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Birmingham and Solihull CCG appoints Independent Members

NHS Birmingham and Solihull Clinical Commissioning Group has appointed five Independent Members to its Governing Body.

The new CCG will officially launch on 1 April 2018 and be the largest CCG in England. It will reflect the merger of Birmingham CrossCity, Birmingham South Central and Solihull CCGs, which are currently working together as Birmingham and Solihull CCGs.

Joining Sir Tony Hawkhead, who was announced as the Independent Vice Chair of the CCG in December last year, are:

Stephen Beck – Stephen is a chartered accountant and barrister who has held various senior financial officer roles in commerce and industry. His experience includes business development, change management and procurement. He was previously on the board of Birmingham CrossCity CCG and chaired its Finance and Audit sub-committees.

Anita Bhalla – Anita is currently Editor of Public Space Broadcasting for the BBC. Her media career has been varied, from presenting a local radio programme in Birmingham she went on to present Channel 4’s Eastern Eye and other national programmes. She holds a number of public positions, including being a Governor of Joseph Chamberlain College and Chancellor of Birmingham Youth University, and is involved in arts organisations including the Midlands Arts Centre and Birmingham's Symphony Hall.

Qulsom Fazil – Qulsom is a lecturer in Disability Studies and Behavioural Science in the College of Medical and Dental Sciences at the University of Birmingham. In addition to that role, Qulsom was an external examiner for a three-year term at St Angela's College,

National University of Ireland in Galway for its BA in Disability and Health programme. She has a background as a social psychologist and was also a non-executive director of the former Birmingham East and North Primary Care Trust from 2002-12, before becoming a lay advisor to Solihull CCG in 2013.

Richard Harris – Richard has extensive experience in management, business and finance. He started his career as a chartered accountant in London, becoming a partner at Price Waterhouse. He later moved to senior finance roles in the commercial sector. He spent six years in the hospital sector as a non-executive director of the Heart of England NHS Foundation Trust and as Chair of the Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust.

Rhod Mitchell – Rhod was appointed as Chair of the Birmingham and Solihull Health Commissioning Board, overseeing the transition programme into the new CCG. He was also a lay advisor at Solihull CCG. He was brought up in Solihull and studied at University College Birmingham. He owns his own leisure and hospitality business and spent nine years working as a magistrate in Wakefield, and supporting Wakefield Primary Care Trust and later Wakefield CCG.

Commenting on the appointment of the Independent Members, Dr Peter Ingham, Clinical Chair Designate, said: “We are delighted to have appointed our Independent Members who will act as a voice for the public on the new CCG’s Governing Body.

“They each bring with them a wealth of experience, which will be invaluable as we begin our journey commissioning high-quality and sustainable services for our patients across Birmingham and Solihull.”

Stephen Beck and Rhod Mitchell have been appointed for a term of two years, with Anita Bhalla, Qulsom Fazil and Richard Harris appointed for three years.

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