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

Clinical Chair - Dr David Supple

Dr David Supple has been a local GP for 26 years and became the CCGs Clinical Chairman in October 2016. David divides his time between the CCG and his role as a partner in a Brighton GP practice.

David also has a role to support an integrated team providing care to vulnerable patients registered with four practices as part of the City’s Proactive Care Programme.

David has a background in GP education, having worked with GPs in training over the past 15 years.

As the CCG’s Clinical Chairman David is responsible for leading the Governing Body and ensuring that it discharges its responsibilities in accordance with the CCG’s Constitution. He is also responsible for building and developing the Governing Body and its relationship with the Membership. 

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 NHS Merton CCG in London. Adam was with NHS Merton CCG from its establishment in 2013 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 holds responsibility within the CCG for the Sustainability and Transformation Partnership, the Central Sussex and East Surrey Alliance, organisational development, human resources, governance, internal assurance and communications. 

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 has worked within mental health services in Brighton and 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 and Hove Adult Mental Health services before he joined the CCG in February 2016.

John is responsible for the strategic commissioning of all services for the City, performance and delivery of all commissioned services, contracting of all commissioned services, medicines management, engagement, complaints, freedom of information and individual funding requests and local relationship management with both the Local Authority and voluntary and community sector providers.

Chief Finance Officer - 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.

Pippa is responsible for the CCG’s financial control, financial assurance, external audit, management of the commissioning support services contract, procurement, emergency planning resilience and response, estates and information governance.

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.

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. Within the CCG Soline is responsible for safeguarding adults and children, Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberties, the Caldicott Guardian role, transforming care, research governance, the Community Education Provider Network, quality assurance and Continuing Health Care.

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 Leadership and 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 of 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 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 responsible for performance reporting, performance assurance, planning, risk management, informatics, internal audit and the preparation for all assurance interface meetings with our regulators.

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 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 completing 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 Fellowship 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 to 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 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 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 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 and Deputy Chair,  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.


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


Lay Member for Finance - Jonathan Molyneux

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Director of Adult Social Care - Rob Persey


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Acting Director of Public Health - Peter Wilkinson

Peter Wilkinson qualified in 1982 and worked for several years in hospital medicine, including working at the Royal Sussex County Hospital.

He completed his public health training in 1997.  After a period of voluntary work overseas Peter was appointed as a Consultant in Public Health Medicine in 2001, when he also began working at Brighton &Hove PCT. 

He transferred from the NHS to the Council in 2013, and has been Acting Director of Public Health since April 2016.