Meet the board members & executive team

Who is on the Western Locality board

We have six elected members and one co-opted member (all seven are able to vote).

Dr Shelagh McCormick


Shelagh qualified in Medicine in Western Australia in 1986 but has trained as a GP in both Australia and the UK, completing her GP training in Somerset in 1996.

She has lived and worked in Plymouth, the South Hams, and East Cornwall for 17 years, and was a Partner in a large rural practice in the Tamar valley for 12 years before leaving to work in medical management. Initially she worked in Cornwall as Medical Director of the Cornwall and Isles of Scilly Primary Care Trust, moved to NHS England as Deputy Medical Director for the local Area Team, and then to NEW Devon CCG as clinical lead for Mental Health, Children and Young People, Maternity and Dementia.

As a former Local Medical Committee Chair in Cornwall, Shelagh continues to actively support the role of the GP as the bedrock of good, safe, personalised care, but she is also interested in patient safety and quality at all points on the patient pathway from GP across to specialised care.

She has a particular interest in Women’s, Maternity and Sexual Health provision and currently works at Beaumont Villa Surgery which is one of the two University practices in Plymouth.

Dr Steve Harris

Vice Chair

Steve is a partner at Beacon Medical Group. He trained in London and qualified from The London Hospital Medical College in 1995.

Steve is interested in engaging the GP membership in the locality to help commission high-quality healthcare for patients. He also aspires to increase the dialogue between clinicians in primary and secondary care and by doing so influence how care is provided sustainably in the future.

Dr Peter von Eichstorff


Dr Peter Von Eichstorff brings a wealth of experience to NEW Devon CCG, having trained as a GP in Devon, worked in several parts of the UK and spent time in America working as a ship's medical officer. He has also spent 3 years in hospital and the community specialising in care of the elderly.

He has a significant amount of experience in health politics having been a commissioning lead whilst living and working in Oxford.

Peter currently works as a GP at Budshead Health Centre so is fully versed in the issues facing patients in the North of the city. Budshead Health Centre is currently exploring opportunities to develop a Well Being Community Hub within the Four Greens site, so Peter is at the forefront of service development and new ways of caring for our patients.

Dr Tom Davies


Tom is a GP Partner at Yealm Medical Centre, Yealmpton.

He graduated from Edinburgh Medical School in 2001 and has worked in hospital posts in Western Australia and New Zealand before returning to Edinburgh to complete his GP training in 2007. He moved to Devon in 2009 and joined Yealm Medical Centre in 2010.

Tom is a GP Trainer and Academic Tutor for Peninsula Medical School. He has also been a GP Referral Facilitator for Devon Referral and Support Service (DRSS) for the past two years.

As a new clinical member of the Board, Tom is particularly keen to represent the interests of the patients and GP membership of South Hams and West Devon within the Western locality of the CCG.

Dr Christian Gossel


Christian trained at Aix La Chapelle/Aachen Medical School. He has done most of his postgraduate training in the UK from 1999, GP training in Cambridge Deanery 2001.

Christian is a GP Trainer and is working as a Partner in Wycliffe Surgery in Plymouth since 2011. He has an interest in gastro-enterology and is the lead GP on the gastro-enterology related clinical pathway group for the Western Locality.

He is keen to improve the cooperation between GPs and the hospital and bring their consultants and services into the community.

Christian has a experience in leading innovation in an fiscally tightly controlled commercial environment . He was head of a process design and development department in a large international engineering company before training as a doctor.


Board Member

Dr Alison Nankervis

Co-opted Board Member (NHS Kernow CCG)

Executive Representatives

And five executive representatives (all of whom are able to vote). 

Craig McArdle

Director for Integrated Commissioning

Craig is presently the Director for Integrated Commissioning, for both NEW Devon CCG and Plymouth City Council and is responsible for the commissioning of all Health and Wellbeing Services across both the Western Planning and Delivery Unit of NEW Devon CCG and the People Directorate of Plymouth City Council.

Craig started his Public Sector career working in Housing Management in the 1990s before moving to Plymouth in 2003 as a member of Plymouth City Councils Supporting Team. In 2006, as Supporting People Lead Officer he led the team through the Audit Commission Inspection achieving the judgement of “Good with excellent prospects for improvement”. In the same year he also led Plymouth’s Value Improvement Project, which was a Communities and Local Government initiative looking to improve value for money within the programme. As part of this he was a member of the team who published “A guide to procuring care and support services”.

More recently he has focused on building the commissioning capability and capacity within the Local Authority, establishing the Cooperative Commissioning Team and developing and implementing a Cooperative Commissioning framework across the Council. He also took a lead role in the Plymouth Integrated Health and Wellbeing programme, which established an Integrated Commissioning Fund of £460million, developed four integrated system wide commissioning strategies and created integrated commissioning governance arrangements across Plymouth City Council and NEW Devon Clinical Commissioning Group. In 2014, Craig gained a MSC in Public Sector Commissioning from Birmingham University.

Vanessa Crossey

Head of Quality and Nursing, Western Locality

After a successful 22 year career in the Queen Alexander’s Royal Army Nursing Corps, Vanessa re-joined the NHS in 2014 as the Practice Nurse Lead for NEW Devon CCG. Vanessa is a qualified specialist practice nurse and a midwife and has had a wide and varied career. During her last 10 years in the Armed Forces, Vanessa gained a wealth of experience as a Matron within primary care. Vanessa's last role was the governance lead for all primary care across the UK area of operations in Afghanistan.

Vanessa's Practice Nurse Lead role within the CCG involved providing advice and support to the CCG on contemporary practice nurse issues and also liaising with the relevant staff within the Nursing Directorate bringing the voice of practice nursing to commissioning and assurance.

Vanessa has recently taken up a new post at the CCG as Head of Nursing and Quality for the Western Locality which she is very much looking forward to developing.

Vanessa is also studying for an MSc part time, fulfilling a specialist Practice Nurse role within the Army Reserves.

Ben Chilcott

Chief finance officer

Ben is chief finance officer for the CCG’s Western PDU. He has worked in the NHS for 24 years and was the director of finance for NHS Plymouth from 2007.

His aim is to build a stable and sustainable healthcare system for the patients of the Western Locality.

Carole Burgoyne

Strategic Director for People (Plymouth City Council)

Carole Burgoyne grew up in Plymouth and first joined Devon County Council as a frontline social worker in 1978. In 1992 Carole moved into management and is now the strategic director for people with responsibilities including adults’ and childrens' social care, co-operative commissioning, education, learner and family support, homes and communities.

She wants to see joined up services for local residents which promote the health and wellbeing of individuals.

Rob Sainsbury

Chief Operating Officer

Rob began his career as a general nurse in Gwent before becoming a ward manager, senior nurse manager and moving into directorate general management for acute and emergency medicine.

A move to Milton Keynes Hospital NHS Foundation Trust saw him take on the roles of head of nursing and head of hospital access.

Rob returned to South Wales to join Aneurin Bevan Health Board as a programme lead for the Trust’s sustainability and turnaround strategy and was later promoted to the position of head of integrated services for health and adult social care, jointly employed by the NHS and Newport City Council. This role covered acute, community and social care delivery across a number of services.

Following this, Rob joined Hammersmith and Fulham Clinical Commissioning Group, where he was deputy managing director and lead for its Out of Hospital Programme.

Rob worked for Northern Devon Healthcare NHS Trust as the Executive Director of Operations before moving into his current role as Chief Operating Officer for NHS Northern, Eastern and Western Devon Clinical Commissioning Group.

Rob is a Registered Nurse with a Diploma in Nursing from the University Hospital of Wales Cardiff. He also has an Msc in Health and Public Service Management at the University of Glamorgan.

Rob is passionate about integrated care and partnership working to achieve the best outcomes for patients.

Non-voting member.

Sarah Lees

Consultant in Public Health, Plymouth City Council

Sarah is the Consultant in Public Health with Plymouth City Council who leads for health improvement, public mental health and integrated commissioning. Sarah completed her public health training in the South West region and took up a consultant post with Plymouth PCT in 2011.

Sarah’s original background was in environmental health. She worked for 20 years in this field including working on housing standards, food hygiene and safety, health and safety at work and pollution in a number of local authorities, including Plymouth, her home town.

Sarah therefore brings a breadth of local knowledge and skills to her role. She is very interested in mental health and wellbeing and the concept of wellbeing and wellness rather than illness. As is the case with her public health colleagues, Sarah has a keen focus on addressing the inequalities that exist in our local population and seeks to influence the health and care system to this end.

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