Our Governing Body

NHS North West London Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is a membership organisation made up of all the GP practices across North West London.

NWL CCG’s operate to a constitution which requires a set of election and appointment processes to establish the Governing Body.  In early January, it became clear that member practices did not have the capacity respond to the second wave of the Covid pandemic and vaccination programme and participate in elections.

With the delivery of the merger considered essential business nationally, we began discussions with Governing Bodies, the LMC and NHS England to explore what legally-robust options were available to us to establish a Governing Body whilst minimising the effort of, and impact on, Members and the system.  The key aim was to do all we could to keep our collective focus on current priorities whilst ensuring the continuity and stability of support to the incident response and vaccination work.

To this end, NHS England gave its approval in mid-February to the establishment of an interim Governing Body from 01 April, on condition that, by 31 July 2021, we bring arrangements in line with the NWL CCG’s constitution. 

The NHS In North West London has a long track record of working together on issues that require a multi-borough approach and previously created a Joint Committee with delegated powers for joint decision making in specified areas.  Find out more about the Joint Committee here.

The CCG has a Governing Body which operates on behalf of the member practices. The Governing Body includes clinical, lay and executive members working together in a multi-disciplinary leadership team. Their combined experience ensures that clinical expertise is at heart of what we do.  

The NWLCCG Conflict of Interest Policy can be found here.

The governing body has representation from Healthwatch, the Local Medical Committee (LMC) and public health. Importantly our CCG executive directors will attend and support the governing body meetings in public.

Details of our Governing Body meetings in public and papers can be found here.

Members of our Governing Body are detailed below:

Chair - Dr Mohini Parmar (elected on 02 March 2021)

Mohini-Parmar-1-.jpgMohini has been a practising GP in Ealing for 26 years and is the Senior Partner in a four-partner practice. She has been Chair of Ealing Clinical Commissioning Group since April 2011, and has been leading and facilitating ECCG through this transition phase. Mohini takes a key role in ensuring clinicians are effectively involved in service design and has worked with other clinical colleagues and the borough team to ensure and promote active engagement with ECCG member practices.


Brent - Dr MC Patel

MC_patel_for_uploading.jpgMadhukar has been a Brent GP for the last 20 years, practising in the Wembley area where he grew up. During this time, he has held several leadership roles such as Medical Director of Brent PCT. In his current role as Chair and Co-Clinical Director, Madhukar’s focus is on ensuring that residents of Brent have access to high quality, accessible and cost-effective services from the hospitals that serve our population.  

Madhukar also has an interest in continuous quality improvement and works with CCG teams to commission services that address health inequalities across the borough.  


Central London - Dr Mona Vaidya

A GP at King's College Health Centre, Mona completed her medical training in India, as well as doing clinical internships at Baylor College of Medicine, Houston, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, Chicago and Salmaniya Medical Center, Bahrain. Experience of healthcare from a multicultural and international perspective enabled her to pursue interests in health economics, service redesign and innovation. She pioneered the CCG's Wellwatch programme which embodies integrated healthcare. Special interests include family planning, women's health, minor surgery and aesthetic medicine.

Ealing - Dr Vijay Tailor

Vijay has been a GP principal for 18 years in a practice in Acton.  He is joint vice chair of the CCG. Vijay is also Acton Network Lead. His CCG portfolio includes clinical commissioner for Imperial NHS Trust, clinical lead for Children's Services, Cancer Commissioning and End of Life Care and clinical commissioner for children's safeguarding. His other roles outside the CCG include GP Trainer for Ealing VTS and clinical assessor for Referral Facilitation Service.

H&F - Dr James Cavanagh

James-Cavanagh.jpgJames was educated at Kings College, Wimbledon and then at St Mary's Medical School Paddington, qualifying in 1994. He initially worked in emergency medicine and trauma at Guy's Hospital and abroad in India and South Africa before training as a GP at the Riverside Scheme from 1999 to 2002. 

James’ career has included being the medical director at Soho Centre for Health walk-in centre from 2002 to 2008 as well as associate GP at the Chelsea Practice over the same period. He has been a partner at Brook Green Medical Centre since June 2008.

Harrow - Dr Genevieve Small

Dr Genevieve Small.jpgGenevieve was brought up in Harrow and has been a Partner at the Ridgeway Surgery since 2001. She has worked as the Named GP for Safeguarding Children in Harrow since 2005 and was a Clinical Director in Harrow CCG since its inception. She is passionate about strong community healthcare and helping the people of Harrow to access quality health services that are responsive to their day to day needs.




Hillingdon - Professor Ian Goodman

Ian.jpgIan has been a practising GP in Hillingdon for over 30 years and a GP trainer for over 25 years.  He has been the Chair of the NHS Hillingdon CCG since April 2011 and has been actively engaging Hillingdon’s 45 practices through the change to clinical commissioning.  Ian takes a key role in driving change and innovation in General Practice and has been involved in various commissioning projects since 1990.


In 2021 Ian Goodman was been appointed Professor of Strategic Development of Primary  Care at Brunel Medical School.


Hounslow - Dr Annabel Crowe

Dr-Annabel-Crowe.jpgAnnabel has worked as a GP in Hounslow borough for 23 years, initially as a partner and more recently as a sessional GP specialising in primary care mental health. She has been a clinical commissioner for over 10 years and was a member of the Governing Body of Hounslow CCG until October 2014, then rejoined in July 2017. Her main commissioning interest is mental health and she is the GP lead for adult and children’s mental health and the dementia service. In May 2017 Annabel became a clinical director for mental health within the Strategy and Transformation team for North West London. She works closely with West London Mental Health Trust and the boroughs of Ealing and Hammersmith & Fulham to develop and improve mental health services across these areas.

West London - Dr Andrew Steeden

andrew-steeden.jpgAndrew has been a GP in Kensington for the last 15 years. Since joining the Board he has been involved in commissioning care from Chelsea and Westminster with particular focus on quality. He has also been supporting the development of whole systems integrated care and chairs the Finance and Performance committee for WLCCG.

Accountable Officer - Jo Ohlson


Jo became Accountable Officer at the end of March 2020. She was previously Director of Commissioning for the NW London Collaboration of CCGs and prior to that was the patch Director for NW London for NHS England, London region. Jo has held a range of director posts in NHS organisations including Brent CCG, Primary Care Trusts and Health Authorities encompassing primary care, community services and planning. Jo is committed to improving services for patients and reducing health inequalities.

Chief Finance Officer - Stephen Bloomer

Steve became Chief Financial Officer at North West London CCGs & Integrated Care System (ICS) in November 2020.  He was was previously the Chief Financial Officer for the North West London STP. Steve has held a wide range of senior roles across the NHS and  before moving to North West London was eth finance lead at a number of London hospitals. 

Chief Nurse - Pippa Nightingale

bio-pippa.jpgPippa joined the NHS in 1994, originally working as a maternity support worker. She qualified in 1998 and worked clinically for 10 years in maternity and neonates. On completion of her MSc in advanced clinical practice in 2007 she undertook a clinical academic role at the University of Hertfordshire. Pippa entered back into the acute setting as a matron and then as a consultant midwife. She has undertaken numerous professional leadership roles including deputy director of midwifery at Imperial Hospital, director of midwifery and clinical director at Chelsea and Westminster Hospital, and chief nurse and executive quality lead at the North West London Integrated Care System and interim chief nurse for North West London Clinical Commissioning Group, responsible for quality, patient safety and safeguarding across the system.

Audit Committee Chair (Lay Member) - Philip Young

Remuneration Committee Chair / Deputy AC Chair (Lay Member) - Alex Johnstone

Primary Care Commissioning Committee Chair (Patient and Public Engagement Lay Member) - Sarah Crowther

Quality & Performance Committee Deputy Chair (Patient and Public Engagement Lay Member) - Carmel Cahill

Finance Committee Chair (Lay Member) - Richard Smith

Secondary Care Member (Quality & Performance Committee Chair) - Jane Hawdon