Meet our NHS GM Board
Our team of leaders are a mix of health and social care professionals, and bring a range of skills and experience from all over Greater Manchester.
Chair, NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care
Sir Richard Leese
Sir Richard Leese grew up in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. After graduating in Mathematics at the University of Warwick, he worked as a maths teacher before moving to Manchester to take up a post as a youth worker. He was employed in various roles including youth work, community work, and education research between 1979 – 1988.
Elected to Manchester City Council as a Labour councillor in 1984, Sir Richard then became its leader in 1996. He was awarded a CBE in 2001 and then a knighthood for services to local government in the 2006 Queen’s Birthday Honours list.
Sir Richard was one of the signatories to the city-region’s health devolution deal with Government in 2015. He chaired Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership from March 2020 until becoming chair of NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care. Since its inception, Sir Richard chaired Manchester’s Health and Wellbeing board, which plans health and social care services for the city. He was also chair of Manchester, Salford, and Trafford Health Action Zone, which brought together partners to tackle health inequalities.
Sir Richard is a strong advocate for addressing the wider determinants of health and is resolute that partnership working is key to this and in paving the way for wider public service reform.
Sir Richard is also co-Chair of Greater Manchester Integrated Care Partnership.
Chief Executive, NHS Greater Manchester Integrated Care
Mark Fisher, CBE
Mark grew up in the West Country and now lives in Holmfirth, West Yorkshire. After university, he joined the civil service, going on to work as a director in the Benefits Agency, as a board director of Jobcentre Plus, as chief executive of the Sector Skills Development Agency, and as labour market director in the Department for Work and Pensions during the 2009 recession.
Since 2017, Mark has been a director general in the Cabinet Office and secretary to the Grenfell Tower Public Inquiry. Just prior to taking up his current role, he was director of the Office for Civil Society at the Cabinet Office, with responsibility for social action, social investment, support for charities, business partnerships, and youth policy.
Mark has been a director of Working Links (Employment) Ltd, an advisor for the Prince’s Trust Team (formerly volunteers) programme, and a public member of Network Rail. He is on the Council of the Estates and Finance Committee of the University of Huddersfield, and is a trustee of the Clore Social Leadership Foundation. He is also chair of the Civil Service Sports Council. In January 2010, Mark received a CBE.
Interim Chief Delivery Officer, NHS Greater Manchester – Anne Gibbs
Chief Finance Officer, NHS Greater Manchester – Sam Simpson
Chief Medical Officer, NHS Greater Manchester – Manisha Kumar
Chief Nurse, NHS Greater Manchester – Mandy Philbin
Chief Officer for Population & Health Inequalities, NHS Greater Manchester – Rob Bellingham
Chief Officer for Strategy & Innovation, NHS Greater Manchester – Warren Heppolette
Chief People Officer, NHS Greater Manchester – Janet Wilkinson
Member – VCSE – Leigh Vallance
Non Executive Director – Audit Committee – Richard Paver
Non Executive Director – Finance Committee – Kal Kay
Non Executive Director – Performance and Quality Committee – Dame Sue Bailey
Partner – Acute Sector – Dr Owen Williams
Partner – Acute Mental Health – Anthony Hassall
Partner – Local Authority Sector – Paul Dennett
Partner – Primary Care – Dr Vish Mehra
Bolton – Fiona Noden, Chief Executive of Bolton NHS Foundation Trust
Bury – Lynne Ridsdale, Chief Executive of Bury Council
Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale – Steve Rumbelow, Chief Executive of Rochdale Borough Council
Manchester – Joanne Roney, OBE, Chief Executive of Manchester Council
Oldham – Mike Barker, Executive Director of Oldham Council
Salford – Tom Stannard, Chief Executive of Salford Council
Stockport – Caroline Simpson, Chief Executive of Stockport Council
Tameside – Sandra Stewart, Interim Chief Executive of Tameside Council
Trafford – Sara Todd, Chief Executive of Trafford Council
Wigan – Alison Mckenzie-Folan, Chief Executive of Wigan Council