CCG Governing Body members


Dr. Kiran Patel 
Chair and Clinical Lead

Dr. Kiran Patel is the Chair and Clinical Lead of the CCG.  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. 


Stuart North 
Chief Officer and Accountable Officer

Stuart North is the Chief Officer and Accountable Officer of the CCG.  Stuart was previously the Director of Finance and Contracts for NHS Bury, a role which he fulfilled from August 2010 until the CCG took over leadership of the NHS in Bury.  Stuart is committed to health services having worked in the NHS for over 30 years. An accountant by profession, Stuart has a wealth of experience, having previously been Director of Finance at East Cheshire NHS Trust and Associate Director of Finance at Central Manchester and Manchester Children's Hospitals NHS Trust.


Margaret O'Dwyer
Director of Commissioning and Business Delivery / Deputy Chief Officer

Margaret O’Dwyer is the CCG’s Deputy Chief Officer and Director of Commissioning and Business Delivery.  Margaret joined the CCG in May 2015.  She has worked within the NHS for over 30 years and is firmly committed to the values the NHS stands for.  Margaret has held various commissioning roles during her career, and has broad experience in many areas including contracting and specialised commissioning, primary care commissioning, independent funding requests, continuing health care and other primary care areas including dental and pharmacy contracts.  During her time working in Salford she worked across commissioning and public health and was involved in the transfer of public health functions to the Local Authority, and in transforming community services.  Margaret joined NHS England in 2013 as Deputy Director of Assurance and Delivery and became the Director in April 2014, here she developed the arrangements for CCG assurance at a time when these new organisations were forming. 

Mike Woodhead

Mike Woodhead
Acting Chief Finance Officer

Mr Mike Woodhead was appointed to the role of Acting Chief Finance Officer from 1st June 2016.

Mike has worked in the NHS and public sector since 1986.  Mike first joined NHS Bury CCG in the early part of 2015, taking up the role of Interim Associate Chief Finance Officer. This became a permanent role in the early part of 2016.  From June 2016, Mike has stepped into the role of Acting Chief Finance Officer.  During these challenging times in the NHS, Mike's main goal is to continue to strengthen the CCG’s and Bury Locality’s financial footing as we navigate the complexities of integrated health and social care and the transformation agenda.  A strong financial position is one of the foundations to delivering improved health services and outcomes to local people and Mike and his team are committed to helping make a difference.


Dr. Cathy Fines 
Clinical Lead

Dr. Cathy Fines is a Clinical Director on the Governing Body, is the executive lead for Safeguarding and Clinical Lead for Women & Children.  Cathy also is the GP Lead for Safeguarding within the CCG which is an operational role.

Cathy is a GP Partner at the Uplands Medical Practice in Whitefield and has been since May 2004.  Cathy completed her post graduate medical training at both NMGH and FGH and her GP training at the Uplands Medical Practice.

She represents NHS Bury CCG on Bury Childrens Safeguarding Board, Bury Adult Safeguarding Board and Bury Corporate Parenting Panel.


Howard Hughes 
Clinical Lead

Howard Hughes is a Clinical Lead on the CCG Governing Body.  His role for the CCG focuses on quality and infrastructure and he has recently taken on responsibility as clinical lead for QIPP.  Howard is a community pharmacist, qualifying in 1984, he has worked in a number of pharmacy roles over the years from pharmacy manager through to being the owner of a chain of pharmacies.  Since 1987 he has worked in Prestwich, currently fulfilling the role of Director and Chair of Prestwich Pharmacy Limited, and since 2006 he has been the Managing Director of another pharmacy in Burnley.  In addition to his pharmaceutical interests, Howard has an interest in drug misuse and sexual health.  He sat on the former Professional Executive Committee of NHS Bury until 2011 and has been Chairman of the Bury and Rochdale Local Pharmaceutical Committee for a number of years.  Howard is a qualified Pharmacist Pre-Registration tutor and exam question writer. 


Clinical Lead - recruitment pending. 


Catherine Jackson
Executive Board Nurse

Catherine Jackson is the Executive Board Nurse on the Governing Body.  Board Nurse positions on CCG Governing Body's are filled by Nurses who come from out of the area.  Catherine’s full time role is as a Nurse Clinician working in a general practice in Stockport.  Catherine qualified as a nurse in 1989, and before joining general practice, she worked in a number of areas including intensive care and specialist renal (kidney) care.  Since 1996 Catherine has worked in general practice, joining a GP practice in Cheshire initially.  She studied for her MSc in 1999 at Liverpool University, and since graduating has fulfilled the role of Nurse Clinician in primary care. She currently practices at a GP practice in Marple near Stockport.  She has a special interest in long term conditions and prescribing.  Catherine has a solid track record of advising and influencing the planning and delivery of health services, being closely involved with NHS Stockport at Board level looking at clinical policy, standards and prescribing. 


Dr. Jeffrey Schryer 
Clinical Lead

Dr. Jeffrey Schryer is a Clinical Lead for the CCG, taking a lead role on mental health and primary care on the CCG’s Governing Body. Dr. Schryer has been a GP for over 20 years and is a partner at Whittaker Lane Medical Centre in Prestwich. He has had a long history of interest in medical education including training fulfilling the role of undergraduate medical tutor, and more recently Associate Community Dean for Undergraduate Medicine at Salford University. Dr. Schryer has an interest in mental health and medicines management, he is also a trustee for a Children’s Centre in Salford.     


Mr. Amarbaj Chandock
Secondary Care Consultant

Amarbaj Chandock is a consultant Gynaecologist at Heart of England Foundation Trust, working at Heartlands, Solihull and Good Hope Hospitals. He has been trained in the West Midlands and finished his CCT (Certificate of Completion of Training) in 2014. He has special interest in Gynaecology Oncology and Minimal Access surgery.

He is Lead of Gynaecological Oncology services at Heart of England Foundation Trust.

He has been the lead of Colposcopy services in the past at HEFT. Amarbaj is passionate about Improving quality and safety for patients. He is pursuing a Global MBA degree from London School of Economics. He has an interest in Telemedicine and is currently working on providing affordable services via mobile devices which can be delivered with low-speed mobile connections, and this can be utilised to provide multidisciplinary care for patients with cancer.


Dr. Wissam El-Jouzi
North Sector Chair*

Dr. Wissam El-Jouzi is a Clinical Lead on the Governing Body; he is also the Chair of the North Sector Group which represents the GP practices within the North of Bury. Dr. El-Jouzi has been a GP Partner at Tottington Health Centre in Bury since 2005. He qualified in 1999 and for the first part of his career worked in East Surrey Hospital in Redhill as a Surgeon. He undertook several placements covering colorectal, breast, vascular, orthopaedics and urology.  He later, also gained experience working in the Intensive Care Unit at St Georges Hospital in London.

In addition to primary care, he has a special interest in minor surgery, and has been an established GP trainer for the past four years. He was also one of the GP leads on the Bury CCG Development Team and currently sits on the CCG’s Medicines Management Reference Group.


Dr. Fazel Butt
East Sector Chair*

Dr. Fazel Butt is the East Sector GP Lead on the Governing Body;  this sector group represents the GP practices within the East of Bury.

Dr. Butt qualified as a GP in 2001, and before taking up his role as a GP in Bury, worked extensively in the North West as a locum and
out-of-hours GP. He has experience of working in North West hospitals and began his current role as GP principal at Huntley Mount Medical Centre in July 2013.


Dr. Ajay Kotegaonkar
West Sector Chair*

Dr. Ajay Kotegaonkar is the West Sector GP Lead on the Governing Body; this sector group represents the GP practices within the West of Bury. Dr. Kotegaonkar qualified as a GP in 2002 and has been a GP Partner at Spring Lane Surgery in Radcliffe since 2003. He has a special interest in palliative care and diabetes and prior to his involvement with the CCG, he was involved in the work of NHS Bury as the Practice Based Commissioning Sector Lead and Palliative Care Lead. In addition to his primary care and commissioning roles, Dr. Kotegaonkar is a Hospice Doctor and the Local Medical Committee representative for Radcliffe.

Richard Deacon

Dr. Richard Deacon

Dr. Richard Deacon is the South Sector GP Lead on the Governing Body; this sector group represents the GP practices within the South of Bury. Dr. Deacon has an interest in Primary Care Research and was previously a commissioner for Quality Lead Board Member at North Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group. He is currently a Clinical Lead for the Bury GP Federation working on Out of Hours/Integrated Care project. Dr. Deacon has been a GP at St Gabriel's Medical Centre since 2014 and is also employed by Pennine Acute as a GP working with the North Manchester Crisis Response Service.

Peter Bury

Peter Bury
Quality and Performance Lead (Lay Member)

Peter has a background in engineering, having served an apprenticeship as a welder, and has worked for a number major engineering and manufacturing companies in the North West.

Since leaving engineering, Peter has worked for TUC union learning in a number of roles promoting workplace learning across the North West. He has also been employed as a Parliamentary Assistant for a member of parliament and on a number of European funded projects in various EU countries and Kazakhstan.

He was an elected member of Rochdale Council from 1982 to 1990, serving on the council’s principle committees and Chair of its major committees dealing with education and training, and economic development.

Until 2015 he was a member of Bury Council, where he was Chair of the Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee (HO&SC), a member of Pennine Acute, Pennine Care HO&SC and the Greater Manchester HO&SC  He was the  Council’s Lead Member for ‘Backing Young Bury’, a project to increase the number of young people in Bury with skills and opportunities to access apprenticeships with the Council and in the private sector; a member of the Standards Committee; Audit Committee and the Leisure, Tourism and Culture Portfolio Group, with responsibility for Adult Learning and Culture.

He has been a member of the governing body of Bury College since 2008 and a member of the college’s Audit Committee.


David McCann 
Patients and Public Involvement
(Lay Member)

David is the Lay Member for patient and public involvement on the Governing Body.  He leads on patient and public participation matters.  David’s role is to Chair the Patients’ Cabinet which is made up of a number of patient representatives from across the borough, representing the views of local people.  David is the Senior Partner at Woodcocks, Haworth and Nuttall Solicitors in Bury, he has worked from the Bury office since 1991.  He has a keen interest in patient and public involvement, a role he has experience in as Non Executive Director for Rock Healthcare (a GP Led Health Centre) in Bury. 

Fiona Boyd

Fiona Boyd
Clinical Member, Registered Nurse

Fiona has a strong background in Healthcare and Law. She has worked in the NHS for over 25 years having qualified as a Registered Nurse at Bloomsbury & Islington College of Nurse Education in 1991 and a Registered Midwife through the University of Leeds in 1995.

Having developed an interest in the legal aspects of healthcare, she undertook a Law Degree at Oxford Brookes University graduating in 1998 followed by successful completion of a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice at the Oxford Institute of Legal Practice in 1999.

Fiona then spent two years as a trainee solicitor in Evesham, Worcestershire where she gained experience in Public Law, Family Law and Personal Injury Law before qualifying as a Solicitor in 2001. She maintained her nursing & midwifery practice throughout this period.

Fiona spent five years working as a Clinical Negligence solicitor in Manchester during which she maintained nursing practice by working as an Agency Nurse in a number of Accident & Emergency departments across Greater Manchester.

Wanting to utilise her unique skill set for the benefit of the NHS. Fiona re-entered full time NHS employment in 2006 as Corporate Quality Manager at Royal Bolton Hospital, responsible for the Clinical Risk, Risk & Assurance, Legal Services, Complaints & PALS functions across the Trust. Whilst in post, she maintained legal practice as a solicitor providing expert legal knowledge on a range of issues including nursing practice, risk management, clinical negligence, Mental Capacity Act, Coroner’s Inquests and serious incidents.

In 2013, Fiona joined Heywood Middleton & Rochdale Clinical Commissioning Group as Quality & Safety Lead where she is responsible for all aspects of quality monitoring of commissioned services. 


Chris Wild  
Audit, Remuneration and Conflicts of Interest (Lay Member)

Chris is a Lay Member on the Governing Body.  He leads on audit, remuneration and conflict of interest matters. Chris was previously the Audit Chair for NHS Bury, a role which he fulfilled from January 2011 until the CCG took over leadership of the NHS in Bury.  Chris has a career in financial services, being a Chartered Accountant and holds a number of directorships in energy, finance and horticultural companies. Chris brings with him significant insight and knowledge that supports the CCG Governing Body and hopes to make a significant contribution towards Bury becoming a healthier Borough with the first class health services that it deserves.  


Lesley Jones
Director of Public Health (Bury Council)

Lesley Jones is the Director of Public Health for Bury, employed by Bury Council.  As part of this role, Lesley is also a full member of the NHS Bury CCG Governing Body.  Lesley’s career in health promotion started with East Dyfed Health Authority, moving onto East Berkshire and then Bolton in 1993.  Lesley dedicated the next 20 years of her career to public health in Bolton, leading to her taking on the role of Deputy Director of Public Health for Bolton.  She came to work in Bury as Director of Public Health, initially on a 12 month secondment, leading to a substantive appointment in October 2014.  Lesley has an interest in all aspects of improving health and reducing inequalities. 

Sector Chairs*

Each Sector is chaired by a GP, known as Sector Chairs. The Sector Chairs attend the Governing Body and Clinical Cabinet meetings to influence and shape the decision making of the Governing Body on key issues.  Only two Sector Chairs are eligible to vote during Governing Body meetings.

Local Authority (Bury Council) representative who attend the Governing Body meetings but is not a voting member:

Pat Jones Greenhalgh, Director of Adult Care Services, Bury Council.


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