As well as her role as CCG chief officer, Melanie is also the executive lead for the Norfolk and Waveney Health and Care Partnership, which brings together health and care organisations to transform services for local people.
Melanie joined NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG in February 2017, leading it from a rating of ‘inadequate’ to ‘good’ in one year. In April 2019 she was appointed Chief Officer for all five NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in Norfolk and Waveney, as they began the process to merge and form our CCG today. Prior to this Melanie was chief officer of NHS Southend CCG, where she led the organisation through challenging times, providing financial stability whilst developing joint working arrangements with the local council and the neighbouring CCG.
Between 2006 and 2011 Melanie progressed through three senior roles with Suffolk Primary Care Trust to become director of primary care. Then as chief operating officer for NHS Ipswich and East Suffolk Clinical Commissioning Group (2011-2013) she successfully led them to full authorisation.
Prior to that, her background was in health improvement, having worked in a number of areas including prison health, HIV/AIDs, substance misuse and overseas in Zimbabwe during her early career after university. Melanie has a Master’s Degree in health promotion sciences from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine.
Melanie is married with two daughters. One of her passions is reducing our impact on the environment. Melanie travels by train and bus wherever possible rather than use a car and encourages all CCG staff to follow suit, and has led the CCG’s drive to reduce its carbon footprint, for example by stopping singe use plastics in CCG offices.
She is a keen football fan and regularly takes part in parkruns.