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New lay member appointed to health governing body

13 January 2015


BCCG has appointed a new lay member to its governing body.

David Coombs, has joined the group as a new co-opted lay member (finance) for an initial six month period.

As part of the Group’s constitution, the governing body must comprise at least two lay members. David, as a co-opted member, is in addition to the two current lay representatives, Alan Whitfield (audit/governance) and Alison Borrett (patient and public involvement).

David, who lives in Esher in Surrey, qualified as a chartered accountant with PricewaterhouseCoopers. He has undertaken a number of senior financial roles including head of audit and risk, non-executive director and commercial finance director covering a range of businesses, including limited companies, multi-national, start-ups and acquisitions.

David has his own company providing financial and risk management services and is also group finance director for a residential and nursing care home organisation in Sussex and Surrey.  

David said: “I am delighted to have joined the clinical commissioning group. My experience of working across different types of organisations and cultures, including the caring environment, will enable me to provide the necessary advice, assurance and challenge on the group’s accounting processes.”

Steve Hone, lay chair for BCCG, said: “We are extremely pleased to welcome David to the governing body as a co-opted lay member. We recognise we need David’s skills and expertise while we strive to improve our financial controls, stabilise our financial position and set in process our financial recovery plan for 2015-18. David is already proving a valued member of the team.”


For further information contact the communications team on 01525 864 406, communications@bedfordshireccg.nhs.uk

Notes to editors

  • David’s role will be reviewed after six months.
  • He is chair of the BCCG’s finance committee.
  • David is married with two children and enjoys singing in a rock band and watching sport.  He is familiar with Bedfordshire and has family in the area.
  • The CCG governing body comprises of up to 18 members, made up of at least two lay person members; one patient and public lead member and one audit and governance lead member.
  • The role of a lay member on a clinical commissioning group’s governing body is to bring specific expertise and experience to the work of the body. Their focus will be strategic and impartial, providing an external view of the work of the CCG that is removed from the day-to-day running of the organisation.
  • Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group is responsible for planning, organising and buying NHS-funded healthcare for the 441,000 people who live in Bedfordshire. This includes hospital, community health and mental health services.
  • BCCG is run by GPs, nurses, hospital doctors and other clinicians – the people you see whenever you come into contact with the NHS. All 55 GP practices in Bedfordshire are members of the CCG which is divided into five areas, which we call localities. These are: Bedford, Chiltern Vale, Leighton Buzzard, Ivel Valley and West Mid Bedfordshire and all of the 55 GP practices in Bedfordshire are members.
  • In 2014-2015, BCCG has a budget of approximately £440m to spend on healthcare services for Bedfordshire. You can read more about how BCCG is organised in our constitution. It explains how we operate, make decisions and our governance structures and processes. You can also read our corporate plan which sets out our priorities and aims for 2014-15.

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