​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​Our Governing Body

The CCG is required to have a governing body to oversee the delivery of the CCG’s commissioning plan, lead and set the strategy for the CCG and to be accountable for the delivery of our functions as a statutory body.

Member practices will be entitled, through their member representatives, to elect members to the Governing Body to ensure the members are represented and can contribute clinical expertise at the highest level within the CCG​​

Governing Body of NHS Merton CCG ​


Dr Andrew Murray - GP Clinical Governing Body MemberDr Andrew MurrayChair
Andrew trained at Cambridge and Oxford universities and then moved to Raynes Park in 2000 straight after graduating. He completed his GP training in August 2004 and joined the partnership at The Church Lane Practice in Merton Park and has practised as a GP principal since then.  He oversaw the merger of his practice with Cannon Hill Lane Medical Practice in April 2015 to form the Nelson Medical Practice and is now practising out of the Nelson Health Centre.

Andrew was involved in practice-based commissioning, set up and led a local GP provider company, worked as a GP appraiser in Sutton and Merton for 5 years, was a member of Merton Local Medical Committee for 7 years, as well as chairing Merton, Sutton and Wandsworth Local Medical Committees from 2011 to 2013, when he moved from this role to join Merton CCG.

He also has an interest in developing world healthcare, education and community development and helped to set up a community health worker training programme in Myanmar which has so far trained nearly 1000 health workers. He is currently chair of the board of trustees of the charity supporting this work which has recently received the patronage of HRH The Prince of Wales. 

As a GP, Andrew is an advocate for patients and he enjoys being able to do this on a bigger scale by working in the CCG
Accountable OfficerSarah BlowAccountable Officer
Sarah Blow was appointed Accountable Officer for SW London Alliance of CCGs and Senior Responsible Officer SW London STP in February 2017, taking full accountability for Kingston, Merton, Richmond and Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Groups at different dates, achieving full responsibility from 1 April 2017. Sarah will also take on accountability for Sutton CCG in April 2018. All health and care organisations across south west London continue to work closely together through the SW London STP programme and are supported by Sarah as the STP lead.
Prior to her role in south west London, Sarah led Bexley CCG, as Chief Officer, through authorisation and significant financial challenge to be a successful organisation with a strong collaborative approach. Sarah has held numerous senior management roles in the NHS; leading programmes across South East London STP and London, transformation and redesign in East Sussex and working widely across systems to improve services and deliver sustainability including joint posts with East Sussex County Council. Sarah has previously worked in operational roles and strategic roles within providers and the Department of Health.

Sarah is very familiar with south west London and has been a resident in south west London all her life, and has worked at Sutton and Merton PCT in the past. She is pleased to have the opportunity to return to south west London to work with the committed staff across the system to build high quality and sustainable services for our local population.
Sarah holds an MBA, PG Dip Healthcare Systems Management and a BA (Hons) History and Humanities.
Chris MoretonChris MoretonActing Chief Finance Officer
Chris is responsible for the CCG’s financial management, planning and strategy. Chris has held board level positions in both the private and public sectors for the last twenty years. Prior to joining the NHS in 2013, Chris was Director of Finance and Services at Surrey Police. He was also Commercial and Finance Director for Southern Water’s Environmental division. Within the NHS, Chris has held Director level roles for Health Education England and a community health provider. He is also an experienced non-executive director.
http://wwwauthor.mertonccg.nhs.uk/about-us/Our-Governing-Body/PublishingImages/Peter%20Derrick1.jpgPeter DerrickLay Member, Chair of the Audit Committee and Vice Chair
Peter takes responsibility for governance. He has been a non-executive director since 2007, first as Audit Chair for Sutton and Merton Primary Care Trusts, and then as Finance Committee Chair for the South West London Cluster. Peter was formerly Chamberlain of London (Director of Finance for the City of London Corporation), and had responsibility for all aspects of financial management including treasury operations, investment strategy and IT systems. Prior to this he was Director of Finance for Surrey County Council and two London boroughs, covering a period of over 20 years. Peter brings a deep understanding of public finance, project leadership and investment to the CCG.​
http://wwwauthor.mertonccg.nhs.uk/about-us/Our-Governing-Body/PublishingImages/Dr_Dagmar.jpgDagmar ZeunerDirector of Public Health, London Borough of Merton
Dr Dagmar Zeuner is Director of Public Health for Merton Council.

She joined Merton Council after serving as Director of Public Health at Richmond Council from 2010-2015.

Prior to Richmond, she was Director of Public Health for Hammersmith and Fulham PCT and Council for over two years.  As a Consultant in Public Health she spent seven years with Islington Primary Care Trust.

She was a member of the public health intervention advisory group of NICE since its inception for 6 years.

Her public health experience includes academic work at the Institute of Child Health where she completed her MD.

She holds an Honorary Senior Lecturer appointment with the London School for Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, is an accredited trainer in public health and lectures undergraduate and postgraduate students.

Her particular interests include reducing health inequalities, integrated health and social care commissioning, national and international health policy and translating research into practice.

Dagmar trained and practised as a paediatrician before undertaking a master's degree in Public Health. She has a diploma in tropical medicine and ran a rural health clinic in Africa
http://wwwauthor.mertonccg.nhs.uk/about-us/Our-Governing-Body/PublishingImages/Clare%20Gummett1.jpgClare GummettLay Member, Patient and Public Engagement Lead
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. Clare has also worked with groups such as Crossroads (Caring for Carers), Carers Support Merton, Victim Support and Merton Voluntary Service Council.Clare is passionate about the local community having a voice in the decisions that affect us. In addition to her patient and public engagement role at the CCG, she chairs the Merton Clinical Quality Committee – which assures the CCG's Governing Body of the quality of the services that we commission for Merton patients. Clare has lived in Merton for over 30 years and volunteering has always been part of her life. She is a Trustee at Age UK Merton and Faith in Action Merton Homelessness Project and a member of both my local residents association and patient participation group.​
VacantVacanctGP Clinical Governing Body Member
Dr Tim HodgsonDr Tim HodgsonGP Clinical Governing Body Member
Tim has been a partner at the Wimbledon Village surgery since 2009, practising as a GP in Merton for the last eight years.  He trained at St George’s Hospital in Tooting, spending eight years working in their Accident and Emergency Department.  He has sat on a number of committees at Merton CCG, including the Executive Management Team and the Clinical Quality Committee.  He will be continuing as a locality lead, a role he has covered for the last two years.
Tim’s special interests are minor surgery and emergency medicine.  He was an expedition medic for a children’s charity, taking 16-17 year old UK students to build a library in Arusha, Tanzania.  A Surrey resident, Tim is a father of three children (all under five) and an active rugby player for the Guildford Veterans.
Professor Stephen Powis - Secondary Care ConsultantProfessor Stephen PowisSecondary Care Consultant
Stephen Powis is Professor of Renal Medicine at University College London. He has been Medical Director of the Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust since 2006.Professor Powis studied at Glasgow University in 1977, where he also obtained a First Class Honours degree in Immunology. He completed his clinical training at St. John's College, Oxford in 1985. He was appointed Senior Lecturer and Consultant in Renal Medicine at Guy's Hospital in 1995, before moving to the Royal Free in 1997. He was awarded an MBA from the University of Warwick in 2014Professor Powis is currently Chairman of the Association of UK Universities (AUKUH) Medical Directors Group as well as his role on the CCG’s Governing Body. He is a past member of several Department of Health working parties, including the Strategic Education Funding Expert Group. He is a past non-executive director of the North Middlesex University Hospital NHS Trust, including a period of eight months as acting chairman. ​
http://wwwauthor.mertonccg.nhs.uk/about-us/Our-Governing-Body/PublishingImages/Julie-Hall.pngJulie HallIndependent Nurse Member
Julie has over 29 years’ experience with in the NHS which includes working within  secondary care, tertiary care, primary care, community care, the voluntary and private sectors and within commissioning. Her post Nursing degree was completed in 2005 with Homerton School of Health Studies and Julie gained her Diploma in Health Service Management in 2013.
In 2009 Julie was the Primary Care Commissioning and Development Manager for Peterborough Primary Care Trust where she led on a number of service redesigns before becoming the Adult Safeguarding Lead and Prevention Lead for the Clinical Commissioning Group.
During the past 4 years Julie has been the lead for Adult Safeguarding in the organisations she has worked. Recent MHS organisations include The Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital NHS Trust and Moorfields Eye Hospital NHS Foundation Trust. 
In her spare time Julie enjoys, films, theatre, travel, skiing, walking and cooking. 
VacantVacantDirector of Governance and Quality
Lynn describes herself as proud to be a nurse with experience of practicing in hospital and community settings. She has held senior positions in healthcare provider and commissioning organisations, working to promote a culture of continuous quality improvement, patient safety, staff engagement and development.Lynn’s first degree is in Public Health Nursing, she is educated to Masters level and offers a wealth of clinical, leadership and managerial experience with a passion to drive patient-centred care. Research for Lynn’s dissertation involved an ethnographic exploration of culture within nursing teams, giving her invaluable insight into the role that culture plays in supporting or creating a barrier to change.As Director of Quality at Merton CCG, Lynn leads on safeguarding adults and children, patient and public involvement, equality and diversity, and training and education for CCG staff.​Lynn moved to London to take up her post with the CCG having spent most of her career in the south west. She enjoys the contrast of having the city on her doorstep and going back to Dartmoor to visit family and friends.​
Chris ClarkChris ClarkDirector of Performance, Planning and Informatics (non-voting)
Chris joined the Governing Body in October 2016 after working on an interim basis to lead on performance for Merton CCG.

After qualifying with a degree in Medical Molecular Biology Chris began his NHS career working as a scientist for the Health Protection Agency Specialist Virology Laboratories but soon found a calling in NHS operational management. Chris has extensive experience in turning around performance at operational and system level in large acute and community healthcare providers and is committed to getting the best care delivered for all users of NHS services. Chris is responsible for ensuring NHS constitutional values are upheld within all healthcare services provided to the population of Merton and developing the CCG into a high performing organisation within the NHS Improvement and Assessment Framework.

Chris is also a qualified commercial pilot, which he describes as an expensive hobby, and a former Metropolitan Police Territorial Police Officer with the Special Constabulary.