The Team

LOCSU comprises of staff, Leads and Advisers based across the country. To contact anyone from LOCSU, please ring the office on 020 7549 2051.

You can read more about our advisers and their roles and responsibilities here.

To find out more about our Optical Leads please click here.

Richard Whittington

Richard Whittington, Chief Operating Officer

Richard Whittington joined LOCSU as Assistant Director, Commissioning, in June 2016 from the NHS and was appointed as Chief Operating Officer in November 2016.

He is an experienced CCG Director and Acute Trust Director with extensive commissioning and service redesign experience. He led the initial commissioning of primary care ophthalmic service across a range of South East London PCTs and CCGs.

Richard has worked in and across all healthcare and care sectors and has a particular expertise in service change, organisational change and commissioning service delivery.

Throughout his career Richard has delivered real service change with measurable patient benefits and as such he has a proven record of delivery across QIPP programmes.

Contact: richardwhittington@locsu.co.uk

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Zoe Richmond

Zoe Richmond, Interim Clinical Director

Zoe is an optometrist with considerable experience in service redesign, supporting the development of extended primary eyecare services across England.

She joined LOCSU in 2011 and has a particular interest in service pathway development, and is leading a programme of work to continue to develop the Clinical Service Pathways Framework, extending the range of eye conditions which can be managed in local optical practices. As a member of the Clinical Council for Eye Health Commissioning, Zoe works with eye health leaders to support the national agenda to improve eye health and eye care provision across England.

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Dharmesh Patel

Dharmesh Patel, Interim Clinical Director

Dharmesh joined the LOCSU team in 2012. He has unrivalled experience of service redesign and procurement and is particularly enthusiastic about the integration of primary care optometry as a core part of primary care and NHS care.

Dharmesh also has a substantive post as Chief Officer of Primary Eyecare Services whilst remaining a committee member of Greater Manchester East LOC and Chairman of the Greater Manchester Primary Care Provider Board. Dharmesh is a former Chair of both GM LEHN and Eyecare Trust.

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Katrina Venerus

Katrina Venerus, Clinical Director

Currently on secondment to PCSE.

Richard Knight, Head of Policy

Richard Knight, Head of Policy

Richard joined LOCSU in July 2013 from a capital markets association, where he was Head of Policy.

Prior to this he worked for a FTSE 100 company specialising in international public sector reform. He holds a BA Hons and MSc and is currently studying part-time for a PhD.

Richard has a strong interest in political history which supports his work as LOCSU’s head of policy.

Contact: richardknight@locsu.co.uk

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Lisa Stonham

Lisa Stonham, Information Officer

Lisa has a background in the arts and joined LOCSU in 2016 from Orchestras Live, a national music charity who enable orchestral music to be performed in deprived areas of England.

Prior to this, she has worked for a range of not-for-profit organisations under many guises including grant administration, event management and business support.

Contact: lisastonham@locsu.co.uk

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Jacque Fooks, Office Manager

Jacque Fooks, Office Manager

Joined LOCSU in January 2011 as Office Manager. Jacque previously worked as Education Coordinator at NHS South West Essex PCT for several years, coordinating training events for 400 staff based in GP Practice.

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