Meet our Governing Body members
All of our Governing Body members have lots of experience and expertise in their different roles, and they also have a real interest in making sure that healthcare services are doing their best for local people.
All voting members of the Governing Body and those employed by the CCG are required to complete statutory and mandatory training, which includes safeguarding children and adults, information governance, and equality and diversity.
Find out more about each of them using the list that follows.
- Denis Gizzi, Chief Officer
- Dr Sumantra Mukerji, Chair and Clinical Leader
- Paul Richardson, Vice Chair and Lay Member for Governance
- Dr Brigid Finlay, GP Director
- Dr Hari Nair, GP Director
- Dr Sandeep Prakash, GP Director
- Dr Praphulla Methukunta, GP Director
- Ian Cherry, Lay Member for Audit, Finance and Conflicts of Interest
- Debbie Corcoran, Lay Member for Patient and Public Involvement
- Tricia Hamilton, Governing Body Nurse
- Dr Eamonn McKiernan, Secondary Care Doctor
- Matt Gaunt, Chief Finance and Contracting Officer
- Helen Curtis, Director of Quality and Performance
- Jayne Mellor, Director of Transformation and Delivery
- Dr Arumugam Umapathy, Local Medical Committee (LMC) representative
Denis joined the CCGs in October 2017 from Oldham CCG, where he had been Managing Director since early 2013, following six years in an executive role with NHS Oldham.
Denis is a seasoned NHS professional having worked in the service for 28 years, ten of those years at executive level, across areas such as commissioning, transformation, service redesign and improvement, clinical service management, performance and planning.
Sumantra graduated in India before becoming a member of the Royal College of Physicians and then a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners. He is now a GP in Stonebridge Surgery, a GP Trainer, a GP Appraiser and one of the Appraiser Leads in Lancashire Area Team. He previously worked as an Honorary Lecturer and GP Education Facilitator for Manchester Medical School and a Director of Preston Primary Care Centre.
Brigid qualified as a doctor in 1989 having trained at St Andrews University and Manchester University. She became a Member of the Royal college of General Practitioners in 1994. In her early career as a GP, Brigid worked at a number of practices in Preston as a locum, which gave her an opportunity to see some of the many ways general practice care can be delivered to patients.
In 2000, Brigid became a partner at Park View Surgery in Preston. All the partners at Park View are involved in medical education, and the training of future general practitioners. Brigid also works as a GP appraiser.
Hari qualified as a doctor in 1991 and trained in India, Ireland and the UK. He became a fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons in Ireland, as well as a member of the Royal College of General Practitioners in England. Since 2005, he has worked as a GP at Doclands Medical Centre in Preston, where he is a GP Partner and GP Trainer.
His special interests lie in minor surgery and medicines management.
Sandeep qualified from The University of Manchester Medical School in 2004. He completed hospital and general practice training in Greater Manchester in 2009, at which time he became a GP partner at Park Medical Practice in Preston.
His special interests include medical procedures, minor surgery and medical education.
Praful has been a qualified GP for nearly 8 years and has worked at Briarwood Medical Centre in Preston since December 2010. He has also been actively involved in the Local Medical Committee in Preston for the last two years, which has allowed him to better understand the current pressures and challenges of general practice.
Before being elected as a GP Director, Praful was already involved in the CCG's work through his role in the task and finish group for the increased access scheme.
In his role as GP director, he leads the medicines management workstream aiming to promote the safe and effective use of medicines whilst maintaining clinical effectiveness and leadership for prescribing. He offers clinical support and advice on the development and implementation of medicines management and prescribing policies and guidelines, helping to raise and maintain the good standards already used in General Practice.
In his spare time Praful enjoys playing various sports like cricket, badminton, table tennis and tennis.
Paul served with Lancashire Fire and Rescue Service for over 33 years across various areas and retired in 2012. He had held the post of Deputy Chief Fire Officer for 9 years, during which time he held board level responsibility for service delivery performance, and strategy and planning.
He studied at the University of Central Lancashire and became a Chartered Fire Engineer in 1997, and is a Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers, serving as International President during 2008/9.
Paul currently chairs the boards of two charities and is an independent member of the Lancashire Police and Crime Panel.
After qualifying as a Chartered Accountant (ICAEW) with Spicer & Pegler (now Deloitte), Ian has worked across many roles within accounting including Price Waterhouse (Kenya), Commonwealth Development Corporation (Tanzania, Solomon Islands,Vanuatu) and KPMG.
After a senior managerial role at KPMG, responsible for the North West forensic accounting department, in 1988 Ian decided to form one of the first practices specialising in forensic accounting.
In addition to his forensic work, Ian is a Registered Auditor and has a commercial practice as a Chartered Accountant carrying out accountancy, tax and audit work for a wide range of clients. This work has led him to numerous positions on Governing Bodies providing advice on governance and assurance across organisations.
Debbie has over 20 years' experience as a senior civil servant in skills funding, strategy and delivery, most recently with the Government’s Skills Funding Agency where she led the team responsible for improving the quality and financial performance of colleges and private training providers in Lancashire, Liverpool City Region and Cumbria. Debbie’s background in governance includes board level representation on public sector and partnership boards, and also as a Governor in a Lancashire Further Education College.
Debbie studied at the University of Liverpool, has a MBA and as well as being Lay Member for Patient and Public Involvement at the CCG she is Clerk to the Corporation at Nelson and Colne College.
Tricia undertook her nurse training in Salford in 1981 and has extensive nursing experience gained in a variety of clinical setting including the acute sector, digital health, Out of Hours and Urgent and Emergency care having held an executive nurse role within NHS Direct and more latterly within regulation, holding senior roles within the CQC and NHS England.
Prior joining the new care models team her interest in remote healthcare supported through technology developed alongside regulation and clinical risk assessment. She has consistently driven improvements in the delivery of quality care to patients as her passion is supporting patients in a care setting of their choice, promoting self-care or empowering them through appropriate information on where to gain further healthcare when necessary. Since joining the new care models team she supports the vanguards in the north with delivery of their new care model and ensures that strategic partners are kept up to date with developments.
Tricia is a Florence Nightingale Foundation Leadership Scholar and uses her knowledge and influence to enable others to enhance their knowledge and experience. To this end she is driven to share her knowledge of innovation in her field. She is an advocate for nursing, great care and strives to ensure the patient’s voice is heard.
Eamonn started working in the NHS in 1974 as a hospital porter. He qualified in Medicine at Manchester in 1979, and subsequently trained widely in Britain and New Zealand, in internal medicine and anaesthesia.
Eamonn was appointed as a Consultant in Anaesthesia at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust in 1989. He practiced in a wide selection of anaesthetic subspecialties, such as paediatric, neurosurgical, urological, ENT and vascular anaesthesia, and, for a short time, as an intensive care consultant.
His present interest is focused on the delivery of improved care to patients, using mathematical, statistical and probabilistic techniques.
Matt is responsible for the financial leadership of the organisation, maintaining focus on its purpose and vision through rigorous analysis and challenge. He leads the finance team to ensure the development of medium and long term financial plans to support the organisation’s plans and strategies and the annual budgeting process to ensure financial balance for the organisation. Matt is also deputy accountable officer.
Helen joined the NHS in 1982 via the National Administrative Training Scheme, having graduated in Government, Politics and Modern History.
Before joining the CCG, Helen was Governance Director at Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust where she was responsible for the Quality Strategy of the organisation, Patient Safety, Clinical Effectiveness, Risk Management, Corporate Governance and Health and Safety.
Helen’s focus on patient safety followed completion of the Patient Safety Officer Executive Development Programme at the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI) in Boston in 2008. Following that, she led the team from Pennine Acute that participated in the highly successful AQuA North West Reducing Mortality Collaborative. Helen is also deputy accountable officer.
Jayne has extensive experience of commissioning and procurement in health and social care. She joined the CCGs in December 2015, having previously worked as associate director within the NHS with the lead for strategy and adults integrated commissioning. Prior to that, Jayne spent 11 years at Lancashire County Council in contracting and procurement roles, and for the last 5 years within the council, as head of commissioning for East Lancashire.