Meet the board members

About our clinical board and the locality team

The Northern Locality commissioning board is made up of General Practitioners (GPs) from local practices together with other health professionals.

We are responsible for commissioning (buying) your NHS services. This includes planned and emergency hospital care, rehabilitation and most community services.

We are also responsible for engaging with local people to ensure that the services we are paying for meet your needs.
Our task is to commission sustainable high quality services for the Northern Locality population that deliver great outcomes in the face of the increasing utilisation of healthcare resources, significant demographic challenges and flat cash income.

We have GPs and a Deputy Chief Operating Officer on the board who each have an equal vote in making decisions for the locality, they are listed below.

We also have non-voting board members who have a wealth of clinical and managerial experience to help inform discussions and decision making process, they can be found on the executive team non-voting board members tab to the side of the screen.

The executive team and locality board are further supported in the Northern Locality by a small number of commissioning and service redesign managers and administration personnel.  A wider team of staff also support the locality team and wider CCG including experts in finance, contracting, information, communications, patient safety and quality and information technology staff members, all of whom are vital to the smooth running of the commissioning process.

Voting members of the board

Dr John Womersley

Clinical chair

John has been a GP in North Devon since 1987. For a number of years he has been involved with various Primary Care Trusts (PCTs) and now with their latest managerial manifestation as Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCG). John has also previously been chairman of North Devon Hospice and championed palliative and end of life services in North Devon. John believes that through clinical commissioning we have an opportunity to radically change how health and social care is both accessed and delivered in this country. Legally this will take significant engagement with the public as well as teamwork and imagination, of which we have abundance in North Devon.

Dr Stephen Miller


After 26 years as a GP principal in Shebbear, Stephen is now a sessional GP which has given him the time and opportunity to contribute to the development and work of the CCG. He is the clinical lead for mental health and quality and safety issues in the Northern Locality. In 2011 he completed on the RCGP/University of Exeter Leadership course with a distinction. This was an exciting year of work and was excellent preparation for a role on the locality board.

Dr Glen Allaway


Glen has been a GP in North Devon since 2002 and is currently senior partner at Lyn Health in Lynton where he works with his wife Maria. They have 2 children. During the past 14 years he has had a number of roles in addition to being a jobbing GP including clinical skill tutor at Peninsula Medical School, GP trainer, GP course organiser and appraiser. He believes the experiences he has gained leading the modernisation of Lyn Health, which now runs from a new building incorporating a truly integrated nursing service and Minor Injuries Service have been both challenging and enjoyable. He is relishing the challenges to come from this new role on the locality board.

Caroline Dawe

Deputy Chief Operating Officer

Caroline joined the NHS in 1999 working within Royal Cornwall Hospital NHS Trust. Caroline has undertaken a variety of roles since that time focusing the last 11 years in commissioning. Caroline has worked in Cornwall, Devon and Dorset returning to Devon in 2012. Caroline is now Deputy Chief Operating Officer of the northern and eastern planning and delivery unit (N&E PDU) of NEW Devon CCG - a role which she says is extremely varied and challenging but with never a dull moment. Caroline graduated in 1998 with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) (Hons) in Applied Statistics. Caroline has undertaken other qualifications including a Postgraduate Diploma in Business Administration and a Masters in Business Administration.

Non voting members of the board are here:

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