Our Team

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DIRECTORS AND LEADERSHIP

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Dr Asif Yaseen

MBChB, MRCGP

Partner at The Boulevard Medical Practice.
Director and Co-Chair at Pennine GP Alliance.

As Co-Chair of Pennine GP Alliance I have a passion to make sure that general practice retains its place at the heart of community healthcare provision in Calderdale. With my colleagues on the board, I actively lead the Alliance to achieve its objectives in line with the organisations mission, vision and values.I undertake the role of GP trainer with the Pennine Vocational Training Scheme; training young doctors to become GPs. In my teaching role, I work to ensure that people in Calderdale continue to benefit from highly skilled GPs with strong local knowledge of the area, services and the needs of local patients.

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Dr Geetha Chandrasekaran

MBBS MRCS MRCGP DFFP Dip In UROLOGY

Partner at Plane Trees General Practice since 2004
Director and Co-Chair Pennine GP Alliance

As Co-Chair of the Pennine GP Alliance I am passionate about ensuring sustainable general practice in Calderdale which provides the highest level of service for the population. I am responsible for ensuring that the mission, vision and values are at the centre of all work undertaken by the Alliance. I am an active member of the Calderdale LMC and I took a leading role in the creation of the Alliance as a member of the steering group which set out the principles for the work of PGPA and its other activities.My experience in secondary care is complemented by my status as a GP with special interest in Urology, which can help with setting up clinics in communities

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Dr Nadeem Akhtar

MBChb (Hons) MRCGP

GP Spring Hall Medical Practice
Director Pennine GP Alliance Clinical Lead for Business Opportunities

As a founding Director of the Pennine GP Alliance I have a keen focus on ensuring the Alliance achieves its commercial objectives. With my colleagues on the board I energetically support the PGPA in delivering its mission. As clinical lead for the Alliance I ensure that the interests of Alliance members, patients and communities served by the organisation are at heart of all we do.I have professional interests in research and professional development. I am passionate about teaching and training to share my experience and skills with my practice community.

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Dr Fawad Azam

MBChB, MRCGP

GP Partner Stainland Road Medical Centre

As Director of the Pennine GP Alliance I support the clinical aspects of the PGPA; this involves ensuring primary care and clinical leadership flows throughout all aspects within the PGPA and our involvement with other partners.My clinical interests include dermatology, minor surgery and teaching. I am keen to make all aspects of clinical or managerial work as streamlined as possible, reducing duplication by challenging and offering new solutions of ways of working. Born and brought up in Calderdale I have a belief that the PGPA can lead the way in demonstrating the value of a strong united primary care in the changing NHS landscape.

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Dr Azharuddin K. Siddiqui

MRCGP, M.D, BSc Biomedical Sciences RCGP, GMC, MDU

GP Partner at Keighley Road Surgery
Clinical Lead Information Governance

As Director, I am driven to ensure that Pennine GP Alliance is at the forefront of creating new services that will improve general practice for patients and NHS staff. I work with my colleagues on the board to ensure that the Alliance takes advantage of commercial opportunities which supports the delivery of the mission and commercial objectives. As clinical lead for Information Governance, I support the board in considering PGPA’s immediate and future regulatory, legal, risk, environmental and operational requirements.I am an active member of the Calderdale LMC and I have professional clinical interest in diabetes.

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Will Menzies

CIMA Adv Dip MA

Business Manager Keighley Road Surgery
Non-Voting Director, Finance Lead at Pennine GP Alliance

I took an active role in the creation of the Alliance, its establishment as a registered company and its work with the Calderdale Vanguard.As non-voting Director of the Pennine GP Alliance I support the delivery of the organisations mission and commercial objectives, providing financial advice and support which is drawn from my professional background in accountancy, corporate governance and financial management.I have professional interests in business improvement, staff development and finance. My passion for the work of the Alliance is driven by developing and implementing true innovation that delivers tangible business improvement based on ensuring patients are at the centre of all the Alliance undertakes.

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Heather Simpson- Moss

PG (Dip) Health and Social Care Management

Practice Manager King Cross Practice
Non-voting director and Senior Information Risk Officer (SIRO) at Pennine GP Alliance

I support the Pennine GP Alliance in the achievement of its mission and commercial objectives as a non-voting director. As Senior Information Risk Officer I ensure that the Alliance values, protects and uses information appropriately; I am responsible for the consistent implementation of the Alliances overall information risk policy and risk assessment processes.Prior to my appointment as Practice Manager, I held the role of Service Manager with Virgin Care Services Ltd. My career has provided me with a rich background enabling me to provide insight and advice to the Board. My professional experience is complemented by roles I held in the banking sector and as commissioner for secondary care services and risk management.

ALLIANCE TEAM

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Rosemary Cowgill

MBA, Diploma and Certificate in Management Studies, PGDip Public Sector Contracting and Commissioning, BA (Hons) Law with Employee Relations, Managing Successful Programmes and Prince 2: Practitioner and Foundation

Director of Community Pennine GP Alliance

I am committed to bringing about improvements in community and public services and have worked in and around the public sector for over a decade, specialising in health and social care. I am a motivated change agent, driving change through credible stakeholder management and partnership working, whilst gaining extensive programme management experience and a track record of delivery, at the vanguard of change in a variety of contexts.

As Director of Community I manage and support the team and support and advise the Directors to ensure that we deliver on every aspect of Pennine GP Alliances work; in order that we deliver our Aims, Vision and Objectives whilst maintaining our values. I support the alliance to continue to develop as an organisation, to achieve new business, act as the alliance’s voice in strategic meetings and lead the team to success in delivering sustainable GP services and achievement of new business.

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Paul Friend

Management Diploma , Good Clinical Practice Research Accreditation, City and Guilds in Web Design and Publishing

Business Manager Pennine GP Alliance

I have held management roles for over 17 years in retail optics, around the country with three different companies. My desire to have a direct influence on improving services for patients resulted in taking roles as business/practice manager both here in Calderdale, where the practice I managed achieved an Outstanding CQC inspection result and previously in Sheffield where I was management lead of the Advanced Training Practice Project and sat on the Practice Nurse Preceptorship Steering Group. I am now excited to be able to influence the development and delivery of innovation in primary care for the benefit of patientsIn my role I undertake general management and back office functions, ensuring compliance with all statutory, regulatory and contractual obligations and registrations; maintaining good information governance including optimising system availability, data security and integrity; ensuring ensure effective systems are in place for all information flows including telephone, electronic communication and document management and maintain good information governance including optimising system availability, data security and integrity together with ensuring that all our insurances are maintained and policies and strategies are reviewed annually. 

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Gareth Tyne

PRINCE2 Project Management Foundation and Practitioner

Project Manager

I have over a decade of experience in the public sector, working directly with communities and businesses to bring about positive change and community cohesion. Having attained, then pioneered specialist roles I have successfully delivered on local and regional projects. I take great pride and professionalism in delivering high standards of service and improvements that make a real and lasting difference. As a Project Manager for Pennine GP Alliance I am dedicated in supporting the Alliance Board and the member practices in the goals of delivering sustainable, high quality patient-focused healthcare. I am the central point of contact for Practices and stakeholders, providing information, advice and support Working both alone and as part of the team I develop and implement projects that bring about effective change, supporting the achievement of PGPA’s vision, mission and values. I maintain an overview of all of our contractual reporting requirements and it’s my job to ensure that they are met. I also facilitate the Alliance Board providing assurance by maintaining our workplan, risk logs, actions and decisions trackers.