Mary Dowling, chair of NHS Fylde and Wyre Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG), is to step down.

Mary, who has sat as chair of the CCG for five years, will relinquish her post at the end of February. Dr Adam Janjua will take over as acting chair in the interim.

A qualified human resources professional, Mary has considerable experience working for the NHS, including 12 years in hospitals as a director of human resources and six years as a non-executive director of a primary care trust.

Mary said: “It has been a huge privilege and pleasure to serve as chair of Fylde and Wyre CCG’s governing body. The past five years have been a very enjoyable and challenging experience for me.  I count myself fortunate to have had the opportunity to work with so many talented and committed colleagues and partners, and contribute in a small way to improving the health and wellbeing of the population we serve. I shall miss the CCG, but now that the single leadership team across the two Fylde Coast CCGs is nearly complete, it is the right time for me to depart.”

Amanda Doyle OBE, chief clinical officer of Fylde and Wyre CCG and Blackpool CCG, said: “While we are very sorry to be losing Mary, we thank her for her enormous contribution. We will miss her wisdom and considered opinion, which is held in such high regard.  Mary has shown tireless commitment and assured stewardship, and we wish her every luck for the future.”

Dr Janjua, who is currently vice chair of Fylde and Wyre CCG, undertook his GP specialist training at Blackpool Victoria Hospital in 2003 and is currently a GP partner at Fleetwood Surgery.

Lay member for patient and public involvement, Kevin Toole, will take on the role as acting vice chair.