Q&A with Graham Laylee, Governing Body member and Chair of the Audit Committee
Tell us about your role in the CCG.
I am a lay member with specific responsibility for governance and audit. I chair the Audit Committee and am the CCG's Conflicts of Interest Guardian.
How will this work help to deliver CCG objectives?
Good governance is important deliver high quality services, develop excellent leadership, be accountable to and listen to stakeholders and support delivery of the CCG's strategy.
If you could change one thing about the health service what would it be?
I think we need to work more and better across organisational boundaries to make the experience of services better for the patient. Organisations are beginning to talk about collaboration but it is sometimes difficult to see if the joining up services is really happening on the ground at the pace that is required.
What is the one thing that you have learnt in the last year that has surprised you and why?
I am constantly surprised that government policy makers are so short sighted in their decisions, as evidenced by the cuts to public health budgets. The benefits of public health initiatives may not be realisable in the very short term but I believe they are absolutely necessary for a financially sustainable health system in the longer term.
What are you most proud of in your working life?
In my day job I am most proud of starting a company which operates training and conference venues. Within 10 years we had grown the business to a turnover of £10million employing over 150 staff and building up an impressive list of clients in both the public and private sector before selling the business five years ago.
What activity/hobby helps you escape from work life?
I am a keen runner and race in road and cross country events. I also experience the highs and lows of being an avid Crystal Palace supporter!