​​​​​​​​​​​​​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

Clinical Chair
Dr Ellen Wright has been a GP and partner at Vanbrugh Group Practice since 1996. She is also a specialist in chronic pain medicine and from 1997 to 2002 was a consultant in the pain clinic at Queen Elizabeth Hospital and now runs a primary care based pain clinic in the community at Vanbrugh Health Centre. She has been a trainer of GP registrars since 2004 and in 2008 completed an MSc in International Primary Care. Following this she became a Public Health Associate at NHS Greenwich and in 2010 was appointed a clinical academic fellow at the department of primary care and public health medicine at King's College London where she is engaged in primary care research. She also has an interest in primary care mental health and was one of the two GP IAPT leads supporting the introduction of primary care psychological services in Greenwich.
Dr Ranil Perera
GP Clinical Commissioner
Dr Ranil Perera, a GP since 2001, practices​ at Conway PMS Medical Centre in Plumstead.  He joined the CCG Governing Body as a GP Commissioner in 2014.  In the two years prior to joining the Governing Body, Dr Perera was the Clinical Project Lead (CPL) on the Greenwich Referral Management Service (RMBS) and contract monitoring.​
As a GP Commissioner on the Governing Body, Dr Perera is the lead for mental health care, he is the CCG’s Caldicott Guardian and as the quality assurance lead, Dr Perera oversees the relationship between NHS England and the CCG in respect of quality assurance issues.  On behalf of the Governing Body, Dr Perera is also responsible for information technology and business intelligence, which builds on Dr Perera’s interest in exploring how technology can be used to enhance the patient experience and make life easier for clinicians.
Dr Perera is an advisor to the General Medical Council on disability issues.  Outside of clinical practice, Dr Perera’s interests range from neurolinguistics and psychology to archery to sports and exercise medicine.  Additionally, Dr Perera regularly shares his flair for magic and comics with his younger patients.
He has lived in London since 2006 with his young family.​​
Dr Nayan Patel
GP Clinical Commissioner
Dr Nayan Patel has been a GP at the Blackheath Standard Surgery since 1997. During this time he has gained considerable clinical and management experience and an appreciation of the health needs of the local population. He is involved in education through teaching medical students and in GP training as a GP Trainer. He has been actively involved in the management of Grabadoc the Greenwich out of hours GP provider, firstly as a board member then as the Clinical Governance lead and more recently for the last four years as the Me​dical Director of the organisation. His educational activities have extended to GP appraisal which he has been doing since appraisal was first established in Greenwich.
Dr Krishna Subbarayan
GP Clinical Commissioner
Dr Subbarayan, who qualified as a GP in 2006, is a partner at Sherard Road Medical Centre in Eltham.  Dr Subbarayan has a special clinical interest in helping patients with diabetes.

From 2013-2014, he represented practices in the Eltham area in his role as Syndicate Lead for Eltham.

More recently, he joined the CCG Governing Body as a GP Exec member, on a secondment basis until April 2015.​

His new portfolio of responsibilities include being the Governing Body’s cancer lead, charged with driving forward improvements to the early detection and prevention of cancers in Greenwich. He is also leading 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.
GP Commissioner
Dr Sylvia Nyame has worked as a GP in Greenwich since 2009 and recently became a partner at Burney Street Practice. She joined the CCG in 2013 as a clinical project lead and in 2015 became an elected member of the Governing Body.

After qualifying from medical school at Cambridge University Sylvia went on to complete her GP training in Hillingdon.

Sylvia has a special clinical interest in mental health and dementia, and holds a MSc degree in primary health care and a post graduate certificate in dementia for practitioners with a specialist interest. 
Dr Hany Wahba
GP Clinical Commissioner​
Dr Hany Wahba has been a GP in Greenwich since July 1986, and has a special interest in surgery. He was the Vice Chair of Greenwich Local Medical Committee (LMC) and has been an LMC member for over 12 years. He was the Medical Director of Grabadoc (the out of hours GP provider in Greenwich) for five years between 2003 and 2​008 during which time he helped reshape its structure and functions to make it an efficient, reliable and stable out of hours quality service provider. He also led GP appraisal for NHS Greenwich.​
GP Commissioner
Dr Sabah Salman has been working as a GP at Gallions Reach Health Centre, Thamesmead, since 2013.

Sabah joined Greenwich CCG in 2014 as a Clinical Project Lead and in 2015 became an elected member of the Governing Body leading on Children and Maternity services. 

Sabah completed medicine at Imperial College London prior to carrying out her GP training in Eastbourne.
Sabah has previously held roles as a trainee representative for the Royal College of General Practitioners, as a tutor at Kings College London and worked in Occupational Health.
Chief Finance Officer
David Maloney joined Greenwich CCG as Chief Finance Officer in February 2017. Prior to this, David was the 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, together with the management of the Performance Management Office and the Business Intelligence team.
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 the doctors and nurses leading commissioning organisations and the knowledge and experiences of patients can bring about real sustainable change and make NHS services the best they can be.
Dr Greg Ussher
Lay Member and lead on patient and public participation matters
Lay Member and lead on patient and public participation matters. Dr Greg Ussher is Chief Executive of the Metro Charity, 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 the 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.
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.
Lay Member and Lead for Primary Care Commissioning
Richard is a qualified teacher who has 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 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 The John Roan School.

Richard holds a post graduate qualification in educational leadership development from the Institute of Education. 
Secondary care doctor
Dr Iyngaran Vanniasegaram is a consultant Audio-Vestibular Physician and Neuro-Otologist. He has held senior medical management positions including a board appointment as Medical Director.

He completed a 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 outcome patient outcomes.
Lay Member Governance, Conflict of Interest Guardian, Vice Chair
Amana has lived in Greenwich for 6 years. She has over 15 years’ experience in finance, assurance, and governance across public and private sectors.

Previously she has held roles at the home Home Office as Finance Director to Border Force and worked for the Ministry of Justice overseeing assurance and regularity of the Legal Aid fund.

She completed her undergraduate degree in Law & Politics and a Masters in Political Theory, and commenced her professional career with PricewaterhouseCoopers' graduate scheme.

Amana specifically worked in PwC's Government & 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 NHS Improvement).
Royal Borough of Greenwich nominee
Councillor Averil Lekau is Cabinet Member for Adult’s Social Care, Health & Anti-Poverty and ward councillor for Thamesmead Mooring ward in Royal Greenwich and has been an elected Member since 2014.  Averil sits on a number of Council’s committees and is the Council’s representative at a number of organisations, which includes OXLEAS NHS Foundation Trust and NHS Greenwich CCG Governing body.
Managing Director
Neil has been working in the NHS for the past 14 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.

In 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 Services across Guys & St.Thomas', Kings College, and St. Georges.

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, and our diverse and growing local community.   
Director of Commissioning Development
Director of Quality and Integrated Governance
Yvonne Leese is Director of Quality and Integrated Governance, and responsible for establishing and maintaining systems and processes to enable the Governing Body to effectively deliver all of the responsibilities of a fully authorised CCG.
Yvonne has extensive experience in senior healthcare management in the NHS. She has held a wide range of senior operational management roles across acute and community health care as well as strategic and clinical leadership roles.

She has experience of leading clinical services, integration and transformation projects. She has a particular interest in quality improvement and the integration of health and social care.

Yvonne is a registered nurse and Health Visitor.  
Steve Whiteman
Greenwich Director of Public Health
Steve Whiteman is the Royal Borough’s Director of Public Health. He leads a Public Health team which runs and commissions services to improve health and well-being, advises the local authority and the NHS on population health priorities, and provides public health input to 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
Robert has over 25 years experience within health care 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 sub regions 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 the Mid and South Essex STP.