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Primary Care Committee – Who we are

Our Primary Care Committee comprises of voting members, non-voting members and observers. The members of the committee are listed below.


PCC Voting Members

Usman Khan – Non – Executive Member & PCC Chair

Usman Khan is a health policy and management professional with more than 25 years’ experience. He is currently a Senior Advisor at the Good Governance Institute, a UK based consultancy and at FIPRA International, a Brussels based European public affairs consultancy. Usman holds two other non-executive positions, as the Chair of the Motor Neurone Disease Association, and an Independent Governor at London Metropolitan University. Usman is also Visiting Professor in Health Management and Policy at KU Leuven, Belgium and teaches at New York University (London). He is a regular public speaker and writer on health policy matters.


Liz Sayce – Non-Executive Member

Liz Sayce has a background in policy and social inclusion and has held roles including CEO of Disability Rights UK and Policy Director of Mind and the Disability Rights Commission. Nonexecutive roles have included the UK Commission for Employment and Skills, Healthwatch England and Care Quality Commission. Liz is currently Visiting Professor in Practice at the London School of Economics, Vice Chair of the Social Security Advisory Committee, and a Trustee of 2 charities. In 2011, Liz led an Independent Review into disability employment programmes for Government and has published widely on mental health, disability, and social participation.


Sarah McDonnell-Davies – Executive Director of Place & Executive Lead for PCC

Sarah McDonnell-Davies is the Executive Director of Place and has worked in North Central London since 2018. She began as a Deputy COO for Camden CCG, then moved onto become a Manager Director. In 2020, she then became Executive Director for Borough Partnerships, expanding to cover the broader North Central London boroughs. Sarah’s portfolio covers primary care (contracts, programmes and transformation, supporting functions), medicines management, communities & inequalities and the critical work to support the development of Place and our five Borough Partnerships and the wider Integrated Care System.


Dr Jo Sauvage: Chief Medical Officer

Dr Josephine Sauvage FRCGP is the Chief Medical Officer for NHS North Central London Integrated Care Board (NCL ICB). Jo was Chair of NCL Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) from April 2020 and previously Chair of Islington CCG from February 2016, having been ViceChair since 2011. Jo’s role on the Committee is to provide overall clinical leadership to the ICBs primary care responsibilities and to ensure clinical quality and patient outcomes are at the heart of our decisions. Responsible for clinical leadership across north central London, in this overarching role she works with colleagues from across health and care to provide the best care for our local population, in a way that is sustainable and fit for the future.


Chris Caldwell – Chief Nursing Officer

Chris Caldwell is the Chief Nursing Officer for NHS North Central London Integrated Care Board (NCL ICB). Chris joined from Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust where she was the Executive Director of Nursing and System Workforce Development, with responsibility for directing the National Workforce Skills Development Unit. Chris is a registered nurse in adults and children’s nursing, and a registered nurse teacher. Chris has extensive experience in senior nursing and educational roles including Programme Director for the Capital Nurse Programme across London for Health Education England (HEE); Dean for Healthcare Professions at HEE; Assistant Director of Nursing, Education and Organisational Development at Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children; and visiting professor at Middlesex University.


Sarah Morgan – Chief People Officer

Sarah Morgan is the Chief People Officer for NHS North Central London Integrated Care Board (NCL ICB). Sarah joins NCL from her dual roles as Director of Organisational Development at Guy’s and St Thomas NHS Foundation Trust, where she has been since 2015 and as Director for the Southeast London ICS Workforce Programme since 2020. Sarah started her career as a graduate general management trainee in 2002 and her career spans operational management in acute, mental health and specialist services as well as a period of time working in consultancy, policy development at the Department of Health and Social Care and a previously held NHS Executive position in a mental health trust.


Sarah Rothenberg – Director of Finance, Primary Care

Sarah Rothenberg is a chartered accountant with experience ranging from start-ups to “the Big 4” audit firms. She has considerable management consultancy and programme management experience, joined the NHS in 2015 and has supported NCL ever since. Her previous roles within NCL have included NEL CSU Finance Director for NCL, NCL POD Director at NEL CSU and most recently leading the NCL CCG’s Strategic Finance Team.


PCC Non-Voting Participants and Observers

(Includes staff such as the primary care team, borough representatives, and communications
as well as the following)

Phill Wells, Interim Chief Executive Officer

Phill Wells is the Interim Chief Executive Officer for NHS North Central London Integrated Care Board (NCL ICB), having joined NCL as Chief Finance Officer in June 2022. Phill joined NCL from Homerton Foundation Trust where he was Chief Finance Officer as well as the Executive Lead for Procurement, Estates, Facilities and Clinical Engineering. Phill previously spent 16 years in the Civil Service in a number of roles across policy analysis and finance, most recently as Financial Strategy and Planning Director at the Department for Work and Pensions. Phill is an Independent Member of the Audit and Risk Committee at the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport and is a Trustee of The Air Ambulance Service. Phill holds a master’s degree in economics from University College London and is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance Accountants.


Will Maimaris, Public Health Representative

Will Maimaris has been the Director of Public Health in Haringey since 2018, including leading Haringey’s local public health response to the COVID pandemic. Will is passionate about improving the health and wellbeing of all Haringey’s residents and believes this can only be done by working closely with local communities.


Kirsten Watters, Public Health Representative

Kirsten is the Director of Public Health for Camden. She joined Camden in 2021 from Southwark where she was a Consultant in Public Health and latterly Deputy Director for six years. She completed her public health training in London, at St George’s NHS Trust, the UK Health Security Agency and the Greater London Authority. She has a specialist interest in child public health.


Emma Whitby – Chief Executive Healthwatch Islington on behalf of North Central London Healthwatch

Emma Whitby has worked with Healthwatch since they were set up in 2013. Previously she worked with Local Involvement Networks and Patient Involvement Forums. She represented NCL Healthwatch at the NCL CCG Patient Public Engagement and Equalities Committee. She attends a monthly North Central London Healthwatch meeting to bring in the views and findings of NCL colleagues. NCL Healthwatch are working together to highlight the needs and experiences of North Central Londoners, particularly those experiencing the worst health inequalities.


Jamie Wright, LMC Representative

Jamie Wright joined Londonwide LMC’s in October 2022 as Director of Primary Care (NCL & NWL). Londonwide LMCs is the professional voice of London General Practice, providing specialist advice and guidance on a wide range of local and pan-London issues. Previously he has held positions within NHS Surrey Heartlands ICB and as Managing Director of GP Federations in Surrey and Buckinghamshire. Alongside membership of borough LMCs, Jamie represents the profession, working in partnership with the NCL ICB to ensure general practitioners’ value and expertise is recognised.


Mark Agathangelou, Community Participant

Lived experience of chronic pain and NHS MSK treatment led Mark Agathangelou to co-find a peer-to-peer pain support group in Camden (CamPain). He then took on patient and public voice roles with local services in Camden (where he is chair of Camden Patient and Public Engagement Group) then NCL, working with the Primary Care Committee and other work streams. With NHS England he is a Lived Experience partner for #BestMSK and the Improvement Directorate. Mark has been involved with many co-produced projects with the NHS and VCS since 2019.


Lorna Reith, Community Participant

Lorna is a long-standing resident of Haringey and lives on the Ferry Lane estate at Tottenham Hale, where she is chair of the Residents Association. She is Chair of Citizens Advice Haringey and of Tottenham District Charity. Lorna’s background includes 14 years as CEO of a National Disability Charity specialising in disability and related benefits. She has worked in the housing and homelessness field and immediately prior to her retirement she was CEO of Healthwatch Enfield. She was a member of the NCL CCG and served on the Strategy and Commissioning Committee. More recently she has been involved in a dermatology working group. Lorna was a local Haringey Councillor between 2003-2016, including periods in the Cabinet and as Deputy Leader. She is particularly interested in the role of primary care and public health in reducing health inequalities.


Ken Kanu, Chief Executive Help on Your Doorstep on behalf of North Central London VSCE Alliance

Ken Kanu has worked for Help on Your Doorstep since 2009. Help on Your Doorstep is an Islington based Health and Wellbeing Charity that delivers social prescribing services, community outreach and navigation services and Good Neighbour Schemes. Alongside membership of the NCL VSCE alliance Ken in involved in several Islington wide strategic groups including the emerging Bright Lives Alliance (Early intervention and Prevention) and the Voluntary Action Islington Advisory Group.


Donna Turnbull, Community Development Manager, Voluntary Action Camden, VCSE Alliance

Donna started working with Voluntary Action Camden in 2006, coming from a community arts and urban regeneration background. Her first role at Voluntary Action Camden was developing the Community Empowerment Network. Since 2013 she has been involved in developing Voluntary Action Camden’s work, and supporting community groups, in emerging policy areas important to the sector. These include community led and neighbourhood planning, and social prescribing / health transformation. She leads Voluntary Action Camden’s social prescribing work and manages the Community Links service and works with groups developing neighbourhood projects and services.