Meet the governing body


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Dr David Kelly, Chair

Dr David Kelly – Chair

David became a GP in 1990 after undertaking training at the University of Leeds.  He is a GP at Brookroyd Surgery in Heckmondwike.  As well as being the Chair of North Kirklees CCG, David has particular roles around contracting, quality and service redesign and has a special interest in cardiology.




Carol McKenna

Carol McKenna, Chief Officer

Carol McKenna, Chief Officer

Carol is the shared Chief Officer for NHS Greater Huddersfield CCG and NHS North Kirklees CCG.
Before becoming a CCG Chief Officer, Carol was previously Executive Director of Commissioning and Strategic Development at NHS Kirklees and previously Director of Commissioning and Service Development at the former South and Central Huddersfield PCTs.
Carol has worked in the NHS for more than 25 years and has over 15 years’ experience in director roles. Carol has spent most of her NHS career working in commissioning roles in West Yorkshire and has experience in system leadership, change management, developing organisations and service development.

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Ian Currell, Chief Finance Officer (interim)

Ian Currell – Chief Finance Officer (interim)

Ian has worked in the NHS for over 20 years and has spent the last eight years in director roles. He has worked in both provider and commissioner organisations and most recently was Director of Finance for NHS England (Lancashire and Greater Manchester) where he supported the further devolution of decision making powers to Greater Manchester. Ian has previously spent four years working for Calderdale and Huddersfield NHS Trust and he lives in the Greater Huddersfield area.



Penny Woodhead, Head of Quality and Patient Safety and Chief Nurse

Penny Woodhead, Head of Quality and Patient Safety and Chief Nurse

Penny Woodhead , Head of Quality and Patient Safety and Chief Nurse

Penny has worked in the NHS for over 20 years, trained as a general nurse in a London teaching hospital, specialised in oncology and palliative care and has experience clinically and in management across tertiary, secondary, primary care and the voluntary sector. Penny has also been involved in clinical governance since 1998 at service and organisational level.

Penny’s role within the CCG is Head of Quality and Safety and is responsible for making sure that the services that are commissioned are of a high standard. This includes safety, safeguarding, effectiveness and patient experience and equality. Penny is also a member of the quality, performance and finance committee.


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Dr Khalid Naeem, GP member

Dr Khalid Naeem – GP member

Khalid is from Batley, West Yorkshire and has been a full-time GP for eight years.   He is a partner at Mount Pleasant Medical Centre in Batley.  Dr Naeem’s area of interest is musculoskeletal disorders and commissioning.  Dr Naeem’s role on the board is clinical lead for medicines management.





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Dr Nadeem Ghafoor, GP member

Dr Nadeem Ghafoor – GP member

Nadeem is from Dewsbury and has been a GP since 2003. He works at Healds Road Practice and Liversedge Health Centre.  Nadeem’s specific areas of interest include dermatology, minor surgery and diabetes and his role on the board is clinical lead for primary care.





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Dr Yasar Mahmood

Dr Yasar Mahmood – GP member

Yasar is from North Kirklees and has been a GP for six years. He is a GP partner in Cleckheaton. His interests are in cardiology and diabetes.   His role on the board is clinical lead for urgent care.





Dr Mangipudi Jayashree – GP member

Dr Mangipudi Jayashree – GP member

Mangipudi has been a GP since 2007.  She works at Windsor Medical Centre, Dewsbury.  She has a keen interest in women’s health and contraception, diabetes, medical education and psychiatry.




Dr Indira Kasibhatla – GP member

Dr Indira Kasibhatla – GP member

Indira has been a GP since 2011 and works at Albion Mount Medical Practice in Dewsbury. Her special interests are in gynaecology, family planning, sexual health, dermatology and medical education.





Julie Pieske, Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Julie Pieske, Advanced Nurse Practitioner

Julie was born in Lancashire and studied at the University of Lancashire, qualifying as a  Registered Nurse in 1995.  Julie worked for many years in secondary care on gastrointestinal surgery and is currently working as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in primary care.  Julie has worked within the NHS for over 24 years and has a vast knowledge and interest in both public health and primary care and her professional interests include women’s health and public health.  Julie is married with two children and her hobbies include running, skiing and spending quality time with her family.



Sarah Sowden

Sarah Sowden, Nurse member

Sarah Sowden – Nurse member

Sarah qualified as a registered nurse in 1994 and has since worked within hospital, community and practice nursing. She has a special interest in chronic disease management especially in diabetes care and primary prevention.





Dr Oliver Hirst, Independent GP Advisor

Dr Oliver Hirst, Independent GP Advisor

Oliver is originally from Mirfield and has been a GP since 2011. He currently is a GP Partner at Chapelthorpe Medical Centre in Wakefield. His interests include GP education (he is a GP trainer and holds a Post Graduate Certificate in Education in Primary Care), Dementia, Care of Older People and learning disabilities.




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Fatima Khan-Shah, Lay member

Fatima Khan-Shah – Lay member

Fatima Khan-Shah is a public and patient engagement and involvement professional, specialising in health, social care and education. She has responsibility for patient and public involvement. She is also a Patient and Public Voice Partner with Health Education England and NHS England.

Her experience includes being a Lay Member for West Yorkshire and Harrogate Sustainability and Transformation Partnership Joint Committee of CCGs. Fatima is a member of the Carers Strategy Group and played a key role in the development of the Kirklees Carers Charter. In addition, she is a Scrutiny Co-Optee for education, Kirklees Council and is a school governor.


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David Longstaff, Lay member

David Longstaff – Lay member (interim)

David spent of most of his career working for BT, starting as an apprentice and after 38 years, becoming a senior executive in charge of audit and risk. He has been a local magistrate for over 25 years. David is an interim lay member of the governing body with responsibility for audit.

NHS North Kirklees Clinical Commissioning Group’s Conflicts of Interest Guardian is David Longstaff.  The role of Conflicts of Interest Guardian, in collaboration with the Governance & Corporate Affairs Senior Manager is to:

  • Act as a conduit for GP practice staff, members of the public and healthcare professionals who have any concerns with regards to conflict of interest.
  • Be a safe point of contact for employees or workers of the CCG to raise any concerns in relation to this policy.
  • Support the rigorous application of conflict of interest principles and policies.
  • Provide independent advice and judgement where there is any doubt about how to apply conflicts of interest policies and principles in an individual situation.
  • Provide advice on minimising the risks of conflicts of interest.


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Chunda Sri-Chandana – Secondary Care Consultant

Dr Chunda Sri-Chandana – Secondary Care Consultant

Chunda is a Consultant Anaesthetist with an interest in Intensive Care Medicine at Harrogate District Hospital where he has worked since 2009. He has also held a variety of managerial roles within the Trust and is currently the Deputy Clinical Director of the Planned and Surgical Care Directorate with responsibility for quality and governance across services within the directorate. Chunda was selected as a Fellow for the 2016 Health Foundations GenerationQ leadership programme, a programme that helps develops leaders who understand how complex health systems work and who have the skills to transform health care quality and bring about sustainable, system-wide change. Outside work, when not spending time with his family, he enjoys reading, photography and gardening.

Declaration of interest

Members of the Governing Body must declare any interests in their business or private lives which could cause a conflict of interest with their Board decisions. Here is the current Register of Interest December 16 – November 17.

The following individual may be in attendance at Governing Body meetings, however they do not have voting rights:

Rachel Spencer-Henshall

Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Kirklees Council, Director of Public Health

Rachel Spencer-Henshall, Kirklees Council, Director of Public Health

Rachel was appointed as Kirklees Council’s Director of Public Health in March 2015 after working for Kirklees Public Health for 10 years, where she has championed health improvement, health protection and behaviour change. Her leadership skills include developing a wide range of public health initiatives and coordinating services in partnership with the NHS, helping local people to stay healthier for longer.