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Ann Barnes was appointed Chief Executive of Stockport NHS Foundation Trust in January 2013.
The Trust runs Stepping Hill Hospital as well as community health services and other specialist units in Stockport. She is responsible for a £303 million annual budget and the treatment and care of over 580,000 patients a year. The organisation has around 5000 staff and is the second largest employer in Stockport.
Ann joined Stockport NHS Foundation Trust in 2000 as Director of Operations. She has worked in the NHS since 1979 at both regional and local level.
Sir Howard Bernstein is the former Chief Executive of Manchester City Council (1998 – 2017) and former Head of Paid Service for the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (2011-2017).
He has driven Manchester’s regeneration, through strong public/private sector partnerships.
Key achievements include a leading role in: renewal of the centre following the 1996 terrorist bombing; securing Manchester as Host City for the highly successful 2002 Commonwealth Games; introduction of Metrolink and its on-going expansion across the connurbation; establishment of Manchester Airport plc in the mid-1980’s and its recent expansion; public sector reform, including the establishment of GM Combined Authority.
In 2014 he led negotiations with Government to secure a historic and groundbreaking Devolution Agreement for Greater Manchester. He also led the development of a Memorandum of Understanding between GM local authorities, NHS England and the GM CCGs to secure the devolution of health and social care funding in Greater Manchester.
External appointments include Deputy Chair of the HS2 Growth Task Force; Non-Executive Chair of Manchester Academic Health Science Centre.
Since retirement from Manchester City Council Sir Howard has taken up several strategic consultancy roles, including one with the University of Manchester and another with Deloitte LLP
Sir Howard Bernstein was knighted for his services in 2003.
Sir David has been an NHS Chief Executive for over 22 years, serving at Salford Royal since 2001.
In April 2016, Sir David was appointed Group Chief Executive of the Northern Care Alliance NHS Group, which brings together staff and services of Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. The Alliance provides the benefits of scale but delivers this locally through multiple sites. It serves a population of over 1 million people across local communities bringing together over 17,000 staff, managing over 2,000 hospital beds and an operating budget of £1.3 billion.
Sir David was knighted in the 2014 New Year’s Honours for his services to Healthcare. During 2013 he was a member of the ‘Berwick Review Group’, which advised on patient safety improvements for England. He co-chaired a review of the ‘duty of candour’ in 2014 to support openness in reporting harmful events. In 2014 he advised the Secretary of State on the opportunities for providers of NHS care, including the publication of the ‘Dalton Review’ which recommended actions to assure the delivery of high quality healthcare through sustainable organisations.
Sir David is currently developing a new integrated care service (hospital, community, primary and social care) for the city of Salford, with its triple aim of improved population health outcomes, better user experience and lower cost. Under David’s leadership, Salford Royal has adopted a disciplined approach of applied ‘improvement science’ coupled with deep staff involvement. He is now developing the concept of ‘standardisation of best practice’ by creating a digital enterprise and seeking to apply this at scale, across multiple organisations.
He was founder chair of AQuA, NHS Quest and most recently, Haelo: each of which support organisations in their improvement activities. He established NWeHealth and currently services on the national review group advising the Secretary of State on IT and digital developments. He is Vice Chair of the Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network – with the twin purpose of improving population health and creating a new relationship with industry across Greater Manchester. He is a Governor of the Health Foundation.
Dr. Kiran Patel is the Chair and Clinical Lead of Bury CCG and the Greater Manchester Association of Clinical Commissioning Groups. Dr. Patel is a Principal GP at Greenmount Medical Centre. Graduating in 1988 from the University of Manchester, he worked in a number of hospitals across Greater Manchester prior to commencing work in Bury in 1993. Dr. Patel first became a partner at Greenmount Medical Centre in 1996. The practice concentrates on providing integrated high quality care to its patients and it was recognised in 2011 with the prestigious Quality Practice Award from the Royal College of General Practitioners. Dr. Patel has been a GP trainer since 1999, investing time to train both GPs and medical students in their professional development
Dr Patel took the role of the Association Clinical Chair in 2016
Jon was appointed as Chief Officer for Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership in July 2016 to coordinate the delivery of Greater Manchester’s strategy for the transformation of health and care services ‘Taking Charge Together’ as part of the wider devolution plans for public service reform.
Previously, Jon was Director General for Social Care, Local Government and Care Partnerships at the Department of Health. Other roles include Chief Executive, London Borough of Croydon; Chief Executive, Housing Corporation; Chief Executive, Commission for Architecture and the Built Environment.
Jon is a passionate advocate for life sciences and feels strongly that the research and evidence of the determinants of health are used to inform policy and change.
Peter Smith was born in Leigh in 1945. After the London School of Economics, Peter was a lecturer at Walbrook College, London, and Manchester College of Art and Technology in Manchester. In 1982 he obtained an MSc in Urban Studies at Salford University and was appointed an Honorary Doctor of Laws at Manchester Metropolitan University in 2012. He is married to Joy and has one daughter, Anna.
Peter Smith was elected to Wigan Council in 1978 and was Chairman of Finance from 1983 to 1991 when he became Leader of the Council. In 2011 he was made a Freeman of the Borough to mark his 20 years as Leader. In June 2000 he was elected Chairman of the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities and in 2011 Chair of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority. He is currently leading on Health Devolution.
Peter was a director Manchester Airport from 1986 to 2010 and is a past chairman.
Peter is active at the national, regional and sub-regional levels of local government. He was appointed as trustee of Leadership Centre for Local Government and has been appointed Chair from March 2010. He is also the vice-chairman of the Special Interest Group for Municipal Authorities (SIGOMA). At the regional level Peter has been Chairman of the North West Regional Assembly and chair of the Executive Board of the NWRA until he was appointed to the Board of the NWDA in November 2008.
In his free time, Peter enjoys gardening, reading (particularly political biographies) and relaxing with friends. He is a keen jazz fan and enjoys most sport but especially Rugby League. In June 1999 he was created a Life Peer with the title Lord Smith of Leigh. In Parliament he takes particular interest in local government, health and transport matters.
Roger was appointed Chief Executive at The Christie in March 2015, having previously worked as Interim Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer.
Roger has managed significant service developments including satellite radiotherapy & chemotherapy centres across Greater Manchester, transforming delivery of Christie services to an outpatient model. He directed the establishment of Christie partnerships for pharmacy, pathology, specialist diagnostic services and private patients & our academic investment plan. Roger leads for Greater Manchester in the National Cancer Vanguard developing & testing new models of care. In 2016 Roger led the Trust to a CQC Outstanding rating and is in the top 15 chief executives ranked by the HSJ in 2017. Roger leads the Christie in delivering the first national Proton Therapy service in the UK, operational in 2018.
Roger holds an MBA, an honours degree in Nursing Studies, is a Registered Nurse and is an independent director of Southway Housing Trust.
Roger previously worked at Salford Royal, East Lancashire Hospitals & Greater Manchester SHA
Ian Greer MD FRCP(Glas) FRCPE FRCP FRCPI FFSRH FCCP FRCOG FMedSci
Ian is Vice-President of the University of Manchester, and Dean, of the Faculty of Biology, Medicine & Health. He is the Director of the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre and Chief Academic Officer for Health Innovation Manchester. He chairs the UK Regenerative Medicine Platform Board, which strategically funds regenerative medicine in the UK. In addition he chairs the Northern Health Science Alliance (NHSA), a collaborative partnership of the eight North of England research intensive universities, their partner NHS Hospitals, and the four Northern Academic Health Sciences Networks, which delivers inward investment for biomedical and health research, and economic growth. He is also Chair of the Scientific Advisory Board for the UK Antimicrobial Resistance Research and Development Centre.
Previously, he was Pro Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Health & Life Sciences in the University of Liverpool (2010-15), and Provost (Research) (2013-15). Positions prior to these include Dean, Hull York Medical School, Regius Professor of Obstetrics & Gynaecology & Deputy Dean of Medicine in the University of Glasgow, and Clinical Scientist at the MRC Reproductive Biology Unit/Consultant Obstetrician at the Royal Infirmary of Edinburgh. He was Chair of the National Advisory Committee for Enquiries into Maternal Health in the UK, from 2005-11. He has been Chair of the Women’s Health issues in Thrombosis and Haemostasis biannual conferences (2005-2017), and currently co-chairs the International Society of Thrombosis & Hemostasis Women’s Health Scientific Subcommittee.
He trained in both Internal Medicine and Obstetrics & Gynaecology in Edinburgh and Glasgow. Major awards include the MRCOG Gold Medal, William Blair Bell Memorial Lectureship of the RCOG, Bernhard Baron Travelling Scholarship of the RCOG, and the Watson Prize Lectureship of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Glasgow.
Throughout his career he has focused on haemostasis & thrombosis and obstetric medicine. He has authored, co-authored, or edited 12 textbooks (including textbooks on Obstetric Haematology and Women’s Vascular Health), and two more for a wider public audience. He has led or contributed to 28 national or international guidelines mostly on thrombosis and hemostasis. He has published over 400 peer-reviewed original papers, review articles, and book chapters.
Malcolm Press was appointed as Vice-Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University in 2015, having previously held positions at the Universities of Birmingham, Sheffield, Manchester and UCL.
Malcolm is an ecologist with over 200 publications covering the impacts of climate and environmental change, tropical rain forest ecology, and subsistence farming in sub-Saharan Africa. He has studied plants and environments in a diverse range of ecosystems from the tropics to the high Arctic.
Malcolm is currently a trustee of the Royal Botanic Gardens Kew and WWF-UK. He is also a member of the Council of the All-Party Parliamentary University Group and HEFCE’s Strategic Advisory Committee on Leadership, Governance and Management. Previously, he has served as president of the British Ecological Society, a council member of the National Trust, a council member of the Society of Biology, and as a REF panel deputy chair.
Within Greater Manchester, Malcolm sits on the boards of Health Innovation Manchester, Corridor Manchester, and Manchester Science Partnerships.
Rowena is the executive chair for Health Innovation Manchester with an approach to drive growth, which involves extensive joint working with the City’s universities, major hospitals, and industry partners. Rowena is also a board member of the Corridor Manchester, a unique collaboration which is driving the continued growth of Manchester’s knowledge quarter and innovation ecosystem
RBS regional managing director Richard Topliss is the chair of The Growth Company. Richard has been based in the North West since 2000, originally running the corporate and commercial banking division of RBS in North Lancashire and Cumbria. He has more than three decades worth of experience in corporate banking and is responsible for a team of 328 staff, looking after businesses with turnover in excess of £2m across the North of England and North Wales.
In his role at RBS, Richard is a member of the National Leadership team and chair of the Regional Management team for the North, working closely with the North West’s Local Enterprise Partnerships. He has experience working directly with the public sector and local authorities such as Manchester City Council, with whom he has helped to establish a funding hub for social inclusion. In addition to his local authority experience, Richard is also directly engaged with the local business community as an active member of the CBI council in the North West and the North West Business Leadership Team.