Our Governing Body

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

Dr Philip Burns

Dr Philip Burns

Chair

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

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.


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


Dr Ruth Bromley

GP Board Member - South Manchester

Ruth is the Clinical Lead for Planned Care and Safeguarding at South Manchester CCG. She is a GP in Wythenshawe, a GP Appraiser and the Lead for Ethics & Law at Manchester Medical School. In her spare time, she plays guitar and sings in two choirs and a band.


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.