Rt Hon Patricia Hewitt, Independent Chair

Patricia HewittAs Health Secretary between 2005 and 2007, Patricia was responsible for the smoke-free legislation, established the NHS Choices website and led a major public consultation, Our Health Our Care Our Say, involving patients and the public in developing plans to bring care closer to people’s homes. She has had a home in West Norfolk since 2011 and has been a regular visitor for over twenty years. Her particular interests include active ageing, mental health and the digital transformation of healthcare.

After leaving Parliament in 2010, Patricia spent eight years chairing the UK India Business Council and helping to strengthen the partnership between the NHS and British medical technology firms and India. As well as chairing the Norfolk and Waveney Health and Care Partnership, she is also Chair of the Oxford India Centre, a Director of GetLink (formerly Eurotunnel Group), senior adviser to FTI Consulting and an Age UK Ambassador.

Melanie Craig,  Executive Lead

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Melanie is the chief officer of NHS Norfolk and Waveney CCG, and also the executive lead for the Norfolk and Waveney Health and Care Partnership.

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.