member

    Dr Amy Wilson was born in Cardiff in 1981. She studied Medicine at New College Oxford and University College London before graduating in 2007. Since then she has worked in and around the Hammersmith and Fulham area both in hospitals, building relationships with local clinicians and in General Practice having qualified from the Riverside scheme as a GP in 2014. She currently works as a salaried GP at the Lillie Road Surgery in Fulham and with the Planned Care team at Hammersmith and Fulham CCG. As part of her role with the Governing Body she will be sitting on the Quality Patient Safety and Risk Committee. 

  • Dr Vicky CooneyGP member

    Dr Vicky Cooney

    GP member

    Vicki studied Medicine at the University of Nottingham where she graduated in 2007. She qualified as a GP in 2013 from the Riverside GP Training scheme in London. She currently works as a salaried GP at 82 Lillie Road Surgery in Fulham. She has a strong interest in elderly medicine having previously worked in the Community Independence Service in Hammersmith & Fulham and has a Diploma of Geriatric Medicine.

  • Dr Smitha AddalaGP member

    Dr Smitha Addala

    GP member

  • Katie EmbletonSystems and IT Manager

    Katie Embleton

    Systems and IT Manager

    Katie is the Systems and IT Manager at the Park Medical Centre GP surgery in Hammersmith. Katie has just attained a Post Graduate Certificate in Management in addition to her other relevant managerial qualifications. Katie hopes to bring fresh and innovative ideas to the board with a special interest in IT.

  • Pritpal Ruprai GP member

    Pritpal Ruprai

    GP member

  • Philip YoungLay member

    Philip Young

    Lay member

    Philip has a background as a chartered accountant and management consultant with 20 years senior experience within the financial services sector. Philip retired 14 years ago and now holds a range of Non-executive and trustee roles in the public and voluntary sector including Chair of a drug and alcohol Charity and a large primary school. Philip has been a non-executive within the NHS for the past 11 years and is currently chair of the Audit Committee for Central London, Hammersmith & Fulham, Hounslow and West London CCGs and was previously Chair of Ealing Primary Care Trust.

  • Nick Martin Lay member

    Nick Martin

    Lay member

  • Mark EastonChief Officer

    Mark Easton

    Chief Officer

    Mark has 30 years of NHS experience, mainly working in the NHS in London, including posts in commissioning, providers and regulation.  Most recently he was STP programme director in south east London, and before that undertook a number of chief executive roles including Chief Executive for Barnet & Chase Farm Hospitals, Chief Executive for Brent Primary Care Trust and CEO for North central London SHA. Immediately before his appointment Mark was working in North West London as the interim Director for our STP.


  • Janet CreeManaging Director

    Janet Cree

    Managing Director

  • Diane JonesChief Nurse/ Director of Quality

    Diane Jones

    Chief Nurse/ Director of Quality

    Diane has worked in the NHS for over 25 years and is a Registered Nurse & Midwife. She initially joined Brent, Harrow and Hillingdon CCGs in March 2017 as the Director of Quality and Safety. More recently in July 2018, Diane is now the Chief Nurse and Director of Quality for all eight North West London (NWL) CCGs. Diane has significant leadership experience, having worked at senior management level for the past 12 years. Prior to her role in NWL, Diane has worked with NHS Greenwich CCG as the Director of Integrated Governance as well as Deputy Nurse Director with NHS Redbridge CCG before that.

    Diane is a member of the London Clinical Senate and continues to practice as a Midwife.

  • Paul BrownChief Finance Officer

    Paul Brown

    Chief Finance Officer

    Paul joined the NHS as a national finance trainee from University and qualified as an accountant, then worked in finance for Health Authorities and a number of NHS Trusts. He was a finance director over 10 years to 2002, since when he has worked as a management consultant, advising the NHS across the country on commissioning, provider and regulatory assignments.