Meet the board members & executive team

Meet the board

As a part of NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) the Eastern Locality commissioning board will play a key role in promoting integrated care and, as a member of local health and wellbeing board(s), in assessing local needs and strategic priorities. This will mean working collaboratively with local authorities and the NHS commissioning board.

CCG’s will commission the majority of NHS services for their populations – apart from primary care, specialised services and public health. They will also have a statutory responsibility to support the NHS commissioning board to improve the quality of primary medical care. The eastern locality board is formally constituted to make commissioning decisions on behalf of the local population.
The purpose of the locality board is to commission high quality, effective and efficient services that meet the local needs for the population of Eastern Devon. Locality boards include executive representation from GP membership forums relevant to each locality, through the elected clinical chairs and vice chairs.
The locality board is responsible for fulfilling the following for the eastern locality:

 a) Scheme of Delegation (as outlined in the NHS NEW Devon CCG Constitution)
 b) NHS NEW Devon CCG Assurance and Performance Framework
 c) Achievement of NHS NEW Devon CCG’s corporate objectives
 d) Discharging its statutory duties for the commissioning of health and health care services.

The locality board is formally constituted to make commissioning decisions on behalf of the local population in accordance with the CCG Annual Operating Plan. The locality board is responsible for involving and engaging their local clinicians and population in making commissioning decisions, development and service redesign. The running of the locality board will be determined locally to build on existing practice and geographical requirements, however as a Committee of the Governing Body the locality board is bound by the NHS NEW Devon CCG Constitution.
The locality board will usually meet monthly and not less than six times per year. Dates and venues of locality board meetings will be published on the CCG website in advance by each locality. For further Information see the terms of reference for the board.
Eastern Locality Board Terms of Reference
Please click on the file below to see the register of interests for our board members. 
Eastern Locality Board Register of Interests

Who is on the Eastern Locality board?

The following biographies tell you a little about who we are;

Dr Simon Kerr

Chair, Eastern Locality and co-chair, Wakley sub-locality

Simon has worked in full time General Practice in Ottery St Mary, East Devon for 20 years after GP training in Plymouth. He has held clinical assistant roles both in General Medicine in a local community hospital and in the management of an older people’s metal health ward under the employment of Devon Partnership NHS Trust.

As a younger GP involved in the running of a successful fund holding practice Simon became interested in clinical commissioning, through practice based commissioning.

Having now chaired the Wakley forum they continue to maintain a functional and well engaged group of seven practices providing primary medical care services across the sub locality.

Over the last year Simon has been privileged to be elected as vice chair to the Eastern Locality and to have been involved in the creation of the NHS NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning group.

Simon remains enthused by the opportunity to bring clinical knowledge and expertise to the commissioning table and he is committed to continuing four-five sessions/week in Primary Care which he believes is critical to being able to contribute meaningfully to the agenda.

Gillian Champion

Vice Chair, Eastern Locality

Gillian was elected by Exeter GPs as their representative to the Eastern Locality Board, and she is co-chair of Exeter sub-locality. She is committed to commissioning services which are safe, evidenced-based, of a high quality, and are value for money for the citizens of Exeter.

Gillian is a founder partner of the Foxhayes Practice in Exeter. She was born and bred in East Devon and has been nursing in general practice for over 20 years. She is a former board member of Exeter PCT. Additionally, she has received many awards for her work with carers, and sits on the editorial board for a national nursing journal.

Gillian adheres to the principle of "no decision made about me without me". She is committed to commissioning services which ensures that patients have a greater voice in their care, both during individual contacts with health and social care services, and in the commissioning of services made on their behalf.

In her spare time, Gillian enjoys walking the coastal paths with her husband John and their three dogs. Gillian has two grown up sons.

Dr Alex Degan

Clinical Board Member

Alex completed a degree in Anatomy and Developmental Biology at University College London before studying for a medical degree at the University of Aberdeen where he graduated in 2001.

Following graduation he worked in a variety of hospital specialities for a year before moving to the South West. He then embarked upon a three year GP training scheme which involved posts in both hospital and primary care settings, completing his GP training in 2005.

Following this Alex worked as a GP in Ottery St Mary for three years before moving to Mid Devon Medical Practice in 2008 where he still works as a GP three days a week. Alex is married to Clare, an occupational therapist, who works within the NHS.

Dr Richard Mejzner

Clinical Board Member

Richard trained at St Mary's Hospital, London University and qualified in 1987. He has been working as a GP since 1994 in Budleigh Salterton, also finding time to be a doctor for Exeter Chiefs Rugby Club.

With previous experience in the Hospital Accreditation Programme (HAP), carrying out surveys on hospitals in the UK and Ireland, Richard has maintained a long standing interest in the development of clinical services. Richard assumes the lead for commissioning of community services, with specific focus on the design of services for older people. He is passionate about addressing the isolation that older people experience in later life.

Married with two children and a dog, Richard has a love for all sports, particularly cricket, rugby, sailing and kite surfing. In his spare time, Richard runs a social cricket team in the Budleigh Salterton community league and is a rugby coach in Topsham.

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