Our governing body

The NHS Manchester CCG Governing Body is made up of our Chief Accountable Officer, GPs and other health care professionals and lay member representatives.

Their role is to ensure that we function effectively and economically. The majority of the CCG’s responsibilities have been delegated to the MHCC Board following the adoption of the MHCC Partnership Agreement between NHS Manchester CCG and Manchester City Council in April 2017. However the CCG, through its Governing Body, retains some statutory responsibilities, which are:

  • ensuring that the CCG has appropriate arrangements in place to exercise its functions effectively, efficiently and economically and in accordance with the CCG’s principles of good governance (its main function);
  • determining the remuneration, fees and other allowances payable to employees
  • or other persons providing services to the CCG and the allowances payable under any pension scheme it may establish.

The Governing Body also has responsibility for:

  • approving any decision taken by the Commissioning Board to enter into the Partnership Agreement; and, if it considers it appropriate, initiate and approve the CCG’s exit from the Partnership Agreement;
  • approving any recommendation made by the Commissioning Board to change the CCG’s overarching scheme of reservation and delegation;
  • proposing to the members any amendments to this constitution.

Further information can be found in section four of our constitution.

Governing body meetings

The Governing Body meets as and when it’s required, but as a minimum meets once annually. For details of how and when these take place see our Governing Body meetings and papers page.

Governing Body members

Our Governing Body members and their roles are listed below.

Dr Ruth Bromley


Ruth has been with MHCC since its inauguration and has been Chair since July 2018. She has broad experience of health and social care across Greater Manchester.

Alongside her responsibilities as Chair, she is Clinical Lead for Homelessness for the city and Chair of the Greater Manchester Homeless Health Group. She is a GP in Wythenshawe and has a career-long interest in children’s health, including complex safeguarding. She sits on the Greater Manchester Children’s Health & Well-being Board and is part of the Children & Young People’s Steering Group, helping to co-ordinate plans for recovery from Covid across our city region.

Away from MHCC, Ruth is the lead for Ethics and Law at Manchester Medical School and is a Trustee for the Institute of Medical Ethics. Ruth is an extremely proud Mancunian, raising her own family in South Manchester. Her hobbies include running, singing & disco-dancing. 

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.

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.

Chris Jeffries

Lay Member, Finance and Audit

Chris Jeffries is the lay member for finance and audit, which includes chairing these committees. His role is to give professional oversight as a lay member and as a qualified accountant of finance and audit issues in the organisation.

Chris retired from the NHS after 30 years, including 25 at director level. He is finance trustee for MCR HOME and finance director of Stockport Plaza Theatre Trust. He is a listening Samaritan volunteer, is involved in suicide prevention activities and is also a climate activist.

Outside of his voluntary activities, Chris does lots of hill walking and tennis and has a wide range of interests including film, theatre, art, architecture and philosophy.

Atiha Chaudry

Lay Member, Patient and Public Involvement

Atiha became the Chair of Central Manchester CCG’s PPAG in June 2015. As the Director of Equal Access Consultancy which she set up 13 years ago, her areas of specialism include research, consultancy in economic and community regeneration, equality and diversity and the community and voluntary sector. Atiha has lived and worked in Manchester for over 20 years and has, and continues to give much of her time to voluntary and community activity. Atiha is currently undertaking the following roles, to name but a few: Chair of The Greater Manchester BME Network, Justice of the Peace on the Stockport Bench, Vice Chair of the Manchester Settlement and Board Member of Greater Manchester Centre for Voluntary Organisation

Dr Denis Colligan

GP Board Member

Denis has been a GP in Collyhurst for 20 years, at Whitley Road Medical Centre. He is also a referral triage clinician, looking at paediatrics. Denis was involved in local NHS management throughout the lifetime of the PCT and before that as a GP fundholder; he has also been a Local Medical Committee member since 2001. His Board responsibilities include long term conditions and planned care.

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.