​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​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.
James Blythe – Managing Director, Merton and Wandsworth Local Delivery UnitJames BlytheManaging Director, Merton and Wandsworth Local Delivery Unit
James has a background within NHS management and was previously Director of Commissioning and Strategy for Surrey Downs CCG from November 2014 to April 2017.  Having started out on the NHS Management Training Scheme, he has worked predominantly in commissioning, including at an acute trust in Brighton, and has also carried out policy development for the Department of Health.
James Murray, Interim Chief Finance Officer James MurrayChief Finance Officer
James has been working within the NHS for over 25 years across a number of different NHS organisations at a senior level in provider and commissioning organisations, as well as the civil service at a regional level.  He has held interim director roles at both NHS trust and commissioning organisations.
James was Interim Chief Finance Officer for Nene CCG from March - October 2015.
http://wwwauthor.mertonccg.nhs.uk/about-us/Our-Governing-Body/PublishingImages/Andrew%20Leigh.jpgAndrew LeighLay member, Audit
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.
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.​
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.
https://wwwauthor.mertonccg.nhs.uk/about-us/Our-Governing-Body/PublishingImages/Shah.jpgAditi ShahClinical Lead for Planned Care and joint Locality Lead
Aditi has worked in Merton for the past 7 years and is currently a Salaried GP at Grand Drive Surgery. She has previously worked as a locum GP and in a job-share role with the senior partner.  She completed her GP training at St. Helier and Barnet Hospitals.  Aditi has undertaken a number of leadership roles including Clinical Advisor to the Regional Director of Public Heath, working in NHS London and the Department of Health during the Swine Flu pandemic, planning for the 2012 Olympics and the transition from PCTs to CCGs. Aditi was also involved in the development of diagnostic services at the Nelson Health Centre. She is keen on encouraging future generations into clinical leadership roles.

In her current leadership role as Clinical Lead for Planned Care, priorities include Dermatology, Cardiology and ENT. Aditi has worked closely with St. George's Hospital and other neighbouring trusts to develop pathways, use innovative technology and shape future services. Aditi has also been involved in the improvement of health inequalities working closely with the fire brigade, the voluntary sector and primary care to increase the detection of atrial fibrillation using mobile phone ECG technology.
Aditi job-shares the West Merton locality lead role with Dr. Tim Hodgson and is very keen to work alongside and support all West Merton practices and to provide a bridge between the CCG and primary care.
https://wwwauthor.mertonccg.nhs.uk/about-us/Our-Governing-Body/PublishingImages/Andy%20Otley.jpgAndrew OtleyClinical Lead, Mental Health Locality GP Lead, East Merton
Andrew has been a GP working in Merton since 1998, and is currently a GP Partner at Cricket Green Medical Practice. Andrew qualified at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School (now part of Imperial College Medical School). Andrew has worked in the UK and abroad, mainly in Australia where he worked as a Mental Health Psychiatrist.

As a Merton CCG Governing Body member and East Merton GP Locality Lead, Andrew supports practices with a range of projects, ensuring that they are supported and involved in local commissioning decisions. Andrew is also the Clinical Lead for the CCG’s Mental Health workstreams.

Alongside being a GP in Merton, Andrew is also a GP trainer working to support newly qualified GPs, and is particularly interested in Mental Health, Diabetes and MSK. Andrew is a keen sportsman, enjoying cricket, football, and rugby. Andrew currently resides in Hampton Hill with his wife, four children and two cats- Scout and Atticus.

Mohan Sekeram Clinical Lead for Social Prescribing for Merton and Wandsworth CCGs
Mohan is the Clinical Lead for Social Prescribing for Merton and Wandsworth CCGs. Mohan has been working as a GP for over 10 years in East Merton. He led on the development and implantation of the Merton Model of Social Prescribing which aims to address the social determinants of health. This model has resulted in significant reductions in GP and Accident and Emergency attendances, and has demonstrated a positive impact on patient measures of wellbeing. Mohan is passionate about harnessing the opportunities in the local community and wants to ensure the local voluntary sector receives adequate support to help empower them and build resilience.

Mohan is also a member of Merton LMC and a GP trainer. He grew up in SouthWest London and in his spare time enjoys many types of exercise and is a keen AFC Wimbledon fan.
Dr Karen WorthingtonDr Karen WorthingtonGP Clinical Governing Body Member
http://wwwauthor.mertonccg.nhs.uk/about-us/Our-Governing-Body/PublishingImages/Mike_Greenberg.jpgDr Mike GreenbergSecondary care doctor
Dr Mike Greenberg joined the Royal Free Hospital as a consultant paediatrician in 2001. He became clinical director for children's services in 2009, and divisional director for women, children and imaging in 2014.

He took up the post of medical director of Barnet Hospital in July 2017. 

As the Governing Body’s secondary care clinical consultant, Dr Greenberg provides an independent clinical viewpoint of secondary care. He also brings a broader view on health and care issues to underpin the CCG’s work, in particular an understanding of patient care in secondary care, its interaction with social services and the impact of primary care quality on care pathways that span care sectors.  He is a member of the CCG’s Audit and Governance Committee and is available as a delegate to Committees in Common.
http://wwwauthor.mertonccg.nhs.uk/about-us/Our-Governing-Body/PublishingImages/David_Smith.jpgDavid SmithLay Member (Finance)
David Smith - David is a qualified accountant by professional background with 42 years of experience in the NHS.  Until the end of 2017 he was 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).
John Atherton, Local Director of Performance and ImprovementJohn AthertonLocal Director of Performance and Improvement
John Atherton is Local Director of Performance Improvement for Merton and Wandsworth Local Delivery Unit.  Previously, he was the Deputy Chief Officer at Richmond CCG.  Before this, he undertook two roles at NHS England (London) as Head of Assurance and latterly Acting Director of Commissioning Operations for North Central & East London. John has held several senior management roles in the NHS with a principal focus on performance improvement. John joined the NHS through the NHS National Graduate Management Training Scheme. He holds a MSc and Post Graduate Diploma in Healthcare Management and a BA (Hons) in History.
Julie Hesketh Julie Hesketh Local Director of Quality and Governance
Julie is the Local Director of Quality and Governance for the Merton and Wandsworth Local Delivery Unit.  Previously to this, she was Richmond CCG's chief nurse where she was the lead for clinical quality and patient experience for the CCG. In this role, she was also the executive lead for safeguarding adults and children, director of infection prevention and control (DIPC) and the Caldicott Guardian.

Julie is a trained nurse specialising in neurosciences with over 20 years' experience in the health service from provider perspectives.  She is passionate about improving health services for local patients and their families.
Josh PotterJosh PotterLocal Director of Commissioning Operations
Josh Potter is the Local Director of Commissioning for the Merton and Wandsworth Local Delivery Unit. Previously to this he was  the acting Director of Commissioning at Tower Hamlets CCG and has held a number of commissioning and improvement roles within the NHS in east London, including Newham University Hospital NHS Trust.
http://wwwauthor.mertonccg.nhs.uk/about-us/Our-Governing-Body/PublishingImages/NeilMcDowell.pngNeil McDowellLocal Finance Director, Merton and Wandsworth CCGs
Neil is a qualified accountant with over 25 years experience working in the NHS.  He has held many senior positions in a variety of organisations, including: providers, primary care trusts, commissioning support units and clinical commissioning groups.  He has predominantly worked in finance and contract teams.  Most recently Neil was the acting Chief Finance Officer for Wandsworth CCG.

Neil is a keen follower of all sports with a particular interest in football and cricket.