Interim Clinical Chair - Dr Sarah Bruen

Sarah qualified as a GP in 2006 and has worked as a GP partner in Highworth since 2011.  She has an interest in the management of general practice. She is keen to look at the efficiency of services and processes to improve the patient journey and to try to reduce GP workload.


Accountable Officer – Nicki Millin

Nicki has worked in the NHS for 30 years; 15 years as an occupational therapist in a number of clinical settings before moving into commissioning. Nicki’s experience covers performance management, service redesign, specialised commissioning, contracts management, procurement and planning working at a senior management and Board level. Nicki is responsible for commissioning services, developing and ensuring implementation of the commissioning strategy, ensuring the CCG works to achieve national and local objectives, ensuring delivery of improved health and clinical outcomes for patients.

 Chief Operating Officer – Paul Vater

Paul Vater has a background in finance and performance. He joined NHS Swindon CCG in June 2017 as Chief Operating Officer. Prior to this he worked as Chief Finance Officer and Deputy Chief Officer in NHS Dorset CCG since 2013, where he had considerable involvement in developing partnership working in Dorset health services and the creation of a Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (plan).


Chief Finance Officer – Caroline Gregory

Caroline has over twenty years of experience of working in the NHS and spent over 80% of that period at senior management and board level. She has covered financial roles across both providers and commissioners in mental health, community services, learning disability, primary care groups and primary care trusts, working predominately within the Thames Valley area.

Director of Nursing and Transformation – Gill May

Gill has worked for over 25 years in the NHS, working in the acute sector within medicine and cardiology before moving into the community where during her time she trained at Southampton University to become a trained practice teacher for district nurses. Gill moved into management roles covering health and social care teams including children’s services and in 2004 she moved into commissioning taking on the role as the Board Lead Nurse for the primary care trust. In April 2013 Gill became executive nurse for the CCG working in an area she is passionate about, quality of care, patient safety and patient experience.

Director of Public Health – Cherry Jones

Cherry Jones has a background in nursing, business management and health improvement management. She joined the Public Health team at NHS Swindon in 2004 and was appointed as the director of public health at Swindon Borough Council in 2015 having been the acting director of Public Health since 2013. Cherry has been the lead for the development of the Swindon Health and Wellbeing Board, the JSNA process and the Swindon Joint Health and Wellbeing Strategy and works collaboratively with a range of partners focusing on reducing health inequalities and preventing early death.

Director of Adult Social Care – Sue Wald

Sue was appointed  Director Adult Social Services in June 2016. In her current role she is responsible for Adult Services . In her previous Post as Head of Commissioning Children and Adults, Sue has worked with the CCG and previously The Primary Care Trust in a joint role since 2008. Sue's background covers working in Children's social work services, the voluntary sector, commissioning and since 2011 Children's and Adult Services. Her main focus has been on developing and implementing integrated services and commissioning in Swindon.


Locality GP Representative – Dr Febin Basheer

Febin has worked for over 13 years in NHS and has been a GP in Swindon since 2011.  She a special interest in Substance Misuse and Mental health.  Febin is a GP appraiser and GP Lead for Planned Care Commissioning for Swindon CCG. Her focus is to improve integration between different sectors of health and social care, making efficient use of resources to achieve best possible outcomes for the population of Swindon​.

Salaried GP Representative – Dr Liz Alden

Dr Liz Alden has been a GP for five years after completing her training locally, and now works across a number of GP practices as a locum. She has a strong interest in medical education and through another of her posts is actively involved in GP training in the Swindon area. Her CCG responsibilities include working to promote research and education.

Locality GP Representative – Dr Philip Mayes

Philip has been a local GP for over 20 years. He continues to work in practice as a GP partner and a sessional hospital practitioner in haematology/oncology and still enjoys his role as a GP trainer.

Secondary Care Doctor - Dr Christine Vize

Christine studied at Cambridge University and St. Thomas's Hospital and qualified as a doctor in 1986. She spent her entire career in the NHS before retiring from clinical practice in 2016. She was a Consultant Psychiatrist in Wiltshire from 1995-2016, and from 2008-2016 she was based at Savernake Hospital, Marlborough and specialised in adult eating disorders. Christine has also held a variety of NHS management positions at senior and Board level in secondary care, and contributed to Department of Health policy and NICE guidance.

GP Representative – Dr Steve Sewell

After training in Southampton and around Birmingham, Steve has been a GP Partner in Wroughton and Chiseldon for over 20 years.  He has also enjoyed training GP's for over 10 years. 

Lay Member – Bill Fishlock

Bill is a chartered accountant who retired from a local firm in 1995. Since that time he has held various non-executive director positions including Wiltshire Probation Service, Wiltshire Police Authority, Green Square Housing Group, and Swindon PCT. Bill is currently a governor at Swindon University Technical College.

Lay member, Governance – Ian James

Ian is a chartered accountant and has spent many years at senior management and director level, and has a broad range of business experience in the financial services sector with Allied Dunbar, Eagle Star and Zurich Financial Services. In 2006 Ian became a non-executive director of Swindon Primary Care Trust and was the vice chairman of its Audit Committee. He is also a trustee of Swindon Citizen’s Advice Bureau.

Non Clinical Vice Chair and Lay Member, Public and Patient Involvement – Paul Byrnes

Paul Byrnes, originally from Yorkshire, has lived with his family in the area for over 16 years. For the past 25 years, Paul’s working life has revolved around medical devices and operating theatres, culminating in being a European board member, overseeing operational efficiency and effectiveness across France, Germany, Italy and the UK.

For the past six years, Paul has increasingly specialised in people development and change leadership. Paul is particularly motivated by the prospect of giving a deserving voice to those who might not naturally be heard, whilst having the chance to play a greater role in support of his wider community.

Registered Nurse – Maggie Arnold

Maggie has  been a qualified nurse for nearly 40 years; having worked for both the NHS and Armed Forces. Having undertaken specialised training in Trauma and Orthopaedics in Oxford, she has worked in a variety of settings that include both acute and community providers.  In 2007 Maggie was appointed as Executive Nursing and Midwifery Director in Gloucestershire’s Acute Trust; holding a diverse portfolio that covers many areas such as Mental Health, Safeguarding and Infection Control. She is also lead for all aspects of the Nursing/Midwifery and AHP professional agendas. Maggie is an Executive Member of Gloucestershire’s Safeguarding Boards.  She is passionate about Patient Care and Experience and the well being of all  the staff who work in the NHS.