Meet our Governing Body members
All of our Governing Body members have lots of experience and expertise in their different roles, and they also have a real interest in making sure that healthcare services are doing their best for local people.
All voting members of the Governing Body and those employed by the CCG are required to complete statutory and mandatory training, which includes safeguarding children and adults, information governance, and equality and diversity.
Find out more about each of them using the list that follows.
- Denis Gizzi, Chief Officer
- Dr Gora Bangi, Chair and Clinical Leader
- Paul Richardson, Vice Chair and Lay Member for Governance
- Dr Satyendra Singh, GP Director
- Dr John Cairns, GP Director
- Dr Ann Robinson, GP Director
- Dr Lindsey Dickinson, GP Director
- Linda Chivers, Lay Member for Audit, Finance and Conflicts of Interest
- Geoffrey O’Donoghue, Lay Member for Patient and Public Involvement
- Tricia Hamilton, Governing Body Nurse
- Dr Eamonn McKiernan, Secondary Care Doctor
- Matt Gaunt, Chief Finance and Contracting Officer
- Helen Curtis, Director of Quality and Performance
- Jayne Mellor - Director of Transformation and Delivery
- Dr Tony Reid, Local Medical Committee (LMC) representative
Denis joined the CCGs in October 2017 from Oldham CCG, where he had been Managing Director since early 2013, following six years in an executive role with NHS Oldham.
Denis is a seasoned NHS professional having worked in the service for 28 years, ten of those years at executive level, across areas such as commissioning, transformation, service redesign and improvement, clinical service management, performance and planning.
Following a successful business career, Gora qualified as a doctor from Newcastle University in 2000. After initial training in surgery he trained to become a GP, completing his training in 2005 and joining a large practice in Leyland as a partner. He subsequently went on to open the first new surgery in Leyland in over thirty years.
He has taken on many managerial and leadership roles, including practice based commissioning and also as Chair of Central Lancashire Primary Care Trust’s Professional Executive Committee.
He is a GP champion for the Department of Health, a trainer and academic adviser at the University of Manchester, Chair of the North West Advancing Quality Board, and was recently elected to the national Board of NHS Clinical Commissioners.
Paul served with Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service for over 33 years across various areas and retired in 2012. He had held the post of Deputy Chief Fire Officer for 9 years, during which time he held board level responsibility for service delivery performance, and strategy and planning.
He studied at the University of Central Lancashire and became a Chartered Fire Engineer in 1997, and is a Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers, serving as International President during 2008/9.
Paul currently chairs the boards of two charities and is an independent member of the Lancashire Police and Crime Panel.
Satyendra has been a principle GP at Claytonbrook surgery since 2006.
After graduating in India, he spent 20 years working in a variety of hospitals focusing on trauma and orthopaedics, and he has a keen interest in mental health and musculoskeletal issues.
Dr Cairns graduated in 1997 from Manchester, and has been a full time GP at Library House Surgery in Chorley since 2006.
After gaining a range of commissioning experience working with Central Lancashire Primary Care Trust, where he chaired the local medicines management committee, he currently provides clinical leadership for prescribing within the CCG. He has also been his surgery’s lead for prescribing for the past eight years.
In 2012 he completed an MSc in the History of Science, Technology and Medicine, focusing on medicalisation and the social construction of illness.
Ann has been a full time GP partner at Withnell Health Centre since 2003. Prior to that she had worked part time whilst bringing up her family. Ann qualified from King's College London in 1991, and gained Membership of the Royal Colleges of Physicians in 1995. She is passionate about general practice, and feels very honoured to do the job she does.
Ann said: "I work in a beautiful part of the country, with a wonderful team of people.
"My current role as GP director involves Equality and Diversity and the primary /secondary care interface; both areas that I care deeply about.
"I am newly appointed to this role but am keen to play a role in shaping the future of health delivery locally."
Dr Lindsey Dickinson graduated from St. George's medical school in London in 2005 and moved back to her home town of Chorley where she completed her training in General Practice. She has worked as a GP in Chorley for the past 8 years and is now a Partner in The Chorley Surgery (formally Cunliffe medical centre) which was rated as outstanding by the Care Quality Commission in 2017.
Lindsey says that she loves being a GP and working in her home town, she is very passionate about improving the health and lives of the people of Chorley and South Ribble.
Linda is currently Chief Executive of Age Concern Central Lancashire, a post she has been in since 1997. She is a chartered management accountant with many years of experience working in the not-for-profit and service industries.
During her time with Age Concern Central Lancashire she has been actively involved in developing collaborative approaches to working, and was a Non-Executive Director of Age Concern Support Services (North West) and Age Concern Enterprises Ltd.
Geoffrey has vast experience of working with socially excluded groups and currently works for a Lancashire-based service offering information and advice to adults with low skills levels to help them find learning and work opportunities.
He has hands on experience of service design, strategic planning, and has a sound understanding of regeneration and the role of the community and voluntary sectors.
Tricia undertook her nurse training in Salford in 1981 and has extensive nursing experience gained in a variety of clinical setting including the acute sector, digital health, Out of Hours and Urgent and Emergency care having held an executive nurse role within NHS Direct and more latterly within regulation, holding senior roles within the CQC and NHS England.
Prior joining the new care models team her interest in remote healthcare supported through technology developed alongside regulation and clinical risk assessment. She has consistently driven improvements in the delivery of quality care to patients as her passion is supporting patients in a care setting of their choice, promoting self-care or empowering them through appropriate information on where to gain further healthcare when necessary. Since joining the new care models team she supports the vanguards in the north with delivery of their new care model and ensures that strategic partners are kept up to date with developments.
Tricia is a Florence Nightingale Foundation Leadership Scholar and uses her knowledge and influence to enable others to enhance their knowledge and experience. To this end she is driven to share her knowledge of innovation in her field. She is an advocate for nursing, great care and strives to ensure the patient’s voice is heard.
Eamonn joined the Governing Body in April 2017.
Eamonn started working in the NHS in 1974 as a hospital porter. He qualified in Medicine at Manchester in 1979, and subsequently trained widely in Britain and New Zealand, in internal medicine and anaesthesia.
Eamonn was appointed as a Consultant in Anaesthesia at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in 1989. He practiced in a wide selection of anaesthetic subspecialties, such as paediatric, neurosurgical, urological, ENT and vascular anaesthesia, and, for a short time, as an intensive care consultant.
His present interest is focused on the delivery of improved care to patients, using mathematical, statistical and probabilistic techniques.
Matt is responsible for the financial leadership of the organisation, maintaining focus on its purpose and vision through rigorous analysis and challenge. He leads the finance team to ensure the development of medium and long term financial plans to support the organisation’s plans and strategies and the annual budgeting process to ensure financial balance for the organisation. Matt is also deputy accountable officer.
Helen joined the NHS in 1982 via the National Administrative Training Scheme, having graduated in Government, Politics and Modern History.
Before joining the CCG, Helen was Governance Director at Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust where she was responsible for the Quality Strategy of the organisation, Patient Safety, Clinical Effectiveness, Risk Management, Corporate Governance and Health and Safety.
Helen’s focus on patient safety followed completion of the Patient Safety Officer Executive Development Programme at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in Boston in 2008. Following that, she led the team from Pennine Acute that participated in the highly successful AQuA North West Reducing Mortality Collaborative. Helen is also deputy accountable officer.
Jayne has extensive experience of commissioning and procurement in health and social care. She joined the CCGs in December 2015, having previously worked as associate director within the NHS with the lead for strategy and adults integrated commissioning. Prior to that, Jayne spent 11 years at Lancashire County Council in contracting and procurement roles, and for the last 5 years within the council, as head of commissioning for East Lancashire.