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

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. Prior to that he was our Mental Health Lead and Neighbourhood Lead for Eccles and Irlam. Tom 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 Chair of the GM Association of CCGs. This role involves operating across all 10 local authorities and with the GM Health and Social Care Partnership senior leadership team. Tom is Co-chair of GM Health and Care Commissioning and is leading the work to successfully integrate commissioning of health and social care across GM between local authorities and CCGs.


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Chief Acountable 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.


David Warhurst.jpgDavid Warhurst
Chief Finance Officer

David Warhurst worked in Salford many years ago but has been working as Deputy Director of Finance at Tameside NHS Trust for the past 4 four years.  David joined Salford CCG as Chief Finance Officer in February 2020 where he has responsibility for the financial strategy, financial management and financial governance of the CCG.



Dr Tom Regan
Clinical Lead for Transformation

Tom 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 since 1987. His clinical interests include health prevention and minor surgery.



Dr Nick Browne
Neighbourhood Lead for Little Hulton and Walkden

Nick qualified in 1996 and started working at The Gill Medical Centre in 2005. He has a special interest in sexual health and substance misuse



Kate Jones
Neighbourhood Lead for Eccles, Irlam and Cadishead

Kate grew up in Salford and has lived locally all of her life and is both a user of Salford health care and a clinican. Since qualifying in 1981, she has worked in the hospital and primary care, for the past 11 years in general practice in Salford. Kate has always been keen to address health inequalities and sees patient leadership as integral to health improvement. Kate's clinical specialist interests are in diabetes and care of the elderly.


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 David McKelvey
Neighbourhood Lead for Ordsall and Claremont

David qualified in 1985, and has worked abroad, in public health and as a GP in Ordsall since 2004.  He is interested in preventing illness, minor surgery and cycling.


Dr Chris Babbs
Governing Body Secondary Care Clinician

Chris was appointed as a consultant physician in 1992 and moved to Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust in 1998 where he was director of endoscopy services. He was Training Programme Director for Gastroenterology in the North West and sits on the Governing Board to provide advice on secondary care commissioning.

Paul Kavanagh-Fields.jpgPaul 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.


Edward Vitalis
Lay Member (Finance and Governance)

Edward is a chartered certified accountant with a diploma in corporate governance. He has an extensive background in financial management and governance in the not for profit charities and private health, education and social care sectors.



Paul Newman
Lay Member (Commercial)

Paul is currently Director of Communications for The Peel Group, the owners of Media City UK at Salford Quays. He has extensive previous experience of strategic and operational communications at the Liverpool Culture Company,
Cardiff County Council and The Football Association.