• 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.


  • Barbara Dingley

    Chief operating officer

    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

    Head of service development

    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

    Head of personal and team development

    Helen leads the personal and team development programme for PCC, delivering leadership development and PCC’s programme of training events. Helen also leads on facilitation. She regularly brings together leaders from commissioning and provider organisations and stakeholders to improve engagement and working together with teams, member bodies, patients and the public.

    Helen coaches teams and individuals, promoting confidence and personal development, and provides an opportunity for delegates to practice their learning in a safe environment to increase awareness of themselves, their colleagues and surroundings.

    Helen is passionate about the development of individuals and teams, enhancing skills and knowledge to improve performance through listening, coaching, learning and sharing experiences.

    Helen has worked at PCC for over ten years but previously worked in the voluntary sector.  On moving to the NHS she worked in an acute trust and in pan-London NHS roles where she successfully developed, implemented and delivered the Improving Working Lives initiative across all NHS organisations in London including the assessor training programmes. During her time at NHS London Helen pioneered new ways of working for working parents in the NHS in London.

  • Julia Harwood

    Finance manager

    Julia joined PCC in April 2017 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.


  • Wendie Groves

    Head of business support

    Wendie joined PCC in 2008 after many years working in the legal sector.  Wendie is a CIPD qualified professional.  As HR and business support manager she is responsible for all aspects of HR as well as ensuring the smooth day-to day running of the business.  In her role as company secretary Wendie works closely with the directors to ensure PCC is compliant with the relevant regulations and procedures, such as ensuring appropriate insurances, compliance with data protection regulations as well as all the requirements of reporting for a community interest company.