Our Governing Body

Our Governing Body comprises a number of local GPs, clinicians, health professionals and lay members.

For details of our Governing Body meetings please click here.

The CCG's Register of Declarations of Interest, which includes the Governing Body members, is available to view on the Publications Page.

Dr Phil Garnett

Clinical Chair and lead for inequalities in health

Phil has worked for five years in secondary care with a focus on paediatrics attaining DCH and MRCP. He has spent 34 years as a GP and took the lead in fund holding.

He has previously been PCG chair, PCT PEC chair, PbC chair, GP trainer for 25 years and Hospice Trustee and Board member for 27 years

Simon Cox

Chief Officer

Simon Cox has worked in the NHS for 24 years. Initially he worked as an Operating Department Practitioner in the operating theatres at Leeds General Infirmary.

Simon moved into NHS management, firstly as a theatre manager, before developing into broader general management.

Richard Mellor

Chief Finance Officer

Richard joined the NHS in 1991 on the Finance Management Training Scheme. He is a qualified accountant and has worked with a number of Acute Trusts.

Richard was the Deputy Director of Finance at Scarborough Hospital from 2008 and acted as Director between August 2009 and July 2010. He later transferred to York Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust following their acquisition of Scarborough Hospital.

Richard was appointed as Chief Finance Officer for our CCG in February 2014.

Dr Peter Billingsley

Associate Chair and Lead for mental health. GP on the Board Committee for Quality

Peter has lived in Scarborough for 20 years. It is his hometown and he is a stakeholder in its future.

He has an in depth knowledge of local care provision, where it excels and where it falls short.

Dr Greg Black

GP Member - Lead for prescribing, community services. GP on Board committee for Finance and Contracting.

Greg has been working as a GP in Ryedale for 10 years.

He moved to Yorkshire in 1995 and spent three years of GP training split equally between Scarborough and York before spending two years as a locum working in and throughout North Yorkshire.

Dr Kath Halloran

GP Member - Lead for Care of the Elderly (including long-term conditions and dementia)

Kath trained in general practice in Leicester and Newcastle upon Tyne and has worked as senior partner in South Cliff since 1993 before currently working as a locum.

She was involved in the Practice-based Commissioning Group before CCG development.

Dr Omnia Hefni

GP Member - Lead for secondary care. GP on Board Committee for Performance

Omnia started her career in General Practice in Lincoln in 2004 where she trained as a GP registrar.

She has had involvement within the management aspect of Primary Care as well as involvement in undergraduate teaching for medical students. Omnia has a special interest in diabetes, family planning and sexual health.

Dr Christopher Ives


GP Member -

Chris graduated from Hull York Medical School (HYMS) and has remained mainly in the area working in various specialities. He has spent time as a tutor at HYMS before then becoming a local Ryedale GP. He has gained a good range of experience of how the local health system works and how best we can provide care for patients who live in the area. He has interests in many aspects of medicine including both respiratory medicine and palliative care.

Carolyn Liddle

Practice Manager on Board Committee for Finance and Contracting and Board committee for Patient Engagement and Communications.

Carolyn has worked in various business situations. She has been a Practice Manager for 14 years covering all aspects of management within a healthcare setting.

She gained a 1st class Business and Management Degree in 2003.

Andrew Hudson

Lay Member – Patient and Public Engagement

Andy is currently the Chief Executive of the Scarborough & District Citizens Advice Bureau.

An Environmental Health Officer by profession, he was previously Assistant Director for Neighbourhoods and Community Safety at the City of York Council.

Carrie Wollerton

Executive Nurse - Responsible for Service Development, Quality and Performance

Carrie is a registered nurse with a community nursing qualification and an M.Sc in Health Services Research.

She has worked for several years as a health service commissioner and, more recently, Carrie has worked in quality, governance and assurance for the PCT.

Philip Hewitson

Lay Member - Chair of Governance and Audit Committee, Conflicts of Interest Guardian

Philip is a graduate in Economics and trained as a Chartered Accountant before joining the NHS. He held a succession of finance posts and then various health chief executive posts in Yorkshire.

In recent years as a consultant, he has worked extensively with health and local authority teams and the pharmaceutical industry on organisational and community strategies and change management.

Kenneth Readshaw

Lay member - 

Ken is a chartered accountant who trained with KPMG. He then moved into industry and has considerable experience of the chemical and power generation sectors, both in the UK and abroad. He has been Chair of the Governing Body of The Wensleydale School and Sixth Form for six years and is passionate about helping to provide communities with the best possible public services.

Ken is married with three children, all born and bred in North Yorkshire, and works with the CCG and the local community to improve health services.

Dr Ian Woods

Governing Body Member Representing Secondary Care

Ian qualified in Medicine in 1979, and after specialist training became a Consultant Anaesthetist in 1988. His special interests included Intensive Care and also Patient Safety - he became the Specialty Advisor at the National Patient Safety Agency. During the latter part of his clinical career he was Medical Director of a Foundation Trust for 4 years, and now at the CCG sits on the Audit Committee in addition to the Governing Body. Ian lives with his family in North Yorkshire, and enjoys walking and photography.

Dr Jenni Lawrence

Associate GP

Jenni has been working in Scarborough since 2002. She works as both an in hours and out of hours GP as well as working for Saint Catherine’s hospice. She has worked at SRCCG since April 2015 as the Macmillan GP Lead and is involved in projects to do with cancer care across the Yorkshire and Humber area.