Who's Who

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Dr Michele Legg (CCG Chair)
Michele grew up on the island and studied at UCL and Middlesex Medical School (BSc Neuroscience, MBBS, Medical) starting her medical career as a hospital doctor on the mainland. In 2004, she returned to the island with her family to live and work as a GP. Involved in all aspects of healthcare with strong ties with the voluntary sector, Michele has a special interest in Dementia/Older People’s health and championed many initiatives including developing Ryde as a dementia friendly town.


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Loretta Outhwaite (Acting Chief Officer)
Loretta is a Chartered Management Accountant, with over 20 years’ experience in the NHS. Prior to joining the Isle of Wight PCT as Deputy Director of Finance in 2010, Loretta spent three years working for the States of Jersey, within the Health & Social Care and Treasury/Corporate departments. Loretta commenced the role of Acting Chief Officer on 9 February 2018 following appointment by NHS England.

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Gillian Baker (Deputy Chief Officer)
Gillian has lived and worked on the Island since 1989 and is committed to island healthcare and system wide health and care development and integration. Her background is in nursing, but she has worked in a wide number of senior management community and hospital and commissioning posts. Gillian became Deputy Chief Officer in 2013 and is responsible for Commissioning and Strategic Planning.





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Martyn Davies (Deputy Chair for Governing Body/Lay Member for Governance)
Having initially trained as an accountant Martyn moved into a Managerial role initially, with the Woolwich Building Society, moving in due course to the Portsmouth Building Society, where he was their District Manager for the Isle of Wight. When the latter merged with the Cheltenham and Gloucester, Martyn began a period of self-employment as an Independent Financial Advisor, before being offered the position of Bursar at Ryde School where he has worked for the last twenty years before retiring to pursue other interests, including taking up the role as a Lay Advisor to the CCG's Governing Body.

Mark Sopher

Dr Mark Sopher (Secondary Care Doctor) 
Mark is a Consultant Cardiologist and Clinical Lead for the Medical Care Group at the Royal Bournemouth Hospital.  He trained in medicine and cardiology in London and moved with his family to Lymington in 2005 to set up a new cardiac unit in Bournemouth. He specialises in Cardiac Rhythm Management. He has become increasingly involved in management, particularly on the evolving organisation and delivery of healthcare services in Dorset. He has recently completed a Masters degree in Healthcare Economics, Management and Outcomes at the London School of Economics.


Carole Truman

Carole Truman (Lay Advisor PPI)
Carole Truman has been an academic and applied social researcher for over 30 years. She lectured at Manchester Metropolitan University in Applied Community Studies where she worked in partnership with various community groups on topics such as sexual health and community safety.  At Lancaster University, she conducted research and evaluation in mental health and wellbeing working alongside service users.  At the University of Bolton, Carole was Dean of the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing and also Director of the Centre for Research in Health and Wellbeing. Throughout her career, Carole has been involved in research which enables the voices of vulnerable, marginalised and disadvantaged groups to be at the heart of policy making and service delivery.  She re-located to the Isle of Wight in 2016.

Dr Timothy Whelan - Deputy Clinical Chair
Timothy joined the Clinical Executive in 2016 and became a member of the Governing Body in April 2017. He is a GP at the Dower House Surgery, Newport.

Governing Body Nurse - Vacant



Melanie Rogers

Melanie Rogers (Director of Quality and Clinical Services)
Melanie is an experience nurse with a clinical background in cancer and palliative care. Melanie has held several senior nursing roles including Deputy Chief Nurse at the Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust and Deputy Director of Nursing at Gloucestershire Care Service, an integrated community and social care provider where she was also Head of Clinical Governance. More recently Melanie was the Director of Quality and Integrated Governance at Islington CCG and Deputy Director of Quality and Lead Nurse for Wandsworth CCG. Melanie is responsible for Quality, Safeguarding and Clinical Services.


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Laurence Taylor (Governing Body Lay Member - Independent)
Laurence was born on the Island and was educated at Ryde School. After university Laurence qualified as a solicitor and worked in private practice before joining the Treasury Solicitor’s Department in 2003. As a lawyer Laurence specialised in commercial and property litigation work and has substantial experience of advising central government departments on contractual matters. Laurence left the Treasury Solicitor’s Department in 2014 and returned to the Island to manage the family owned farming and aviation businesses.