Governing Body Regular Attendees

The governing body is responsible for reviewing decisions and formally approving all the plans for Sunderland’s Clinical Commissioning Group. Sunderland’s governing body meet up five times a year and these meetings are open to the public.

Debbie Burnicle

Debbie Burnicle

Deputy Chief Officer

Debbie is the deputy chief officer at the CCG and has a key ‘sponsor’ role within the AEC programme to support initatives and unblock any barriers that may arise in line with sponsors in other organisations (Sean Fenwick – City Hospitals Sunderland and South Tyneside Foundation Trust).


Gillian Gibson

Director of Public Health, Sunderland City Council

Gillian has lived in Sunderland most of her life and worked in the NHS from 1984 until 2013 when responsibility for Public Health transferred to local government.

She is a registered public health specialist and has been a consultant in Public Health in Sunderland since 2011, taking responsibility for the integration of public health services. She became Acting Director of Public Health in April 2015.

Dr Claire Bradford

Medical director

Dr Claire Bradford has worked in the NHS since 1984. Originally from North London she trained at Nottingham University and worked subsequently in Nottingham and Plymouth prior to moving (and staying) in the North East in 1989.

Her proudest clinical achievement when a haematologist was setting up the bone marrow transplant unit in Plymouth which enabled patients to get their treatment within Devon and Cornwall.

Claire has been a Public Health physician since 1994 working in Newcastle (DPH Newcastle PCT, Health Protection Agency, North East Public Health Observatory and NHS England.  During her Public Health career her achievements have included leading teams to develop the English health profiles and the National Library for Public Health.

Claire has worked at European level including the development of the European regional health profiles (I2SARE) and as an advisor to the Portuguese School for Public Health. Claire is committed to using her skills and experience to improve outcomes and reduce health inequalities.

Claire lives in Gosforth with her husband and has two teenage children.  When not working she can usually be found on her yoga mat or planning the next trip to her home from home in the Costa de la Luz.

Fiona Brown

Executive director of people's services, Sunderland City Council

Fiona has a number of years’ experience in Local Government and Health, especially in health & social care integration, events and designing new forms of service delivery vehicles.

All of her career has been spent in the North east, working for a number of Local authorities and acute health trusts.

She is particularly known for her work on Strategic Commissioning and creating innovative community solutions for independent living.  Fiona is an active member of a number of Associations.