James Rimmer has been the Chief Finance Officer of NHS Southampton City CCG since its establishment and is also Deputy Chief Executive for the CCG.
James joined the NHS in 2001 as part of the highly regarded NHS Finance Graduate Training Scheme. He has held numerous senior finance roles working in both the commissioning and providing arms of the NHS.
James is a professionally qualified accountant, a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management Accountants (CIMA) and holds a master’s degree in business administration and an honours degree in accounting and finance.
James co-chairs the Finance Working Group with Paul Baumann the Chief Financial Officer of NHS England. The Group allows engagement between CCG chief financial officers and the NHS England senior finance team on various national issues. He is also a member of the NHS England Allocations Steering Group, which is responsible for providing advice on the overall direction of NHS funding allocations and the CCG Representative of the National CCG Financial Resilience Group.
James is also a trustee of the Healthcare and Financial Management Association (HFMA) and chair of their Audit and Finance Committee, a three year term from December 2016. HFMA is a registered charity and the only professional body in the UK dedicated to setting and promoting the highest standards in financial management and governance in healthcare. It encompasses a membership community that represents a third of all finance staff working in UK healthcare.
Since July 2018, James is the co-chair of the NHS Clinical Commissioners Finance Forum (NHSCC) and a Member of the NHSCC Board. The Finance Forum acts as the representative voice for CCG CFOs at a national level and also provides an opportunity for networking and the sharing of best practice.