Executives & Directors

Ian Williamson

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.

Edward Dyson, Executive Director of Strategic Planning.

Edward Dyson

Director of Strategic Planning

Ed has worked for the NHS in Manchester for nearly twenty years. Starting his career as an invoice payments officer he worked within finance for the early part of his career and qualified as an accountant. Ed moved into commissioning and project roles for a numbers of years. As Director of Planning and Operations, his responsibility areas includes strategic and operational planning; leadership of the City’s Locality Plan ‘Our Healthier Manchester’; corporate affairs; workforce and organisational development; IT and Estates. The directorate also leads a number of projects including the establishment of the Manchester LCO and the transfer of North Manchester General Hospital to Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust (MFT).

Ed’s ambition is for MHCC to lead the improvement of health outcomes for people in Manchester. Of particular interest is how wider issues such as housing, employment and education can positively impact upon this. Bringing together the NHS and the City Council under MHCC gives a great opportunity to do this.

Ed and his wife and two young daughters like to spend their spare time walking, cycling and visiting interesting places.

Dr Manisha Kumar, Executive Clinical Director.

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.

Christine Pearson, Board Nurse for Manchester Health and Care Commissioning

Christine Pearson

Board Nurse

Chris is a Registered General Nurse and District Nurse with experience in a variety of clinical settings and has worked in acute hospitals, community and primary care throughout her NHS career. She has held management positions as well as roles within education and professional development. She is currently employed as Chief Nurse at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, where she provides professional leadership to employed nurses, midwives and Allied Health Professionals and has executive lead for a number of areas.

She has a passion for ensuring that care delivered is of high quality and is harm free and those patients and their families are at the centre of that care.

As a former Florence Nightingale Leadership Scholar she has had the opportunity to explore safe nursing and midwifery staffing both nationally and internationally.

Chris lives in North Manchester and has two grown up children. In her spare time she enjoys running, yoga and pilates.

Bernie Enright, Director of Strategic Commissioning/Director of Adult Social Services, Manchester City Council

Bernie Enright

Director of Strategic Commissioning/Director of Adult Social Services, Manchester City Council

Bernie has been working in social care for over 30 years, beginning her social work career in Hope Hospital, Salford in 1984, from where she went on to work within a wide range of service areas.

In 2016, she took on the role of Director of Social Care and transferred, along with 440 adult social care staff, from Salford City Council into an Integrated Care Organisation hosted by Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.

In 2018 she moved to Manchester as Director of Adult Services in Manchester Local Care Organisation (MLCO), joining them on the exciting journey of integrating health and social care.

Bernie has always had a person-centred, asset based, approach which keeps people at the heart of everything we do. She firmly believes that working collaboratively, thinking differently and – most importantly – developing and supporting staff, will enable us to make improvements to the health and wellbeing of citizens, supporting them to have better outcomes in their lives.

Bernie is now the Executive Director of Adult Social Services. She is employed by Manchester City Council, sits on the senior management team in the Council, and is deployed into MLCO. Bernie also represents Adult Social Care in MHCC.

Bernie was born in Rusholme and is a proud Mancunian. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, swimming, and spending time with her friends and family.

Joanne Roney, Chief Executive, Manchester City Council

Joanne Roney OBE

Chief Executive, Manchester City Council

Joanne, who joined the Council in April 2017, started in local government as an apprentice aged 16 and has worked her way to the top, with a strong track record in transforming public services and delivering major regeneration initiatives. She joined Manchester City Council from Wakefield Council where she had been chief executive since 2008.

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David Regan

Executive Director of Population Health and Wellbeing, Manchester City Council

David was appointed as Director of Public Health for Manchester in May 2010 and has worked in the city for over 30 years.  During this time he has managed frontline services at the old Withington Hospital site before taking up his first public health post at Manchester Health Authority.  He then established and led the Manchester Joint Health Unit funded by both the NHS and the Council set up to tackle health inequalities in Manchester.

David originates from Liverpool and still retains his passion for Liverpool FC despite the success of the two Manchester clubs over the past 30 years.

Nick Gomm, Director of Corporate Affairs

Nick Gomm

Director of Corporate Affairs

As Director of Corporate Affairs, Nick’s role is a varied one. He leads MHCC’s Corporate Governance and Communications and Engagement functions, as well as programme managing a number of initiatives with voluntary and community sector organisations in the city. Nick begun his working life with the Citizens Advice Bureau, initially volunteering before taking up a paid role as a debt adviser. He then worked for Manchester City Council, establishing a welfare rights service in North Manchester for people with severe and enduring mental health needs. He has worked in the NHS for 15 years, firstly setting up South Manchester Primary Care Trust’s PALS service and then carrying out a number of different roles within health commissioning organisations in Manchester.

Nick is married with 2 sons, aged 11 and 13, and their miniature poodle, Rocky. He enjoys running, playing football, reading, and listening to music which none of his family seem to be that keen on.

Michelle Irvine, Director of Performance and Quality Improvement for MHCC.

Michelle Irvine

Director of Performance and Quality Improvement

Michelle is our Director of Performance and Quality Improvement.  Her role is to ensure our providers of commissioned services deliver high quality care within NHS and Adult Social Care national frameworks.  Michelle has work for the NHS for her entire working career across many national and regional roles.  She spent 3 years in Northern Ireland, leading a national change programme to reduce waiting times for hospital treatment.  Her passion is on improvement and keeping patients at the heart of everything we do.

She lives in Heaton Moor with her 19 year old daughter Maisy and enjoys meeting with friends for Cheshire country walks and a good pub lunch.  Scotland is still home for Michelle and family events take her back on a regular basis.

Sharmila Kar, Director of Workforce and Organisational Development for MHCC.

Sharmila Kar

Director of Workforce and Organisational Development

Sharmila is the Director of Workforce and Organisational Development for MHCC. Sharmila has worked in a wide range of organisations across the public and not for profit sector undertaking a portfolio of workforce, OD, HR, Inclusion, Equality and Human Rights.

Prior to joining the NHS in Manchester Sharmila was Director of HR& OD at Nacro, a large charity in England and Wales dedicated to reducing crime. She has also headed up the HR & OD functions in the Equality and Human Rights Commission and the Disability Rights Commission.

Sharmila is also a volunteer Trustee at the LGBT Foundation and has previously served on the board of Amnesty International UK.

Originally from West Bengal, India Sharmila now lives in her adopted city of Manchester along with her partner.

Sharmila likes travelling, spending time with family and friends and generally chilling out…!


Claire Yarwood, Chief Finance Officer for MHCC.

Claire Yarwood

Chief Finance Officer

Claire joined MHCC in 2018 from Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care Foundation Trust where she was the Director of Finance for over three years.

Claire has worked in finance and the Greater Manchester Health community all of her career within both provider and commissioning settings.

In her previous role as Finance Director for Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care Foundation Trust, she achieved the financial plan for the last three years including the Trust efficiency programme of over £10m savings in 2017/18.

Claire is married and has two girls of whom she is very proud. She enjoys spending time with her family and friends, especially eating out with them, and loves walks on the beach in Anglesey.

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