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Conference chairs

Dr Alan Dow, Chair, NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group

Dr Alan Dow is Chair of NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) and is responsible for leading the CCG’s Governing Body and the Strategic Commissioning Function of the CCG with Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council.

He is one of the 2 Regional GPC Members for Greater Manchester. Alan has worked as a GP for 29 years, including over 20 years in Gamesley, Glossop. His interests include treating substance misuse and reducing health inequalities. He is also active in training new GPs. 

He is a founder member of the Family Doctor Association and adviser to FDA National Council.


Conference speakers

Dr Nikita Kanani, Deputy Medical Director of Primary Care, NHS England

Dr Nikita Kanani is a GP in south-east London and national Deputy Medical Director of Primary Care for NHSE England. Prior to this she was Chief Clinical Officer of NHS Bexley Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG). Nikki has held a range of positions within healthcare to support the development of innovative models of care, highly engaged clinical, patient and public leadership and is passionate about improving service provision, access and population wellbeing.

She is a member of The King’s Fund General Advisory Council, co-Chair of the London Prevention Partnership Board, and holds a MSc in health care commissioning. With her sister she co-founded STEMMsisters, a social enterprise supporting young people to study science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine. She was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2017.


Ian Williamson, Chief Accountable Officer, Manchester Health and Care Commissioning 

Ian heads up Manchester’s £1.2bn health and care commissioner, a partnership between the City’s Council and its’ Clinical Commissioning Group.  Ian is focused with other leaders in pursuit of a clinically and financially sustainable system, creating new services to deliver improved outcomes.  The City has, in addition to MHCC, recently created a new mental health provider, merged its two University hospitals, and developed an out of hospital health and care provider in a proposed 10 year, £6bn agreement.

Ian has nearly 30 years’ experience, predominantly in the NHS in the North West, leading Primary Care Trusts and their successors for over 10 years.  He successfully led the Greater Manchester Healthier Together Programme, including the decision by 12 CCGs, ratified by judicial review, to concentrate emergency general surgery in four hospitals, intending to save 300 lives per year.

From early 2015, Ian led the NHS contribution to Greater Manchester health and social care devolution.  With local government partners, the devolution deal was negotiated with NHSE, NHSI, HMT and other national bodies, resulting in historic £6bn devolution, and a £450m transformation fund.  Ian was Chief Officer for the GM devolution partnership until he returned to Manchester in 2016.

Away from work, Ian has cycled from Land’s End to John O’Groats, climbed Mount Kilimanjaro and has now resumed playing squash at the age of 50.


Michael McCourt, Chief Officer, Manchester LCO 

Michael qualified as a mental health nurse in 1988 and has worked clinically and as a leader in health and social care settings in Yorkshire, Wales and London. For the last 16 years he has been working in Greater Manchester.

Previously Michael spent 9 years as Executive Director of Operations and 3 years as CEO at Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Michael has led large scale organisational developments over the last 20 years.  This has included the expansion of mental health centres in London, as an Executive Director in Pennine Care providing leadership for both a merger and acquisition.  As CEO Michael led integration and new models of care across a number of Greater Manchester towns.

In April 2018 Michael will launch, as CEO, the Manchester Local Care Organisation.  This is one of the most ambitious integration projects nationally, rising to a £650m organisational form by 2020.


Kay Keane FRSA, Practice Business Manager; Alvanley Family Practice, Stockport CCG

Kay has spent her career working in the NHS, Beginning as a reluctant Medical Receptionist and soon realising that Primary Care was home for her.  She has, over the last 20+ years worked across the service, but always wanting to get back to a patient facing service.  The chance came following redundancy and Kay is now working as a Practice Business Manager at a 5,000 patient practice in Stockport.

She was awarded Practice Manager of the year in 2017 by the National Association of Primary Care, has been awarded a Fellowship of the Royal Society of Arts for her work leading social Change and the practice are the only General Practice in the country to appear on the UK’s top 100 apprentice employers list”.

As well as her work in practice Kay delivers Training for First Practice Management, and has just stated the Advanced Diploma in Primary Care Management.  She is an allotmenteer and spends weekends and holidays in her camper van.


Dr Farah Jameel, GPC England Executive Team, British Medical Association

Farah Jameel is a member of the executive team of the British Medical Association’s General Practitioners Committee of England (GPC England). Her responsibilities through this role include negotiating the annual GMS contract in England, alongside policy liaison responsibilities for matters pertaining to Clinical and prescribing, GPIT and workload.

She works as a sessional GP in London and is Chair of Camden Local Medical Committee.  She is also a GP appraiser.

A strong believer of the NHS and its core principles, she has consistently fought to maintain and improve working conditions and patient care. She is committed through her roles on GPC and the LMC to ensure the stability and viability of general practice. Being a BME woman and an international medical graduate, she has a keen interest in ensuring equality and fairness is extended to all. 

Lesley Evans, Operations Director, Our Health Partnership

Lesley Joined Our Health Partnership in 2016 as Director of Operations.  This was the start of the journey for OHP; Lesley arrived to a desk and a phone.  Her task over the last two years has been to set up the organisation and to ensure that going forward everything is in place – robust systems and an organisation that is not built on quick sand. 

A qualified Accountant; her career has been wholly in the NHS in Acute sector , Community sector, working at Regional level and lately at CCG as Director of Primary Care.  She enjoys her role and loves working with GPs.  OHP are passionate about changing the way the primary care is delivered and supported going forward.  Outside work she owns two retired greyhounds, a husband and has 3 children!    


Caroline Richardson, Learning and Development Director, OneWorkforce 

Caroline Richardson is Learning and Development Director at OneWorkforce. Caroline is a leader with operational and HR management experience having worked across industries including retail and healthcare. Her passion lies in empowering those around her through coaching and mentoring to achieve their full potential.

In the last five years she has led the successful TUPE process for over 200 employees alongside managing complex employee relation cases for care providers nationwide. Caroline’s operational background means that she has a good understanding of the requirements of providers from their commissioners and regulators. 

Caroline is an accredited Institute of Leadership and Management trainer (Advanced PTT) and facilitates courses to new and established managers across the country with a fresh, energetic and enthusiastic approach. 


Graham Leyfield, Business Development Manager, Wesleyan Financial Services Ltd.

With more than 30 years’ experience in financial services, Graham joined Wesleyan in 2005.

Having recently transitioned into a business development manager, Graham supports his colleagues in providing a complete commercial solution for our dental and GP customers.






Blake Foster, Practice Manager, Chapelgreen Practice, Sheffield

Blake Foster has been a Practice Manager for 10 years and has worked in Primary Care for over 15 years.

He is also attached to the Sheffield CCG as General Practice Support Manager, delivering special projects linked to the GPFV.






Dr Amar Rughani, GP Partner, Chapelgreen Practice, Sheffield

Amar Rughani is a GP, in practice for over 30 years. He has also worked with the RCGP developing the MRCGP and GP curriculum.

He is associate postgraduate Dean in HEE Yorkshire & the Humber where his main responsibility is teaching and mentoring in leadership.







Lisa Geary, Partner, Capsticks LLP 

Lisa Geary is a partner in the Capsticks Real Estate department and is head of the Real Estate team in Capsticks Leeds office. 

She has extensive experience of advising NHS trusts, GPs, specialist charities, social enterprises, national regulatory bodies and other public and private healthcare bodies in the Yorkshire, North West and wider northern region on all aspects of their property requirements including acquisitions and disposals, site developments and complex underletting arrangements, strategic estate rationalisation and reconfiguration and overage arrangements, property portfolio management and reviews, landlord and tenant matters and strategic joint venturing arrangements.

Her work for GPs includes regularising occupation of surgery premises, sale and leasebacks, property aspects of re-mortgaging, the acquisition and disposal of GP premises, advising on the property implications of GP federation arrangements and merging and all aspects of the Premises Costs Directions.


Mia Branchette, Solicitor, Capsticks LLP 

Mia Branchette trained at a large city firm and joined Capsticks in 2017 as a solicitor in the Property Litigation Department.

Mia has experience of dealing with a huge variety of contentious property issues, with an emphasis on providing commercially driven solutions through advice, negotiation and various forms of dispute resolution.

Mia’s expertise includes dealing with all aspects and issues arising from the landlord and tenant relationship including business lease renewals, rent review and dilapidations, property related insolvency and tenant default/arrears and service charge disputes.

Acting for both landlords and tenants, Mia has extensive experience in relation to residential and commercial possession claims, including large scale site clearances prior to redevelopment. 

Mia has acted for various clients on the operation of contentious break clauses and advised on compliance with conditional and qualified rights to break. Mia has also been involved with real property issues, including covenants, easements, boundaries and rights of way.

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