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.


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 two 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

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 three 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

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…!