Executives & Directors

Ian Williamson

Chief Accountable Officer

Having led NHS organisations in the North West for more than nine years, Ian’s role as Chief Officer and Accountable Officer involves leading the delivery of improvement plans for patient care, working closely with the Board, staff, and partners.

Having cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in his youth, Ian now prefers to spend his free time with his family, walking his dog and also enjoys running.

Ed Dyson

Executive Director of Planning and Operations

Professor Craig Harris

Executive Nurse & Director of Safeguarding

Craig is the Executive Nurse and Executive Director for Safeguarding and has an Executive lead role across mental health, children’s and specialised commissioning. He’s also the Director of Infection and Prevention control.  Craig has worked in a variety of clinical settings over his career before becoming a joint commissioner and is a champion for improving mental health, a keen advocate and supporter of Looked After Children and the safeguarding agenda.

In his spare time Craig enjoys hanging out with his seven year old son and his British bulldog ‘Majik’; He’s also partial to a bit of kick boxing to keep fit.

Dr Manisha Kumar

Executive Clinical Director

Manisha trained as a doctor in Manchester, qualifying in 1995, becoming a GP in 2001 and joining the Robert Darbishire practice in Rusholme in 2004.
She still practises there one day a week – “if I didn’t I would have no credibility” – and enjoys seeing her regular patients.

It was her experience there that persuaded Manisha to get involved in commissioning in 2007.  “I saw the same people, for the same things day after day. You do your best, but ultimately there is only so much you can do as a GP. The challenge we have is in how we can influence the system and the wider determinants of health.”

Manisha, who is originally from London, is married to an optician and they have a nine year old daughter called Cara.  In her spare time, Manisha enjoys spending time with friends and family, musical theatre and travelling.

Dr Carolyn Kus

Executive Director of Strategic Commissioning

Carolyn is the Executive Director of Strategic Commissioning.  Previously at Northamptonshire County Council where she was Corporate Director for People Commissioning (and Director of Adult Social Services).

A social worker by profession, Carolyn has 14 years of senior management experience in local government and is a very experienced Director of Adult Social Services with a Doctorate in business administration.  Carolyn has a strong track record of delivering transformation through partnerships and is driven by a desire to “make every contact count”.

David Regan

Executive Director of Population Health & Wellbeing

Nick Gomm

Nick Gomm

Director of Corporate Services

Michelle Irvine

Michelle Irvine

Director of Quality & Performance

Sharmila Kar

Sharmila Kar

Director of Workforce and Organisational Development

Joanne Newton

Chief Finance Officer

Joanne is a qualified accountant with more than 26 years’ experience of working within the NHS in Greater Manchester. Having worked as Director of Finance for NHS Heywood Middleton and Rochdale for nearly 10 years, Joanne then joined NHS Manchester. Her previous NHS career has been based in Oldham and Tameside where she held various positions with the finance departments of Acute, Mental Health and Community services. Joanne is married and has two daughters.

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