Our governing body

Our governing body includes experienced GPs, a nurse director, other healthcare professionals, lay members, senior NHS managers and a patient representative. You can read profiles of governing body members below.

Joint governing body meetings

We now meet jointly with our other two CCG governing bodies in BHR, in public, four or five times a year to review our own performance as well as that of our main providers and to plan, discuss and make decisions about local health services and how we can best improve them for the benefit of patients and the public. At the meeting we receive reports from our chair, our chief officer, directors and lay members as appropriate. 

We also have a slot for the public to ask us questions about local healthcare and our priorities. We ask that anyone wishing to submit questions lets us know in advance so we can gather all the information we might need to help us answer fully.  If you would like to ask the Governing Body a question at a Governing Body meeting, please contact annemarie.keliris@nhs.net seven days before the meeting.

Dr Anil Mehta - Chair

Dr Anil Mehta – Chair

Dr Mehta is a principal GP at Fullwell Cross Medical Centre in Barkingside, where he has been practising since 1998. He has been responsible for the setting up of local projects to redesign care pathways, resulting in the improved quality of care for patients. He is a forensic medical examiner and a GP appraiser for NHS England.

Dr Shabana Ali  - Clinical Director

Dr Shabana Ali – Clinical Director

Dr Ali is a GP principal at the Southdene Surgery in South Woodford and has worked for the NHS since 1998. She is an alumni of the Kings Fund and has been a clinical director for seven years. 

She has a special interest in diabetes, minor surgery and cardiology having worked as a GP cardiology specialist for more than 10 years, and is the CCG’s clinical lead for cardiology. She has successfully delivered a range of specialist cardiology services, including presenting at a NHS Technology Appraisal for Telemedicine at the House of Commons. 

In her spare time, Dr Ali enjoys cycling, skiing, walking in Epping Forest, cooking and playing tennis with her three children.

Dr Anita - Bhatia   Clinical Director

Dr Anita Bhatia - Clinical Director

Dr Bhatia has been a GP partner at the Southdene Surgery in South Woodford since 2007. She trained at Guy's and St Thomas' Medical School and has worked in the NHS since 2000, during which time she has developed a special interest in sexual and reproductive health.

Dr Bhatia is a clinical lead for planned care, and quality and safety. In her role as a clinical director she aspires to ensure the clinical voice is heard on behalf of local people during the development of national and regional health strategies. 

In her spare time, Dr Bhatia enjoys cycling, keeping fit and eating a hearty lunch with her husband and two children.


Dr Shujah Hameed - Clinical Director

Dr Shujah Hameed - Clinical Director

Dr Hameed worked as a GP at Ilford Medical Centre and now does sessional GP work at Castleton Medical Centre.  In recent years he has moved into more strategic roles, including clinical lead for NHS 111 in Redbridge, and clinical champion for musculoskeletal services in the borough – a role he still holds alongside his position on the CCG’s governing body.

He qualified as a doctor in 1999 and worked in hospitals for 15 years before moving into general practice.

Dr Sarah Heyes -  Clinical Director

Dr Sarah Heyes  – Clinical Director

Dr Heyes is a GP partner at The Shrubberies Surgery in South Woodford. She originally trained as a dentist and spent seven years as an oral and maxillofacial surgeon in Australia and the UK before training to be a GP.

She has a special interest in child health, obstetrics and gynaecology and family planning, and is a clinical lead for planned care, Barts Health NHS Trust, and quality and safety.

In her spare time, Dr Heyes enjoys skiing, competing in triathlons, leading the Orion Harriers Junior Running Club, playing the violin and spending time with her four children.


Dr Mehul Mathukia - Clinical Director


Dr Mehul Mathukia  – Clinical Director

Dr Mathukia is a GP at Mathukia’s Surgery in Ilford where he works alongside his father and brother, who are also GPs. As a clinical director, he leads on integrated care and urgent care services.


Dr Syed Raza -  Clinical Director

Dr Syed Raza – Clinical Director

Dr Raza is a GP at Chadwell Heath Surgery. He completed his medical education in Pakistan and has worked in more than 25 hospitals throughout the United Kingdom.

He can speak five languages: English, Arabic, Urdu, Punjabi and Hindi and has a special interest in dermatology.

He is married with three children.

Dr Jyoti Sood   Clinical Director

Dr Jyoti Sood – Clinical Director

Dr Sood works as GP partner at Newbury Park Health Centre. She has a special interest in diabetes and dermatology.

Dr Sood is involved with a local women’s charity which arranges social interaction projects and actively raises funds for a charity supporting children with special needs. In her spare time she loves to read and travel.

Dr Mohammad Tahir - Clinical Director

Dr Mohammad Tahir – Clinical Director

Dr Tahir has been a GP partner at the Forest Edge Practice in Hainault Health Centre, Chigwell since 1993. He has a special interest in sports medicine and diabetes, and has been the doctor for the Dagenham and Redbridge Football Club.

In his role as a clinical director, Dr Tahir leads on planned care, procurement and serious incidents, and provides leadership support to the GP networks. 

In his spare time, Dr Tahir enjoys playing squash, cycling on his Brompton bicycle, playing cricket and hiking.

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