|Dr. Jeffrey Schryer
Dr. Schryer became the CCG Chair from 1st April 2018. He has been a GP for over 29 years. He qualified from Manchester University in 1986 and has a long standing interest in medical education including undergraduate and GP training. In the past he has run the North Manchester GP Vocational Training Scheme and was previously an Associate Dean at Manchester Medical School, he has also worked in a prison providing primary care services. He became Clinical Director for the CCG in October 2014, sitting on the CCG’s Governing Body and taking a lead on mental health, dementia and primary care. Jeff enjoys running, he is married and a proud father and grandfather.
|Geoff Little OBE
Geoff Little OBE was appointed as the Accountable Officer of NHS Bury CCG from October 2018. The role is a joint appointment with Bury Council where Geoff became Chief Executive in July 2018. The joint appointment supports the overall direction of travel for the CCG and Bury Council to become one commissioning function for health and social care.
Geoff undertakes the lead Chief Executive role for Greater Manchester on Children and Young People.
Geoff has significant public sector experience, starting his career in public service straight from school as a Clerical Assistant for Liverpool City Council. He then worked as a Committee Clerk gaining experience in housing, planning and education. In 1986 Geoff moved to Bury Council with positions in policy and research, where he was active in environmental, voluntary and community involvement and equality policy work.
In 1996 Geoff joined Manchester City Council where he was Head of Corporate Performance and then Assistant Chief Executive with responsibility for performance improvement and human resources, becoming Deputy Chief Executive in 2009. During this time he had responsibility for strategic development of children's, adults’ and education services, public services reform and supporting and implementing the devolution of health and social care in Greater Manchester.
Geoff was awarded an OBE in 2013 for his services to local government.
Executive Director for Strategic Commissioning
Will joined NHS Bury CCG and Bury Council as Executive Director for Strategic Commissioning in July 2020, leading the 'One Commissioning Organisation' approach on behalf of both organisations. Will has had extensive experience in health and care systems, working in a number of districts in Greater Manchester, and also at a Greater Manchester level. Will has focused on integrated commissioning and provision of health and care services, on delivering neighbourhood level joined up public service delivery, and in addressing population health and well being improvement and reduced health inequalities. Will is passionate about supporting residents and communities to be in control of their lives and their care, and what that means for how public services are delivered. Prior to moving to Greater Manchester in 2002, Will spent 12 years as an operational manager in the NHS in Leicestershire. Will is enthusiastic about the role sport and physical activity can play in bringing communities together and promoting health and well-being, and serves on the Board of Manchester Football Association (as Board Champion for safeguarding) as well as being Chairman of a junior football club.
|Joint Chief Finance Officer, Bury Council and NHS Bury CCG
Sam Evans will be joining the CCG and Bury Council in this joint role during May 2021. Profile information to follow.
Executive Board Nurse
Catherine Jackson is the Executive Nurse (Director of Nursing and Quality) for the CCG. Catherine is a member of the Governing Body. She continues to work clinically as a Nurse Clinician in a general practice in Stockport for two sessions a week specialising in long term conditions, particularly diabetes and heart disease. Catherine qualified as a nurse in 1989 and before joining general practice, she worked in a number of areas including intensive care, specialist renal (kidney) care, transplantation and general medical nursing. Catherine studied for her MSc in 1999 at Liverpool University and became a non-medical prescriber in 2003, using this knowledge and expertise in both her clinical and CCG roles. Catherine has a solid track record of advising and influencing the planning and delivery of health services, and has developed the Quality and Safeguarding teams to ensure that the CCG delivers its constitutional standards for quality, safety and improvement. Catherine’s teams support local providers for example hospitals, community teams and nursing homes in dealing with issues and improving quality including listening to patients, carers and staff to influence strategic commissioning decisions with a view to improving services and health outcomes for local people. Catherine is interested in a range of sports and is involved in wider community activities supporting health and wellbeing through sporting activity.
|Dr. Cathy Fines
Dr. Cathy Fines is a Clinical Director on the CCG Governing Body, she is also the GP lead for safeguarding and the clinical lead for women and children. Cathy completed her postgraduate medical training at both North Manchester General Hospital and at Fairfield General Hospital in Bury, and did her GP training at the Uplands Medical Practice. Having worked in the south sector for the last few years, Cathy moved to work in the north sector at Tower Family Healthcare Greenmount. She represents the CCG on Bury Children Safeguarding Board, Bury Adult Safeguarding Board and the Bury Corporate Parenting Panel.
|Dr. Daniel Cooke
Dr. Daniel Cooke is a Clinical Director on the CCG Governing Body. A GP at Whittaker Lane Medical Centre, Daniel qualified from The University of Manchester in 2008 and completed his foundation training at North Manchester General Hospital. Before beginning his training as a GP, Daniel received medical training at Stepping Hill, University Hospital of South Manchester and The Christie. He also spent a year working in cardiology and stroke medicine.
Daniel first joined Bury CCG’s Clinical Cabinet in 2016 as the Clinical Lead for Elective Care, taking on the role of Clinical Director in November 2018 and within his portfolio taking a lead on mental health.
Daniel has a longstanding interest in respiratory medicine, endocrinology and older people’s care. As part of his role at Whittaker Lane, he performs a weekly ward round at a local nursing home and is a tutor to fourth and fifth year medical students on GP placements. In addition to working in most medical specialties in a number of hospitals across Greater Manchester, Daniel has previously worked as a doctor at HM Prison Buckley Hall and with BARDOC as an out-of-hours GP.
Howard Hughes is a Clinical Director 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.
|Dr. Rakesh Thaker
Dr Rak Thaker is a Clinical Director on our Governing Body and a GP Partner at Knowsley Medical Centre in Bury. Rak was born and bred in Bury, graduated from Liverpool Medical School and then returned to do his General Practice Vocational Training Scheme at Bury General and Fairfield General Hospitals and his GP registrar post at Blackford Bridge Medical Centre before joining the family Practice of Knowsley Medical Centre in 1999.
Some of his previous clinical managerial roles include Vice-Chair of Bury’s Primary Care Trust’s Professional Executive Committee, Chair of Bury’s Practice Based Commissioning Group, Deputy Secretary, then Vice-Chair and then Chair of Rochdale and Bury Local Medical Committee (LMC), Director Bury GP Federation, Director of Rock Healthcare, a member of Bury Clinical Commissioning Group’s Individual Funding Request Panel and Clinical Director of Bury Primary Care Network. Rak is currently a Committee member of Rochdale and Bury LMC. Outside of work, Rak is a Committee member for Boot Out Breast Cancer charity. Rak enjoys sports and he was club doctor for Bury Football club for over 20 years and has been appointed this season as the club doctor for Chorley Football Club.
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Secondary Care Consultant
Peter is the independent secondary care clinician on our Governing Body. He qualified as a doctor from the University of London in 1985 and underwent training in Obstetrics and Gynaecology. In 1999 he moved to Birmingham where he became a Consultant in Obstetrics at Birmingham Women’s Hospital, subsequently becoming the Medical Director and a member of the Trust Board for seven years. He is still an active Consultant Obstetrician and spends two days a week seconded to the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch, an independent NHS organisation established to examine adverse incidents that occur in maternity units in England.
Quality and Performance Lead (Lay Member)
Peter is the Quality and Performance Lead (Lay Member). Peter started his career in engineering then moved to work for the TUC union to promote workplace learning across the north west. He then became a parliamentary assistant working for a member of parliament and on a number of European projects in various EU countries and Kazakhstan. Peter was an elected member of Rochdale Council from 1982 to 1990, and a member of Bury Council until 2015. Peter has previously been Chair of the Health Overview and Scrutiny Committee for Bury Council and a member of Pennine Acute, Pennine Care and Greater Manchester scrutiny committees.
Patient 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 and is also the Chair of the Remuneration Committee. David acts as general counsel and chief of staff for Praxis Real Estate Management Limited and is managing director of Praxis Law. He has a keen interest in patient and public involvement, a role he has experience of previously as a non-executive director for Rock Healthcare (a GP-led health centre) in Bury.
Clinical Member, Registered Nurse
Fiona has a strong background in healthcare and law. Fiona started her career for the NHS over 25 years ago as a Registered Nurse and a Registered Midwife. Having developed an interest in the legal aspects of healthcare, Fiona undertook a law degree, qualified as a solicitor and practised as a clinical negligence solicitor in Manchester whilst maintaining her work in nursing and midwifery. Wanting to utilise her unique skillset for the benefit of the NHS, Fiona re-entered full time NHS employment in 2006 as Corporate Quality Manager at the Royal Bolton Hospital. Since 2013, Fiona has worked for Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale CCG as Quality and Safety Lead. Fiona brings significant clinical and legal knowledge and expertise on a range of issues including nursing practice, risk management, clinical negligence, mental capacity act, coroner’s inquests and serious incidents.
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. A Chartered Accountant, Chris has a career in financial services 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.
Director of Public Health (Bury Council)
Lesley Jones is the Director of Public Health for Bury and is employed by Bury Council. As part of this role Lesley is also a non-voting member of the 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 and leading to a substantive appointment in October 2014. Lesley has an interest in all aspects of improving health and reducing inequalities.
Local Authority (Bury Council) representative who is invited to attend Governing Body meetings, but is not a voting member.