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Dr Maria Balshaw

Maria Balshaw is Director of the Whitworth Art Gallery, part of The University of Manchester, and Manchester City Galleries.
As Director of these two major institutions, holding internationally important collections of fine and decorative art of more than 80,000 objects, she is responsible for the artistic and strategic vision for each gallery. An academic by training she has worked a Director within the cultural sector for the past 10 years. Alongside her role as Director of Manchester City Galleries and the Whitworth Art Gallery Maria took on the role of Strategic Lead for Culture for Manchester City Council in 2013.  In March 2014 she was appointed to the National Board of Arts Council England.

Sir Howard Bernstein

Sir Howard has been Chief Executive of Manchester City Council since 1998 and was knighted for his services in 2003. 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 conurbation;  establishment of Manchester Airport plc in the mid-1980’s and its recent expansion; public sector reform, including the establishment of GM Combined Authority. External appointments include Deputy Chair of the HS2 Growth Task Force; Non-Executive Chair of Manchester Academic Health Science Centre.

Mike Blackburn

Mike has been in BT since 1992. His current role is that of vice president, strategy & planning for BT Global Government. He lives in the North West and has been BT’s regional director for the North West since 2007. Mike is also a trustee of the Lowry Theatre, Salford. Opening its door to the best in entertainment and education in the arts, The Lowry aims to give everyone access to new areas of creativity and to embrace its broad community. He has been a Trustee of NYAS, a UK charity providing socio-legal services since 2000. They offer information, advice, advocacy and legal representation to children, young people and vulnerable adults through a network of dedicated paid workers and volunteers throughout England and Wales. Mike is Chair of governors at the new Manchester Communication Academy which opened in Harpurhey in 2010. This Academy has already achieved some significant success in its community programmes as well as its partnership arrangements. From a standing start and with no predecessor school the Academy now attracts double the number of students for each available place.
Mike on the North West advisory board for the Prince of Wales charity, Business in the Community, and was chosen as the Prince’s NW Regional Ambassador for 2010/11 and 2011/12. Mike is also Chair of the Greater Manchester LEP.
Mike is a keen golfer and leisurely bike rider. He is married with three children and lives in Cheshire.

Professor John Brooks

John Brooks was appointed Vice-Chancellor of Manchester Metropolitan University on 1st September 2005, which followed seven years as Vice-Chancellor of the University of Wolverhampton.  He gained his first degree in Physics from the University of Sheffield in 1970, his PhD three years later and in 1998 he was awarded his DSc for his work in the Physics of Materials. At MMU, he has led a strong change agenda, which has modernised and restructured the curriculum, strengthened research and Third Stream activity, and transformed the physical estate.  A £350M capital programme delivered over seven years, has consolidated seven campuses to two.

Atiha Chaudry JP DL

Atiha is Director of Equal Access Consultancy which she set up 13 years ago and is based in Manchester. Her areas of specialism include research, consultancy and training work in economic and community regeneration, equality and diversity, community cohesion and the community and voluntary sector. She has lived and worked in Manchester for over 20 years.  She was the coordinator for the National Association for Local Government Women’s Committees from 1986-89 and worked for the Centre for Local Economic Strategies from 1989 – 1996 leaving her post as Assistant Director to live abroad (Brunei) for the following few years. Whilst in Brunei she worked as a freelance trainer and delivered a number of courses for the Brunei civil service institute on “women in management and women and leadership “.   On her return in 1999 she set up her consultancy and has successfully worked for a range of clients across a wide breadth of projects.
She continues to give much of her time to voluntary and community activity and is currently committed to the following roles: Chair of the Manchester BME Network, Chair of The Greater Manchester BME Network, Vice-chair of the Manchester Settlement, Board member of GMCVO, a Justice of the Peace on the Stockport Bench. In 2012 she was appointed to the position of  Deputy Lieutenant for Greater Manchester Through her voluntary roles she has been on a number of local committees at a national level and she is a member of the  DWP Ethnic Minority Employment Task Force She has served on several other organisations over the years at local, regional and national level and helped set up local community groups.

                                                                                                                                                                               Ann Clynch

Manchester born, and one of seven children, Ann’s first school was St Edward’s Primary in Rusholme. From there she went to St Joseph’s High School in Longsight, (later became known as St Vincent de Paul’s High School and currently known as St Peter’s.)
Ann gained an M.Ed from The University of Manchester and an MSc (PSY) from Salford University.
She taught in a large comprehensive school in London before returning to Manchester for a post in Loreto Sixth Form College, Hulme. At Loreto she progressed through the ranks and was appointed Principal in 1999 – the first lay principal of any Loreto school.
Ann has sat on many national advisory boards most notably, The National Council for Education Excellence established by Tony Blair to act as a sounding board on strategy and to mobilise key groups within society to support education.
In 2006, Loreto College was awarded the Queens Anniversary Prize for “excellent league tables point scores, exceptional value-added scores and extremely high progression of students to universities”. Ann’s contribution to education was recognised in the 2006 Honours List with a CBE.
Loreto College was designated a Teaching School in April 2014 and is a member of ‘Teach Manchester’, the Manchester Teaching Schools Alliance as well as a member of Strategic Education Partnership.

Professor Rod Coombs

Rod Coombs has a BSc in Physics, and MSc and PhD degrees in the economics of innovation and technical change. After a short period at the beginning of his career working in laboratory research, he switched to social science. Thereafter he worked for over 25 years on analysing the role of technical change in the economy; the management of R&D and innovation processes in large companies; and the role of government policy in promoting innovation in the economy. During much of this time he was in the School of Management at UMIST, becoming its first Professor of Technology Management in 1993. During that period he initiated and ran several large collaborative research programmes, and also worked as a consultant to a number of large research-intensive companies, as well as advising national and European government agencies.
In 2002 he became a Pro-Vice-Chancellor of UMIST, and thereafter was heavily involved in the project to merge UMIST with the former Victoria University of Manchester in order to create a new University of Manchester (which legally came into existence in October 2004).
In 2004 he was appointed as one of the Vice-Presidents of Manchester University and had responsibility for various aspects of Knowledge Transfer, Research and External Relationships.
In August 2010 he became Deputy President and Deputy Vice Chancellor of Manchester University.

Lou Cordwell

Lou started her career working for a number of large multinational ad agencies including JWT before founding digital design company magneticNorth in the Summer of 2000. Since then she has led the business from its original team of four to a now internationally renowned business and brand with a multi-award winning portfolio of work and a blue chip client list that includes BBC, Google, Channel 4 and The Cooperative Group. Lou is working as a creative advisor to NOMA on the development of their digital strategy. Lou also has a number of prestigious business awards to her name including IoD’s 'Manchester Young Director of the Year’ and in 2010 she was named both ‘Digital Entrepreneur’ and ‘Female Entrepreneur of the Year’ by EN magazine. In December 2012 Lou was also listed in North West Business Insider's TMT 33 – a list of the 33 most influential people working within the technology, media and telecommunications sectors. In April 2013 Lou was appointed to the Board of the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership.

Sir Mike Deegan

Mike has been Chief Executive of Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust since 2001 and has led the Trust through a successful merger, upon its establishment; overseen the £520m PFI redevelopment of its Oxford Road campus; attained, in partnership with the University of Manchester, Biomedical Research Centre designation in 2008; and managed the transition to Foundation Trust status with effect from January 2009.  The FT is also the first NHS lead sponsor of a groundbreaking Academy for Health, Bioscience and Sport which opened in September 2009. CMFT is a founding member of the Manchester Academic Health Science Centre, one of only five such centres designated across the UK, and in April 2012, CMFT undertook the formal acquisition of Trafford Hospitals Trust.
Prior to his current appointment, he was Chief Executive of North Cheshire Hospitals NHS Trust and, in summer 2000, was seconded to the Department of Health as Project Director charged with developing the NHS Plan.  Earlier in his career, Mike worked for several years in the Department of Health, latterly as the Acting Director of Human Resources for the NHS.
Mike has a First Degree in Law and a Masters Degree in Industrial Relations from the University of Warwick.  He was awarded a CBE in 2002 for services to the NHS.  He has also worked widely across the public sector including roles in local government and education.

Gavin Elliott

Gavin is Chairman of the Manchester Studio of BDP. He is an Architect, masterplanner and urban designers and has led many of the practice’s most innovative and high-profile projects in the North West of England, winning numerous design awards. His work spans a range of sectors and building types including the Abito Apartment Projects, The Point at Lancashire Country Cricket Club, Devonshire Primary School in Blackpool and the MIF ‘Music Boxes’ installation at Media City - constructed from re-used Shipping Containers.
He is also Chair of ‘Manchester: A Certain Future’ the stakeholder Steering Group which monitors & reports on Manchester’s progress towards becoming a low-carbon City.

Councillor Andrew Fender

Councillor Andrew Fender is the current Chair of the Transport for Greater Manchester Committee, the body responsible for advising the Greater Manchester Combined Authority (GMCA) on transport policy, providing budgetary recommendations and monitoring the quality and performance of transport services. He was elected into this role following the creation of the GMCA in April 2011. He has previously chaired the Greater Manchester County Council’s Transport Strategy Committee and Rail Study Group, which formulated early plans for Manchester’s light rail system in the 1980’s. In 1986, Andrew was elected Councillor for the Old Moat Ward, which he continues to represent.

Scott Fletcher

Scott is one of the UK’s leading entrepreneurs, heading up companies with a total valuation in excess of £100m. He founded ANS when he was just 22 years old, which has since grown to become a leading Managed Services and Cloud Provider in the UK.
Scott is widely known in Manchester thanks to his charitable contributions, active participation in the business community and his outspoken views on politics, IT and business that have made him a respected voice in the media.
Scott is an active proponent of apprenticeships and recently took part in the UKTI Entrepreneur Festival as both the keynote speaker and as a mentor to young entrepreneurs.

The Very Revd Rogers Govender

The Very Revd Rogers Govender was born in Durban, South Africa. He is married to Celia and has two children. He was ordained in the Diocese of Natal in 1985 and served as Vicar of various parishes in Durban and Pietermaritzburg for 15 years before moving to Manchester as Vicar of West Didsbury at the end of 2000. He is Area Dean of Withington (South Manchester) and Dean of Manchester since January 2006. He is Chair of the Challenging Hate Forum.

Lorraine Gradwell

Winning gold at the Commonwealth Games in New Zealand 1974, Lorraine had childhood polio and spent her early years in hospitals, progressing to a degree at Hollins College ("the toast rack") in Fashion Design and Management: later an MA. Raising two pre-school children as a single mother, she then led the GM Coalition of Disabled People, next into the Town Hall on health inequalities, and most recently the founding CEO of Breakthrough UK, creating a nationally respected disabled people's employment organisation with high influence. She has served on Manchester's strategic bodies and numerous government committees, including the Small Business Council. After her heart attack in 2011 she is somewhat retired.

Ruairidh Jackson

Ruairidh is Senior Projects Director at Argent, based in Manchester. He is part of the team appointed to deliver Airport City Manchester, a new 5 million square foot scheme, covering 160 acres in Manchester's Enterprise Zone. Ruairidh is also on and the team at One St Peter's Square, a new building at the centre of the civic and business heart of the city. He started at Argent in March this year, having previously been Director of Strategy and Development for NOMA.
At NOMA, Ruairidh was responsible for various strategies used to transform the site and enhance the value of the project. This included overseeing public realm and infrastructure projects, masterplanning, design, consents, and stakeholder engagement. He also designed the digital and occupier support work streams.
Before working on the NOMA project, Ruairidh was Head of Planning, Property Strategy and Renewables for the Co-operative Group.

Phil Korbel

Phil is a founder/Director of Cooler CIC – a social enterprise that co-ordinates – a unique project to make acting on climate change normal by creating the first Carbon Literate City. He also runs the award winning community radio charity Radio Regen.
Phil used to run an independent radio production company and made a few decent documentaries for Radio4.  In 1990 Phil and a good friend rode a tandem 14,000 miles from Sydney to Manchester raising awareness of rainforest conservation.  He has just about recovered.
Phil lives with his partner, two daughters, an over-large black cat and five chickens.

Yasmina Lee

Yasmina lives in Wythenshawe and is the chairperson for the Family Action Young Carers which she represents on the Manchester Youth Council. She would like to give young people a voice as that is the first step to getting what they want and knowing what young people need. Once this has been achieved young people can inquire about getting the things that they should already have but are having to fight for. Through the British youth council Yasmina hopes to also raise awareness of campaigns throughout Manchester so that young people are more politically aware and know what divisions are being made for them as without young people to communicate to them what choices are being made for them.

Sir Richard Leese

Sir Richard was born and brought up in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. After graduating from the University of Warwick, he worked as a teacher in Coventry and as an exchange teacher in the USA before moving to Manchester to take up a post as a youth worker. He was employed variously in youth work, community work, and education research between 1979 and 1988, and was elected to Manchester City Council in 1984. He became Leader of the Council in 1996, having previously served as Deputy Leader (1990 – 1996), Chair of the Education Committee (1986 - 1990) and Chair of the Finance Committee (1990 - 1995).
Sir Richard’s political interests include the links between economic development and social policy, developing open democracy and the place-making and community leadership role of local authorities; and the role of cities in creating a sustainable future. He has a number of additional responsibilities including Director of Manchester Airport Holdings Ltd, Chair of the Greater Manchester Low Carbon Hub, Vice Chair of the Greater Manchester Combined Authority, Chair of the North West Regional Leaders’ Board, and Chair of the Core Cities Cabinet.
His interests outside politics include walking, cinema, music, and sport (as a spectator, principally Manchester City football and cricket). He is a regular runner and cycles to the Town Hall most days.


Tony Lloyd

Tony was born in Stretford, Greater Manchester, in 1950 and attended local schools before studying Mathematics at the University of Nottingham and Business Administration at Manchester Business School. He taught at Salford University in the Department of Business. In 1979 he was elected to Trafford Council where he served until 1984.
Tony was elected to Parliament in 1983, initially representing Stretford and subsequently Manchester Central. He stood down in 2012 to fight the Police and Crime Commissioner elections. He held a variety of high-profile positions in the Labour Party and the Government, including the British delegation to the Parliamentary Assembly of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe.
A keen football fan, Tony has four adult children and enjoys walking and running. Organisations he is a member of include Amnesty International, the National Trust, the Bumblebee Conservation Trust, the Fabian Society, the GMB and Unite. He hopes to realise an ambition to keep bees.

Paul Martin OBE

Paul is the Chief Executive of The Lesbian & Gay Foundation (LGF) which is a vibrant charity in England with a wide portfolio of well-established services and a rapidly developing range of new initiatives aimed at meeting the needs of lesbian, gay and bisexual people.
Paul has been very actively involved in the voluntary and community sector for nearly 25 years.
He has led on research and community development programmes on a wide range of lesbian, gay, and bisexual issues, including health inequalities, HIV prevention, sexual health promotion, substance misuse, legal and civil rights and has worked extensively on capacity building and infrastructure development for the LGB&T sector.

John McNerney

John is the long standing headteacher of St Peter’s RC High School at Belle Vue, having set the school up in 1999 from the merger of three schools. He represents the Manchester Schools’ Alliance (MSA) on the Manchester Leaders Forum. For the last two years John has worked with headteachers and local authority officers to develop the MSA as a schools led partnership for schools that supports a self-improving school system. The MSA is an independent co-operative partnership owned and managed by Manchester schools and has just established the MSA Teaching School which will play a leading role in school improvement.

Clive Memmott

Clive took up his appointment as Chief Executive of Greater Manchester Chamber of Commerce in September 2010. Prior to this he was a Director of Robinson Keane, the executive recruitment consultancy and an experienced non executive director. He is a non-executive director of the British Chambers of Commerce, Business Finance Solutions, Brockholes Enterprises Ltd (the award winning nature reserve), a Trustee of the National Football Museum and Chairman of Enworks, a nationally recognised business support programme that works with North West SME’s to improve their environmental and economic performance. Clive is a regular public speaker on a wide range of business issues.
After qualifying as a lawyer, Clive enjoyed a successful career in both industry and the public sector holding senior positions in the Hepworth, Steetley and Redland Groups and as MD of Tate Access Floor Systems before becoming Chief Executive of Business Link Lancashire, a role he held for over 8 years. He is an Honorary Research Fellow of Lancaster University Management School and has co-authored a book on improving business performance through effective and practical employee engagement – “Growing your own Heroes”.

Diane Mills

Jobcentre Plus District Manager for Greater Manchester Central and Cheshire


Michele Moran

Michele has more than 30 years’ experience in the NHS, both as a nurse and a senior executive. Prior to her current role as Chief Executive of Manchester Mental Health and Social Care Trust, Michele was Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Nurse/Chief Operating Officer at Leeds & York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. A qualified nurse, mental health nurse and midwife, with a Masters degree in Health Services Management from Manchester University, Michele also has extensive experience in both the primary care and the acute sectors. A former Chair of the FTN Clinical Leads Network, Michele is currently a non-executive director of the National Skills Academy and sits on the Health and Wellbeing Board.

Councillor Sue Murphy

Sue Murphy was elected to represent the Brooklands Ward in Wythenshawe in 1995. She has been Deputy Leader of the Council since 2010, having previously been portfolio holder for a number of areas including Finance and Resources and Employment and Skills. Her political interests include work and skills policy, social inclusion and equality and diversity. She also leads for the Local Government Association on European Funding. Sue is Chair of Governors of The Manchester College, the largest GFE college in the country. Her previous jobs include working for a newspaper, and for a member of the European Parliament.

Dr Priscilla Nkwenti

Priscilla Nkwenti is the Chief Executive of BHA for equality in Health and Social Care.  BHA is a leading health and well-being charity committed to equality, diversity and human rights in care.
Priscilla also holds the positions of Vice Chair and Lay Member (Patient and Public Engagement) and sits on the Remuneration, Audit and Clinical Policy Committee of Trafford Clinical Commissioning Group.  

Charlotte Norman

Charlie began her career in the Social Housing Sector in 1988, and has worked for Salford City Council, District of Abbotsford in Canada and Plus Housing Group in Merseyside before joining SVHA in 2003. Her background is predominantly within housing management, with experience of working with a wide variety of organisations such as housing co-operatives and specialist BME Housing Associations, as well as skills and experience in stock transfer, corporate governance and regeneration initiatives.
Charlie has an MBA and in her spare time enjoys reading, mountain walking and live music.

Chris Oglesby

Born in Scunthorpe in 1967, Chris grew up in Manchester from the age of four, attending Cheadle Hulme School, before studying at the London School of Economics and City University, London. He graduated with a BSc (Hons) in Property Valuation and Finance and joined the investment team in the City of London Office of St Quintin (now CBRE), before returning north to work for Bruntwood in 1991. He qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1993 and set up Bruntwood’s Manchester city centre office, adding an in-house sales and marketing team, before taking over the reins of the company as CEO at the end of 1999.
As a family-owned and run company, Bruntwood has always operated with a strong set of values, founded on its belief that the success of the company comes from the success of its customers and the communities in which it operates. This commitment to cities has led to Chris playing an active and often leading role in many public and private sector initiatives and partnerships. He has been a board member at CityCo (Manchester’s city centre management company), the Piccadilly Partnership, Corridor Manchester (the city’s major knowledge economy initiative focused on its universities and hospitals) and the Irwell City Park initiative along the boundary between Manchester and Salford. In Liverpool and Leeds, he has taken his experience of best practice in local area partnerships and instigated the set-up of the Commercial District and West End Partnerships respectively in each city.
Chris is a Trustee of The Oglesby Charitable Trust, which works with more than 40 community based charities a year, and is a board member of Onside, a new charity which is developing a series of youth centres across the North based on the successful Lads and Girls Club model pioneered in Bolton.

Councillor Bernard Priest

Councillor Bernard Priest was first elected to Manchester City Council in May 1998, representing the Ardwick Ward.
He worked in Further Education from 1976 to 2007.
In October 2013 he was appointed Deputy Leader, as part of this portfolio he has responsibility for Neighbourhood Management, Waste Strategy & Collection, Crime & Community Safety. He has previously held the positions of Executive Member for Neighbourhood Services, and Executive Member for Finance, and has in the past chaired scrutiny committees. He sits on the Board of Eastland Homes, Manchester Ship Canal Developments Limited and Manchester Enterprise Partnership Limited.


Gladys Rhodes-White

Interim Strategic Director of Children's Services

Professor Dame Nancy Rothwell

Professor Rothwell took up the post of President & Vice-Chancellor of the University in July 2010.  She is the first woman to lead The University of Manchester or either of its two predecessor institutions.  She is also Professor of Physiology, and has previously held an MRC Research Chair, as well as holding University positions as Vice-President for Research and as Deputy President & Deputy Vice-Chancellor.  Professor Rothwell’s research in the field of neuroscience has contributed towards major advances in the understanding and treatment of brain damage in stroke and head injury.  She was elected Fellow of the Royal Society in June 2004 and made Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire in June 2005, in recognition of her services to science.  She is the founding President of the Society of Biology, a non-executive Director of AstraZeneca, co-Chair of the Prime Minister’s Council for Science and Technology, a Royal Society Council member, a Deputy Lieutenant for Greater Manchester and a member of the Greater Manchester Local Enterprise Partnership (LEP) Board. Professor Rothwell takes a strong and active interest in public communication of science and regularly gives talks to schools and the public and contributes to television, radio and press, particular on sensitive issues in science. 

Michelle Saidi

Michelle is 18 years old and a member of Manchester Youth Council where she represents East Manchester youth panel. Being part of the youth council allows her to further her understanding of the political world but most importantly has taught her to apply a more critical interpretation of the lives of young people. She has gone from wanting to do an English language degree to a political degree in the course of a year, showing just how much the youth council can have an impact on a young person and their future. Michelle wants to represent Manchester and give a voice to young people through the Youth Council.

Michele Scattergood

Michele is Chief Executive of Breakthrough UK  with over twenty years experience of working within disability issues and is currently the Chief Executive of Breakthrough UK Ltd, a successful disabled people’s organisation which promotes independent living. In her role as CEO Michele aims to influence local and national policy and practice and remove the barriers that prevent disabled people living independent lives.  Michele has worked at Breakthrough UK since 2008.
Michele is currently a member of the Manchester Voluntary and Community Sector Assembly and she is a founder of the North West Network of Disabled Peoples Organisations.
Michele is also in her ‘spare time’ a Community Governor and Chair of Safeguarding at an ‘outstanding’ High School in Warrington where she lives with her husband and two young daughters.

Dr Bill Tamkin

Bill Tamkin is Chair of the South Manchester Clinical Commissioning Group. He has been a GP for 35 years, and is a Senior Partner at the Borchardt Medical Centre, Withington. He is an undergraduate teacher at the University of Manchester, Honorary Medical Advisor to the Halle Orchestra, and a Referee for the Ministry of Justice, Manchester Crematorium. He is a Manchester United supporter and failed clarinettist.
He is enthusiastic about Clinical Commissioning, Integration (clinical and managerial; clinical and social care) - and doing away with the historical divisions between social, community and hospital care. 
He is keen on radical reform of how and where health care is delivered, and sees the Greater Manchester ‘Healthier Together’ programme and the ‘Manchester Living Longer Living Better’ programme as key drivers for change, where the energy and the partnerships exist to deliver better outcomes for the residents of Manchester.

Elaine Unegbu

Elaine Unegbu is originally from Aruba, Antilles, but studied nursing in the Netherlands. She spent many years working as a nurse and went into nursing management and education in Nigeria and Manchester. In Manchester she was a non-executive Director of the Manchester Health Authority and for two years was Chair of Central Manchester Health Council.
Elaine has been involved with the Manchester Older People’s Network for many years, and through this work became a member of the City Council’s Age-friendly Manchester Older People's Board. She is also involved in the Greater Manchester Older People’s Reference group and is a trustee of Age Concern Manchester.
In addition, Elaine has volunteered for the Macmillan Nurses and has been a House-Caring Fellowship leader for her Church. She was also a volunteer at the Manchester Commonwealth Games and has mentored young people in a Manchester school.
Elaine has got four children and is proud grandmother to eight grandchildren, including two sets of twins.

Dr Martin Whiting

Martin is a Manchester graduate and completed GP training in North Manchester.  He has been a partner at the Collegiate Medical Centre from 1987, a GP trainer and also a GP with Special Interest in ophthalmology. He became a 'GP Commissioning Consultant' for the Manchester HA during the fundholding era and  then joined the North Manchester PCT board, leaving just before the formation of Manchester PCT.  But then came Practice Based Commissioning which sounded interesting, and he was elected as chair of our group which morphed into North Manchester CCG and made him the Chief Clinical Officer, but at heart Martin is still a GP.


Mike Wild

Mike Wild is Chief Executive of Macc, the local support & development organisation for the voluntary & community sector in the city of Manchester. Since 2005, Mike has led Macc to develop its role in the city to include capacity building business support for local voluntary sector organisations and the city’s Volunteer Centre. As well as being a champion of local voluntary action, Macc also contributes to building local civic leadership and to the development of accessible services and an inclusive economy.
Mike has worked full time in the voluntary sector since 1996 as employee, trustee and volunteer. His background is in advocacy which shapes his approach to promoting the voices and participation of the marginalised and seldom heard alongside creative thinking and a values-based approach.

Nigel Wilson

Nigel has over 28 years’ experience in the housing sector. He was a housing co-operative tenant and activist before working as a housing officer for housing associations and local councils. He worked in tenant participation and resident engagement before specialising in new business and regeneration.
He was appointed Chief Executive of Parkway Green in 2006 and became Group Chief Executive of Wythenshawe Community Housing Group in 2013. The new Group brought together Parkway Green and Willow Park to collectively manage almost 14,000 houses across Wythenshawe in South Manchester.
He sits on the Manchester Investment Board, is a fellow of the Chartered Institute of Housing, vice-chair of the Community Gateway Association in Preston, chair of JV North and a Board Member for FRC and chair of Wythenshawe Forum Trust.

Susan Woodward

Susan is the Creative Media Champion for the City of Manchester responsible for creating and delivery strategic opportunities for the City to grow its digital and creative sector. She created, built and is the Director of The Sharp Project that is the city’s new home for the digital and creative sector. She is now building a second centre specialising in drama production.
Susan was the Creative Director for the 2002 Commonwealth Games for which she was awarded the OBE by the Queen for services to Broadcasting, and the Commonwealth Games.
She was Managing Director ITV Granada from 2003 to 2008.
Susan was also Creative Director for the city of Liverpool and wrote the creative bid for the City of Liverpool which secured the City the title of European Capital of Culture 2008.
Twice named Business Woman of the Year Award for the North West of England she sits  on the Advisory Board for the Manchester Science Museum, part of the British Science Museum group and the Business Support Board of the newly formed Greater Manchester Business Growth Company.
In 2013, she was made a Fellow of the New York based Tribeca Disruptive Innovation Awards (TDIA), which celebrates those whose ideas have broken the mould to create significant impact.