Meet the team Meet the team

A dedicated Project Team has been brought together to make the CCG’s Vision for Whitby and the surrounding area, including the long term sustainability of health and social care services and remodelled community hospital, a reality. The team has a range of skills and experience that cover the broad spectrum that are needed to take this project from conception to delivery. 


Stephanie Porter - Deputy Director of Estates and Capital Programmes, NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG

I’ve worked in and for the NHS since 1989 and most recently as part of the Project Appraisal Unit, NHS England, refining and implementing capital investment policy. I’ve developed knowledge on all aspects of securing funding for, and delivering new capital schemes within the NHS. Starting out as a service planner and project manager I’ve since delivered a number of service redesign programmes and new capital schemes including Selby Community Hospital, a BREEAM excellent building procured in partnership with the local authority, a new P21 Women’s Low Secure inpatient unit in York and lead the Master planning project on the York hospital site. 

I’ll be writing the business case for the project. My knowledge of clinical specifications and service planning to support capital investment will help guide the project to successful delivery and I’ll also be involved in the decant planning process.


Peter Todd - Capital Development Manager, NHS Property Services

I am an experienced Capital Investment Manager and have worked across a wide range of sectors although I’ve specialised in healthcare for the last 7 years. During my time in the NHS I have delivered a programme of capital works of over £85m in value and comprising a wide range of Capital Developments, from refurbishment of small health centres to major new Primary Care and residential facilities. 

My role is to lead the construction supply chain in relation to the project, assembling a team of professionals to complete the design and construction of the facility. 

I am excited to be part of the team and see this project as a critical opportunity to ensure that service provision for the people of Whitby is safeguarded for the future in high quality, fit for purpose premises.


Lianne Knotts - Architect, Medical Architecture

As an Associate Director and Senior Architect in Medical Architecture’s Newcastle office, I specialise in the architectural design and planning of healthcare buildings. The practice has designed over 70 new build hospitals and specialist healthcare facilities, hundreds of renovation schemes and undertaken many consultancy projects. We aim to deliver functional aims whilst improving the quality of patient and staff experience.

My key areas of knowledge include stakeholder engagement, health planning, design and construction. I have delivered a number of new-build and refurbishment projects, from inception to completion, including mental health facilities. As a key member of the dementia design group established for the new-build Roker and Mowbray Dementia Care Centre in Sunderland, I worked directly with clinical and estates teams to ensure the building was designed in line with dementia design recommendations from Stirling University’s Dementia Services Development Centre. Proudly, it is the first NHS building in the country to receive the Gold Award. My major new-build project was Ferndene Children and Young People’s Centre in Prudhoe, Northumberland.

I am passionate about designing for the needs of the end user. My fulfilment as an architect comes from knowing that the environments we create will have a positive impact on all those who use them.


Abigail Barron - Head of Strategy/Community Services, NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG

I have a business background and have worked in a healthcare role in both NHS and private healthcare provider organisations. I have developed new business models for accessible healthcare in the past and managed of a pan North Yorkshire health care service for 10 years. 

I joined Hambleton Richmondshire and Whitby Clinical Commissioning Group in 2013 in a commissioning role, originally in relation to mental health but moved on to support and deliver the procurement of a new provider for community and out of hours services for Whitby and the surrounding areas. The delivery of the remodelled hospital is also in my portfolio of responsibilities and I will continue to work with the new provider of community and out of hours services to deliver the transformation agenda for Whitby.


Dr George Campbell - Governing Body member and Whitby GP, NHS Hambleton, Richmondshire and Whitby CCG

I am a GP governing body member of the CCG, with responsibility for planned care and mental health. I have worked in Whitby as a GP for the last 24 years in a large practice with nine whole time equivalent GPs, and with a significant involvement in Whitby Community Hospital. 

I have been involved in clinical management for some years. In the past I have been a non-executive director of the old North Yorkshire Health Authority, a fund holding clinical lead and chair of a practice based commissioning consortium. More recently, I was deputy chair of the clinical executive of NHS North Yorkshire and York.