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NHS City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group

Governing Body and Committees

The CCG is made up of 43 GP practices who report to a board. The role of the board is to oversee the work of the CCG and make sure that decisions about changes to local health services are debated openly and fairly.

To contact the board, please send material to the CCG address below or email matthew.knell@nhs.net.

Clare Highton

Dr Clare Highton - CCG Chair

Dr Highton is passionate about clinical commissioning and how it can bring patient benefit if we work with our provider colleagues and patients. She was a Professional Executive Committee Co-Chair with the NHS City and Hackney Primary Care Trust but stepped down to set up East London Integrated Care (ELIC). She believes in a flat and democratic structure for CCGs and that we need to continue to trust rather than instruct clinicians to deliver cost-effective care.

Haren Patel

Dr Haren Patel -  CCG Clinical Vice Chair 

Dr Patel has been a GP in City & Hackney for 32 years, with a special interest in mental health, intermediate care and nursing home services. He was a board member for City & Hackney Primary Care Trust for 12 years. He currently leads the CCG prescribing programme board. He is passionate about the NHS and strongly believes the new changes will increase the number of services and choice for patients, making it a truly patient-led service.

Gary Marlowe

Dr Gary Marlowe - CCG Board GP

Dr Marlowe trained at St Bartholomew’s Medical school and has been working as a GP in City and Hackney for the last 24 years apart from a brief hiatus in Wales and Gloucester which helped broaden his perspective. Dr Marlowe is Chair of the London Regional Council of the British Medical Association (BMA) and actively campaigns for an NHS that holds true to its founding principles. He is the clinical lead for the Planned Care Programme Board and ultimately believes that patient-centric trust and collaboration in the professionalism of the health service across both primary and secondary care will deliver the best and most cost effective care.

jane milligan

Jane Milligan - Accountable Officer

Jane Milligan is the Accountable Officer across NHS Barking and Dagenham, Havering, Redbridge, Waltham Forest, Newham, Tower Hamlets, City and Hackney CCGs. +Jane has worked in the NHS for over 30 years. She held a number of other roles including Accountable Officer for Tower Hamlets CCG, Director of Primary and Community Care Commissioning and Managing Director of Community Health Services. Jane co-chairs the Mental Health Transformation Board for London, part of the Healthy London Partnerships Programme. She is also currently the Executive Lead for the East London Healthcare Partnership.

Philippa Lowe

Philippa Lowe -  CCG Chief Financial Officer

Philippa is a member of the Chartered Institute for Public Finance & Accountancy. She has held a number of senior roles in the NHS, Local Government, and other public bodies, such as Chief Executive of a Community Health Trust and Finance Director of an Acute Hospital. She has a passion for delivering excellence in public services and making the best use of resources to improve peoples' lives.

Catherine MacAdam

Catherine Macadam-  CCG Public and Patient Involvement Lay Member

Having worked for 27 years in and for local authorities in London, Catherine is now currently self-employed as a coach/mentor helping clients to develop self-awareness and to find their own solutions in life.  She has been a member of the Patient Liaison Group (PLG) for the British Medical Association (BMA) since 2010, and in 2013 was elected chair of PLG. Catherine has been a volunteer life coach at the City and Hackney Carers Centre for the past three years, and has helped people with disabilities deal with the impact on their working lives


Honor Rhodes

Honor Rhodes - CCG Lay Member

Honor’s key area of responsibility is child and adult safeguarding. She has expertise in developing partnerships and in early intervention and is currently Director of Strategy at the Tavistock Centre for Couple Relationships. Honor is particularly interested in effective interventions with hard to help families affected by very poor health. She writes short guides for practitioners and was awarded an OBE in July 2010 for her work with children and families.


Jaime Bishop

 Jaime Bishop - CCG Associate Lay Member

Jaime is an architect by profession has sat on the executive of Architects for Health since 2006. He sat on the board of Governors for Homerton NHS Foundation Trust Hospital 2009-2012. This role led towards his involvement in the East London Integrated Care (ELIC) society and latterly the City and Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group. Since his initial appointment to the committee of ELIC and then the board of the CCG he has been actively involved in both a governance and Public and Patient Involvement (PPI) role contributing and advocating for the lay voice in the commissioning group.


Siobhan Clarke

Siobhan Clarke - CCG Board Nurse

Siobhan is a Registered Nurse, District Nurse and Practice Teacher with 37 years’ experience in health and social care.She has held a number of senior nurse manager and leadership roles across a number of environments – acute, primary care, community, health authority, local authority, third and independent sectors. She is currently the Managing Director of Your Healthcare Community Interest Company. Prior to this she was the Chief Nurse and Executive Director of Operational Services at Hillingdon Primary Care Trust.

Christine Blanshard

Christine Blanshard - CCG Board Consultant

Christine graduated in Medicine from Cambridge University in 1986 and has 30 years NHS experience. She trained in East Anglia and London and became a consultant gastroenterologist and general physician in 1998. She has undertaken a variety of managerial roles alongside her clinical work. She is currently the Medical Director at Salisbury Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, and there has overall responsibility for delivering high quality clinical care to its patients.

Mariette Davis

Mariette Davis - CCG Governance Lay Member

Mariette is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales and has thirty five years executive experience. She has held senior positions in both in Professional Firm and also in the Financial Services industry. Mariette was a Partner in Grant Thornton, a Director of Strategy in NM Rothschild & Sons Asset Management and Finance Director of Legal and General Ventures. She has worked in a non-executive capacity for the NHS since April 2010, including the position of Audit Chair of Tower Hamlets PCT and City and Hackney PCT. Currently Mariette also operates as a consultant, providing services to the private equity sector.

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