Our Board

Dr Philip Burns

Dr Philip Burns


Philip has been a GP for 20 years, 10 of which have been spent in South Manchester. He’s involved in training GPs and medical students in a part-time role at the University of Manchester. His role at the CCG is centered around engaging with patients to hear their needs, suggestions and different perspectives, and applying this to improve the quality of primary care (GPs, pharmacists, optometrists).

Philip studied medicine at Liverpool University and did his GP vocational training in and around his home town of Middlesborough.

Philip describes himself as a keen Francophile and has recently learnt the language. He also enjoys yoga and is a proficient cyclist.

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 Faizan Ahmed

GP Member

Faizan grew up in Longsight going on to graduate from The University of Manchester. He trained as a GP before joining a practice in Moss Side. He was commended by the Royal College of General Practitioners for his focus on patients and teamwork to achieve admirable results in one of the city’s most deprived inner-city areas. He is currently Managing Partner at Manchester Medical and Fitness to Practise Tribunal Member at the Medical Practitioners Tribunal Service.

Faizan is married to a fellow medic from Crumpsall. They have a little daughter who they are home schooling together.  He serves as a Trustee for a number of charitable organisations.


Dr Ruth Bromley

GP Member

Ruth is our GP Board Member for South Manchester. As a lead clinician, Ruth’s role involves working with health and social care colleagues and sharing communication to and from Board.

She leads on ‘Neighbourhoods’, which involves the transformation of Primary Care as we consolidate the principles of Devolution. She is responsible for investments in Children’s services and leads clinically on Homelessness. Other areas of keen interest include the broader remits of Inclusion Health and Safeguarding. She also sits on the Greater Manchester Children’s Wellbeing Board.

When not working at MHCC, Ruth is a salaried GP in Wythenshawe, a GP Appraiser and the Lead for Ethics & Law at Manchester Medical School.

She is an extremely proud Mancunian, who is now raising her own family in South Manchester. Her hobbies include singing in 2 choirs, disco dancing and playing guitar [badly but enthusiastically].


Atiha Chaudry

Lay Member, Patient and Public Involvement

Dr Denis Colligan

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.

Cllr Bev Craig

Executive Member for Health at Manchester Council

Bev grew up just outside Belfast, moving to Manchester for University in 2003 and making it her home.After graduating from the University of Manchester, she started work for Blackburn with Darwen Council as part of the National graduate Development Programme, alongside a Postgraduate Diploma in Local Government Management. She also holds an MRES in Public Policy and Governance. Bev has gone on to work in higher Education and for a public sector trade union leading on social care.

Bev was elected to represent Burnage in 2011 and has held a number of roles as an Assistant Executive Member and Chair of Health Scrutiny, before becoming Executive Member for Adults, Health and Wellbeing in May 2017. Her political priorities include improving health outcomes for Manchester people, through the integration of social care and health, better mental health services and making sure support is there when people need it.

Bev lives in Burnage with her partner and dog, and likes to (try to) play football, hockey, tennis and cycling, enjoying good food along the way.

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 Carolyn Kus

Executive Director of Strategic Commissioning

Carolyn is the Executive Director of Strategic Commissioning.  Previously at Northamptonshire County Council where she was Corporate Director for People Commissioning (and Director of Adult Social Services).

A social worker by profession, Carolyn has 14 years of senior management experience in local government and is a very experienced Director of Adult Social Services with a Doctorate in business administration.  Carolyn has a strong track record of delivering transformation through partnerships and is driven by a desire to “make every contact count”.

Cllr Sue Murphy

Executive Councillor

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.

Joanne Newton

Chief Finance Officer

Joanne is a qualified accountant with more than 26 years’ experience of working within the NHS in Greater Manchester. Having worked as Director of Finance for NHS Heywood Middleton and Rochdale for nearly 10 years, Joanne then joined NHS Manchester. Her previous NHS career has been based in Oldham and Tameside where she held various positions with the finance departments of Acute, Mental Health and Community services. Joanne is married and has two daughters.

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.

Susan Aitkenhead

Board Nurse

Susan Aitkenhead is Director of Nursing, Professional Development at NHS England. She is a registered nurse with extensive clinical, operational and strategic experience in delivering healthcare across a variety of settings, with previous Director of Nursing roles at board level both within the UK and overseas.

She has also worked in a variety of national policy roles such as at the Department of Health providing advice and support to ministers and policy officials across central government departments, and in professional regulation at the Nursing and Midwifery Council.

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