Our Governing Body

The Governing Body is strong, balanced and representative, promoting a positive culture that puts the patient first. It is made up of a clinician majority, lay representatives, secondary care clinician, local government directors and key members of the organisation’s management team who work cohesively to lead and govern high quality healthcare commissioning in Southern Derbyshire. 

Dr Paul Wood - Chair & Clinical Lead

Paul Wood Portrait

Dr Wood trained at Nottingham University Medical School and has worked within the local health community as a GP since 1993. He continues to undertake a clinical role as a partner in a well-established practice within Derby.  

Dr Wood has been a member of SDCCG’s Governing Body since its inception in 2013, and prior to that as part of the steering group. During that time he has been the Locality Lead for Derby Commissioning Network. In addition to that he has had an interest in urgent care work and has chaired the Southern Derbyshire Urgent Care Board.  

Dr Wood was appointed to the role of Chair Designate in April 2016 following an internal recruitment and selection process and in October 2016 became SDCCG’s Chair. His ambition is to continue the work of developing and delivering high quality health and social care to the people of Southern Derbyshire in a time of substantial change.

Dr Chris Clayton - Chief Executive Officer

Dr Chris Clayton

Dr Clayton joined the four Derbyshire CCGs as the single Chief Executive Officer in October 2017. He was previously Clinical Chief Officer for Blackburn with Darwen CCG from 2012, and also the Chief Officer for the Pennine Lancashire Transformation Programme. Originally from Rossendale in East Lancashire, Dr Clayton completed his clinical studies in Cambridge and following this worked in Birmingham and the West Midlands before returning to join Darwen Healthcare GP practice in 2004.  

Shokat Lal - Vice Chair and Lay Representative

Shokat Lal

Shokat has a background of working in local government for over 27 years, FCIPD qualified, specialising in human resources and organisational development, corporate communications, performance management and service transformation. Shokat has worked for a number of local authorities including Nottingham City Council, Coventry City Council and currently Rotherham MBC. Shokat was previously a Non-Executive Director with Derby City Primary Care Trust and continues to be actively involved in local community issues. Particular areas of interest include patient and public involvement in all the work the CCG does, addressing health inequalities and seeing patient leadership as integral to everything that we do. 

Dr Buk Dhadda - Governing Body GP - Primary Care

Buk Dhadda

Dr Dhadda was born and raised in Derby and has lived locally all his life. Dr Dhadda qualified at St Georges Hospital Medical School in London in 1995 and has been working as a full time GP since 1999. He now works as a GP at Swadlincote Surgery. Dr Dhadda has developed a specialist interest in diabetes and has helped in the reorganisation of diabetes services in the South Derbyshire Locality. Dr Dhadda worked with Derbyshire County Primary Care Trust (PCT) on diabetes service provision; he has worked on commissioning as part of the Practice Based Commissioning and was a Shadow Board Member for the CCG leading up to authorisation. Dr Dhadda is the Clinical Lead for Strategic Programmes (Primary Care/Quality) at Southern Derbyshire CCG and a Governing Body member, as well as being the Chair of the Primary Care Leadership Group, Chair of the CCG's Quality Assurance Committee and the Clinical Lead for Diabetes for Southern Derbyshire CCG. 

Dr Nick Bishop - Governing Body GP, Derbyshire County Network Lead, Chair of the Clinical Commissioning Committee 

Nick Bishop

Dr Nick Bishop has been a GP and partner at Whitemoor Medical Centre in Belper since 2013. He trained at Derby/Nottingham Medical School as one of the early cohort of GEM students. Prior to this, Dr Bishop worked at Rolls Royce for many years as an Engineering Manager in the design and development of aircraft engines. Dr Bishop is the CCG's lead for the Derbyshire County Network, Chair of the Clinical Commissioning Committee and is also a member of the Respiratory Clinical Improvement Group.

Perveez Sadiq - Strategic Director of Adults, Health & Housing, Local Authority Representative (Derby City Council)

Perveez Sadiq

Perveez has over 20 years of experience in local government and social care operations in particular, having worked at both Derbyshire County Council and Derby City Council. Perveez trained and qualified as a chartered management accountant and operated in industry prior to a move to the public sector. During his time, he has held a variety of posts related to commissioning and finance for local authorities. Perveez took on the role of Director of Adult Social Care Services in April 2016 for Derby City Council.

Living in Derby with his family, Perveez uses many of the universal health and care services commissioned by Southern Derbyshire CCG. The quality, development and patient experience of local health and care services is important to him personally as well as professionally. 

Dr Andrew Mott - GP and Derbyshire County Health and Wellbeing Board GP Representative

Andy Mott

Dr Mott is a GP Partner at Jessop Medical Practice in Leabrooks and has worked in Amber Valley for 14 years. His clinical interests include palliative care (he worked for some years at a hospice), maternity & child health, and prescribing. Dr Mott’s responsibilities include being a member on the Health and Wellbeing Board, CCG Prescribing Lead and Chair of Derbyshire Joint Area Prescribing Committee, and he is the clinical lead for Children’s Commissioning. He is also a member of the Audit Committee.

Margaret Amos - Lay Member (Audit and Governance) and the CCG's Conflict of Interest Guardian

Margaret Amos - Lay Member (Audit and Governance)

Margaret was appointed as Southern Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s Lay Member for Audit and Governance, from 1 June 2017. She previously worked for Rolls Royce since 1990, holding a number of senior roles in Finance, Strategy Development and Programme Management; until recently she held the position of RR Finance Director – Engineering, IT and Corporate Sector.  

Margaret holds a number of Non-Executive Directorships. She has recently been appointed Chair of Audit for Trinity House and Chair of Trinitas, both subsidiaries of the Department of Transport. She has also been the Chair of Audit and Investment committees for Derbyshire Health United, provider of the 111 NHS service and Walk in Centres across Derbyshire.  

Margaret was born in Derbyshire, where she lives with her daughter.  She enjoys reading, cooking and the theatre.

Brigid Stacey - Chief Nursing Officer

Brigid Stacey - Chief Nursing Officer

Profile to follow. 

Dr Merryl Watkins - City Membership Network Lead

Dr Merryl Watkins - City Membership Network Lead

Dr Watkins trained at The Royal London Medical School, Whitechapel. She has worked as a GP since 1997 on a part-time basis, and continues to undertake a clinical role as a partner in a practice within Derby. She is also a GP representative on JAPC and a GP appraiser. She has been involved with SDCCG for three years, with previous roles including prescribing lead and GP lead for the Clinical Improvement Groups with the specialties of chronic pain, spinal surgery and orthopaedics.  

Dr Watkins was appointed to the role of Network lead for Derby City in February 2017.

Dr Andrew Maronge - GP Place Lead

Dr Andrew Maronge - GP Place Lead

Dr Maronge trained at Derby Graduate Entry Medical School, and is now a GP Partner at Riversdale Surgery in Belper. Prior to becoming a doctor, he worked as a commercial solicitor. He has a particular interest in community service development and integrated care. Dr Maronge was involved in establishing the Belper Integrated Community Care Project, testing new ways of working with Derbyshire Community Health Services and integration of clinical pharmacists and advanced clinical practitioners in to GP practices. Dr Maronge is Joint Clinical Lead for Belper Place, Governing Body Lead for Place, and a member of the CCG's Primary Care Leadership Group.

Louise Bainbridge - Derbyshire Chief Finance Officer

Louise Bainbridge

Louise joined us as the Chief Finance Officer for all four Derbyshire Clinical Commissioning Groups on 1 November 2017. Previously Louise was Chief Finance Officer at Nottingham City Clinical Commissioning Group from 2013 having joined them in 2011. Prior to that Louise worked in finance roles for a Primary Care Trust and also in the private sector.

Dean Wallace - Derbyshire County Council Director of Public Health and Local Authority Representative

Dean Wallace - Strategic Director of Adult Care

Dean took up post as Derbyshire County Council’s Director of Public Health in August 2016. Dean was previously Consultant in Public Health at Calderdale Council, leading on the health improvement and population health intelligence agendas. Dean has a background in sport and exercise science and worked for private sector health clubs and district and borough councils in the north of Derbyshire for 6 years before joining the NHS in 2004, working for North Derbyshire Health Promotion Service.                     

Dean joined the public health specialty training programme in 2010, working across a number of NHS and Local Government organisations in the East Midlands as a Specialty Registrar in Public Health and then as an Acting Public Health Consultant before securing the Public Health Consultant post with Calderdale Council. 

Dr Richard Crowson - CCG Lead for the Health & Wellbeing Board in the City

Richard Crowson

Dr Crowson is a GP partner at Macklin Street Surgery in the city centre where he has been working since 2007. He has been a GP for 15 years working both in the UK and New Zealand. He was the GP for Derby's asylum seeker practice from 2003 - 2005. His clinical practice has always been mainly with deprived and urban populations. He believes passionately in quality general practice, and his main concern is to develop and maintain excellent, sustainable and equitable primary care services. His responsibilities include being the Governing body representative on the City Health and Wellbeing board.


Martin Whittle - Lay Member for Patient and Public Involvement (PPI)

Martin Whittle

Martin has followed a varied career but the majority of his working life has been spent in NHS Management; he has worked in hospital management, managing the A&E and Orthopaedic Trauma Department at Leicester Royal Infirmary, followed by a spell managing the Surgical Directorate in Lincoln. He then worked in Commissioning roles at Lincolnshire Health Authority and for Lincolnshire and Derbyshire Primary Care Trusts. His main focus in his later career was in the areas of Strategy, Governance and Risk Management, Public Engagement, Performance and Delivery, and Emergency Planning.

Since retiring from the NHS Martin has carried out consultancy work and is developing his interests in non-executive roles. Martin was appointed to the Lay Member post for Patient and Public Involvement in 2017 and is very keen to ensure the public are engaged in the development of services across Southern Derbyshire, and understand what the CCG is trying to do in commissioning services for its population. Martin lives in Matlock with his wife and has two grown up sons.