Executive Recruitment

Our Governance Board

Dr Julian Povey, Chair

Dr Povey has been a GP in Shropshire since 1994, and since 1995 has been a GP, and subsequently a partner since 1997, at Pontesbury Medical Practice.

Since 2009 he has been involved in commissioning healthcare and in 2011 was elected to the Shadow Board of Shropshire CCG, and in 2012 to the Governing Body of Shropshire CCG. In 2015 he became the GP lead, then in 2016 Chair of NHS Shropshire CCG.

Dr Povey was elected and took up his position as Joint Chair for Shropshire, Telford and Wrekin CCGs on 1 August 2020.

If he had to pick key priorities his top five would be tackling health inequalities; promoting healthy lifestyles; maintaining and developing local services; maintaining and improving patient experience and safety within the NHS; and protecting the role of general practice as the cornerstone of patient access into the health system.


Mr David Evans, Accountable Officer

David has held a number of posts in both nursing and general healthcare management including Director of Nursing Policy and Development at a large acute trust. He became the Project Director for the Kidderminster Treatment Centre (KTC) and subsequently General Manager and a member of the Trust Board. He was Director of Operations for Powys Teaching Health Board in Wales.

As Accountable Officer for both NHS Shropshire CCG and NHS Telford & Wrekin CCG, David answers to NHS England for ensuring the CCGs fulfil their duties to exercise their functions effectively, efficiently and economically thus ensuring improvement in the quality of services and the health of the local population whilst maintaining value for money.


Mrs Claire Skidmore, Executive Director of Finance and Deputy Accountable Officer

Claire Skidmore has worked in NHS finance for over 20 years and has held a number of senior positions.  

She is a member of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants and holds a MBA from Warwick University.

In her role Claire is keen to work with local stakeholders in order to strengthen working relationships, tackle health inequalities and improve outcomes for patients.

As Executive Director of Finance and Deputy Accountable Officer Claire is responsible for ensuring that both Shropshire CCG and Telford & Wrekin CCG meets all of their statutory duties in relation to finance.


Dr Martin Allen, Secondary Care Member

Martin is a Hospital Consultant with interests in a variety of respiratory problems, including Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), ventilatory support and sleep medicine. He has held the position of Clinical Director of Cardiology, Infectious Diseases, Genito-urinary Medicine, Respiratory Medicine and Cardiothoracic Surgery, then subsequently Head of Division for Medicine.

Martin is involved in a variety of external work, including being a Board member of the British Thoracic Society and previous Honorary Secretary together with  sitting on the Respiratory Long Term Plan Board. Beyond  work he tends his productive vegetable garden.


Julie McCabe, Registered Nurse

Julie has been a Nurse and Midwife for more than 25 years and has worked in regional and national roles. Her experience and skills have been enhanced by involvement in National research, audit, surveillance  and clinical reviews of maternal, perinatal and child mortality and morbidity as part of the National Confidential Enquiries.

Julie was part of the Making it Better Programme senior management team responsible for transformation and redesign of Women and Children’s Services in Greater Manchester. 

in 2014, Julie became Director of the North West Neonatal operational delivery network providing leadership and strategic direction and delivering an extensive quality improvement programme including transformation of neonatal transport services and an extensive Nurse training programme (Funded by Health Education England).  In 2017 she  was nominated to be part of the National Neonatal review project  board and was a board member on the three local maternity system boards in the North West.

In 2016, she was part of the team who were successful in securing  national funding and vanguard  new models of care status for an acute care sustainability partnership for Cheshire and Merseyside region this later became a key work stream of the Sustainable Transformation Plan.

Julie is currently in a national role in Wales leading on Quality and Safety and supporting the Welsh Government  and NHS Wales during the Pandemic.


Mr Meredith Vivian OBE, Lay Member Patient and Public Involvement

Meredith’s role is to ensure that the views of patients and the public inform the CCGs’ commissioning decisions.

After careers in publishing and advocacy, he joined the Department of Health as a policy-maker, working on prescription fraud, the management of the Government’s tobacco education campaign plus developing programmes to improve mental health and criminal justice  pathways.  In 2000 Meredith became policy lead for Patient and Public Involvement, championing peoples’ voice in the health service.  He was involved in the creation of PALS and led work to put in place a range of legal duties and bodies giving people greater power and influence in the NHS.

In 2006 Meredith’s work was recognised when he was awarded an OBE for services to patient and public involvement.

Meredith is also the Chair of the Mayfair Centre, a voluntary sector organisation providing health and social care services in Church Stretton and surrounding areas.


Donna Macarthur, Lay Member for Primary Care

Donna Macarthur brings extensive NHS experience to her role as the new role of Joint Lay Member for Primary Care.

She began her NHS career after training as a physiotherapist in London in the early 1980s. Donna specialised in paediatrics and returned to the Midlands to take up a post at Birmingham Children's Hospital. After a number of paediatric clinical roles, Donna completed the national NHS General Management Training Scheme and a Master’s Degree in Health Care Policy and Management. 

In addition, Donna has undertaken general management roles in the acute hospital sector including the University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust where she was the Group Manager for Renal and Urology Services before taking a role in the Black Country Commissioning Specialised Services.

Donna then held a number of further commissioning roles gaining experience in both secondary and primary care services, before joining NHS England at its inception as Head of Primary Care for Birmingham and the Black Country.

In 2016, Donna moved to Walsall CCG as Director of Primary Care and was latterly the interim Director for Primary Care in the Black Country.


Mr Keith Timmis, Macarthur, Lay Member Governance

Keith has many years of experience working for the Audit Commission’s audit practice, where he gained experience of acute, specialist, mental health, ambulance and community trusts, as well as various health authorities.

Keith transferred to Shropshire in 1997 and audited many of the local NHS trusts and councils before commuting to the Audit Commission’s London headquarters for six years.

Keith's main role is to bring a strategic and impartial view of the work of the CCG that is removed from the day-to-day running of the organisation, overseeing key elements of governance and performance, including audit and remuneration.


Rachael Bryceland, GP/Health Care Professional

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Dr Michael Matthee, GP/ Health Care Professional

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Dr John Pepper, GP/Health Care Professional

Dr Pepper has been a GP Principal at Belvidere Medical Practice, Shrewsbury, since 1996. He has also worked as a GP Appraiser for NHS England since 2012.

Having first moved to Shropshire in 1978, he attended Priory Boys’ Grammar School and Shrewsbury Sixth Form College before studying Medicine at Sheffield University. After completing his GP training in Derbyshire he worked in Nottingham before returning to Shropshire with his family.

In his role with Shropshire CCG, Dr Pepper aims to contribute to CCG decision making to maintain and develop the best possible services for patients. He is particularly interested in the interface between primary and secondary care.


Dr Adam Pringle, GP/Health Care Professional

Dr Pringle qualified in Birmingham in 1990 and spent nine years training as a GP and then working in a variety of roles in the UK and abroad. He founded Lawley Medical Practice in 1999 which became part of the Teldoc partnership in April 2017. Having now worked in practices ranging from a patient list of zero to about 50,000 patients, he is able to support the CCG in ensuring its fit with and support for Primary Care.

As one of the GP/Primary Care Health Professional Board members of the CCG Governance Board, Adam’s role is to bring a local healthcare professional view in to the governance processes within the CCG.


Fiona Smith, GP/Health Care Professional

Fiona has worked within the NHS for 36 years. As a nurse she has worked mostly within Primary and Community settings. She has managed Clinical Services within GP Practice, Diabetes, Out of Hours and Urgent Care. She is currently working in General Practice.

Fiona’s main focus is on Quality and ensuring the right pathways are in place so that patients get seen by the right person at the right time.


Mr Steve Trenchard, Interim Executive Director of Transformation

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Mrs Zena Young, Executive Director of Quality

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