​​​​​​​​​​​​​Governing Body members

The function of the NHS Greenwich Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body is to ensure strong and effective leadership, management and accountability.  GP members of the Governing Body are elected by the CCG membership.  The Governing Body's role is set out in the CCG Constitution.

Governing Body meetings
Governing Body meetings are open to the public to attend, listen to discussions and observe the decision-making process.  Information on how to attend Governing Body meetings can be found on the Governing Body Meeting webpage

Dr Krishna Subbarayan
Clinical Chair
Dr Krishna Subbarayan was elected Clinical Chair of NHS Greenwich CCG in September 2018.
Dr Subbarayan qualified as a GP in 2006 and is a partner at Sherard Rd Medical Centre in Eltham.  From 2013-2014, he served as a syndicate lead representing GP practices in the Eltham area.

Dr Subbarayan was first elected as a GP Governing Body member in 2015.  As a GP commissioner, Dr Subbarayan served as the Governing Body’s cancer lead, charged with driving forward improvements to the early detection and prevention of cancers in Greenwich. 

Dr Subbarayan also led on the development of the frailty service: the service is targeted at elderly patients with complex needs, as many of these patients can be better cared for in the community through a multidisciplinary approach and with input from a community geriatrician.  Prior to his election as Clinical Chair, Dr Subbarayan covered a range of portfolios on behalf of the Governing Body, including quality, contract management, Individual Funding Review (IFR), urgent and emergency care, and patient and public engagement.
Dr Subbarayan has a special clinical interest in helping patients with diabetes.  

Dr Subbarayan moved to Greenwich in 2003 to do his GP training at Queen Elizabeth hospital and has worked in the borough ever since.  
Andrew Bland
Chief Officer
Andrew is currently the accountable officer for five CCGs in south east London (Bexley, Bromley, Greenwich, Southwark and Lewisham). In December 2017, Andrew also became the south east London Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP) lead.

Andrew has worked in the NHS in London for the last 15 years, and the last nine years in south east London, where he was a Primary Care Trust board executive before becoming the Accountable Officer for NHS Southwark CCG since its inception in 2013.  In addition to his CCG roles, Andrew is also the senior responsible officer for primary care transformation across London as part of the Healthy London Partnership.

Throughout his career, Andrew has led major programmes of service redesign across primary and secondary care, and has experience of commissioning in all aspects of care. 

Andrew is passionate about local communities, involving residents in shaping the local services they receive, and collaborative approaches to strategic change.  He believes that bringing together clinical expertise of doctors and nurses to lead commissioning organisations and the knowledge and experiences of patients can bring about real sustainable change and make NHS services the best they can be.
Managing Director
Neil has worked in the NHS for over 15 years in a variety of senior commissioning roles, including London Ambulance Service, leading large scale transformation programmes for NHS England and CCGs in north east London.

Neil is an experienced senior change manager, and has previously worked in the voluntary sector with refugees and asylum seekers, and prior to that in the food industry, and quality and process management in Japan.

From 2014-16 he was Director of Transformation for Tower Hamlets, Newham and Waltham Forest CCGs, leading a whole systems improvement programme working across acute, mental health and primary care services. Most recently he has been leading the South London Specialised Commissioning Programme, working on developing a sustainable strategy for specialised Sservices across Guy’s and St. Thomas', King’s College, and St. George’s.

Neil has lived in Greenwich for the past 24 years, has three children in local schools, and is delighted to be back serving the NHS in Greenwich where he first started in 2003 in a joint older people's role across the NHS and local authority.  

Neil is passionate about improving services for local patients, through working collaboratively with clinicians, the Royal Borough of Greenwich, and our diverse and growing local community.

GP Clinical Commissioner
Dr Sabah Salman was elected as a GP Governing Body member in 2015 and re-elected for a second term in July 2018.

Dr Salman trained in medicine at Imperial College and carried out her GP training in Eastbourne. She is a GP at Gallions Reach Health Centre in Thamesmead, having joined the practice in 2013.

Prior to joining the Governing Body, Dr Salman worked with Greenwich CCG as a Clinical Project Lead.  In her first term in office, Dr Salman was the GP Commissioner responsible for children and maternity services - she oversaw the CCG’s work on commissioning for children, children’s safeguarding and the Health and Wellbeing strategy.  Dr Salman led the development of the CCG’s children’s commissioning strategy.

Dr Salman has previously held roles as a trainee doctors’ representative with the Royal College of General Practitioners and as a tutor at Kings College London. She has also volunteered with Raleigh International, in Nicaragua and Costa Rica.
GP Clinical Commissioner
Dr Vivienne Chai was elected as a GP Governing Body member in July 2018.

Dr Chai has worked as a GP in Plumstead since 2012.
Dr Chai previously worked as a paediatric and neonatal hospital doctor, and retains a clinical interest in children’s and women’s health.  As a resident and parent in the borough, Dr Chai has a solid understanding of the community’s diverse health needs.
Dr Chai recently earned a Masters in Public Health (MScPH) from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine (LSHTM) and continues to pursue academic work in population and children’s health at LSHTM. 

She has also been a clinical tutor in community medicine at King's College and volunteers for the non-governmental organisation Doctors of the World.
Dr Chai first began working with Greenwich CCG in 2015, initially as Clinical Project Lead (CPL) responsible for integrated primary care and latterly as CPL responsible for mental health and learning disabilities.

She maintains a strong interest in these two areas and now serves as the CCG’s mental health lead.  Dr Chai also represents the Governing Body on the borough-wide Health and Wellbeing Board.

GP Clinical Commissioner
Dr Jaisun Vivekanandaraja was elected as a GP Governing body member in July 2018.

Dr Vivekanandaraja holds an undergraduate medical degree from Bristol University, and completed his GP training in 2009.

Since 2010, he has been a GP at Vanbrugh Group Practice.  
During this time, he has held various roles with the CCG, including Blackheath and Charlton syndicate lead and Clinical Project Lead (CPL) for urgent care.  More recently, he held an interim role as  Governing Body lead responsible for the children, young people and maternity services portfolio.

Dr Vivekanandaraja’s portfolio now encompasses children and young people’s services, maternity services and medicines management. In addition to this, he has taken on responsibility for child and adult safeguarding.
GP Clinical Commissioner
Dr Vijay Sivapalan was elected as a GP Governing Body member in July 2018.

Dr Sivapalan holds a medical degree from King’s College London and practices at Sherard Rd Medical Centre in Eltham.
GP Clinical Commissioner
Dr Anuj Chaturvedi was elected as a GP Governing Body member in July 2018.

He has practised as a GP for nearly 14 years, and is a GP partner at Triveni PMS in Woolwich.|

Dr Chaturvedi has extensive experience of providing out of hours GP services at walk in centres and urgent care centres in both Greenwich and neighbouring Bexley.  He has secondary care (hospital) experience in accident and emergency, trauma, orthopaedics and paediatrics.  Dr Chaturvedi has also worked as a general surgeon and as a radiologist.
In additional to his clinical work, Dr Chaturvedi has sought to address GP workforce challenges in Greenwich and in south east London.  He serves as a GP trainer and GP appraiser, and regularly supports the London Deanery’s GP recruitment programme as a GP examiner.
GP Clinical Commissioner
Dr Debisi Olunloyo was elected as a GP Governing Body member in July 2018.

Dr Olunloyo has been a practising GP for over ten years.  She has worked as a GP in various surgeries across Greenwich and currently practices at Eltham Medical Practice.

Dr Olunloyo served as syndicate lead for Blackheath and Charlton before moving on to work as the Clinical Project Lead (CPL) responsible for public health.  More recently, she has been the CPL responsible for dementia.

Dr Olunloyo is the Governing Body’s lead GP for patient and public engagement, membership engagement and Live Well Greenwich.
GP Clinical Commissioner
Dr Jan Ratnarajan was elected as a GP Governing Body member in July 2018.

He practices at Woodlands and Charlton Road surgeries (Blackheath PMS), where he has been a GP partner since 2016.
After earning his medical degree from University College London (UCL), Dr Ratnarajan qualified as a GP in 2015.
Dr Ratnarajan holds a master’s degree in health systems, theory and policy from Queen Mary University of London, and has worked in a variety of different specialities in Kent and Sussex.
Dr Greg Ussher
Lay Member and lead on patient and public participation matters
Dr Greg Ussher is chief executive of METRO GAVS, a voluntary sector organisation in Greenwich. In this role, Greg has worked closely with a range of ‘hard to reach’ people and communities, including older people, younger people, people living with HIV, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and African, Asian and mixed race people.  Greg is committed to addressing health inequalities for those with protected characteristics according to the Equalities Act 2010.

Greg was on the management committee of Greenwich LINk, and for two years was Chair of LINk. In this role, Greg represented LINk on the shadow CCG, the Health and Wellbeing Partnership Group and GAVS Health and Wellbeing Forum.

Greg has worked in health and social care for 20 years, has a PhD in the prevention, treatment and epidemiology of STIs, and is also Chair of the National LGBT Consortium of LGBT Voluntary and Community Organisations, Chair of Outhouse East, Chair of the Kent/Medway LGBT Forum, an executive director of Healthwatch Medway, and an Honorary Fellow at the University of Greenwich.
Steve Whiteman
Director of Public Health, Royal Borough of Greenwich
Steve Whiteman is Director of Public Health for the Royal Borough of Greenwich. He leads a public health team which runs and commissions services to improve health and wellbeing, advises the local authority and the NHS on population health priorities, and provides public health input into the commissioning of health and social care services.

Steve has worked in public health in south east London since 1995 and is a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health.
Director of Commissioning Development
Ginny is an experienced NHS leader and manager with more than 20 years of experience working with the health service and local authorities, primarily in primary care, community services and public health.

Her role at NHS Greenwich CCG is to develop services through the clinically-led commissioning strategy and leading the Organisational Recovery Plan working closely with the Governing Body. Previously, she led system-wide change through commissioning in south west London.  This enabled provider capacity and capability, and ensured that patients received high quality, efficient and appropriate care.

Ginny has wide experience in directing and leading sustainable change across the whole health and social care system, and a track record of innovative approaches and building on what is already working in practice.

Ginny has an MA in social research and studied leadership development at the Tavistock Institute and group psychodynamics accredited by the University of Leuven, Belgium. 

She is also a trained coach.
Lay Member and Lead for Primary Care Commissioning
Richard is a qualified teacher with over 30 years of experience in the state education sector.

Richard was born and raised in Greenwich. He completed a physics degree at the University of Southampton, and undertook initial teacher training at Goldsmiths College.  Richard holds a postgraduate qualification in educational leadership development from the Institute of Education.

Richard has worked as a teacher, school senior leader and local authority advisor in schools and local authorities in south east and east London including five years as a senior advisory teacher for Greenwich local authority.

Richard has also worked for a further five years as part of the senior leadership team of John Roan School.
Director of Finance
David Maloney joined Greenwich CCG as Chief Finance Officer in February 2017. Prior to this, David was Chief Finance Officer at NHS Haringey CCG, where he had been in post since 2012.

Since qualifying as an accountant in 1992, David has held a number of senior financial roles in NHS organisations. David is responsible for all aspects of Greenwich CCG’s financial performance and governance.

Since 1 April 2018, David has also been the Acting Chief Finance Officer of NHS Lewisham CCG and a member of NHS Lewisham CCG’s Governing Body.
Acting Director for Quality Caldicott Guardian
Chief Operating Officer
Robert has over 25 years experience within healthcare settings spanning acute trusts, university research, mental health, commissioning and regulator organisations.

He has worked on a range of national projects, as well as dealing with the complexities of competing pressures across health and local government.

Prior to joining NHS Greenwich CCG, Robert held the Winter Operational Director role for NHS England, leading the delivery of operational and performance management across East of England subregions for Urgent and Emergency Care.

Robert is passionate about delivering benefits for patients through the development of real partnership and collaborative approaches to strategic change.  He was part of the team that led the development and implementation of the Barnet, Enfield and Haringey clinical strategy and more recently developments in whole system working within Mid and South Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP).

Lay Member Governance, Conflict of Interest Guardian, Vice Chair
Amana has lived in Greenwich for six years. She has over 15 years experience in finance, assurance, and governance across the public and private sectors.

She has held roles at the Home Office as Finance Director at Border Force and at the Ministry of Justice overseeing assurance and regularity of the Legal Aid fund.

She holds an undergraduate degree in law and politics and an MA in political theory, and commenced her professional career with PricewaterhouseCoopers' graduate scheme.

Amana specifically worked in PwC's government and public sector department, where she delivered external and internal audits across a broad client portfolio including NHS acute trusts, strategic health authorities and primary care trusts.

Amana has also worked with Monitor, independent regulator of NHS Foundation Trusts (now known as NHS Improvement).

Registered Nurse
Maggie Buckell
BA(Hons), PGDip, RGN, RHV, DN, RCGP Diploma in Asthma Care

Maggie joined the NHS in 1973 as a student nurse at The Hillingdon Hospital. By 1977, Maggie was a general nurse and had also qualified as a District Nurse and Health Visitor. Maggie spent the next 20 years as a Health Visitor, latterly taking a senior clinical role as a District Nurse.

Having completed a degree in Health Care Management she went on to work in a clinical management role in Kensington, Chelsea and Westminster, managing community health services in North Kensington focusing on integration and alignment with general practice and social care.

In 2005 Maggie moved to Islington PCT as Deputy Director of Children's Services. In 2011 these services merged with The Whittington Hospital and Maggie became Director of Operations for Women, Children & Families with responsibility for acute and community services in Islington and Haringey.

Maggie retired from her full time role in October 2012 and joined the Governing Body of NHS Tower Hamlets CCG as their Registered Nurse Member in December 2012.
Secondary care doctor
Dr Iyngaran Vanniasegaram is a consultant audiovestibular physician and neuro-otologist. He has held senior medical management positions including a board appointment as Medical Director. 

He completed an MBA with Warwick Business School and his dissertation was on capacity management.  He has an interest in patient access and has developed innovative ways of maintaining short waiting times. 

He is committed to improving quality of services and patient outcomes.