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Governing Body Members

The CCG's Governing Body brings together experienced clinicians and managers with knowledge of a range of healthcare environments.

For biographical details on each member, please see the table below.

For Governing Body Members' Registered Interests, please see the Register of Interests for CCG Colleagues on our Publications page

Chair - Dr David Supple

Dr David Supple has been a practising GP for 26 years and divides his time between the CCG and his role as a partner in a Brighton GP practice.

David's clinical commitments include performing the role of Proactive Care GP for a group of four GP practices as part of the city's local Proactive Care programme.

Chief Accountable Officer - Adam Doyle


Adam Doyle is the CCG’s Chief Accountable Officer (Chief Executive) and started in October 2016. He has held a number of senior healthcare roles over the past nine years in both the public and private sector as a commissioner and a provider of healthcare services. Most recently, Adam was the Chief Accountable Officer at Merton CCG in London. Adam was with Merton CCG from its beginning and focused on integrating health and care in a community setting. Prior to this role Adam was the Director of Private Care and Community Services at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.

Adam originally trained as a physiotherapist and is passionate about working alongside clinicians and the public to design services in a way that meets their needs and uses NHS resources in the most effective way. He is keen to promote healthy living and competes in half marathons in his spare time. 

Chief Operating Officer - John Child


John Child is the Chief Operating Officer of Brighton and Hove CCG.  He is responsible for the day-to-day running of the CCG.

John studied English Literature at the University of Cardiff. Following work in homeless hostels in Kent & Brighton he completed a Masters in Social Work at Sussex University.

John worked within mental health services in Brighton & Hove for 13 years in a variety of roles for both Brighton and Hove City Council and Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. He was the Service Director for Brighton & Hove Adult Mental Health services before he joined the CCG in February 2016.

John oversees the planning and commissioning of services by the CCG and ensures that business processes are effective and well governed.  He also ensures effective collaborative commissioning and partnership arrangements with both the Local Authority and voluntary and community sector providers. 

Chief Finance fficer - Pippa Ross-Smith

Pippa Ross-Smith (BA  MSc  ACA) is a qualified accountant and the Chief Finance Officer at the CCG. Her career has encompassed accountancy practice and commerce, and various finance roles at the Audit Commission.

Pippa has worked in the NHS since 2004 in senior finance roles in a mental health trust, where she was responsible for the financial implementation of a large Private Finance Initiative, and supporting various structural changes and service developments. It was with these in mind that she did her MSc in Financial Management – Health Sector, with mental health financing as her dissertation.

As a member of the CCG Governing Body Pippa is very keen to ensure that the whole health system works well for the people of Brighton and Hove, delivering high quality services in a timely fashion whilst maintaining sustainability and value for money.

Lead Nurse, Director of Clinical Quality and Patient Safety - Soline Jerram


Soline Jerram has worked in the NHS since 1978. Her career has encompassed mental health and acute general nursing including in A&E and community settings. Care of older people has long been her area of specialist practice and in 1998 she gained a Department of Health research grant to explore the effectiveness of advanced nursing care on the quality of life for care home residents, developing what was then a unique proactive service.

Soline qualified in both mental health and general nursing in West Sussex. She gained her Nurse Practitioner BSc in 1998, her MSc at City University London in 2003 and became an independent prescriber in 2006.

She moved to Brighton from north-west London where she was Deputy Director of Nursing, supporting the transition of the PCTs to CCGs.

Soline enjoys reading and swimming and is a member of the Policy and Communications Committee of the British Geriatric Society.

As Lead Nurse and Director of Clinical Quality and Patient Safety in the CCG, Soline is responsible for providing clinical leadership advice and monitoring the quality of the service patients receive. She is also the CCG’s lead on adult and children’s safeguarding and the Mental Capacity Act.

As a member of the CCG Board, Soline wishes to ensure that people in Brighton and Hove are actively involved in service development so that people living in and visiting the city receive high-quality and safe healthcare services that represent value for money.

Chief of Clinical Leadership and Engagement - Dr Andrew Hodson

Dr Andrew Hodson has been a GP Partner in Brighton and Hove since 2005, and currently works three days a week in General Practice alongside his role as Chief of Clinical Engagement.

He trained at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School and graduated in 1997 with a BSc in the History of Medicine.

Prior to his current role, Dr Hodson chaired the Brighton and Hove Proactive Care Steering Group and was involved in work on the potential development of GP Federations.

Dr Hodson’s experience in practice and working with the membership has given him a strong insight into the needs patients and the membership in the current challenging environment. 

Director of Performance, Planning and Informatics - Lola Banjoko


Lola Banjoko started her career as a dentist, working in a number of oral and maxillofacial surgery departments in England and Scotland and obtained the Fellowship in Dental Surgery from the Royal College of Surgeons England.

She gained an MSc in Health Services Management (1999) and made the switch to working as a healthcare manager.  She has over thirteen year’s management experience working in senior roles at central London teaching hospitals, primary care trusts and at regional level (Strategic Health Authority) and most recently at Nene Clinical Commissioning Group.

Lola also worked in healthcare planning and delivery at the Organising committees for the Glasgow Commonwealth Games and the London 2012 Olympic and Paralympic games.

She has over 16 years experience and engagement in global health and development with a particular focus on Africa. She is a member of the NHS International network, a body involved with providing greater clarity on how NHS organisations and individuals can best maximise their potential to contribute in a sustainable and appropriate way to capacity building in developing countries, and sits on the council of the Royal African Society.

Lola has served on the Department for International Development, Global Poverty Action Fund Advisory Board, on the World Health Organisation’s Health Worker Global Policy Advisory Council, and on the board of the Comic Relief-Africa UK programme. She is passionate about building and improving healthcare systems and protecting the needs of vulnerable members of the society.

Local Member Group GP Lead (Central) - Dr Jim Graham


Dr James (Jim) Graham has been a GP in Brighton and Hove since 1992 and is senior partner at Stanford Medical Practice. 

He studied Medicine from 1981 to 1986 at Charing Cross and Westminster Medical School, London. General Practice Training from 1987 to 1992 involved a broad diversity of hospital jobs in Sussex, Cheshire and Australia. He has a particular interest in ENT, having combined General Practice with Hospital and Community ENT jobs from 1990 onwards. 

Dr Graham is a Director of SMC Ltd, which is a provider of Vasectomy and ENT Community Services in Brighton. He continues to work as a General Practitioner and as a GPwSI in ENT. 

He is also a Director of Oxymon Ltd, which is dedicated to developing a novel oxygen therapy monitoring device as a tribute to his late neighbor (Heather) who suffered from a chronic lung disease (COPD). The novel oxygen monitor has been successfully trialed at the Princess Royal Hospital in Haywards Heath but it has not yet obtained the required certification to allow it to be marketed.

Dr Graham has been the CCG's Clinical Lead for Planned Care since 2014.

Local Member Group GP Lead (West) - Dr Sean Perera


Sean Perera is a GP at Brighton Health and Wellbeing Centre and a Specialty Doctor in Sexual Health at Claude Nicol Centre.

He graduated in Medicine from Guy’s, King’s and St Thomas’ Hospitals in 2009, after intercalating a BSc degree at Imperial College London in 2006. He moved to Brighton after being awarded an NIHR funded Academic Foundation Programme in HIV Medicine. He developed an interest in teaching and research and moved back to London, completing an Academic Clinical Felllowship in Primary Care at Imperial College London. Sean completed his GP training at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital and graduated with a Masters in Epidemiology from The London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine in 2015.

Sean strives to provide high quality, holistic, patient-centred care while improving the health and wellbeing of the local population. He is keen to develop strong relationships with member practices to ensure accurate, fair and equal representation of their views and to identify the real issues that are faced at a practice level. He is passionate about harnessing these views and transforming them into positive changes - he believes this grassroots approach is essential to shaping strategy and improving our local healthcare service.

Local Member Group GP Lead (East) - Dr Manas Sikdar


Dr Manas Sikdar has been a GP Principal at Albion Street Surgery in the centre of Brighton since 2006. 

He qualified at the University College London Medical School in 1998 and joined the Brighton GP training scheme in 2002, training at the practice where he is now senior partner.

Dr Sikdar is passionate about ensuring high quality, patient-centred, modern general practice remains at the cornerstone of local health care.

In his role as East Locality Member Group Lead he strives to promote high quality primary, secondary and community services. He is particularly interested in collaboration between local general practices to provide the best services patients across the city. 

Independent Clinical Member Secondary Care Clinician

A recruitment process is currently underway for this role.

Independent Clinical Member Registered Nurse - Dr Jennifer Oates

Dr Jenny Oates is a lecturer in the Florence Nightingale Faculty of Nursing and Midwifery at King's College London. She is also a Specialist Adviser and Mental Health Act Reviewer with the Care Quality Commission. Jenny was previously the Mental Health Nursing Adviser in Policy and Standards and a Fitness to Practice panel member at the Nursing and Midwifery Council. Her clinical background is in liaison psychiatry and community mental health. Her PhD thesis was on the mental health and wellbeing of nurses.

Jenny trained in Leeds after starting her nursing career as a care assistant in a care home for older people.  She worked at St James' Hospital and Leeds General Infirmary before moving to London to work in the Emergency Department of the Royal London Hospital in Whitechapel.  She has recently moved to Brighton following 10 years of living and working in various parts of London.

As the Independent Clinical Nurse on the CCG Governing Body, Jenny is committed to ensuring that the CCG stays true to the values of the NHS Constitution and the spirit of the NHS.  She feels that having a strong nursing presence on the Board and active nursing engagement with local member groups is an opportunity for nursing perspectives to shape the future of healthcare in the city.

Lay Member for Governance and Deputy Chair - Dr George Mack


George is a qualified accountant and experienced management consultant who has had a successful career in industry and commerce.

He spent 15 years in senior management roles before becoming Chief Executive of a major life assurance group and still undertakes some business consultancy despite having retired. He was a non-Executive Director of NHS Brighton and Hove for seven years until 2013.

George lives in Brighton and enjoys theatre, music and keeping fit. He has a PhD in Physical Chemistry from Cambridge University.

As a Governing Body member of the Clinical Commissioning Group, George is especially interested in promoting good governance and supporting effective partnership working with providers and the city council to improve patient services.


Lay member for Patient and Public Participation - Mike Holdgate


Mike trained as a Biochemist and worked in the Pharmaceutical Industry before taking up a volunteer post in Zimbabwe as Head of Maths and Science at a secondary school in the late 1980s. Mike then worked with a number of Zimbabwean Non Governmental Organisations who were supporting communities to become more actively involved in influencing their Local Authorities in the production of district development plans that could help to improve their livelihoods.

In 2002 Mike returned to the UK where he helped to set up the Scarman Trust which became a national charity with regional offices based in Brighton and Hove. The Trust supported people to actively participate in bringing about the positive and meaningful change they wanted to achieve within their communities. Mike has also been a trustee of a number of international charities working to promote active citizenship, deepening engagement in democratic processes.

In his role as Lay Member for Patient and Public Participation on the Governing Body Mike is committed to ensuring that patients, carers and the public are truly placed at the heart of everything that the CCG does, that their input is valued and respected, that people are able to positively influence decisions being made keeping a particular focus on tackling health inequalities across the city.

Director of Adult Social Care


This area will be updated shortly.

Director of Public Health

Re-appointment process currently underway