Ian Spencer was a Consultant Anaesthetist for almost 30 years before retiring in 2011. Initially his medical career was in the Royal Air Force, where he was promoted to Group Captain and was made the RAF Consultant Adviser for his specialty. Following the closure of military hospitals, he became a NHS Consultant in 1995 and worked thereafter at CDDFT (formerly Dryburn Hospital) in Durham. Additionally, he was an Examiner for the Royal College of Anaesthetists for 13 years, Chairman of his hospital’s Medical Advisory Committee and also its BMA Representative. Since retiring he has worked as a Volunteer for the CAB, dealing with clients who wish to claim medically-related benefits, and enjoys walking and his new pastimes of bowls and ukulele. In his role in the CCG he hopes his wide experience in Secondary Care, as well as risk management, quality and audit, will be of benefit to the Board.