Governing Body and Committees

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The CCG is led by an elected Governing Body, made up of GPs, other clinicians, lay members and managers.  The role of the CCGs Governing Body is to oversee the work of the CCG, make sure that any proposed changes to local health services are debated openly and fairly and to make final decisions of behalf of the CCGs membership.

To contact the Governing Body, please send material to

Sunil Thakker

Dr Mark Rickets - CCG Chair

Dr Rickets believes effective clinical commissioning can lead to: improved health and care outcomes, reduced unwarranted variation, greater emphasis on prevention and wellbeing - all delivered as effectively, efficiently and safely as possible to maximise value for money. Achievement of these aspirations requires a high functioning workforce who are empowered to meet the needs of the populations they serve and who themselves feel valued and healthy. He has been a GP at the local Nightingale Practice since 1999 and held the roles of Clinical Lead for Primary Care and Chair of the North West Hackney GP consortium within the CCG since 2012.

Gary Marlowe

Sunil Thakker - CCG Chief Financial Officer

Sunil is an accountancy graduate, a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and qualified working in industry. He has held a number of senior finance roles in the pharmaceutical sector in global manufacturing, procurement and commercial operations and in the NHS in PCT, Cluster and Clinical Commissioning Organisations. He has a passion for delivering excellence and always a defender of professional standards.

jane milligan

Dr Gary Marlowe - CCG Clinical Vice Chair 

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

Chris Gallagher – CCG Governing Body Consultant

Chris Gallagher qualified in Medicine in New Zealand in 1974 and has worked in London since 1976. His first consultant appointment in Medical Oncology was in 1986 at the London Hospital and he has since held clinics at Whipps Cross Hospital, Newham Hospital, and King George Hospital, Ilford at various times over the years. From 1996 to 2016 his clinical work was at Barts and Newham Hospitals and he held various local and national managerial and research posts.  He is looking forward to continuing to support the NHS through serving on the CCG Governing Body.

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.

Sue Evans – CCG Lay Member for Governance

Sue is a Chartered Accountant with 30 years of experience in commercial and charitable organisations. She has held senior positions at publicly quoted companies in the telecoms and transport sectors, as well as trustee and director posts in the charity sector. Sue is also a member of the Essex Advisory Committee for Justices of the Peace, and a School Governor in Redbridge. Currently, in addition to her role as Lay Member for Governance, Sue has a number of roles as a Trustee and Treasurer with organisations in the charity sector, and has a particular interest in supporting Young People and Educational Projects.

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.

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