About me

My name is Ben Gowland.  I was the Chief Executive and Accountable Officer of NHS Nene CCG until March 2015.  I worked in the NHS since 1995, and worked with GPs in commissioning since 2007.  Prior to establishing NHS Nene as a CCG, I supported the development of Nene Commissioning as a not for profit social enterprise, and helped it become one of the leading practice based commissioning organisations.

I established CCG Information as a website to help Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) as they developed.  I wanted to take the learning I was gaining from my journey in establishing Nene CCG and to share it with other CCGs.

In April 2015 I became director and co-founder of Ockham Healthcare, which is an independent think tank and consultancy working with government departments and healthcare organisations to identify and implement improvements in health and the delivery of healthcare in England.  The aim of the new organisation is to facilitate, enable and accelerate improvement in health and healthcare.   The first programme of work is GP Provider Development.  Ockham will provide tools, support and advice to general practice, and support it to develop and meet the new challenges ahead.  You can find more about Ockham at our website www.ockham.healthcare.

This website is no longer updated.  It does however provide a wide range of content that is still relevant for CCGs, and those working with CCGs.   I hope you find it useful.

You can contact me at ben@ockham.healthcare, and you can follow me on twitter @BenXGowland



11 Responses to “About me”

  1. August 12th, 2012 at 08:51 | #1

    Thank you.

  2. Chris Day
    August 29th, 2012 at 07:14 | #2


  3. Philippa hunt
    September 19th, 2012 at 13:37 | #3

    Many thanks

  4. Mike Barker
    January 3rd, 2013 at 14:40 | #4

    Thanks for the speedy confirmation

  5. Sue Thomas
    January 14th, 2013 at 11:23 | #5

    Thank you for the confirmation

  6. February 6th, 2013 at 10:00 | #6

    Thanks for the confirmation

  7. Roy Lukacs
    March 15th, 2013 at 14:22 | #7

    Thanks for the confirmation.

  8. May 17th, 2013 at 12:09 | #8

    Thanks for confirmation. This looks like a very useful resource. Good luck with it.

  9. Geoff Lavery
    June 13th, 2013 at 10:17 | #9

    Thank you for the confirmation, as somebody new to the CCG this site looks like it could be an invaluable resource.

    Well done and I will keep ‘checking in’!

  10. Julie Dean
    June 24th, 2013 at 10:39 | #10


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