Programme board meetings

The CHD Commissioning and Implementation Programme Board has been created to oversee the commissioning implementation of the New Congenital Heart Disease standards as agreed by the NHS England Board in July 2015 and the delivery of the objectives for the CHD service

The Programme Board meets monthly to review and advise on the process to implementing the standards, reporting to the Specialised Services Commissioning Committee (SSCC) which is turn reports to the NHS England Board.

Below lists the full membership of the CHD Programme Board

Panel Chair

  • Will Huxter, Programme SRO, NHS England

Patient and Public

  • Michael Cumper, Nominated CRG PPE representative
  • Suzie Hutchinson, Nominated CRG PPE representative
  • Jon Arnold, Nominated CRG PPE representative


  • Professor Deirdre Kelly, Chair, CHD Implementation Group
  • Dr Trevor Richens, Chair, Congenital Heart Services CRG

National Commissioning / Programme (NHS England)

  • Cathy Edwards, Operational Delivery Director (National), Specialised Commissioning
  • Catherine O’Connell, Regional Director of Specialised Commissioning (Midlands and East)
  • Michael Wilson, Programme Director
  • Teresa Fenech, Director Of Nursing for Specialised Commissioning (National)
  • Hazel Fisher, Representing the Regional Director for Specialised Commissioning, London; AD Programme of Care & NW London Locality Lead
  • Dr Vaughan Lewis, Regional Clinical Director for Specialised Commissioning, (South)
  • Robert Cornall, Regional Director of Specialised Commissioning, (North)
  • Dr Michael Gregory, Regional Clinical Director for Specialised Commissioning, (North)
  • Jo Stringer, Senior Communications Manager, NHS England (National)
  • Andy Leary, Director of Finance, Specialised Commissioning, NHS England (National)
  • Natalie Brazhda Mejia, Lead Commissioner for the CHS CRG
  • Stuart Davies, Acting Managing Director, Welsh Health Services Committee
  • Stuart Margiotta, Senior Finance Manager, Specialised Commissioning (National), NHS England
  • Ben Day, Head of Financial Strategy & Allocations, NHS England