Meet the Team
Here at Halton Clinical Commissioning Group we have a dedicated team that supports the governing body with the day-to-day running of the organisation.
The full team structure is available here, with details about individual team members below.
Dave Sweeney, Operational Director of Integrated Commissioning
Dave Sweeney is the Operational Director of Integrated Services. He manages the CCG commissioning team and is the strategic lead for the all the commissioned services under CCG priorities. Dave also holds a key integrated role within Halton Borough Council’s senior management team, ensuring that the two organisations work together in an effective and efficient manner.
Qualified in health studies, Dave holds a key interest in wellbeing and preventative interventions. Dad of two girls, he continues his sporting interests including football, rugby and golf, and remains an active musician.
Jo O'Brien, Senior Commissioning Manager
Jo is a Senior Commissioning Manager and was previously the Business Manager of Widnes Practice Based Commissioning.
She joined the NHS in 1988, working within general practice and since then has had a number of varied roles, predominantly primary care focused, within both provider and commissioner organisations. She has a wealth of experience in primary and community care, commissioning and health informatics.
Jenny Owen, Senior Commissioning Manager
Jenny Owen is a dual registered nurse who has worked in the area of commissioning since 2004 across the borough of Halton.
Lyndsey Abercromby, Senior Commissioning Manager
Lyndsey's background is in occupational therapy, where she worked in hospitals, the community and for social services.
She then gained a place on the NHS Management Training Scheme, with placements in a mental health service, a consultancy and a primary care trust.
Lyndsey worked as part of the Planned Care team at NHS Halton and St Helens before joining Halton CCG.
Sheila McHale, Senior Commissioning Manager
Sheila's area of responsibility is children, women and maternity services. She has worked as a senior commissioning manager for the last 10 years, at St Helens PCT, then Halton and St Helens PCT. She had responsibility for a variety of services, including palliative care, respiratory, cancer and dental services.
Kate Wilding, Project Support Officer
Kate joined Halton CCG in January 2013 as a Project Support Officer in commissioning with responsibility for women, children and family services.
Kate has worked in the NHS for 13 years; predominantly in a human resources management function, in both hospitals and primary care trusts.
Lynne Edmondson, Project Support Officer
Lynne has seven years’ experience working for the NHS. After completing an MA in management studies at Aberdeen University she took a position at Knowsley Health and Wellbeing, working as a project officer on immunisation and infant feeding projects. Lynne then moved to Liverpool PCT’s Practice Based Commissioning department, working on numerous projects across planned care, urgent care and long term conditions.
Lynne joined Halton CCG in December 2012, and supports the mental health and urgent care priorities for the organisation.
Julie Holmes, Project Support Officer
Julie has worked in the NHS since 1998, starting her career supporting the redesign of cancer services. She then joined the Cardiac Network, helping to bring about improvements to the delivery of services for cardiac and stroke patients and their families.
Before joining Halton CCG, Julie spent four years working for the public health department in a primary care trust. Julie will be supporting primary, community and integrated commissioning.
Emma Alcock, Project Support Officer
Emma joined the NHS in 2009, working in a clinical audit role within an acute trust. In 2011, Emma gained a place on the NHS Graduate Scheme as a general management trainee.
As part of the scheme, she spent a year in a large acute trust in an operational role and then moved on to a two-month placement within the voluntary sector, before joining Halton Clinical Commissioning Group as Project Support Officer in November 2012.
Jacqui Ireland, Senior Finance Manager
Jacqui is the Senior Finance Manager for the CCG, having worked as Finance and Commissioning Manager at Knowsley CCG since 2010.
She joined the NHS in 1988 and became a qualified accountant (CIPFA) in 2007. She has worked across various acute trusts, and internal audit, within the area, and has a wealth of Payment By Results (PBR) experience.
Nicola Duffy, Finance Manager
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Des Chow, Engagement and Involvement Manager
Des is a committed NHS worker in the field of engagement and involvement. He has also worked in the voluntary sector and in a local authority.
His NHS history has been enriched working in the ambulance services, NHS Direct, two hospital foundation trusts, and a local primary care team. In each arena, he has worked alongside public and patients to access and continually improve NHS and partner services.
Key achievements include the health passport, multi-lingual phrasebooks for frontline NHS staff, and cultural change. If you, like Des, want to find creative and productive partnerships with our local community and service providers, please contact him on firstname.lastname@example.org.
Natalie Vinton, Senior Administrator
Natalie has worked in the NHS for more than 10 years, starting out in general practice and progressing through NHS Halton and St Helens as a secretary and as a personal assistant.
During her time at the primary care trust, Natalie supported the Primary Care, Planned Care and Practice Based Commissioning agendas.
Natalie joined Halton CCG in December 2011 as Senior Administrator, responsible for the administration of the governing dody, reinforcing governance and promoting organisational development.
Faye Gilston, Senior Administrator
Faye has worked in the NHS for eight years, starting her journey as a secretary at the Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority, and working for a variety of teams within NHS Halton and St Helens as a personal assistant and project support officer.
Faye worked for the Primary and Community Commissioning Team before joining the CCG in February 2012.
Sue Bann, Administrative Assistant
Sue has worked in administration in the NHS for 12 years, starting at North Cheshire Health Authority, working for various teams within commissioning. She recently worked as a secretary within the Planned Care Team at NHS Halton and St Helens.
Paula Dickinson, Administrative Assistant
Paula has previously worked in NHS administration teams at North Cheshire Hospitals, then Halton PCT, before joining the Halton CCG team in February.
Karen Grace, Administrative Assistant
Karen has worked in the NHS for seven years. She began her journey at Newton Community Hospital NHS Trust as an admin clerk, before moving into Halton and St Helens PCT as a project support officer during the rebuild of Newton Community Hospital, then into estates and communication strategic plan as a programme officer. After this, she joined the Continuing Health Care team, finally working as a brokering officer until she joined the Halton CCG team in February.