Simon Banks joined NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) in April 2017 as Chief Officer.
He is also the Senior Responsible Officer for the Cheshire and Merseyside Women’s and Children’s Services Partnership.
Simon has worked in health and care in either the voluntary sector or the NHS for his whole career.
Simon’s experience in the voluntary sector came through working as a Patient Advocate with the Citizens’ Advice Bureau in Ashworth Hospital. He then worked for Age Concern Cheshire in roles that encompassed information and advice, lobbying and campaigning.
Simon joined the NHS in July 2000 as Chief Officer, Warrington Community Health Council before moving to work in Warrington Community Healthcare NHS Trust and 5 Boroughs Partnership NHS Trust, which were NHS provider organisations and in which he held roles that supported the Trust Board and Executive Team.
Simon has also worked in commissioning in specialised services, NHS Halton and St Helens Primary Care Trust (PCT) and as Chief Officer of NHS Halton CCG.
Dr Wells started life in the Midlands, graduated from Cambridge in 1982 and progressed by completing Vocational Training for General Practice in Chester.
Sue moved to Wirral in 1987 to become a GP principal in a practice in West Kirby where she continues to undertake clinical work as a GP.
In her early years as a GP Sue was involved with activities for the Royal College of GPs in Mersey Faculty and nationally over 9 years. She developed an interest in Diabetes, working as a Clinical Assistant in Diabetes in Wirral University Teaching Hospital for 13 years.She also developed an interest in education becoming a GP trainer facilitating the education of doctors who wish to become GPs
Sue took on a management role when she was elected to the Board of Wirral Health Commissioning Consortium in 2011 and a GP executive on the Wirral CCG Governing Body. She became deputy chair of WHCC.
She was elected as Medical Director of Wirral CCG in February 2015.
She was elected Chair of Wirral CCG in October 2016.
Mike Treharne is a finance professional with some 32 years’ experience in the NHS.
He has been a Director of Finance within the North West for some 17 years, and has worked extensively across the NHS at a very senior finance level in PCTs, District Health Authorities, University Teaching Hospitals, DGH’s and community trusts/FT in Wales, West Suffolk, West Cumbria, St Helens & Knowsley, and Wigan.
He has completed the NHS Leadership Centre and Kings Fund Executive Director Development Programme: undertaken applied study tours to Berkeley and Harvard Universities; and visited Melbourne Australia to compare health services in the Victoria State.
Lorna commenced her NHS career 28 years ago whilst training as a Nurse at Walton and Fazakerley Hospitals. Lorna then went on to various other roles within the voluntary sector and NHS within general management, acute hospital trusts, primary care trust and now NHS Wirral Clinical Commissioning Group.
Lorna’s previous roles have included Assistant Director of Service Development, Lead Nurse and other performance related roles.
Lorna’s current role at the CCG is Director of Quality & Patient Safety and this involves monitoring the quality of services that are commissioned by the CCG against agreed standards, responsibility as Executive Lead for Safeguarding Children and Vulnerable Adults and is also the lead for infection, prevention and control.
Paul has worked in the NHS since 1993 in variety of roles, including management positions in Business Development, Primary Care Contacting, Commissioning and clinical services provision. He holds an Honours degree, post graduate qualifications in Health Economics and a Masters in Business Administration.
Paul’s current role as ‘Director of Corporate Affairs’ involves leading on all aspects of corporate governance and ensuring that the CCG’s business is undertaken to the highest standards of probity and according to statutory and regulatory requirements. He is the CCG’s lead for Emergency Planning and Business Continuity, Workforce, Communications and Engagement, Risk Management and the CCG’s Compliance Team.
Nesta joined the NHS 27 years ago as a student mental health nurse in North Wales. Since completing her nurse training Nesta has had a variety of roles within the NHS including various nursing roles, general management with a multi-agency substance misuse team and commissioning both on a regional and national basis. She completed her Masters in Health Service Management in South Wales in 2007. Most recently, Nesta’s role was involved in commissioning of specialised services on a national basis.
As Director of Commissioning her current responsibilities include leading on the development of the strategic plan of the Clinical Commissioning Group by reviewing the needs of the people of Wirral and by working with partners to deliver the health services to meet these needs. She is involved in the planning, delivery, agreement and monitoring of the majority of the health services and their outcomes received by the population of the Wirral.
Graham was born and educated in Wirral. He moved away in 1990 to pursue a career in Social Work. He moved back to Wirral with his family in 2012 to take on the role of Director of Adult Social Services. He has considerable experience of working at the interface between health and social care in both acute and community focused services.
Graham has been leading the Transformation of social care and the integration workstream of Vision 2018.
Fiona Johnstone has been a Director of Public Health since May 2002, coming to post in Wirral at the end of September 2010.
She is responsible for monitoring and improving the health status of local people, advising on strategies to reduce inequalities, identifying health needs, developing programmes to reduce risk and the provision of public health evidence and expertise to support commissioning of services.
She has a particular interest in health inequalities, having conducted one of the first equity audits in the country, as well as considerable experience of working in primary care and Local Authority settings, as well as in the academic sector.
Fiona has worked jointly between the local authority and the NHS on Wirral since September 2010. NHS Reform means that she is now jointly appointed by the local authority and Public Health England.
Having qualified in 1995 from the Royal College of Surgeons, Dublin, Dr Cowan practised in Internal Medicine, Critical Care, and Anaesthesia within Ireland. In 2001, she embarked on a career in Primary care and completed General Practice training through the Mersey Deanery. Dr Cowan has been a GP partner at the Eastham Group Practice since 2003.
Dr Cowan has been involved in Wirral CCG activity since 2010, as Executive Board member for Wirral Health Commissioning Consortium, and also as Urgent Care lead for Wirral Health Commissioning Consortium from 2012-2015.
She was an active Wirral LMC committee member and held the position of vice chair from 2007-2013.
In April 2015 Dr Cowan was appointed to the role of Clinical Lead for Urgent Care at Wirral CCG which she held until November 2016. This role involved leading on key projects, encouraging integrated working across partner organisations aiming to facilitate transformational change in the delivery of urgent care.
In November 2016, she was elected as Medical Director of Wirral CCG.
Dr Cowan is also our nominated Caldicott Guardian.
Dr Laxman Ariaraj trained at the University of Sheffield Medical School and, after working in hospital specialities in Sheffield, Warrington and in Queensland, Australia, he returned to complete GP training in Liverpool. He became a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners and then joined the team at Claughton Medical Centre in Birkenhead, where he is a GP partner providing General Medical Care, Minor Surgery and Family Planning advice.
He is a GP trainer and the practice lead for Child Health. He also works as an Upper Gastrointestinal Endoscopist at Arrowe Park Hospital.
In May 2015, Dr Ariaraj took up the post as Wirral CCG Clinical Lead for Planned Care. He sits on the Governing Body and Systems Resilience Group and works closely with colleagues in several areas of health care.
Dr Stokes graduated from St George’s Hospital Medical School, London in 1998. She moved to Manchester in 2000 to complete her vocational training in General Practice. In 2007, Sian moved to the Wirral and took up a partnership at Grove Medical Centre in Wallasey, which has recently merged to become The Village Medical Centre.
In addition to her work as a practising GP, Sian has an interest in GP education and works as a GP trainer. In 2012 she was elected to the Board of Wirral Health Commissioning Consortium. During this role she undertook work with the GP training forum as well as chairing the Wallasey ‘cluster’ group of GP’s.
In 2015 Sian was appointed as the Clinical Lead for Long Term Conditions for Wirral CCG.
Dr Downs trained at Birmingham University and qualified in 1990. She moved to the Wirral the same year and completed GP vocational training at the end of 1995. She joined Civic Medical Centre, Bebington in January 1996 and is senior partner at the practice. Dr Downs has served on the LMC and was prescribing lead for Bebington and West Wirral PCT and is also co-opted non-voting member of the GPW Fed board.
Dr Downs has an interest in diabetes having completed the certificate in diabetic care in 2006, she also holds the DRCOG and DFFP. She is also a GP trainer and involved in the education of University of Liverpool medical students.
Dr Sturgess is a Consultant Hepatologist at Aintree Hospital NHS Trust. He qualified from The Middlesex Hospital Medical School, London in 1984. He trained in gastroenterology and hepatology in London and Liverpool. He was appointed as a consultant in 1995. He has extensive experience in clinical leadership and is currently Deputy Medical Director of his trust, having previously been Director of Digestive Disease. His clinical interests include hepatology and hepatobiliary disease.
His previous roles outside of his Trust include Merseyside Modernisation Lead for Endoscopy and Director of the Cheshire and Merseyside Bowel Cancer Screening Program.
Lesley qualified as an RN in 1979 and RM in 1980. She became a Director of Nursing in 1998 and undertook a secondment to the DH leading on nursing recruitment and retention. Moving to Bolton Hospitals NHS Trust as Director of Nursing in 2003 she became CEO in 2010 developing a national and internal reputation for lean in healthcare.
Lesley has held national roles as Chair of the Neonatal Nursing Association, regional lead for the National Leadership Programme, a member of the DH’s National HCAI Prevention Advisory Group 2006/9 and one of the Clinical Advisors on the NHS Constitution. Lesley now works in consultancy and coaching support and is the Lay Member / Registered Nurse for Wirral CCG.
Linda Roberts has worked in the Public, Private and Voluntary Sectors during her working life. Most recently Linda was the CEO of a large disability charity that worked primarily in the areas of Health, Social Care & Education across 11 Local Authority Areas and 8 Health organisations.
Linda has a B.A. Hons degree in Politics and an NVQ Level V in strategic management. She has a particular interest in the provision of high-quality public services.
Linda has lived in Wirral since birth and is passionate about improving the life chances of all but notably those who are disadvantaged in any way.
Alan’s professional background is in finance, and he has been a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy (CIPFA) since 1977. He has spent his entire career in the public services, beginning with 16 years in a variety of finance roles in Local Authorities, before moving to the NHS in 1988.
He retired from the position of Chief Executive at an NHS Foundation Trust in Essex in 2013. His key skills and interests are in financial management, corporate governance, business strategy, board development and regulatory compliance.
Alan has 23 years’ experience at Board level in NHS acute hospitals, 13 as Finance Director and 10 as CEO, and includes in his achievements the successful leadership of the application to become a first wave Foundation Trust in 2004, and overseeing the delivery of statutory financial duties for 23 consecutive years. Alan has led on all aspects of NHS service developments including the establishment of the £60 million regional Essex Cardiothoracic Centre in 2007.
Alan has family roots in Liverpool and moved to Merseyside from Essex in 2015. He was appointed as Lay Member (Audit and Governance) for Wirral CCG in June 2015.
Sylvia has a background working in public health and dental public health, at both local and regional levels.
Her previous roles include Regional Food and Nutrition Lead for the Department of Health NW, where she was responsible for the implementation and evaluation of public health programmes to reduce inequalities.
Some of her achievements include the leadership of ‘Best Start for Life’ (guidance for food, nutrition, play and physical activity for early years childcare), which was implemented regionally through a local authority and primary care partnership network.
She worked in partnership with Government Office North West (Children and Learners) on health in the school setting. She was responsible for the delivery of the School Fruit and Vegetable Scheme working with schools, distributors and growers across the region.
Her particular interests are in reducing inequalities, food and nutrition, oral health and early years.
She was awarded the MBE in 2016 for voluntary work with women and communities in Cheshire.
Sylvia joined the Audit Committee as Lay Member in 2013 and the Governing Body as Patient Champion in April 2017.