Our Board

Dr Ruth Bromley, Chair

Ruth was recently (July 2018) appointed as Chair of the MHCC Board.  Alongside her responsibilities as Chair she continues to retain her role as Clinical Lead for Homelessness for the city.

Part of MHCC since its inauguration in April 2017, Ruth led on Neighbourhood Transformation at board level. She has a career-long interest in children’s health, in particular safeguarding and is a Portfolio GP, practising clinically in Wythenshawe.

Ruth is the lead for Ethics & Law at Manchester Medical School and is also a Trustee for the Institute of Medical Ethics.

Ruth is an extremely proud Mancunian, raising her own family in South Manchester. Her hobbies include singing in two choirs and running a disco on Twitter!

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.

Dr Murugesan Raja

GP Member

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Atiha Chaudry

Lay Member, Patient and Public Involvement

Atiha Chaudry is the Lay Member for Public and Patient which includes chairing the Patient and Public Advisory Group that reports to the MHCC board. She is also a member of several MHCC committees and working groups to represent the interests of patients and public.

She is a resident of Manchester and has lived and worked in the City for over twenty five years. She has been involved in community development for a significant period and continues to actively support the voluntary and community sector. Her time is divided between her paid work which spans across research and consultancy and in her various roles in the community which include being a Trustee for the Greater Manchester Council for Voluntary Organisations, chair of the GM BME Network and Associate for the Manchester BME Network. She is also a Justice of the Peace and a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater Manchester.

Atiha is passionate about the involvement and engagement of patients in the provision of high quality health and care services. She is committed to the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion in the design and delivery of services. It’s important that an independent perspective is brought in to ensure that the views of patients and citizens are heard at all levels and services truly reflect the needs of local people.

She lives in Levenshulme with her family.

Dr Denis Colligan

GP 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 former Primary Care Trust and before that as a GP fundholder; he has also been a Local Medical Committee member from November 1992 until July 2005.

Joanne Roney OBE

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.

Chris Jeffries

Chris Jeffries

Lay Board Member, Audit and Finance

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, finance director of Stockport Plaza Theatre Trust and a trustee for Carers Trust Greater Manchester. He is also a listening Samaritan volunteer, and the North West lead for Samaritan partnerships.

Chris is married with three grown up children and lives in Cheadle Hulme. 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.

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.

Cllr Bev Craig

Executive Member for Adult Health and Wellbeing

Cllr Craig is a Manchester City Councillor for Burnage, the lead on LGBT Issues, a Board Member at Southway Housing Trust, a School Governor and a community activist.

An experienced trade union organiser, leading on the coordination of Activist Development work in the Northern UK, having previously lead on the Union’s private care sector, focusing on member organising and recruitment in private care sector.

Previously Cllr Craig worked in local government specialising in Equality, cohesion, youth services and regeneration before moving to the Higher Education Sector. She then joined the University of Manchester and MMU as the Off Campus Student Affairs Manager, in post from it’s inception, becoming a specialist in HEI Off Campus issues and community relations, followed by the Public Engagement Manager for MMU leading on communications and public engagement activities.

Cllr Sue Murphy

Deputy Leader

Sue is Deputy Leader of the Council, and has held that position since 2010. Her current responsibilities include Public Service Reform, international links, social inclusion and equalities. She is a Labour and Co-operative Party Councillor, representing Brooklands Ward in Wythenshawe.

Sue is a Deputy Chairman of the Local Government Association, and Deputy Chair of the Labour Group. She is also Chair of the LTE Group, which includes The Manchester College, Total People who provide apprenticeships) and Novus, the largest provider of education in prisons in England.

Before being elected as a member of Manchester City Council in 1995, Sue’s previous jobs include working for a newspaper, and for a Member of the European Parliament. In her spare time, Sue enjoys reading, sewing, travelling and is a lifelong Manchester City fan.

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.

Grenville Page

Lay Board Member, Governance

Grenville’s professional background is in accountancy and audit. He has worked in the public, private and charitable sectors and has a long association with the NHS, having worked for West Pennine Health Authority 15 years prior to joining the CCG. Away from his professional interests, he is a keen photographer and motorsport enthusiast.

Dr Peter Williams

Secondary Care Doctor

A consultant physician and nephrologist, Peter has been Medical Director of a Liverpool hospital trust since 2008. His role is to provide insight into the performance of our secondary care providers, with a focus on patient safety. He is a keen skier and cyclist.

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