Central Sussex and East Surrey Commissioning Alliance Executive Team

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The Central Sussex and East Surrey Comissioning Alliance Executive Team brings together experienced clinicians and managers who will oversee the work of the Central Sussex and East Surrey Commissioning Alliance.

Deatils of the members of the team can be found in the table below.

Adam Doyle – Accountable Officer and Chief Executive

Adam Doyle is Chief Accountable Officer (Chief Executive) for NHS Brighton and Hove CCG, NHS Crawley CCG, NHS High Weald Lewes Havens CCG and NHS Horsham and Mid Sussex CCG, and NHS Coastal West Sussex CCG.  He took up his post across the Central Sussex  and East Surrey Commissioning Alliance on 1 January 2018. Prior to that Adam was the Chief Accountable Officer for Brighton and Hove CCG.

He has held a number of senior healthcare roles over the past ten years in both the public and private sector as a commissioner and a provider of healthcare services. Before working in Sussex, 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 leads the executive team within the Central Sussex and East Surrey Commissioning Alliance and has the responsibility for ensuring the organisation operates well. Adam works closely with the individual Clinical Chairs and Governing Bodies of the five CCGs to ensure that plans to meet the local needs of each of the populations are are in place.


Geraldine Hoban – Managing Director (North)

Geraldine Hoban began working at NHS Horsham and Mid Sussex Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) on 1 November as the Accountable Officer. Previously she was the Chief Operating Officer at Brighton and Hove CCG, having worked there in various roles for eight years.

Geraldine joined the NHS in 1990 as a researcher within a public health team focusing initially on the emerging HIV and AIDS epidemic. Those early years laid the groundwork for a strongly held belief that rather than just tackling ill-health the NHS should equally be helping people to keep well and supporting them to managing their own health conditions more effectively.

She also believes we need to join up our health and social care systems and focus on what people at the centre of our services really want - rather than giving them what we think they need.

Wendy Carberry – Managing Director (South)

Wendy Carberry was previously the Accountable Officer for High Weald Lewes Havens CCG, responsible for working together with local GPs, patients and stakeholders and the Governing Body to commission high quality health care services that improve the health of local people.

Wendy has had a long and successful career in the NHS. Having trained as a nurse, she spent many years working in senior clinical roles in busy and pressurised inpatient surgical wards and accident and emergency departments across the county.

Her experience of directly providing and then managing healthcare services gave her an insight and expertise that she was subsequently able to draw on when she moved into commissioning roles, initially as the Deputy Director of Delivery for Brighton and Hove City Primary Care Trust and following the emergence of CCGs, as the Chief Operating Officer and Head of Delivery for NHS High Weald Lewes Havens CCG.

Mark Baker – Strategic Director of Finance

Mark Baker is a qualified accountant (CIPFA) who has been a Director of Finance for a Surrey CCG since August 2016.

He was previously Director of Finance at Sussex Police from 2009 to 2016 leading on finance, estates, fleet management and procurement. Prior to this he was Deputy Head of Finance at Surrey County Council covering corporate finance functions and projects.

Earlier in his career Mark undertook a variety of finance roles in local authorities in Surrey and Hampshire including social care, education and children's services.

Terry Willows – Director of Corporate Affairs

Terry Willows has held a central role in developing national health and social care integration policy and the establishment of the Better Care Fund for NHS England.

He has significant public sector policy experience following  15 years working in the Civil Service across a range of policy areas in the Department of Health, Cabinet Office and Department for Communities and Local Government

Terry has been the Head of Assurance and Delivery for NHS England South East since 2015, leading on CCG assurance and performance across Kent, Surrey and Sussex.

Glynn Dodd – Programme Director of Commissioning Reform

Glynn Dodd has held roles in planning, performance and service improvement and was most recently Chief of Development and Transformation at NSH Coastal West Sussex CCG.

Glynn previously worked largely in mental health provider organisations and was Transformation Programme Director at South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust.  

Allison Cannon – Chief Nurse

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

She 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 NHS Hastings and Rother CCG. She is a current Florence Nightingale leadership scholar.

Allison also works to NHS Coastal West Sussex CCG, NHS Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG, and NHS Hastings and Rother CCG.

Sarah Valentine – Director of Contracting and Performance

Sarah Valentine has spent 35 years working within the NHS across south London and in Sussex. Her previous roles have included Director of Commissioning roles across a number of CCGs, Director of Contracting and  Performance, establishing Commissioning Support services and also as a national specialist in nursing and midwifery agency services for the Department of Health. She has also specialised in developing innovative care pathways for patients (alongside new models of contracts to support these pathways).

Sarah is responsible for providing strategic contracting and performance services not only to the Alliance CCGs, but also to the other CCGs in Sussex. Sarah has a keen interest in developing services that not only offer improved outcomes for patients, but are cost effective.

Sarah also works to NHS Coastal West Sussex CCG, NHS Eastbourne, Hailsham and Seaford CCG, and NHS Hastings and Rother CCG.