Governing body members

The governing body is responsible for reviewing decisions and formally approving all the CCG's plans. It meets five times a year, and these meetings are open to the public.

Dr Ian Pattison Chair

Dr Ian Pattison

Executive GP and Clinical Chair

Passionate about ensuring patients receive the best care available, Dr Pattison has been a GP at the Southland Medical Centre in Ryhope since 2001.

With previous commissioning experience gained at Wearside Commissioning Group, Ian was elected to the CCG as chair in 2011. He is a member of the Governing Body, Executive Committee and also Vice Chair of Sunderland Health and Wellbeing Board.

Dr Neil O’Brien

Chief Clinical Officer and Accountable Officer

Dr O’Brien has been a GP in Chester-le-Street for over 20 years. He has a special interest in cardiology and previously worked as a GP with special interest in this area. Neil is a practising clinician, which strengthens his influence with local practices and other clinicians.

Neil is also Clinical Accountable Officer for Sunderland and South Tyneside CCGs. He is a member of the Integrated Care System (ICS) Management Group for the North East and North Cumbria.

During the past year Neil has chaired the ICS vaccination board, overseeing the rollout of the flu and Covid-19 vaccine programmes. Neil is also a member of the national clinical advisory group on the national Covid vaccination rollout.

David Chandler

Chief Officer and Chief Finance Officer

David Chandler is the Chief Officer and Chief Finance Officer for Sunderland CCG.  He has worked in the NHS at a senior level for over 20 years and has experience in most sectors including acute care, community, mental health and commissioning within the areas of Gateshead, County Durham, Darlington and Sunderland.

He is also the chair of the Northern Branch of the Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA), a trustee of the National and a non-executive director for Northern Saints in the education sector.

Ann Fox

Executive Director of Nursing, Quality and Safety

Ann is a registered nurse with a long career working in a number of areas in the NHS since 1984. Ann trained in and has lived in Sunderland all her life. Ann has always been an advocate for improving the quality of patient care, safety and the overall patient experience.

She has been instrumental in developing new services and clinical pathways in many areas including haematology/oncology and palliative care throughout her career and in her role as Nurse Director for the North of England Cancer Network. During this time Ann was a founder board member of the United Kingdom Oncology Nursing Society, (UKONS).

From 2009, Ann was Director of Clinical Care and Patient Safety (Executive Nurse) at the North East Ambulance Service NHS FT. Ann has been the Executive Director of Nursing, Quality and Safety for the CCG since 2013 and is a visiting professor at the University of Sunderland in the department of nursing and health sciences.

Chris Macklin

Chris Macklin

Lay Member (audit)

Chris has worked in the NHS since 1975 and obtained his first finance director role at the Queen Elizabeth Hospital in Gateshead in 1996. He became Finance Director for Sunderland PCT in 2003 before becoming director of finance for NHS South of Tyne and Wear in 2006.

He is a governor of Gateshead College and chairs their Audit Committee. In 2009 he was awarded a fellowship by Healthcare Financial Management Association (HFMA) in recognition of his contribution to HFMA and the development of NHS Accounting Standards.

Chris retired from his post as Chief Finance Officer at Sunderland CCG at the end of March 2015 and was appointed as Lay Member for Primary Care Commissioning with effect from 1 September 2015, becoming the Lay Member for Audit and Non-Clinical Vice Chair from July 2017.

Derek Cruickshank

Secondary Care Clinician

Derek qualified in Aberdeen in 1980 and has worked in Teesside since 1993 as a Consultant at South Tees FT, retiring from clinical practice in 2017. He led the establishment of The Tertiary Gynaecological Cancer Service across Teesside, providing multidisciplinary cancer care for a population of over 1 million.

He was appointed the first Head of School for Obstetrics and Gynaecology in the Northern Deanery in 2008 and was the Royal College of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Regional College Advisor in the North East.

Derek oversaw the reconfiguration to a standalone midwifery led unit at the Friarage Hospital and was appointed to the Northern England Senate Council from its inception in 2013. Derek was appointed as Secondary Care Clinician for Sunderland CCG in June 2017.


Dr Tracey Lucas

Sunderland West Locality GP Lead

Dr Lucas moved to the North East  after graduating from Glasgow in 1999  to pursue a career in paediatric medicine. She qualified as a GP in in 2005 and now works as a partner and GP trainer in a teaching practice in Washington.

She acted as clinical lead for Sunderland’s NHS 111 service before being elected to the CCG Governing Body and Executive Committee in 2014.

Dr Fadi Khalil

Sunderland West Locality Executive GP Lead and Clinical Vice-Chair

Dr Khalil is  an experienced GP trainer and partner at the Broadway Medical Practice. He moved to the North East after graduating in Egypt in 2002. He has been part of the team leading on Sunderland’s Vanguard Programme and the development of the All Together Better Alliance.

He was appointed to the CCG’s Governing Body in 2015, and subsequently elected in 2016, and is currently the Clinical Vice-Chair of Sunderland CCG and the Medical Director of ATB.

Dr Khalil is passionate about integrated care and providing high quality, seamless, proactive care to the people of Sunderland. He has led on multiple initiatives such as the establishment of GP federations, development of the enhanced health in care homes programme and alignment of practices to care homes.

He successively implemented wound care hubs across the city with partners, and has been the clinical lead for primary care within the CCG for a number of years.

He continues to support the various General Practice and PCN initiatives, and has spearheaded the primary care response to the COVID pandemic and the successful COVID vaccination programme. Dr Khalil is currently leading on community mental health transformation in Sunderland.


Dr Raj Bethapudi

Washington Locality Executive GP Lead

Dr Bethapudi has been a GP since 2009 and currently works as a partner at Galleries Medical Practice, Washington. He is a postgraduate GP trainer, appraiser and local Macmillan GP.

Raj has been a member of the Governing Body since April 2016. He is passionate about development of seamless care closer to home and making general practice more sustainable.

Effective commissioning of services to improve health outcomes and medical education are his areas of clinical interest. Raj also serves as Chief Clinical Information Officer, a role in which he helps to implement NHS digital strategy, and represents the Royal College of GPs North East as a faculty board member.

Debbie Burnicle

Lay Member - Patient and Public Involvement

Debbie Burnicle has lived and worked in Sunderland most of her life and has worked for the last 33 years across the voluntary sector, local authority and NHS, taking early retirement in 2018 to have more time with her family.

In the last few years of her career as a commissioner, she spent a lot of time supporting general practice and community services across the city.  Debbie has a lot of experience involving the public, service users, carers and patients in services to support their improvement.

As well as becoming a Lay Member with a focus on patient and public involvement, since retiring Debbie has become an ambassador for the local Carers’ Centre, and established a relationship with Healthwatch.

Debbie supports the aims of both organisations and these connections are also one of the ways she works to keep in touch with local people’s views about health and social care.

Dr Saira Malik

Executive GP

Dr Malik has been a GP in Sunderland since 2013 and currently works with local GP practices providing clinical stability and support in transitioning practices.

She moved back home to the North East after graduating from Bart’s and The London and has been working in the local NHS for over 12 years, bringing previous experience of national representative roles in the BMA. Other roles include working with the national GP health programme in supporting doctors in difficulty and setting up a local GP Balint group.

She was appointed as a Sunderland CCG GP executive body member in April 2018 and currently leads on Respiratory, Musculoskeletal and Falls and Rehabilitation improvement areas for the CCG.