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 and her husband have had a home in West Norfolk since 2011 and have been regular visitors for over twenty years. Her particular interests include active ageing - her father will shortly celebrate his 102nd birthday! - 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 & 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 Craig was appointed chief officer for the five NHS Clinical Commissioning Groups in Norfolk and Waveney from April 29th 2019, and is also the Executive Lead for the Norfolk and Waveney Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP).

Melanie joined NHS Great Yarmouth and Waveney CCG in February 2017, leading it from a rating of ‘inadequate’ to ‘good’ in one year. 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.

Melanie is married with two daughters.