Board Members

Wandsworth CCG Board is made up of 12 voting members of the board with 1 vote each with an additional 5​ non-voting members.

Go to the About us page to find out more information about Wandsworth CCG. 

Clinical Chair
Nicola was brought up in the north of England and has the accent to prove it. She has travelled widely, rock-climbed all over the world, dived where the water is warm and has been a GP since 1995.

She has an interest in cardiac disease and women’s health and, as well as seeing patients, is the managing partner of a group of practices in London. She is Chair of Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Group and has been the Wandsworth Clinical Lead for Cardiovascular Disease since 2005.

She was a primary care advisor to the Department of Health for 5 years and has experience of commercial organisations as well as an NHS background. She gained an MBA from London Business School in 1999 and has developed her management expertise in a variety of roles but remains utterly rooted in NHS clinical practice and primary care. She enjoys the challenges of practicing in inner London with its diversity and pathology.

She has a passion for exercise and the outdoors and spends her spare time convincing her three children to feel the same!
Accountable Officer
Sarah Blow was appointed Accountable Officer for SW London Alliance of CCGs and Senior Responsible Officer SW London STP in February 2017, taking full accountability for Kingston, Merton, Richmond and Wandsworth Clinical Commissioning Groups at different dates, achieving full responsibility from 1 April 2017. Sarah will also take on accountability for Sutton CCG in April 2018. All health and care organisations across south west London continue to work closely together through the SW London STP programme and are supported by Sarah as the STP lead.
Prior to her role in south west London, Sarah led Bexley CCG, as Chief Officer, through authorisation and significant financial challenge to be a successful organisation with a strong collaborative approach. Sarah has held numerous senior management roles in the NHS; leading programmes across South East London STP and London, transformation and redesign in East Sussex and working widely across systems to improve services and deliver sustainability including joint posts with East Sussex County Council. Sarah has previously worked in operational roles and strategic roles within providers and the Department of Health.

Sarah is very familiar with south west London and has been a resident in south west London all her life, and has worked at Sutton and Merton PCT in the past. She is pleased to have the opportunity to return to south west London to work with the committed staff across the system to build high quality and sustainable services for our local population.
Sarah holds an MBA, PG Dip Healthcare Systems Management and a BA (Hons) History and Humanities.
Managing Director, Merton and Wandsworth Local Delivery Unit
James has a background within NHS management and was previously Director of Commissioning and Strategy for Surrey Downs CCG from November 2014 to April 2017.  Having started out on the NHS Management Training Scheme, he has worked predominantly in commissioning, including at an acute trust in Brighton, and has also carried out policy development for the Department of Health.
Chief Finance Officer
James has been working within the NHS for over 25 years across a number of different NHS organisations at a senior level in provider and commissioning organisations and the civil service at a regional level. He has held interim director roles at both NHS trust and commissioning organisations and worked on a number of major projects including system wide financial and services review, Foundation Trust development and acquisition and a wide variety of NHS business cases. Over the last two years James has been working for Nene CCG firstly as Chief Finance Officer and then as Programme Director for the Northamptonshire Sustainability and Transformation Plan published in December 2016.
Joint Clinical Lead Wandle Locality
Dr Mike Lane is a managing partner and GP trainer in a large, multi-site Wandsworth practice ​and has been a GP since 1994. He lives locally, and has been involved in health commissioning in south west London since 2002.

Mike is a member of London's Clinical Senate and holds an honorary Clinical Director's post for NHS London. He is the Royal College of General Practitioners lead for Maternity care in London, and is a passionate advocate for its improvement.​  ​Mike's special interests include expedition and travel medicine, and he brings to the CCG a wide experience of healthcare models in other countries. ​
Joint Clinical Lead Battersea Locality (shared vote)
Dr Nicola Williams is a Practice Partner at Battersea Rise Group Practice. She trained at King's College qualifying in 1994. She has always worked in SW London apart from a brief period on the South Coast and 6 months working in Vietnam. She started at Battersea Rise in 1998 becoming a partner in 2000. Her special interests include obstetrics, paediatrics and end of life care thus covering both ends of life.
Joint Clinical Lead Battersea Locality (shared vote)
Dr Jonathan Chappell is a GP in north Battersea who enjoys working with a dedicated primary healthcare team at Battersea Fields Practice. He graduated from the University of Edinburgh quite a long time ago, and now enjoys training doctors to become GPs, which also helps him keep up to date!   He has worked in both rural and inner city general practice in the UK and abroad and has found the best models of care to be those that prioritise respect, listening and compassion in delivering healthcare.
Joint Clinical Lead West Wandsworth Locality
Dr Zoe Rose graduated from Southampton University in 1998.  She became a GP in 2003 and worked in Bristol for two years before moving to London.  She joined Putneymead Group Medical Practice in 2005 and has been a partner there since 2011.

Being the daughter of a sociologist and a public health academic exposed her to many a lively debate about health and social wellbeing.  This engendered a passionate belief in the values on which the NHS was conceived.

Her first commissioning role was as Clinical Lead for Cancer for Wandsworth PCT in 2007. She has been part of the West Wandsworth locality management team since 2011 and also chairs the Primary Care Quality Review Group.

She loves family time, baking and exercising (to make up for it!).
Joint Clinical Lead West Wandsworth Locality
Dr Rumant Grewal is a GP in West Wandsworth. He graduated from Manchester University in 1999. He has worked in London since 2001, and has worked in Wandsworth since 2008. He is a partner at Mayfield Surgery.

Amongst his interests include Public Health (in which he has completed a Masters), Primary Care Research, Mental Health and Urgent Care. He has always worked within inner city regions and has a passion to try and reduce health inequalities.

He enjoys playing and watching all sports including football, cricket, tennis and golf. He is a long suffering supporter of Liverpool Football Club and spends most of his spare time trying to convince his two sons that Liverpool are indeed the best team in the world!
Joint Clinical Lead Wandle Locality
Waqaar has seen first-hand the very many changes that have taken place in Wandsworth over the past few decades. He grew up in Wandsworth, attended schools locally and is now serving the community as a GP.
He is a partner at a large GP practice, as well as being a GP trainer and a GP appraiser. He has an interest in end of life care and eye health. Waqaar enjoys the variety and challenges of working in London and is often able to add value to his practice though local knowledge and his pastoral approach.
He is a clinical director at Wandsworth CCG and elected joint clinical lead for the Wandle locality.
Waqaar has chaired the Macular Degeneration Guideline Committee, and the Prostate Cancer Guideline Committee, at NICE. He is the RCGP National Clinical Expert in Eye Health and sits on the DOH Eye Health Forum, as well as being the honorary treasurer of the section of primary care and general practice at the Royal Society of Medicine.

He has a passion for travel, and time permitting, likes to explore far flung places.
Lay Member for Governance​​
Stephen is the CCG Vice Chair and Lay Member for Governance. 

Until its move to St George's, he was a non executive director on the Board of Community Services Wandsworth.  He is Chair of the Community Transport Association (UK) and of St George's Hospital Charity and a Trustee of the Disabled Living Foundation.

Stephen was formerly a Director General in the Departments for Transport and for Work & Pensions.  He was Chief Executive of the Civil Service College and his interest in health goes back to his early career when he joined the DHSS as a "fast stream" trainee.
Lay Member,​ Patient and Public Involvement​​
Carol Varlaam is the ​​CCG Lay Member for Patient and Public Involvement.
She is a trustee of the ​St George's Hospital charity and of Wandsworth Care Alliance.  She has previously been Chair of NHS Merton Sutton Wandsworth Health Authority, a non-executive Director of South West London Strategic Health Authority, and a lay membe​r of the General Dental Council.  Prior to her retirement, Carol was Head of Corporate Human Resource Planning at the BBC and earlier in her career, she was a Research Fellow with the Institute of Employment Studies. Carol completed a PhD on the General Medical Council and has been a Wandsworth resident for over forty years.
Secondary Care Doctor ​
Registered Nurse
Sam trained as a nurse in South London before working as a health visitor and manager of children’s health services. She is committed to a cooperative and preventive approach to care and led the delivery of acute and community children’s services in an integrated care organisation. More recently, she was responsible for the delivery of Continuing Healthcare services in London and Norfolk.

Sam has a long history of partnership working to support the health and well-being of local populations. She held a national leadership role with the Department of Health, working with senior leaders across NHS and local authorities to establish partnership arrangements for the commissioning and delivery of parenting programmes for vulnerable teenagers.

Sam currently works as a consultant to the NHS, local government and voluntary sector.  In her spare time, she enjoys long walks with an unruly and inevitably wet spaniel.
Lay Member, Finance
Chris Savory is the CCG Lay Member for Finance. He is a qualified chartered public finance
accountant and has worked in the NHS for twenty years, initially in Hampshire and subsequently
in London.  He was the Finance Director for several London Teaching Districts (Bloomsbury
and West Lambeth).  He then became the Finance Director of the University of Lancaster, and
for twenty years ran his own company providing interim and advisory services to both public
and private organisations.

For the past four years he has been an Associate Lay Member with the CCG. He has a degree
in economics from the Open University and is a Fellow of The Royal Society of Arts.
Local Director, Transforming Primary Care
Andrew McMylor is Local Director, Transforming Primary Care for Merton and Wandsworth Local Delivery Unit.  Previously, he was the Director of Primary Care Development at Wandsworth CCG.  Before this, he was the Head and then Director of CCG Development and Delivery also at Wandsworth CCG, responsible for progressing the CCG through the authorisation process.

Andrew has also been the commissioning lead for numerous programmes including 111 and other urgent care initiatives.

Prior to that Andrew was Assistant Director for Urgent Care from October 2008 to April 2011, with responsibility for continuing care, urgent care, re-ablement, palliative care, individual funding requests, business continuity, organisational development, older people commissioning and contract management.
Director of Public Health
Houda has worked in public health for over twenty years, including experience in Scandinavia , the European Office for the World Health Organisation and the Middle East.
Houda held executive director positions in the NHS , first in Richmond then in Wandsworth. She continues to be the Director of Public health for Wandsworth, situated in Wandsworth Council where she also has responsibility for community safety , environmental health and regulatory service.
Local Director of Commissioning Operations
Josh Potter is the Local Director of Commissioning for the Merton and Wandsworth Local Delivery Unit. Previously to this he was the acting Director of Commissioning at Tower Hamlets CCG and has held a number of commissioning and improvement roles within the NHS in east London, including Newham University Hospital NHS Trust.
Local Director of Quality and Governance
Julie is the Local Director of Quality and Governance for the Merton and Wandsworth Local Delivery Unit.  Previously to this, she was Richmond CCG's chief nurse where she was the lead for clinical quality and patient experience for the CCG. In this role, she was also the executive lead for safeguarding adults and children, director of infection prevention and control (DIPC) and the Caldicott Guardian.
Julie is a trained nurse specialising in neurosciences with over 20 years' experience in the health service from provider perspectives.  She is passionate about improving health services for local patients and their families.
Local Director of Performance Improvement
John Atherton is Local Director of Performance Improvement for Merton and Wandsworth Local Delivery Unit.  Previously, he was the Deputy Chief Officer at Richmond CCG.  Before this, he undertook two roles at NHS England (London) as Head of Assurance and latterly Acting Director of Commissioning Operations for North Central & East London. John has held several senior management roles in the NHS with a principal focus on performance improvement. John joined the NHS through the NHS National Graduate Management Training Scheme. He holds a MSc and Post Graduate Diploma in Healthcare Management and a BA (Hons) in History.
Local Finance Director, Merton and Wandsworth CCGs
Neil is a qualified accountant with over 25 years experience working in the NHS.  He has held many senior positions in a variety of organisations, including: providers, primary care trusts, commissioning support units and clinical commissioning groups.  He has predominantly worked in finance and contract teams.  Most recently Neil was the acting Chief Finance Officer for Wandsworth CCG.

Neil is a keen follower of all sports with a particular interest in football and cricket.