About us

Who we are

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Bath and North East Somerset Clinical Commissioning Group (BaNES CCG) is the NHS organisation that monitors and coordinates the delivery of health services on behalf of everyone living in Bath and North East Somerset.

We are a membership organisation formed of the 24 GP practices across BaNES.  For many patients, their local GP is their main point of contact with the NHS and it is the GPs’ clinical expertise and patient insight that helps the CCG to ensure health services are the best they can be. But GPs are not doing this alone. Within the CCG we work with a team of health care professionals and patient representatives to plan and deliver services.

What are CCGs?

The CCGs are independent statutory bodies governed by members of local GP practices with support from health professionals and direct input from people representing patients and members of the public. CCGs have taken over a range of commissioning responsibilities from primary care trusts (PCTs) and manage most of the NHS commissioning budget for England.


Meet our leadership team and governing body

The members of our governing body are a combination of local GPs, lay members, members of the executive leadership team and other healthcare professionals.

On the 1 April 2020, Bath and North East Somerset, Swindon and Wiltshire (BSW) Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) will officially take the place of the three individual organisations that currently exist. The new, single CCG will serve a population of 934,000 people with 94 member (GPs) practices. It will be responsible for £1.3bn of core NHS funding each year. The three CCGs have already established a single executive management structure and our governing bodies are now meeting regularly together. Tracey Cox was appointed as Chief Executive of the new CCG in February 2019 and is leading the transition. Find out more here.

We are currently meeting as three governing bodies in common. The members of the Bath and North East Somerset (BaNES) CCG Governing Body and contact details for the Board Secretary can be found below.

Bath and North East Somerset (BaNES) CCG Governing Body

Bath and North East Somerset (BaNES) CCG Governing Body members
Tracey joined the health service in 1990 as a management trainee. She worked in several London hospitals managing different specialties prior to moving to Bath in 1997 where she worked at the RUH until 2001. Tracey’s commissioning career began with B&NES Primary Care Trust and transferred to the CCG in April 2013 when she also joined the Board.

Tracey Cox

Chief Executive Officer for BaNES, Swindon and Wiltshire CCGs and STP
Ian worked at the Royal United Hospital in Bath for several years before becoming a GP in 1989 and a partner at St James’s Surgery in 1991. He has specialised in orthopaedics, been a GP trainer and was Chair of the Bath Area Research Organisation Network for seven years. Ian became Chair of the shadow CCG in 2010 and took up the formal position as CCG Chair in April 2013. Ian is the clinical lead for prevention and self-care.

Dr Ian Orpen

Clinical Chair, GP at St James' Surgery
Gill has more than 25 years of experience of the NHS and has worked in both acute (hospital) and community environments. She attended Southampton University to become a trained practice teacher for district nurses. Gill moved into commissioning in 2004, when she took on the role of Board Lead Nurse for the former Swindon Primary Care Trust. In 2013, she became Executive Nurse for the CCG and, in 2018, Gill's job title was amended to Director of Nursing and Transformation to reflect her extensive work portfolio.

Gill May

Executive Director of Nursing and Quality (BSW)
Caroline has more than 20 years of NHS experience and has spent more than 80 per cent of that period at senior management and board level. Caroline's extensive career with numerous provider and commissioner organisations across the Thames Valley region has provided her with an in-depth knowledge of a range of key NHS areas, such as mental health, community services, learning disabilities and primary care groups

Caroline Gregory

Director of Finance (BSW)
Ruth qualified at Charing Cross Hospital Medical School in London in 1987 and became a partner at Newbridge Surgery in Bath in 1993. She has recently stepped down as a partner but will continue to work as a sessional GP in Bath and North East Somerset. In the past, Ruth was a founder member and chair of the original out of hours GP service and also worked as a cardiology clinical assistant at the RUH. Ruth has worked in commissioning as Medical Director for the CCG since September 2010 joining the Board in April 2013. She is also currently the clinical lead for primary care, diabetes services and health optimisation.

Dr Ruth Grabham

Medical Director, sessional GP in B&NES
Tim works as a GP at Chew Medical Practice, where he has been based since 2001. He graduated from the University of Cape Town Medical School before doing his GP training at The Royal United Hospital, Bath and Hope House Surgery in Radstock. Tim was appointed to the Board in 2017 and is the lead GP on Adult Safeguarding and actively involved in medical student teaching. He is Clinical Lead on individual funding requests and planned care and also Clinical Lead on the respiratory and MSK working groups. Tim is Joint Cluster Lead in the newly formed Chew Valley Norton Radstock Cluster.

Dr Tim Sephton

GP Board Member
Louise works as a GP Partner at Widcombe Surgery, Bath. She was appointed to the Board in 2019 having worked for the CCG on smaller projects. She is currently Clinical Lead for Cancer, Gastroenterology, Gynaecology, MSK, Ophthalmology, Paediatrics and RSS. Louise graduated from The University of Cape Town in 1997, initially pursuing a career in Paediatrics. She went on to complete her GP training scheme in Bristol and has remained in the South West ever since. Other interests include GP Appraisal work and being a GP representative at the BCAP Prescribing and Therapeutics Committee and the Commissioning Medicines Reference Group.

Dr Louise Abson

GP Board Member
Sarah currently works as a sessional GP in various practices in and around B&NES. She graduated from St Georges University of London in 2008 and was appointed to the Board in 2018, having been working in a project capacity for the CCG since 2017. She has a diverse background having worked prior to medical training in business management and marketing, following qualifying originally with an LLB Laws from University College London. She is currently Clinical Lead for Mental Health Services and Addiction Services, Dementia, Learning Disabilities and Maternity Services. She also works as a clinical adviser on the Exceptional Funding Requests Panel for BaNES CCG and is an Academic Mentor for the current cohort of Bristol University medical undergraduates. 3 children and a husband keep her suitably busy when not at work!

Dr Sarah Thoday

GP Board Member
Brynn is a GP practicing in St Augustine's in Keynsham. He trained in the Midlands and since then has worked in Kent, Fife, and Bristol before moving to B&NES. He is keen to be part of improving the quality of primary care services in B&NES to improve patient outcomes and staff retention with consideration to the challenges faced by the whole system. His previous leadership experience has been while working as the children's clinical lead in West Kent, gaining a healthcare MBA, and undertaking future clinical commissioning leader's courses. Outside practice he is a keen cyclist, footballer, cricketer and enjoys indie music, and modern history.

Dr Brynn Bird

GP Board Member
John is a Business Studies graduate and came into General Practice management via the diverse businesses of transport, fashion, manufacturing, and IT. After 15 years’ experience in practice management in Keynsham he was elected by B&NES practice managers to the position of Practice Manager Representative on the CCG Board in September 2017.

John Moon

Practice Manager Representative
Maggie has been a qualified nurse for more than 40 years, with her time split between the NHS and armed forces. In 2007, she was appointed as Executive Nursing and Midwifery Director at Gloucestershire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, a positive which had responsibility for a number of areas including mental health, safeguarding and infection control. Maggie is also an Executive Member of Gloucestershire’s safeguarding boards and has a passion for staff wellbeing and good patient care.

Maggie Arnold

Registered Nurse
Suzannah has worked in a range of customer-focused roles and was a patient representative on the British Heart Foundation Council for many years. She has worked on the development of several NICE guidelines, including Patient Experience in Adult NHS Services. She has been on the Board since February 2014.

Suzannah Power

Vice Chair, Lay Member (Patient and Public involvement)
Katie is an Associate on the Local Government Association’s (LGA) Care and Health Improvement Programme. She was Chair and Vice-Chair of the LGA Community Wellbeing Board 2013-2015 and is a former Councillor of Bath and North East Somerset Council. Katie has served on the Health and Wellbeing Board, is a governor of Three Ways School in Bath and was appointed to the CCG Board in February 2016.

Katie Hall

Lay Member (Quality)
Peter’s background is in industry, commercial and investment banking and local community activities. His involvement in the NHS began as chair of the Patient Partnership Group of his local GP practice before holding a number of health roles in the South West.

Peter Lucas

Lay Member, Audit Chair

Mike Bowden

Corporate Director (in attendance)

Bruce Laurence

Director of Public Health (in attendance)


The BSW CCG Leadership Team

* Not a member of the Governing Body

The BSW CCG Leadership Team members

Alison Kingscott

Interim Executive Director for People & OD*

Caroline Gregory

Chief Finance Officer

Corinne Edwards

Chief Operating Officer, Bath and North East Somerset*

Gill May

Director of Nursing and Quality

Julie-Anne Wales

BSW Director of Corporate Affairs*

Nicki Millin

Director of Strategy & Transformation*

Sheridan Flavin

Interim Executive Director for People & OD*

Ted Wilson

Chief Operating Officer Wiltshire*

Tracey Cox

Chief Executive

David Freeman

Chief Operating Officer, Swindon

We identify the health and care needs of local people and work with the public, patients and service users to review and design a range of services, including health and social care, which meet those needs. We manage contracts with provider organisations and each of us specialises in a specific area such as urgent care, planned care, mental health and many more.


We provide the organisation with strong financial management and expertise, to enable key decisions to be made with the aim of realising the strategy and objectives of the CCG. The team is responsible for producing a financial plan that is aligned to the operational plan, robust financial reporting throughout the year that accurately reflects the financial position of the CCG, cash management and to provide finance expertise that supports investment decisions and improvements to services.

Nursing and Quality

Our team is committed to securing high quality of care for the patients of Bath and North East Somerset. We do this by working closely with the Council, partner organisations and other stakeholders across acute care, community services and care homes.


The Chief Information Officer is responsible for a number of different IT teams that are part of South, Central and West Commissioning Support Unit. These skilled IT staff work with the CCG and GP practices in a variety of roles ranging from overseeing technical support for various IT systems to providing complex modelling tools. One of the CCG’s six transformational projects recognises the potential for IT to act as an enabler for system redesign. Its aim is to improve the access to patient data held by different health and care organisations when a patient is being cared for in order to improve their experience.

Medicines Optimisation

Our aim is to improve the quality, safety and cost-effectiveness of medicines across Bath and North East Somerset. We work closely with NHS provider organisations including GP practices to advise them on the appropriate use of medicines and to ensure we help patients manage their medications as effectively as possible.


We are the ‘administrative hub' of the CCG, here to promote smooth, joined up working across every team and ensure high standards of communication and efficient and robust working methods.


We want to ensure the services we commission (buy) are the best they can be. Our performance manager reports how the health services provide services for our community. She works closely with colleagues at the CCG, NHS England, provider organisations and other stakeholders on matters relating to performance data and information and also reviews national benchmarks for comparison purposes.


We support everyone in the organisation to share information effectively and engage in two-way dialogue with patients, professionals and a wide range of other stakeholders. We use a range of tools to do this including the CCG website, social media channels, events, printed materials and media relations.