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. The lay member for patient and public involvement presents a report from the patient perspective at each meeting.

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 by 5pm on the Monday before the meeting date. The questions and answers are included within the minutes of the following meeting so that those not able to attend can see the response.

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 Shujah Hameed - Clinical Director

Dr Shujah Hameed - Clinical Director

Dr Hameed qualified as a GP in 2013 and prior to this he worked in hospitals in various specialities, including as an Emergency Medicine Registrar. 

In his role as a clinical director, he leads on NHS 111 clinical governance, unplanned and urgent care, pain management services and a diagnostic procurement project. In addition, he is the chair of the Children and Maternity Steering Group and is involved in the service design for ambulatory care. 

In his spare time, Dr Hameed enjoys socialising, listening to music, keeping fit and eating his favourite dishes.

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 has been a GP at Mathukia’s Surgery in Ilford since 2008, where he works alongside his father and brother.

He is the CCG’s primary care lead for workforce across north east London and is a member of the finance committee. In his role as a clinical director, he aspires to improve health services and ensure local people receive high quality care.

In his spare time, Dr Mathukia enjoys keeping fit, playing tennis, reading and spending time with his family and friends.


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.

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