Executives and directors

Ian Williamson

Chief Accountable Officer

Ian has been Chief Accountable Officer at MHCC since 2017. Before this, he led the Greater Manchester devolution programme as well as being Chief Officer of central Manchester CCG. Ian joined the NHS in 1988 and has worked in the North West for 30 years. The purpose of his job role is to lead MHCC in improving the health and well-being of the Manchester population.

Ian has been Chief Accountable Officer at MHCC since 2017. Before this, he led the Greater Manchester devolution programme as well as being Chief Officer of central Manchester CCG. Ian joined the NHS in 1988 and has worked in the North West for 30 years. The purpose of his job role is to lead MHCC in improving the health and well-being of the Manchester population.

Having cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats and climbed Mount Kilimanjaro in his youth, Ian now enjoys running, supporting Bolton Wanderers and spending time with his family.


Claire Yarwood

Chief Finance Officer

Claire recently (June 2018) joined MHCC 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.


Joanne Roney OBE

Chief Executive, Manchester City Council

Joanne has been the Chief Executive of Manchester City Council since April 2017. During the last years she has dealt with a number of unprecedented events including the Manchester Arena Bomb and the Covid-19 pandemic.

Joanne is the lead Chief Executive for skills across Greater Manchester and has extensive public sector experience in economic growth, housing and local government. Joanne is currently driving the Council through fundamental changes to the Health and Social Care sector. 

Since 2020 Joanne has been President of the Society for Chief Executives (SOLACE). She was awarded the OBE for services to local government in 2009.  


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.


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.


David Regan

Director of Population Health and Nursing

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.