Meet the Governing Body


William Tong – Chairman

William TongMy role:

I am a practicing GP at Binfield Surgery and have been a full time GP there for over 25 years. I use my experience and knowledge, patient’s personal experiences of health and social care, and the collective knowledge of our local GPs to make sure we have high quality health and social care services for our residents.

Achievements in 2013-2014

  • Opening the Urgent Care Centre at Royal Berkshire Bracknell Healthspace and procuring a new physiotherapy service.
  • Developing relationships and looking at opportunities for co-commissioning of healthcare.
  • Supporting Heathwatch and the Patient Reference Groups in each practice.
  • Working with neighbouring CCGs, NHS England, Monitor and CQC in improving quality at Heatherwood and Wexham Park Foundation Trust, and in supporting the acquisition of the Trust by Frimley Park Foundation Trust (FPFT).
  • Introducing new services into the Royal Berkshire Bracknell Healthspace thereby maximising use of NHS premises locally.

Priorities for 2014-2015

  • To work in collaboration with Frimley Park Foundation Trust to deliver high quality care at Frimley Health which is the new name of the combined FPFT.
  • To ensure a strong focus on developing primary care in co-commissioning primary care with NHS England.
  • To work with our patients and public so that everyone knows how to use our services. Signposting and patient and carer support will be high on our agenda.
  • Promoting responsible self-care. Prevention of falls and support, assessment and treatment after a fall will be a core piece of work.
  • We will work with our stakeholders in commissioning a better and more seamless Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service (CAMHs).

Jackie McGlynn – Medical GP Director

Jackie-McGlynn-15Jackie has been a GP Principal at Kings Corner Surgery in Sunninghill for 10 years. She has been the practice lead for practice based commissioning and until recently was a GP trainer with clinical interests in women’s and children’s health. Jackie also has a master’s degree in Community Health and previously trained as a Public Health Physician. On joining Berkshire East in 2005, and before the formation of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs), she was the Deputy Medical Director of the Primary Care Trust.

In her current role as a Medical Director of BACCG, she has particular responsibility in leading on quality and contracts with our acute trusts, and also leads on this for the East Berkshire Federation.

Martin Kittel – Medical GP Director

Martin KittelMy role:
I have responsibility for promoting managed self-care and patient and professional education. I am also involved in three commissioning projects: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), Dermatology and Ophthalmology.


  • Completing the Urgent Care Centre consultation and supporting the delivery of the Centre.
  • Advocating self-care as a priority for the CCG and partnership organisations.
  • Development and launch of the self-care web app.


  • Ensuring CCG members get the support they need to continue their important work in primary care.
  • Working to make the Urgent Care Centre a great success.
  • Promoting the self-care app.
  • Getting the dermatology community clinic up and running and raising standards in ophthalmology for our patients.


Sally Kemp – Lay Member for Governance and Vice Chair of Governing Body

Sally-KempSally’s professional background is in IT and Management Consultancy, primarily with IBM Global Services. She has been a Primary Care Trust chairman in Berkshire since 2004, with 3 years of non-executive experience prior to that. Alongside her NHS work, Sally runs a small consultancy organisation specialising in leadership development, facilitation and training for clients across both the private and public sector.

She is also a trustee of the Adviza Partnership (formerly Connexions), a Bracknell based charity supporting the personal development of young people.

Karen Maskell – Lay Member for Patient and Public Involvement

Karen-MaskellMy Role:

I fulfill three main roles on behalf of the CCG:

  • Representing the voice of patients and the public on the Governing Body.
  • Ensuring that relevant public and patient views, engagement or involvement have been sought and included in all aspects of Healthcare to improve the quality and cost effectiveness of our commissioning.
  • Providing a governance role to ensure effective and transparent use of public funds as a member of the audit and remuneration committees.


Seeing the impact of genuine public and patient involvement through:
    • The creation of the Patient Panel, where all major projects have genuine patient involvement from a variety of resources. Click for more information on the Patient Panel.
    • The HealthMakers Patient Partner’s being involved in CCG Board meetings.
    • The Patient Assembly and inclusion of patient representatives at the GP Council, together with increased involvement at health awareness events.
  • The successful completion of the HealthMakers pilot project, which led to approval of funding for a further 2 years, to continue and develop the HealthMakers programme of self-management training, peer support, facilitation and partnership training. Click for more information on HealthMakers, and how you can get involved.

Priorities for next year:

To ensure that the larger system wide projects; Sustainability and Transformation (STP), Connected Care – Share Your Care and 111, all have effective and inclusive patient and public involvement, and to make sure the CCG spend their money wisely to get the best healthcare solutions for our patients.

John Lisle – Accountable Officer

John joined the NHS in 2007 as a Non Executive Director with Buckinghamshire PCT and later as Head of Operations for Imperial College NHS Trust.

Prior to this he had a commercial career in the pharmaceutical industry, initially with AstraZeneca, then with GSK where he was UK National Business Director, and more recently as CEO of two medicines/devices companies.

He graduated in Natural Sciences and has maintained an interest in the scientific developments within healthcare ever since.

He lives in Chalfont St Peter with his partner and two children.

Nigel Foster – Chief Finance Officer

nigel_fosterNigel has been working in the NHS since 2002, originally with Wokingham PCT and then NHS Berkshire West where he held a variety of senior finance roles. From March 2012 he led the formation of Central Southern CSU and became their Chief Finance Officer. He joined the CCG in November 2013.

Nigel is a CIPFA qualified accountant who started his career with Oxfordshire County Council before a spell in the private sector working for the business process outsourcing firm Liberata, where amongst other things he managed a pan-European shared service centre for a subsidiary of ICI.

Jennie Ford – Practice Manager Representative

Jennie-FordA brief explanation of your role:

I am the Local Practice Manager Representative on the Governing Body and my role is to bring a practice management view to all decisions made. I am a local GP Practice Manager in the CCG area and so am able to keep the other Practice Managers informed of all updates in a timely fashion and to take back their concerns and ideas. I also Chair the Performance Review Group and a member of the federated IM&T Strategy committee. I am able to bring views as a user of services as well as looking after the interests of the CCG.

I am also a Partner Governor for East Berkshire CCGs at the Royal Berkshire Hospital.

Highlights from past year:

  • I take pride in being part of the first successful year for our CCG from the authorisation stage to completion of the first year within budget.
  • Seeing us all grow in confidence and getting to know our wonderful team.
  • Self-Care Week when all practices came together to promote this together with our partners including the local authority and Public Health.

Priorities for the coming year:

  • To enable Bracknell and Ascot practices to work more closely together with our partners for the good of all our patients, running joint events and campaigns.


Gill Vickers – Local Authority Representative

Gill Vickers My Role:

 I am a social worker by profession and I began my career working in a community mental health team. My career in care and health spans over 25 years and during this time I have worked in both social care and health organisations and I have delivered transformation and integration programmes across local authorities, health care trusts and CCGs (or PCTs as  they were then!).

I have also in both commissioning and operational management roles in a number of metropolitan, London, shire and unitary authorities.

My priorities are to ensure that:

  • Local people receive personalised, responsive and joined up support across social care and health.
  • People can easily access the information and advice they need to enable them to manage their own care.
  • We can help to build resilient communities.
  • People with mental health needs are given equal priority to those people with physical health needs.

Sarah Bellars – Director of Nursing

Sarah-BellarsSarah qualified as a Registered General Nurse in 1993 at St Bartholomew’s Hospital in London and worked there for a short time on an HIV unit. For the past 19 years she has worked in a variety of roles and areas within the Berkshire health economy, including Acute Medicine, Gynaecology and Infection Prevention and Control in both provider and commissioner roles.

For the past 12 years she has held nursing roles that focused on quality and improvement in health care and has made a significant contribution to the reduction of both Health Care Associated Infections and Acquired pressure ulcers.

Fiona Slevin-Brown – Director of Strategy and Operations

fiona-brownFiona has over 20 years’ experience in the NHS in Berkshire working initially as a qualified Podiatrist and more recently in senior leadership roles.

She has worked at Director level in a range of NHS Commissioning and Provider organisations including the independent sector based within the Berkshire area.

Fiona brings a wealth of knowledge and experience in successfully service and clinical pathway transformation underpinned by passion for improving outcomes for local people.