Governing Body

Brent CCG's Governing Body is responsible for making the final decisions within the CCG and is accountable to our GP member practices and NHS England

The Governing Body consists of elected members from GP practices across Brent, alongside lay members, a registered nurse and a secondary care specialist doctor.

Voting members

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Dr Etheldreda Kong, Chair and Co-Clinical Director - Harness

Ethie has been a practising GP in Harlesden, Brent for 29 years and a GP trainer for over 20 years.  Growing up in Willesden, living and working in Brent gives her a good understanding of the health and social care needs of Brent residents. Ethie is keen to see a reduction in health inequality and health inequity in the borough.

She has been the Chair of NHS Brent CCG since 2011 and is the clinical lead on Brent’s primary care transformation, workforce and OD transformation, Integrated Urgent Care, Whole Systems Integrated Care and Better Care Fund.

Ethie believes in joined up health and care commissioning, so that both NHS Brent CCG and Brent Council can ensure good quality service delivery by the right person, at the right time and at the right place, to our local population.

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Dr Ajit Shah, Co-Clinical Director - Kingsbury

Ajit has been a GP since 1992 and has a specialist interest in cardiology and long term conditions. Ajit would like to see more integrated care where primary and secondary care clinicians work together to provide cost effective care.

Ajit is interested in teaching medicine and is involved in research at the West London Research Network. He teaches the Jain Faith and loves reading.


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Dr Sarah Basham, Vice Chair and Co-Clinical Director - Kingsbury and Willesden

Sarah is the clinical vice chair of the CCG and has a specialist interest in paediatrics and mental health and wellbeing. 

Sarah would like to see a greater emphasis on preventative medicine that starts in pre-school and school settings. Sarah also leads on self-care for the CCG.

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Dr Nisheeth Rajpal, Clinical Director - Wembley

Nisheeth has been a GP since 2004 and has an interest in the management of diabetes and men’s health.

Nisheeth is committed to ensuring that patients receive a high standard of care in both primary and secondary care settings. He is passionate about promoting self care and healthier lifestyles.


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Rob Larkman, Accountable Officer

Rob Larkman has been an NHS Chief Executive for over 20 years in both provider and commissioning organisations. He has a background in financial management and has worked in advertising and management consultancy before joining the NHS in 1993. He was Chief Executive of NHS Camden between 2002 and 2009 and, more recently, was the Chief Executive of the Whittington Hospital before moving to North West London.


Dr Jonathan Timperley, secondary care clinician

Jon is a consultant cardiologist working in Northampton with a specialist interest in rhythm disturbance and pacing devices. He recently left his role of Clinical Director for Urgent Care at Northampton General Hospital after 5 years and prior to this served as a Medical Officer in the Royal Air Force for 20 years including 2 years as a GP.


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Nicholas Young, Lay member (Lead for Patient and Public Involvement)

Nicholas has extensive experience of local health and social services and has been a patient/user forum member of NHS Camden wheelchair services and London Borough of Camden’s mobility forum.

He previously worked for IBM, NatWest Bank and T-Mobile UK, and more recently, for companies advising major corporate clients on disability and diversity. 




Lindsey Wishart, Lay member (Lead for QIPP and Strategic Transformation) 

Lindsey is treasurer (trustee/director) of two charities and is on the board of a registered social landlord. All these organisations provide innovative support for vulnerable people, including those with mental illness and learning disabilities.

Lindsey previously held senior finance positions in two London boroughs, specialising in housing and social care.


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Ian Holder, BHH Lay member (Governance), Chair of BHH Audit and Remuneration Committees

Ian previously held roles as a Non-Executive Director (NED) and Deputy Chair for an NHS Foundation Trust providing mental health and community services where he also went on to chair the Audit Committee. He is a chartered accountant with extensive experience as a director of multinational companies and formerly a mentor for the Institute of Chartered Accountants (ICAEW) Financial Leaders of the Future Programme.

Ian’s specialities include being an organisational consultant, executive coach and senior accredited BACP registered counselling psychotherapist.


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Diane Jones - Director of Quality and Safety

Diane has worked in the NHS for over 25 years and is a trained midwife. She joined BHH CCGs from NHS Greenwich CCG where she was the Director of Integrated Governance, and took up her new role in March 2017. Diane has significant leadership experience, having worked at senior management level for the past 10 years. Prior to her role at NHS Greenwich CCG, Diane was Deputy Nurse Director with NHS Redbridge CCG.


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Dr Shazia Siddiqi, Clinical Director, Brent Wide Portfolio

Shazia completed her GP training in Brent in 2005 and has continued to work locally, completing further qualifications in the fields of women’s health and dermatology.

Shazia currently leads on planned care and has been active in the redesign of clinical pathways across the borough. In addition to the CCG, she is an active member of the Brent LMC, representing the views of salaried and sessional GPs, and is also a GP appraiser for NW London.


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Dr Sameer Khurjekar, Clinical Director - Kilburn

Sameer has worked in a variety of general practices across Brent since qualifying as a GP in 2009.  He has been a partner at his surgery since 2011. His clinical interests include rheumatology and palliative medicine.

Sameer also chairs the Brent Young GP Forum, which supports younger GPs both clinically and pastorally to adapt to the changing environment of General Practice.

Away from medicine, Sameer's hobbies include being a dad, keeping fit, and playing the saxophone.


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Neil Ferrelly - Chief Financial Officer

Neil has worked in NHS Finance for more than 35 years and has experience from both acute trusts and in NHS commissioning roles. Before coming to NW London CCGs, Neil was the director of finance at North West Surrey CCG. Before that, he was Primary Care Trust (PCT) Director of Finance at Harrow, West Sussex and Kingston and the Joint Chief Finance Officer of both NHS Richmond CCG and NHS Kingston CCG.

Neil has a vital role supporting clinical commissioners to ensure that the CCGs’ resources are used to provide the best health outcomes for people in Brent, Harrow and Hillingdon.

Governing Body - non-voting members 


Sheik Auladin, Chief Operating Officer 

Sheik started his career in the NHS 28 years ago as a district nurse specialising in working in the community. He subsequently moved into commissioning focusing particularly on developing transformation and integrated services out of hospital. For the last 8 years Sheik has worked in North West London in a number of senior management positions and for the last 2 years he has worked for Brent CCG leading the development of the strategic planning and delivery. Sheik joined NHS Brent CCG as Chief Operating Officer in January 2018.


Melanie Smith

Melanie Smith, Director of Public Health, Brent Council

Melanie entered public health after working in general medicine at St Mary’s and St Charles’ Hospitals, wanting to make a greater contribution to prevention and to ensuring that services meet the needs of everybody in the community.

She has worked in north west London as a director of public health since 2002 and joined Brent Council in 2013.



Lizzy Bovill – Director of Delivery and Performance

Co-opted non-voting members

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Julie Pal, Representative, Healthwatch Brent 

Julie is the Chief Executive for CommUNITY Barnet which is the parent body responsible for delivering the local healthwatch contract. CommUNITY Barnet also delivers healthwatch in Barnet and Newham.

The role of Healthwatch is to be the independent voice of Brent residents using health and social care services. It brings their views to the Governing Board in order to inform the CCG’s strategic commissioning decisions.


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Dr Prakash Chatlani, Brent Local Medical Committee Chair

Prakash has been working as a Brent GP since 1995. He leads the Brent Local Medical Committee representing local GPs’ interests to Brent CCG with support from the Londonwide LMCs team. He is an Honorary Lecturer at the Department of Primary Care and Public Health, Faculty of Medicine at Imperial College and an NHS GP Appraiser.


Shabbir Panju

Shabbir Panju, Local Pharmaceutical Committee representative

Shabbir is a pharmacist at Dubison Pharmacy, specialising in dermatology. He has lived and served the community for 35 years.

His goal has always been to educate patients to self-help and better their health and living standards. He is passionate about empowering patients and would like to see a reduction in inequalities within Brent. His interests are reading, socialising and is a sports fanatic.




Phil Porter, Strategic Director of Community Wellbeing, Brent Council

Phil is the Strategic Director of Community Wellbeing for Brent Council and took on these wider responsibilities in January 2015, after being appointed to the previous position of Strategic Director Adult Social Care in March 2013. Prior to that, he was the head of Reablement and Safeguarding in Adult Social Services.


The Governing Body meet regularly in public. For details of these meetings, visit the Governing Body meeting dates page.