Back to news

Lay Member Appointments to Merton Clinical Commissioning Group’s Governing Body

Clare Gummett, the current Lay Member for Public and Patient Involvement, has been reappointed to the role for a further two years and will continue to champion and assure the CCG's public and patient involvement.

Andrew Leigh, a long term resident of Merton and an experienced senior leader in social services and co-founder of a leading UK development and training organisation, has been appointed as the Governing Body Lay Member (Audit).

The new Governing Body Lay Member (Finance) will be David Smith who brings 42 years of NHS experience to the CCG and is a qualified accountant by professional background.

The appointments were all made following open competition and are for two years with the option of reappointment.

David Smith and Andrew Leigh are expected to take up their roles towards the end of the year.

Once in post Andrew Leigh will chair the Audit and Governance Committee and the Remuneration Committee, David Smith will chair the Finance Committee and Clare Gummett will continue to chair the Quality Committee and Patient Engagement Group.

Welcoming the appointments, Dr Andrew Murray, Chair of Merton Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) said:

"Clare is a passionate advocate for the patient voice and will continue to ensure that, in all aspects of the CCG's business, the views of the local population are heard and that opportunities are created and protected for patient and public empowerment in the work of the CCG, including our Patient Engagement Group. 

David will bring a wealth of NHS experience to the CCG and will be a huge asset to the CCG. He will bring significant strategic insight to the Governing Body alongside the knowledge and expertise to assess and confirm that appropriate systems of internal control are in place for all aspects of our governance. 

Andrew will support the Governing Body oversee key elements of governance, including audit, remuneration and conflicts of interest. His mix of experience will bring a new perspective to our work."

Andrew Murray also paid tribute to out-going Lay Member Peter Derrick who decided to stand down from the Governing Body: 

"I am sad to say goodbye to Peter Derrick who has decided to stand down from the Governing Body.  Peter's depth of experience has been invaluable to the CCG and his insight and knowledge have helped steer us through hugely challenging financial circumstances. His wisdom and challenge has been a great asset as we have developed as an organisation and he will be missed.

I am grateful that he has agreed to stay on until the new Finance lay member is able to take up the role and will also continue as an external co-chair for the Wilson Programme Board until submission of the Outline Business Case next year."


Clare Gummett – Clare has worked in Merton's voluntary sector for over 25 years. She set up a home visiting scheme within Volunteer Centre Merton for frail, older, housebound people, established a project to deliver independent advocacy for older people in Merton, and was Director of the Bereavement Service. She is Chair of Trustees at Age UK Merton.

Andrew Leigh – Andrew is a long term resident of Merton and an experienced senior leader in social services and co-founder of a leading UK development and training organisation. Originally trained as an economist, he has an MA in Human Resources and is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development. Andrew is expected to take up his role before the end of the year.

David Smith - David is a qualified accountant by professional background with 42 years of experience in the NHS.  At present he is Chief Executive of Oxfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group and also the lead for the Buckinghamshire, Oxfordshire and Berkshire West STP. Prior to joining Oxfordshire, he held a joint post between the NHS as Chief Officer of Kingston CCG and local government (as Director of Adult Social Services at the Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames).