Meet the Governing Body

Elected Members


Dr Josephine Sauvage - Chair of Islington Clinical Commissioning Group

Dr Sauvage is a local GP at the City Road medical practice and is the Chair of Islington Clinical Commissioning Group. Dr Sauvage has worked in Islington since 1990, first as a school doctor with the child health programme in local schools and since 1999 has been a GP at City Road practice, where she works alongside Dr Coleman. She is also a GP trainer/Foundation Year two trainer, along with being Chair of the Integrated Care Programme Board, the Organisational Development Lead and a Member of the Health & Wellbeing board. She is committed to working with the local population and local organisations, to improve services for the people of Islington.

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Dr Katie Coleman - Vice Chair (Clinical)

Dr Coleman is the Vice Chair (Clinical) of Islington Clinical Commissioning Group. Her clinical lead portfolio includes; patient and public participation; the Primary Care Strategy; children’s services and maternity services. She provides clinical support to the Integrated Care Programme Board and leads on a number of work streams that underpin the success of this programme. Her particular interest is in empowering patients to enable them to self-care, understanding their experience of health services and how to make this service better by helping patients to have a voice in Islington Clinical Commissioning Group’s work.

Dr Rue Roy – North Locality GP Representative

Dr Rue Roy is a GP partner at the Andover Medical Centre and sits on the Governing Body as clinical lead for Islington’s North locality. She brings a range of experience to the role having worked in integrated care in Islington for the past three years as the Chair of multi-disciplinary clinical team meetings and as clinical lead for the Integrated Digital Care Record, CareMyWay. She has worked with professionals outside general practice such as practice-based mental health teams, social services, elderly care, children’s services and providers such as Age UK.

Alongside her work as a GP and clinical lead, Dr Roy also sits on the Planned Care board which has allowed her to stay up-to-date with the changing health and social care landscape. She is excited about Islington’s prospects and the role she can play in developing the North locality over the next few years.

Jennie Hurley

Jennie Hurley – Practice Nurse Representative

Jennie has been a nurse for over 30 years more than half of these as a Practice Nurse. She has held both clinical and managerial posts in several hospitals in London. Jennie is a Practice Nurse Representative on the Islington Clinical Commissioning Group Governing Body. Her role is to prepare to commission the best care possible for the people of Islington and to represent practice nurses and nursing. Jennie is the lead for Last Years of Life Care for Islington Clinical Commissioning Group and chairs the Last Years of Life Care Steering Group. She also sits on the Patient and Public Participation Committee.

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Dr Sabin Khan – Salaried/Sessional GP Representative 

Dr Khan is the salaried/sessional GP representative on the Governing Body and is the Individual Funding Request Panel Chair. She sits on The Whittington Clinical Quality Review Group as well as the Primary Care Workforce Group, Last Years of Life Steering Group and the Quality and Performance Committee. She currently works as a GP at City Road Medical Centre.

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Dr Rathini Ratnavel – Co-opted Representative

Dr Ratnavel has been a GP for 24 years and has worked for seven years at a student health practice at the London School of Economics. Following this she worked as a partner at Mitchison Road practice in South Islington. She currently works as a freelance GP at a number of Islington practices and in the Islington i:HUB service.
Her clinical areas of interest include primary care, mental health, diabetes and paediatrics. She is the CCG Governing Body lead for adult mental health, older adults, dementia and carers’ services and works closely with commissioners at Islington Council under joint commissioning arrangements. She has Governing Body oversight of Adult Safeguarding in Islington and is a member of the CCG Audit Committee.

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Dr Karen Sennett – South Locality GP Representative

Dr Karen Sennett is a GP from the South-West Locality. A partner and trainer at Killick Street Health Centre, she has worked in Islington for 19 years.

Karen is the GP Governing Body lead for quality, cancer, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, smoking cessation and liver pathways. She is also a member of the Quality and Performance Committee and Planned Care Board.

Deborah Snook

Deborah Snook – Joint Practice Manager Representative

Deborah is the Practice Manager representative with responsibility for learning disabilities and direct access diagnostics. She works at Clerkenwell Medical Practice in South Islington. After her biochemistry degree, Deborah worked for the Royal Postgraduate Medical School and for several years, with a major cancer research charity. She has worked in general practice in Islington for many years. Deborah sits on the Strategy & Finance Committee, Planned Care Board, Islington Learning Disability Partnership (ILDP) Board, Learning Disability Commissioning & Finance Group, Learning Disability Health Subgroup of the ILDP, Health Information Advisory Group, the NHS Health Check Steering Group and the Strategy and Commissioning Board for Children and Young People with Disabilities and their Families.

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Ian Huckle – Joint Practice Manager Representative

Ian Huckle has been the Practice Manager of the Rise Group practice in Hornsey Rise since 2009. He arrived there with many transferrable skills stemming from a 20-year career with Barclays bank and subsequent roles involving large scale people and operational management. This is Ian’s first position in the NHS and he is therefore able to add a broader “non-NHS” perspective to CCG business. He chairs the Strategy and Finance Committee and also sits on the Patient and Public Participation Committee.


Lay Members and Appointed Members

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Lucy de Groot - Lay Member and Chair of the Audit Committee

Lucy de Groot has worked in senior management roles including Chief Executive of Bristol City Council, Director of Public Services at the Treasury and Chief Executive of a national social action and volunteering charity. She is a Trustee of the Baring Foundation, Vice-Chair of Governors at the Working Men’s College in Camden and Chair of Governors of Tower Hamlets and Hackney College. In addition to these roles she is a Trustee of the Newham-based charity Community Links which works nationally promoting early action on health and wellbeing issues. She started her working life as a community worker in North Islington and has lived in the borough for the last sixteen years. As well as chairing the Audit Committee, Lucy is an active member of the Strategy and Finance Committee.


Sorrel Brookes – Lay Member

Sorrel has many years' experience working in social housing and regeneration in London, Manchester, and Edinburgh with particular expertise in working with residents to achieve positive change. Now working as an independent consultant, she and her family have lived in Islington for 22 years.

Sorrel is the Lay Vice-Chair on the Governing Body with responsibility for patient and public participation. She is also Vice-Chair of the North Central London Joint Primary Care Commissioning Committee, chairs the CCG Quality and Performance Committee and is a member of both the Audit Committee and the Patient and Public Participation Committees.


Executive Directors


Helen Pettersen - Accountable Officer
Helen is the Accountable Officer for the five North Central London CCGs - Barnet, Camden, Enfield, Haringey and Islington. She is also the Convenor of the North Central London Sustainability and Transformation Plan. She is a highly experienced leader who has held a variety of senior executive posts in the NHS including Chief Operating Officer and Chief Executive at NHS Islington. Before taking up her current role, Helen was the managing director of North East London Commissioning Support Unit for three years. Helen also has significant experience in integrating health and social care services and has held a number of joint posts throughout her career.

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Clare Henderson - Director of Commissioning for Haringey and Islington CCGs

Clare has a strong history of delivery and commissioning across health, housing and social care. Until recently, Clare led Islington’s primary care programme, supporting general practice to transform by working at scale and introducing new roles. This built on work Clare did as Programme Director of the local Pioneer integrated care programme, part of a national programme to innovate across partnerships. Moving from the housing association sector in 2001, Clare worked closely with Department for Communities and Local Government on the design and implementation of the Supporting People programme before joining Islington Council to set up and launch the local programme worth £17m a year. She then became Assistant Director for Joint Commissioning, working across health and care. Expanding integrated care across health and social care is of particular interest for Clare because it can transform the user’s experience and build long-term sustainability.

Simon Goodwin

Simon Goodwin, Chief Finance Officer, North Central London CCGs

Simon has held a number of Board level posts in the NHS in both commissioning and provider organisations. He joined the NCL CCGs from Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust where he was the Chief Finance and Investment Officer for six years. Prior to this, he spent six years as Director of Finance for Islington Primary Care Trust and three years as Director of Finance at Oxford City Primary Care Trust. He began his career as an Audit Supervisor for accountancy firm Touche Ross, and has worked in the NHS since 1994, firstly at the North Middlesex Hospital. He is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of England and Wales.

Alex Smith

Alex Smith - Director of Planning, Performance and Delivery for Haringey and Islington CCGs

Alex has ten years’ experience in healthcare management. Between 2014-16 he supported the design of a strategy to develop high quality, safe and sustainable health services in east London and has previously provided programme management support to the London Health Commission. His most recent role was as Deputy Director within NEL Healthcare Consulting, a directorate within NEL CSU that provides change support to regional and national programmes throughout the health and care sector. Alex has previously worked in both acute and primary care organisations, undertaking his NHS management training at UCLH and the Whittington Hospital. He also worked in commissioning at Tower Hamlets Primary Care Trust.

Will Huxter

Will Huxter - Director of Strategy, North Central London CCGs

Will’s role includes management of the Programme Management Office for the Sustainability and Transformation Plan (STP) and day-to-day coordination of the STP. Before joining North Central London CCGs (NCL), he was Director of Specialised Commissioning for NHS England's London region and prior to that he was Director of Contracting and Quality for NEL CSU. Will started working in Islington, back in 1999, commissioning HIV and substance misuse services at Camden and Islington Health Authority. He later became Director of Strategy and Commissioning for Islington Adult Social Services and Islington Primary. He is a keen cyclist, and can be seen in all weathers cycling around the patch. 

Sarah Mcilwaine

Sarah Mcilwaine, North Central London Health and Care Closer to Home Programme Director

Sarah leads the Health and Care Closer to Home programme, one of the biggest and most complex STP programmes. Sarah's role is to support its delivery across north central London. The post sits in the Haringey and Islington Executive Management Team, but Sarah works very closely with Will Huxter, Director of Strategy for North Central London CCGs, the CCG teams from across the five boroughs and their partners. Sarah, who worked in Islington for the PCT, joined us from NEL CSU, where she was an assistant director in NEL Healthcare Consulting. She has worked in health and social care for over twelve years, mainly in north, central and east London.

Observers with speaking rights

Julie Billett

Julie Billett – Public Health Observer

Julie Billett was appointed to the role of Director of Public Health for Islington and Camden in February 2013. Prior to her appointment as Director, Julie worked in Islington as an Assistant Director of Public Health for five years, leading improvements in cardiovascular, cancer and respiratory health. Before joining Islington, Julie worked for several years in health improvement, health protection and public health services in Brent, Wandsworth, West Sussex and East London. She has also worked at the Department of Health in the Health Inequalities Unit and as a Research Fellow at Imperial College London, focusing on the epidemiology of congenital heart disease. Julie has been a Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health since 2010.

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Shelagh Prosser - Healthwatch Observer

Shelagh Prosser is the chair of Healthwatch Islington. Shelagh got involved with Healthwatch because she wants to play a part in preserving and improving health and social care services for Islington residents. In her day job, she helps organisations eliminate discrimination and advance equality of opportunity in their employment practices and service delivery. She is also the chair of a women's organisation based in Islington, a chartered member of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development and a NCVO Approved Consultant.

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