Meet the Executive Committee

Sunderland CCG has appointed an executive committee to deliver the day-to-day management and delivery for the planning and purchasing (the commissioning) of local NHS healthcare and health services for the people of Sunderland.

David Gallgher Chief Officer

David Gallagher

Chief officer

With previous experience of working with CCG’s in Newcastle, Gateshead, Durham and Darlington, David has been involved with the NHS in both clinical and strategic roles his whole career. He joined Sunderland CCG as Chief Officer in 2012 and is a member of the governing body and Executive Committee.

David Chandler

Chief Finance Officer

David Chandler is the Chief Finance Officer for Sunderland CCG.  He has worked in the NHS for over 20 years and has experience in most sectors including acute care, community, mental health and commissioning with Gateshead, Durham and Sunderland.

Director Nursing Ann Fox

Ann Fox

Director of nursing, quality and safety

As a registered nurse and with a career in the NHS spanning 29 years, Ann has always been an advocate for improving the quality of patient care, their safety and their overall experience. She has been instrumental in developing new services and clinical pathways in haematology/oncology, palliative care and in her role as Nurse Director for the North of England Cancer Network.

From 2009 Ann was Director of Clinical Care and Patient Safety (Executive Nurse) at the North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust.

Ann is a visiting professor at the University of Sunderland in the department of nursing and health sciences.

Dr Ian Pattison Chair

Dr Ian Pattison

Clinical Chair

Passionate about ensuring patients receive the best care available, Ian has been a GP at the Southland Medical Centre in Ryhope since 2001. With previous commissioning experience gained at Wearside Commissioning Group, Ian was re-elected to Sunderland CCG as Chair in 2014. He is a member of the governing body, Executive Committee and Sunderland Health and Wellbeing Board.

Dr Jackie Gillespie

Dr Jackie Gillespie

Coalfield locality GP lead and prescribing lead

Jackie is a graduate from Glasgow University and has been a GP in Sunderland for almost 27 years and at her current practice, Millfield Medical Centre for 14 years. Jackie was a member of the prescribing team for a Sunderland practice-based commissioning group and during that time she built strong links with NHS South of Tyne and Wear Medicines Management Team and Sunderland Primary Care Prescribing Group.

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 the clinical lead for Sunderland’s 111 service before being elected to the CCG governing body and executive committee in 2014

PM Eric Harrison

Eric Harrison

Practice manager representative

Scott Watson

Director of Contracting and Informatics

Scott was born and raised in Sunderland and has spent over twenty years working for local health and social care services in the city.

Scott is a qualified health informatician, with postgraduate and masters qualifications in information management.  He graduated the NHS Leadership Academy’s Nye Bevan Programme in 2014 with an award in Executive Healthcare Leadership.

Aileen Sullivan

Aileen Sullivan

Lay member Patient and Public Involvement

After beginning her career as a nurse and midwife, Aileen moved into the education of health professionals. She became a principal lecturer at Northumbria University in 1995 and then the director of practice placements. Aileen was actively involved in research projects looking at the care older people received in nursing homes. After leaving Northumbria she became a non-executive director for Sunderland Teaching Primary Care Trust

Dr Fadi Khalil

Executive GP

Dr Khalil has been a GP in Sunderland  since 2010.  He is a GP trainer and partner at The Broadway Medical Practice.

He moved to the North East after graduating from Egypt in 2002. He is part of the team leading on Sunderland’s multi-speciality community provider Vanguard project and is currently the Chair of the Community Integrated Teams implementation Group.

Dr Khalil has also been involved locally in supporting collaboration in primary care. He was appointed to the CCG’s governing body and executive committee in 2015.

Dr Karthik Gellia

Executive GP

After qualifying in medicine (MBBS 1997) and gaining post-graduate degree (MD Dermatology 2003) in India, I came to the UK to work in the NHS.  After a few years of training in hospital medicine (MRCP 2007), I got attracted to the traditional values and principles in General Practice and so decided to change my career. I became a qualified GP in 2010 and have since worked in Sunderland.

During these past few years I have been involved in the development of General Practice services in the North Locality and since joining the CCG, have taken on the role of GP Lead for the locality. I am a member of the CCG Governing Body, Executive Committee and the Executive GP Lead on the newly set up South of Tyne Health Group overseeing the In-Hospital Transformation Programme.

Florence Gunn

Florence qualified as a nurse in 1987, before working in secondary care for 15 years on the gynaecological unit. She was then employed in general practice, working autonomously with patients with long term conditions. She now works as an advanced nurse practitioner as part of a team within a member practice that provides holistic services to patients.

In 2008 she became a nurse representative on the Wearside Commissioning Board before being employed as the strategic practice nurse on the executive board for the CCG in 2013. Her role is to represent and support the practice nursing team giving them a voice. Within this she is actively involved in training and policies, workforce management and links the locality nurses to the governing body.

Florence is the clinical lead for End of Life. Within this role she provides advice and guidance to practices and supports the CCG with their priorities. She also supports the implementation of national policy to provide standardised quality of care for patients.

Dr Raj Bethapudi

Executive GP

Dr Raj Bethapudi is a GP Partner in Sunderland and has been working in the NHS for over a decade. His other roles include being a GP Trainer, appraiser and Royal College of General Practitioners (RCGP) faculty board member. Raj’s areas of interest include Medical education, training and Clinical Commissioning.

​He has been elected as a Sunderland CCG GP executive body member in April 2016 and currently leads on cardiovascular disease (CVD), cancer, primary prevention and cares improvement areas for Sunderland CCG.

Raj’s interests outside medicine include playing cricket, practicing Yoga and meditation.’

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 Sunderland CCG.