Executives and directors

Dr Manisha Kumar

Medical 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 where she still practises one day a week and is a GP Trainer.

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. What I was seeing was wider than just health – it was the impact of poverty, displacement, unemployment; the challenge we have is in how we can influence the system and the wider determinants of health.”

Manisha took on a locality lead role for Hulme, Moss side and Rusholme in 2014 – looking at neighbourhood working and working with key communities such as Asylum seekers. She has been Medical Director at Central Manchester CCG and now Manchester Health and Care Commissioning since 2017.

Manisha, who is originally from London, is married to an optician and she has a 12 year old daughter called Cara. In her spare time, Manisha enjoys spending time with friends and family, musical theatre and travelling.


Kate Provan

Deputy Director of Quality

Kate is our Deputy Director of Quality. Since joining MHCC in 2009, Kate has worked to improve the safety and quality of services. She is passionate about equality and inclusion and is the patient safety specialist for MHCC.

Kate has a diverse clinical background. Starting her career in the care home sector, she went on to specialise in mental health nursing, physical rehabilitation then cancer and palliative care services.

Originally from Wellington New Zealand, Kate and her two children now call Manchester home. In the summer Kate enjoys playing softball and in the winter you can find her out for walks with friends, at the theatre or on a new adventure with her children. 


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, Organisational Development (OD), Human Resources (HR), Inclusion, Equality and Human Rights.

Prior to joining the NHS in Manchester Sharmila was Director of HR and OD at Nacro, a large charity in England and Wales dedicated to reducing crime. She has also headed up the HR and 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…!