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.

Tom Tasker Dr Tom Tasker

Tom qualified as a GP in 1997 and has spent his GP career working in Salford – most recently joining St Andrews Medical Centre in Eccles in 2007. He has worked in a number of key leadership roles during his time in Salford including Mental Health Lead and the Neighbourhood Clinical Lead for Eccles and Irlam before being appointed chair in August 2016. Tom is firmly committed to improving the health outcomes of people in Salford, and has a strong record in developing successful relationships with partner organisations. He is also determined to continually improve our engagement work with patients, public and member practices.



Anthony Hassall

Anthony Hassall
Chief Accountable Officer

A resident of Salford for 17 years, Anthony joined the NHS in 1998 and has undertaken a number of senior roles within primary and community care, the Department of Health, Cheshire and Merseyside Strategic Health Authority and in large teaching hospitals in Greater Manchester and Merseyside before joining Salford CCG in August 2015. Anthony has a strong background in developing robust, successful, strategic partnerships with health and social care organisations and believes firmly in the power of engagement with our local communities to ensure we deliver high performing services.



Steve Dixon

Steve Dixon
Chief Finance Officer

Steve Dixon has responsibility for the financial strategy, financial management and financial governance of the CCG, whilst also contributing to the development of the commissioning strategy and being an integral part of the
team redesigning clinical pathways.




Dr Tom Regan Dr Tom Regan
Clinical Lead for Transformation

Tom trained in Leicester, graduating in 2008 and has been a GP in Eccles since 2014.




Jeremy Tankel

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.





Nick Browne 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 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 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 Ben Williams Dr Ben Williams
Neighbourhood Lead for Swinton

Ben qualified from Birmingham University in 1995 and has worked as a partner at the Poplars Medical Centre in Swinton since 2001. His clinical interests include dermatology and joint and soft tissue injections




Dr Chris babbs 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.


Alison Kelly

Alison Kelly
Governing Body Nurse

Alison qualified as an Enrolled Nurse in 1988 in London then moved back to the North West where she converted to a Registered General Nurse in 1990. She has a wide range of experience as a senior nurse in the acute sector including experience at Salford and Blackpool, spending over four years in the position of Deputy Chief Nurse at University Hospital of South Manchester before taking up her first Executive Directors position at the Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Trust in March 2013.


Brian Wroe

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 Vitallis


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


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.