Our Board

Dr Ruth Bromley, Chair of MHCC Board.

Dr Ruth Bromley


Ruth was appointed as Chair of the MHCC Board in July 2018.  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 and 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!

Councillor Bev Craig, Deputy Chair of the Board for Manchester Health and Care Commissioning.

Cllr Bev Craig

Deputy Chair and 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.

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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 Manisha Kumar, Executive Clinical Director.

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.

Dr Murugesan Raja, GP Board Member for MHCC

Dr Murugesan Raja

GP Board Member

Dr Murugesan Raja was appointed to the board in July 2018. He has been the Clinical Lead for Respiratory Medicine for Central Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) since 2014 and with Manchester Health and Care Commissioning (MHCC) since inauguration. He also leads clinically for Quality and Performance.

Raja is a committed GP whose keen interest is to reduce health inequalities, by tackling the wider social determinants of health. He is a GP trainer for the Greater Manchester Deprivation Focussed GP Speciality Training Programme (GPST) and works with Hope Citadel at Hawthorn Medical Centre in Levenshulme. He leads on improving the quality of Health Care and Respiratory Medicine across all domains and now oversees it in Greater Manchester.

His free time is usually spent with family and busy with activities related to the local church.

GP Claire Lake

Dr Claire Lake

GP Board Member

Claire was appointed to the board in December 2018, and is the GP Board Member for South Manchester. A five session GP based at The Maples Medical Centre in Wythenshawe, she has also retained roles as GP Clinical Lead for Sepsis and GP Clinical Lead for Learning Disabilities and Autism.

A keen runner, she lives in South Manchester with her husband and two young children, with whom she loves spending her free time.

Dr Dennis Colligan, GP Board Member

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 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.

Atiha Chaudry, Chair of the Public and Patient Advisory Committee and lay member for Manchester Health and Care Commissioning,

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.

Chris Jeffries, Lay Member for Audit and Finance, Manchester Health and Care Commissioning.

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.

Christine Pearson, Board Nurse for Manchester Health and Care Commissioning

Christine Pearson

Board Nurse

Chris is a Registered General Nurse and District Nurse with experience in a variety of clinical settings and has worked in acute hospitals, community and primary care throughout her NHS career. She has held management positions as well as roles within education and professional development. She is currently employed as Chief Nurse at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust, where she provides professional leadership to employed nurses, midwives and Allied Health Professionals and has executive lead for a number of areas.

She has a passion for ensuring that care delivered is of high quality and is harm free and those patients and their families are at the centre of that care.

As a former Florence Nightingale Leadership Scholar she has had the opportunity to explore safe nursing and midwifery staffing both nationally and internationally.

Chris lives in North Manchester and has two grown up children. In her spare time she enjoys running, yoga and pilates.

Bernie Enright, Director of Strategic Commissioning/Director of Adult Social Services, Manchester City Council

Bernie Enright

Director of Strategic Commissioning/Director of Adult Social Services, Manchester City Council

Bernie has been working in social care for over 30 years, beginning her social work career in Hope Hospital, Salford in 1984, from where she went on to work within a wide range of service areas.

In 2016, she took on the role of Director of Social Care and transferred, along with 440 adult social care staff, from Salford City Council into an Integrated Care Organisation hosted by Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust.

In 2018 she moved to Manchester as Director of Adult Services in Manchester Local Care Organisation (MLCO), joining them on the exciting journey of integrating health and social care.

Bernie has always had a person-centred, asset based, approach which keeps people at the heart of everything we do. She firmly believes that working collaboratively, thinking differently and – most importantly – developing and supporting staff, will enable us to make improvements to the health and wellbeing of citizens, supporting them to have better outcomes in their lives.

Bernie is now the Executive Director of Adult Social Services. She is employed by Manchester City Council, sits on the senior management team in the Council, and is deployed into MLCO. Bernie also represents Adult Social Care in MHCC.

Bernie was born in Rusholme and is a proud Mancunian. In her spare time, she enjoys cooking, swimming, and spending time with her friends and family.

Joanne Roney, Chief Executive, Manchester City Council

Joanne Roney OBE

Chief Executive, Manchester City Council

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.

Garry Bridges

Councillor Garry Bridges

Executive Councillor, Manchester City Council

Cllr Gary Bridges is Manchester City Councillor for Old Moat and the executive member for children and schools.

Claire Yarwood, Chief Finance Officer for MHCC.

Claire Yarwood

Chief Finance Officer

Claire joined MHCC in 2018 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.

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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

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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