Governing Body Members

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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

Chief Executive Officer - Adam Doyle


Adam Doyle is Chief Executive Officer for the seven CCGs in Sussex. 


Adam started his career as a physiotherapist and has held a number of senior healthcare roles over the past twelve years. 


Before working in Sussex Adam was the Chief Accountable Officer at NHS Merton CCG in London, where he worked from its establishment in 2013, and in particular focused on the integration of health and care in a community setting. Prior to this, Adam was the Director of Private Care and Community Services at The Royal Marsden NHS Foundation Trust.


Clinical Chair - 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 Executive Clinical Director.

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

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


Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer – Karen Breen

Deputy Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer’ f the Sussex Clinical Commissioning Groups.

Karen has a wealth of experience in the NHS, starting out as a nurse and midwife for many years, and holding senior leadership roles at local, regional and national level. She previously worked as Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive at Epsom and St Helier University Hospitals NHS Trust and Croydon Health NHS Trust and was Executive Director of Delivery and Improvement at Barts Health. Karen worked on national programmes at NHS England, including the integrated care system development programme, and has recently been Programme Director of our STP.

She has extensive experience at all levels of the NHS and will really help us to continue the significant progress we have made across the commissioning system.

Chief Finance Officer - Chris Adcock

Chris has a wealth of experience, having worked in the NHS since 1997.

He was previously Chief Financial Officer at Portsmouth Hospitals NHS Trust. Before that, he was based at Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, where he was Chief Financial Officer and also had a period as interim Chief Executive.

He has also worked as Director of Finance for University Hospitals of North Midlands.

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Chief Nurse - Allison Cannon

Allison Cannon was appointed to the Chief Nurse for Sussex CCGs post from September 2017.  

Allison has been a nurse for 29 years and has held a number of senior nurse leadership roles.  She has also had leading roles  in Quality, Safety and Safeguarding. Allison's previous roles include Associate Director of Quality at  Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals. In September 2015  Allison became the Chief Nurse for NHS Eastbourne, Hailsham  and Seaford and Hastings and Rother CCGs. 

Allison is a current Florence Nightingale leadership scholar.  

Managing Director - 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 and made the switch to working as a healthcare manager. She has over thirteen years of 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 NHS Nene CCG.

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. Lola is actively engaged in Global Health, with a specific focus on Africa.

Lola is responsible for supporting the development of a new commissioning structure and placed-based delivery South model to improve healthcare quality and outcomes for the population whilst ensuring the best possible stewardship of NHS funds, and for supporting the Managing Director to ensure that the Central Sussex NHS Commissioning Alliance performs in accordance with the CCG constitutions.

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Local Cluster Representative - Dr Tom Gayton

Dr Tom Gayton has been a GP Partner in Brighton and Hove since 2013, and currently works three days a week in General Practice.

He grew up in Brighton and Hove, and trained at St Andrews and Manchester Universities, qualifying in 2002.


Independent Clinical Member Secondary Care Clinician - Dr Charles Turton

Dr Charles Turton was appointed consultant in respiratory and general internal medicine in Brighton in 1981, and retired from the hospitals in 2009.

He served as the BSUH Trust’s Medical Director from 1999 to 2005. He was a senior internal professional advisor to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman until July 2017.

His continuing medical interests are in patient safety, and learning from complaints and clinical errors.

[[His roles on the Governing Body of the CCG include chairing the Primary Care Commissioning Committee.


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 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 Governing Body 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 Patient and Public Participation and Deputy Chair - Mike Holdgate

Mike Holdgate trained as a Biochemist and worked in the Pharmaceutical Industry before taking up a 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 supporting communities to become more engaged in influencing the decisions made by their Local Authority in the development of their area.

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 positive and meaningful change within their communities through a number of different programmes including the award winning Can Do Health initiative. Mike has also been a trustee of a number of international charities working to promote active citizenship and deepening participation in democratic processes.

In his role as the Lay Member for Patient and Public Participation on the Governing Body, and Deputy Chair of the CCG, 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 and that people are able to positively influence decisions being made with a particular focus on preventative health care and tackling health inequalities across the City.

Lay Member for Governance - Malcolm Dennett

Malcolm Dennett is our Lay Member for Governance. He is an accountant by training with a varied career both in the public and private sectors, and has worked as a consultant supporting many aspects of change in the public sector.

Malcolm has worked in the NHS at Director level both in secondary (hospital) care and in commissioning, and was particularly involved in the transfer of functions from Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) to Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in London. 

He brings experience operating as a Trustee within the third sector primarily within care charities operating in West Sussex, outside of the immediate Brighton area. He has experience as a Non-Executive Director of a publicly funded skills body where he chaired the Audit Committee.  Malcolm is also a member of Brighton and Hove City Council's Health and Wellbeing Board and also the acting Lay Member for Finance and Performance for NHS Coastal West Sussex CCG.

Malcolm will chair the CCG’s  Audit and Risk Committee and also be a member of other sub-committees of the Governing Body. Malcolm chairs the CCG’s Audit Committee.


Lay Member for Finance (Interim) - Carol Pearson

Carol is an experienced chartered accountant. After graduating from Oxford, she qualified with Ernst & Young and then spent 13 years working in international development for CDC Group plc, where she was Group Financial Controller for many years. Carol has also been a charity trustee since 2008. She has won awards for her work in the charity sector from the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW) and from the Royal Surrey County Hospital for her patient support work.

Carol is the Chair of the Finance and Performance Committee. 

Director of Adult Social Care - Rob Persey

Rob Persey joined Brighton and Hove City Council as Executive Director of Adult Social Care and Health in January 2017.

Rob was previously Joint Assistant Director for Health and Adult Social Care Commissioning for two London boroughs. He has been heavily engaged in integration of health and care provision in those areas.

Director of Public Health - Alistair Hill

Alistair is the Director of Public Health for Brighton and Hove. He is responsible for providing leadership to improve and protect the health of our residents, working with local communities and partner organisations across the city. Alistair leads the Public Health department in the Health and Social Care Directorate in Brighton & Hove City Council.

Following 15 years of experience working in the NHS in London, he joined Brighton & Hove Primary Care Trust as a Public Health Consultant in 2008, transferring to Brighton & Hove City Council in 2013. He was appointed as Director of Public Health in 2018.

Alistair is the local Educational Supervisor for the Public Health Specialty Training Programme. He has a Masters degrees in Health Economics and Public Health, and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health.