• David Colin-Thomé


    Former national director for primary care at the Department of Health, David has built his career upon 36 years of experience as a GP.

    Before being appointed as national clinical director, David was director of primary care at the Department of Health's London regional office, and senior medical officer at the Scottish Office NHS Management Executive. He was also formerly a member of Halton Health Authority, Cheshire Family Health Services Authority and a local councillor.

    David is an honorary visiting professor at Manchester Business School, Manchester University and of the School of Health, University of Durham. He was awarded the OBE in 1997.

  • Helen Northall

    Chief executive

    Helen started her career as a biomedical scientist and went on to work in hospital management, commissioning for a health authority and primary care development in a PCT.

    Her experience, which includes contract development and implementation, equips her with first-hand knowledge of the day-to-day contracting and commissioning issues facing the NHS as well as the wider strategic implications.

    A passionate believer in the role of primary care in driving change through the rest of the system, Helen now leads the PCC team in supporting commissioning organisations and providers to work together to improve delivery of health services.

    Before PCC, Helen worked at national level in several organisations.

  • Julian Patterson

    Director of marketing and communications

    Julian has spent more than 20 years working in a variety of roles in communications, the media and marketing.

    He has been a newspaper editor and co-founder of a PR agency and market research firm.

    He joined PCC as head of communications in 2008.

    He is also responsible for NHS Networks, the virtual networking and news service of the NHS.


  • Mark Beesley

    Associate Director

    With over 23 years NHS experience across acute, community, mental health and primary care sectors, Mark spent 10 years as a strategic lead for primary and community care.  With experience of developing and implementing strategy, managing complex change, leading consultations and procurements, he has overseen many of the most significant policy developments in primary and community care.  Mark leads the medical and pharmacy workstreams for PCC.

  • Barbara Dingley

    Associate director

    Barbara has worked in primary care for over 25 years and her experience includes contract development and implementation equips her to understand the day-to-day contracting and commissioning issues facing the NHS.

    Barbara has contributed to national policy and guidance and has succeeded in influencing a range of health care professionals to deliver key aspects of the health care agenda.  Her portfolio includes being our strategic lead for dental and eye care.

  • Rob Haley


    Robert joined PCC as an adviser for primary care commissioning across the North West region, advising PCTs on commissioning and contracting across all four primary care professions, and working with them to deliver improvements in their commissioning and contracting functions. Rob has held other posts within PCC first as manager for the northern region and now as manager for the national team. He has significant experience in commissioning and contracting for dental services and has worked with the Department of Health on a number of projects for improvements in dentistry. 

  • Helen Ellis

    Development manager

    Helen joined PCC as national home oxygen lead in 2006 and as adviser for the South West region in 2008, before moving regions to London and also across the country on training and facilitation.

    She has significant experience and advanced skills in facilitation and training. Helen has been the national lead for home oxygen since February 2006 working with the respiratory team in the Department of Health and supporting the NHS through two re-procurements and subsequent transitions.

  • Julia Harwood

    Finance manager

    Julia joined PCC in April 2107 as the Finance Manager. She became a qualified account in 2006 and has 14 year experience working in different  industries and roles  through out her career.


    Julia’s career started in the NHS on a placement year at university, since then she has worked in financial roles for an oil company, 2 insurance companies and a construction company. The varied roles have given Julia a lot of experience in Accountancy and Finance but also leadership, and management at a senior level.


    Julia has worked on various projects such as implementing new IT systems, and acquiring/merging other businesses.  This project work had ensured that Julia understands businesses from top to bottom and not just the financials of a company. This has allowed Julia to offer her support throughout PCC supporting the team and our clients and stakeholders.