Dr. Cathy Fines

Dr. Cathy Fines became CCG Chair in September 2021, having been a Clinical Director at the CCG and clinical lead for safeguarding and women and children themes for a number of years. She completed her post graduate medical training at our local hospitals in North Manchester and at Fairfield General, and has worked as a GP in the south of Bury, moving to Tower Family Healthcare more recently.
Geoff Little OBE
Accountable Officer

Geoff Little OBE was appointed as the Accountable Officer of NHS Bury CCG in October 2018. The role is a joint appointment with Bury Council. Geoff undertakes the lead Chief Executive role for Greater Manchester on Children and Young People. He 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, adult 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.

Will Blandamer
Executive Director for Strategic Commissioning

Will is the CCG and Bury Council's Executive Director for Strategic Commissioning, leading the 'One Commissioning Organisation' approach on behalf of both organisations. Will has extensive experience in health and care systems, working in a number of districts in Greater Manchester. Will has experience in integrated commissioning and provision of health and care services, on delivering neighbourhood level joined up public service delivery, and in addressing population health and wellbeing 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 wellbeing and serves on the Board of Manchester Football Association (as Board Champion for safeguarding) as well as being Chairman of a junior football club.
Sam Evans
Executive Director of Finance

Sam Evans is the Executive Director of Finance at the CCG and Bury Council. Sam started her career in Local Government and moved into NHS finance at predecessor organisations in Rochdale, including the Heywood Middleton and Rochdale Primary Care Trust where she was Assistant Director of Finance before becoming the Director of Finance. In September 2017 Sam took on the responsibility for social care and public health finance under the joint integration arrangements with Rochdale Borough Council. Sam’s responsibilities included all elements of finance, contracting, information management and technology, internal and external audit liaison, estates and community health partnerships. Sam was also the Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO).
At Bury Sam is responsible for all aspects of finance across both the CCG and the Council which will include the Revenues and Benefits teams, risk management, audit and procurement functions in the Council, and the contracts team in the CCG. Sam will also be the SIRO for Bury CCG.
Howard Hughes
Clinical Director

Howard Hughes is a Clinical Director on the CCG Governing Body. His role focuses on quality and infrastructure. 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.
Peter Thompson
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 a number of 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.
Peter Bury
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 projects. 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 various scrutiny committees.
David McCann
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. 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 in Bury.
Fiona Boyd
Clinical Member, Registered Nurse

Fiona has a background in healthcare and law. Fiona started her career for the NHS 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.
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. 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 to contribute towards Bury becoming a healthier Borough with the first-class health services that it deserves.
Catherine Jackson
Director of Nursing, Quality and Improvement

Catherine is Director of Nursing, Quality and Improvement. She continues to work clinically as a Nurse Clinician in a general practice in Stockport. She 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.*
Lesley Jones
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 in 2013. Lesley has an interest in all aspects of improving health and reducing inequalities.*

* Denotes a non-voting member (in attendance) of the Governing Body.  In addition, Ian Mello (Director of Secondary Care Commissioning), Lynne Ridsdale (Deputy Chief Executive of Bury Council) and Adrian Crook (Director of Adult Social Services and Community Commissioning) are also invited to the Governing Body, as non-voting members (in attendance).

Detailed information about the membership of the Governing Body can be found in our Constitution.