Senior Management Team
CEO Debbie Galloway has worked at WCF since March 2020 and brings extensive experience gained over 30 years in primary care, predominantly practice management, to this position.
Initially Debbie assisted WCF on a temporary basis prior to taking up the role of Business and Partnership Manager in July 2020. In December 2021, Debbie became Interim CEO after Stephen Cheetham decided to step down, where she then stepped up to CEO in April 2022.
Debbie is relishing this new challenge – “As CEO I am responsible for the smooth running of the organisation, its culture, goals and direction. I lead and motivate our amazing team to provide excellent services to our stakeholders.
“My General Practice experience has proved invaluable in my work for the Federation as it helps to understand the needs of our practices and their patients.
“Working for West Cambs Federation is incredibly rewarding and I am proud of our fantastic team and the work they do.”
Amanda joined the WCF board in September 2019 as we began our journey, bringing knowledge and skills that were perfectly aligned to support the federation in achieving its goals.
Her role as a Senior Executive Leader brings significant experience of operations and strategic leadership within the supported/sheltered housing/social care sector and the challenges of ensuring service quality and compliance of large teams over geographical areas.
Amanda has a passion for continuous improvement and business development and says – “I want WCF to continue to be an at scale provider and employer of choice for the Primary Care Services across its area of operations, and to continue to achieve strategic objectives.”
Allison Wenlock joined WCF as Operations Manager in June 2021 and oversees the Extended Access Service and PCN Management function within the Federation..
Allison brings over 20 years of skills and experience in Primary Care Practice Management, which gives her a broad knowledge and understanding of both the practice landscape and the needs of patients, which is invaluable to her in performing her role.
Allison says – I’m thoroughly enjoying the fresh challenge that working for the Federation is providing me. I’ve always found working for the NHS Primary Care sector to be dynamic & rewarding and it’s great to be part of a fantastic team, providing services to improve patients’ access to quality care, across the West Cambridgeshire footprint.
WCF is growing and developing all the time and our HR partner Lorraine Canham ensures we are compliant and adhere to all our legal responsibilities.
Lorraine has over 30 years’ experience in both the public and private sector and continues to work with a variety of small and medium size businesses running her own HR company.
As WCF’s outsourced HR partner, Lorraine has been assisting us since August 2019 supporting our continued growth and brings a wealth of experience to the role with a pragmatic approach in advising. Lorraine works closely with the Senior Management Team and supports the in-house HR Administrator.
Lorraine finds working alongside WCF most rewarding – “I love the variety and fast paced environment; they have grown significantly in my time supporting them. I love the ethos and what they are doing bringing services to the community.”
Clinical Operations Manager
After more than ten years of working in a variety of healthcare settings both within the NHS and the independent sector, Joanna Brewster has brought her extensive clinical experience to WCF.
As our Clinical Operations Manager Joanna is well positioned to oversee this section of our service and is dedicated to improving patient services throughout West Cambridgeshire.
“I am passionate about delivering access to excellent care through the provision of a highly skilled, educated and supported workforce. WCF deliver services to the local communities and to be a part of that is an immense privilege.”
Quality, Assurance and Improvement Lead and CQC Registered Manager
Christine first joined WCF as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in the Extended Access Service and in January 2020 joined the main office team, supporting the delivery of this service and overseeing and improving the Quality and Governance agenda.
With over 40 years’ experience in the NHS working in tertiary, secondary, primary care and community services Christine has an incredibly broad range of clinical and operational roles to draw upon, and continues to work as an Advanced Nurse Practitioner in general practice today.
Christine says – “I am passionate about ensuring that patients receive the best care possible and that primary care is supported to achieve this. Working with the fantastic WCF team enables me to do this and to look at new and innovative ways to support my primary care colleagues and improve patient care”
Our board members bring a wealth of expertise to WCF and ensure we continue to meet our objectives and strive for even higher standards.
I have worked as a doctor since 1986 and a GP partner since 1998 having spent over 10 years in hospital medicine. I have always been interested in urgent and emergency care and have worked weekly in the GP out of hours service for about 25 years.
In 2018 I joined WCF as a board member and I am now the Medical Director. I have seen the Federation evolve from its infancy to the excellent clinical organisation that it is today.
I am very interested in effective teamwork and believe the future of primary care in the NHS involves working at scale for at least some areas that are currently dealt with by individual practices.
Dr Robert Stuart David Shields
I joined the WCF Board from the start as I wanted to see a fair and joined up primary care service that could work with hospital colleagues as efficiently as possible.
I was a GP commissioner and chaired the East of England GP commissioning network. I am currently serving on the service development committee for the Primary Care Respiratory Society.
I am hoping the Federation will help develop a new workforce to ensure primary care has a future.
I am a GP Principal working in Ramsey, Huntingdonshire and as I love numbers I am the finance lead at home, in our practice and also for West Cambs Federation.
Originally from London, I travelled during my time in the RAF before finally choosing to settle in Cambridgeshire and now live in Peterborough with my family.
Practice Manager, Alconbury & Brampton Surgeries
After 17 years of working in general practice I have a wealth of experience and insight into patient needs and local healthcare. I have been a member of the WCF board since April 2021.
I help the Federation work with primary care to introduce new services and offer support in a way that benefits the GP practices and our patients. We strive to achieve informed decision making, working in collaboration with GP surgeries to ensure that the work we do best meets the needs of our patients.
Practice Business Manager,
Grove Medical Practice
I joined the WCF board in November 2019 and am Non-Executive Director of West Cambs GP Federation.
I have 17 years’ experience as a GP Practice Manager so have been able to assist with the transformation and development of WCF into a high-quality provider of local support services to primary care.
The aim is for WCF to be the provider of choice for local support services to primary care and to be able to flex capacity to assist GP practices at times of high demand.
Trish Hawitt Palmer
Having first worked for the NHS back in 1973 in Cumbria, Trish then took on various roles in other parts of the health system over many years before a change of career path.
Having worked for a time as a further education tutor and subsequently setting up her own independent training company for NVQs, Trish gained valuable experience in writing business cases, applying for awarding body status, finding premises and recruiting staff.
In 2004 a move to Cambridgeshire with family saw her secure a post with Huntingdonshire Primary Care Trust as Commissioning Manager after a brief break and in 2007 she became Practice Manager at Acorn Surgery.
Trish is committed to seeing WCF grow and develop – “I believe I have a range of skills and professional experience to bring to the WCF Board and relish the opportunity to work with colleagues to continue the growth and success of the organisation.”