Meet the Governing Body

Our Governing Body is made up of Salford GPs and healthcare professionals who work alongside an experienced management team to lead Salford CCG making sure our health services across the city are the best they can be. Read below an introduction to each Governing Body member and, if you wish to ask a question in person, come along to our bi-monthly Governing Body meetings.

Dr Tom Tasker, Chair

Tom has worked as a GP in Salford since 1997 and currently practices at St Andrews Medical Centre in Eccles. Tom has been the Clinical Chair of Salford CCG since 2016. He is firmly committed to improving the health outcomes of people in Salford and is determined to continually improve our engagement work with patients, public and member practices.

In 2018, he was appointed as Co-chair of the GM Joint Commissioning Team. This role involves bringing together the 10 CCGs and local authorities to work with the GM Health and Social Care Partnership in order to commission services across GM. He has recently been appointed Interim Chair of GM Medical Executive, which provides medical leadership across GM in an effort to improve working relationships across specialities and between primary, community, acute trusts and mental health. Tom is particularly motivated by health playing its part in the devolution journey; encompassing opportunities offered by public service reform and ultimately working to reduce health inequalities. 

Steve Dixon, Chief Accountable Officer

Steve started his NHS career in 1995 at a large teaching hospital in Tyne and Wear.  He has undertaken a number of roles within provider trusts, the Health Authority, and within primary and community care.  Steve has worked in Salford for the past 19 years, 15 of which he has lived in the city. He joined Salford CCG when it was first established in 2013 as Chief Finance Officer and more recently took on the role as Deputy Chief Accountable Officer in 2016.  In January 2020, he became Interim Chief Accountable Officer.  Steve has a strong background in developing successful, strategic partnerships with health and social care organisations and believes in the power of wide-ranging engagement with our local communities to ensure we deliver high performing services.

Elaine Vermuelen.jpg Elaine is a qualified chartered accountant who trained with KPMG in South Africa. She first joined the NHS in Scotland in 1994 and has experience in both the acute and community sectors. She has worked in Salford for most of the past 19 years and was the CCG’s Deputy Chief Finance Officer until December 2021. Since January 2022 she has been the Interim Chief Finance Officer.

Dr Tom Regan (2).jpgTom trained in Leicester, graduating in 2008 and has been a GP in Eccles since 2014.

Dr Jeremy Tankel, Clinical Lead for Quality and Safety/Medical Director

Jeremy qualified as a doctor in 1979 and has worked as a GP in Salford since 1987. He is keen to ensure that the clinical care that patients receive from primary and secondary care is safe, effective and responsive to patient need.

David Flinn, Neighbourhood Lead for Broughton

David has been the Practice Manager of a large Salford GP practice since 2008 and has also served as a Practice Manager Area Lead. Prior to that he has extensive experience in the areas of both Operational and Human Resource Management.

Dr Trivedi.jpgSheetal is a GP at the Sides Medical Centre and our neighbourhood lead for Swinton.

Dr Nageswar BandlaDr Nageswar Bandla graduated from Kakatiya Medical College, Warangal, South India in the year 2003. He completed my Basic Surgical Training with Membership of Royal College of Surgeons in year 2007. He completed Anaesthetics training in West Midlands Deanery with award of FRCA and Advanced Intensive Care Medicine training in Oxford University Hospitals with award of FFICM. 

He is currently working as a Consultant in Critical Care and Anaesthetics at University Hospitals of North Midlands NHS Trust since 2016. He is also acting as a Clinical Lead for Organ Donation and Trust Guardian of Safe Working for UHNM and serving as a member of West Midlands Clinical Senate.

Paul Kavanagh-Fields, Governing Body Nurse

Since completing his training in 1999, Paul has had an extensive nursing career, as well as training asn an assessor for the Royal College of Physicians. He has worked for the last three years as a Divisional Director of Nursing and Head of Clinical Practice and Improvement in the acute sector of the NHS following which he took up post as Executive Director of Nursing and Quality at PC24 Liverpool.

Brian Wroe, Lay Member (Engagement)

Brian has significant and wide-ranging experience of working with the public sector, community and voluntary groups in Salford. As a police commander in Salford he helped to introduce neighbourhood policing to the city in 2004. During his time as an Assistant Director at Salford City Council, he played a leading role in developing community engagement and in devolving budgets to local communities.

Anna Sharpley.jpgAnna is a Chartered Management Accountant. She has an extensive background in financial management, control and governance in the retail sector and most recently the education sector.