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Meet the Governing Body

All our governing body members live or work locally, so they all have a real interest in making sure that health care services for the people of Barnsley are the best that they can be. The governing body is made up of 16 people including: GPs; a nurse; three lay members; GP practice and business manager; a secondary care consultant and senior officers. 

Dr Nick Balac, Chair

Dr Balac

In October 2012 I became Chair of Barnsley CCG. I am strongly committed to improving the quality of patient care, working in collaborative relationships with partners. My aspiration is to reduce local health inequalities through maximising clinical and public engagement.

Dr Madhavi Guntamukkala

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I qualified from Ghandi Medical College from the NTR University of Health Sciences in 2002. I then completed the GPVTS training scheme and became a fully qualified GP in 2007. I have been a GP in Barnsley since 2009.

I began working for the CCG in 2015. I have a specialist interest in family planning and dermatology. I am an enthusiastic individual with a vision of improving patient care in Barnsley.  

Dr Mehrban Ghani, Medical Director

Dr Ghani

I have been working as a GP in Barnsley since 2004 and am currently a partner at the White Rose Medical Practice in Cudworth. My role on the CCG is as the Medical Director working closely with senior management and clinical colleagues.

Dr John Harban

Dr John Harban

I have been a GP in Barnsley for over 20 years having trained at Sheffield Medical School, qualifying in 1986. As well as doing general practice, I am the club doctor at Barnsley Football Club. Alongside this I was team doctor for the Football Association looking after the international teams’ age group of 16 to 20.

Roxanna Naylor,  Acting Chief Finance Officer

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Roxana is the acting Chief Finance Officer, taking up the post in 2017. Roxanna's biography is on the way.

Dr Sudhagar Krishnasamy, Associate Medical Director

Dr Krishnasamy

I graduated from the Barnsley Vocational Training Scheme and have been working in Barnsley for more than 10 years. I lead on unplanned care for the CCG and I am also the Associate Medical Director here at the CCG. My aim is to help the CCG provide a high quality, sustainable, cost effective services for the people of Barnsley, care closer to home wherever possible by working in collaboration with the local partners and the public.

Apart from CCG work, I am a GP Appraiser and executive member of the Local Medical Committee. 

Dr Mohammed Hussain Kadarsha

Dr M Hussain Kadarsha

I have been working as a GP Partner in The Hollygreen Practice in the Dearne area since 2009 after completing my GP vocational training scheme in Plymouth. I also work in Apollo Medical Centre, Dodworth. My other roles include being a GP Appraiser and a member of the Barnsley LMC.

My family and I have been residents of Dearne for more than 30 years so it gives me a great sense of pride to work in the area that I grew up in.

I am committed to provide the best quality healthcare to the people of Barnsley. I am the Clinical Lead for Cancer in the CCG. My ambition is to develop new methods to tackle local health issues through innovative and proactive clinical and public involvement. I am eager and looking forward to making a positive change to the patient care in Barnsley.


Sarah Tyler, Lay Member for Accountable Care

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I live near the Barnsley border with my family and have a keen interest in integrating health services and utilising the strengths of local partners to achieve better outcomes for patients.

My career background is diverse, having held senior positions in the charity and public sectors. I have worked with local authority and health partners locally and regionally to promote and deliver health and wellbeing programmes and more recently with NHS England. I also have years of board level experience having contributed on a wide range of boards across South Yorkshire, including funding allocation, organisational infrastructure, education and early years provision.  

I am proud to have been selected to represent the interests of the people of Barnsley as one of the first Lay members for accountable care in the country. My role is to provide independent scrutiny for the new models of care for delivering out of hospital services and the move towards an Accountable Care Organisation. I am also the Vice Chair of the Primary Care Commissioning Committee.

Brigid Reid, Chief Nurse

Brigid Reid

I have over 30 years' experience as a nurse working in both community and hospital settings, indeed I still practice on a monthly basis at St Gemma's Hospice in Leeds. I have a strong track record in relation to practice development - most particularly in improving peoples experiences of care - and ensuring teams are safe to practice (I have undertaken inspections for the CQC).

My education has equipped me with research skills which enable me to seek evidence based solutions to clinical needs and the most effective ways of achieving effective implementation. Increasingly this means finding ways to ensure better interdisciplinary working to secure high standards of care and improved health outcomes for the population we serve.


Lesley Smith, Chief Officer

Lesley Smith

Lesley brings to the CCG a breadth of leadership experience, gained from a career in both the private and public sectors, including the senior civil service, where she worked as a health policy adviser to government.   She is an experienced Chief Officer, having spent seven years as a Chief Executive in the NHS, both in Yorkshire and in Scotland. She also has ten years of board level experience in a variety of director rolesLesley has experience of commissioning, service redesign and delivery across primary care, community, mental health and acute services. An accountant by profession she spent six years as a management consultant, including three years with KPMG Consulting, working with a range of clients in the UK and abroad, on large scale change projects and their impact in people.

Lesley lives in Leeds and is married with a son and daughter.

Chris Millington, Lay Member

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I was born and bred in Kendray and still live in Barnsley with my wife. I have two daughters and four grandchildren. I became a lay member for patient and public engagement in April 2015 after working for a number of years in the retail motor trade, from shop floor, through to main board director. I have been passionate about customer care throughout my career and I'd like to bring that passion to health care. I am also the chair of the primary care commissioning committee.

I am looking forward to working with you to improve health and care services for Barnsley people. I am also chair of the Barnsley Patient Council and am keen to hear from you if you have questions, feedback or ideas for improving the services across Barnsley. Contact Chris at  

Dr Adebowale Adekunle

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Dr Adekunle recently joined the CCG governing body. His biography is on the way soon.

Mr Mike Simms, Secondary Care Doctor

Mike Simms

Quality and Patient Safety Committee; Remuneration Committee; Patient and Public Engagement and Equality Committee.

I am a consultant with Chesterfield Royal Hospital.

Dr Mark Smith

Dr Mark Smith

I have been a GP in Barnsley since 1990 and a GP trainer since 2002. I have a particular interest in minor surgery and diabetes. At the CCG I am the clinical lead for mental health. 

Nigel Bell, Lay Member

Nigel Bell - Governing Body Lay Member

Chair of the Audit Committee and Remuneration Committee and Conflict of Interest Guardian.  Member of Finance and Performance Committee and Primary Care Commissioning Committee. 

I am a Chartered Accountant who worked in commercial practice for ten years before moving into the NHS in 1993.  I was the Head of West Yorkshire Audit Consortium, an NHS provider of Internal Audit, Counter Fraud and Consultancy services to the NHS and not for profit sector, for over twenty years.  In this role I was Head of Internal Audit for NHS organisations of all types, both commissioners and providers.