Our Governing Body

Our governing body is led by local GPs, healthcare experts and lay members.

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 centred 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). He’s a proficient cyclist and, in his childhood, a less proficient ice skater.

Ian Williamson

Ian Williamson

Chief Accountable Officer

Having led NHS organisations in the North West for more than nine years, Ian’s role as 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.

Grenville Page

Grenville Page

Lay 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.

Chris Jeffries

Chris Jeffries

Lay Member, Finance and Audit

Chris worked within the NHS as a workforce director before retirement, and as a finance director before that. His role is to ensure the CCG spends its money wisely, getting the best for the population of Manchester, and that it does so transparently. Chris has travelled in the former USSR, is a keen hillwalker and has kayaked across Loch Aish to Skye.

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

Joanne Newton

Izhar Chaudhary

Chief Finance Officer (Interim)

Dr Denis Colligan

Dr Denis Colligan

GP Board Member - North Manchester

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.

Dr Faizan Ahmed

GP Board member - Central Manchester

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 Board Member - South Manchester

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].

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.

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.