Our Team

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Dr Asif Yaseen


Co-Chair, CQC Registered Manager and Executive Board Lead for Finance

As a founding Director and Co-Chair of Pennine GP Alliance (PGPA) 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 work to achieve PGPA’s 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.


Dr Geetha Chandrasekaran


Co-Chair, Human Resources Lead, LMC Lead

As a founding Director and Co-Chair of 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 we do. I am the board member lead for EMIS Web practices. I am an active member of the Calderdale LMC and represent primary care with Calderdale and Huddersfield Foundation Trust. 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.  


Dr Nadeem Akhtar

MBChb (Hons) MRCGP

Operational Medical Services Lead

As a founding Director of Pennine GP Alliance (PGPA) I have a keen focus on the achievement of our commercial objectives. With my colleagues on the board I energetically support PGPA in delivering its mission. As clinical lead for Pennine GP Alliance I ensure that the interests of Alliance members, patients and communities served by the organisation are at the heart of all we do. I am passionate about teaching and training to share my experience and skills with my practice community and wider. Hence my leadership role in our Reception Signposting Training and acting as clinical lead for our Improved Access and Health Checks programmes. I have professional interests in research and professional development.  


Dr Fawad Azam


Project Development Clinical Lead, Board Lead for Communications and Marketing

As a founding director of Pennine GP Alliance (PGPA) I support the clinical aspects of our work. This involves ensuring primary care and clinical leadership flows throughout all aspects within PGPA. Hence my leadership role in the development and delivery of our Correspondence Management Protocol and Training, as well as the ground breaking project, GP Career+ and I am  at present leading on a project covering Calderdale and Huddersfield working with our shared hospital trust to gather insights of local GPs and collaborate with secondary care clinicians in order to identify potential improvements in patient care and system working.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                            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 believe that PGPA can lead the way in demonstrating the value of a strong united primary care in the changing NHS landscape.  


Dr Azharuddin K. Siddiqui

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

Research and Safeguarding Lead, Caldicott Guardian

As a founding director of Pennine GP Alliance (PGPA), I am driven to ensure we are 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 PGPA takes advantage of commercial opportunities which supports the delivery of our vision and commercial objectives. Hence my role as research lead and Caldicott Guardian for PGPA, where I ensure the confidentiality of patient information. I am an active member of the Calderdale LMC and I have professional clinical interest in diabetes. I am also the organisational lead for Safeguarding.  


Will Menzies

ACMA CGMA, NHS Leadership Academy award in Leadership Foundations.

Finance Director, Company Secretary

I took an active role in the creation of Pennine GP Alliance (PGPA) and its establishment as a registered company. As a Non-Executive Director I support the delivery of the organisations mission and commercial objectives. I keep the organisations accounts, drawing on my expertise as a qualified Chartered Accountant, I also undertake the role of Information Governance Manager for PGPA. I have professional interests in Business Improvement, Staff Development and Finance. My passion for the work of PGPA is driven by developing and implementing true innovation that delivers tangible business improvement based on ensuring patients are at the centre of all that we undertake.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       As Company Secretary I work with the Chief Executive to support the Board and Team to ensure statutory and regulatory compliance.  


Heather Simpson

PG (Dip) Health and Social Care Management

Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO), Practice Manager's Liaison

In my role as Non-Executive Director I support Pennine GP Alliance (PGPA) in the achievement of our vision and commercial objectives. As Senior Information Risk Officer (SIRO) I ensure that PGPA values, protects and uses information appropriately. 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. I also act as the Practice Managers Liaison Officer, enabling Practice Managers to speak to someone who is doing the same job as them.  



Rosemary Cowgill

Managing Successful Programmes Foundation and Practitioner; Prince 2 Foundation and Practitioner; Masters in Business Administration MBA; Diploma in Management Studies DMS; Certificate in Management Studies CMS; Post Graduate Certificate in Public Sector Contracting and Commissioning; BA (Hons) Degree Law with Employee Relations

Chief Executive Officer

As Chief Executive Officer of Pennine GP Alliance (PGPA), I manage and support the team and support and advise the Board of Directors to ensure that we deliver on every aspect of our vision, aims and objectives, whilst maintaining our values and becoming a self-sustaining organisation. I support our continued development as an organisation, leading on the achievement of new business, act as PGPA’s voice in strategic meetings, listening to our members and acting on their needs; leading the team to success in delivering sustainable GP services and achievement of new business.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   I am committed to bringing about improvements in community and public services and have worked in and around the public sector for two decades, specialising in Health and Social Care. As a motivated change agent, driving change through credible stakeholder management and partnership working, I have gained extensive programme management experiences and a track of delivery, as the vanguard of change in a variety of contexts and roles. These range from single authority, to regional or multi partner working and from commissioner to provider, where I have proved myself able to quickly gain credibility, establish effective working relationships, manage teams, work within tight timescales and deliver within budget.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                     I specialise in a powerful and compelling ability to think and plan strategically across multiple organisational boundaries, to solve complex problems and develop creative solutions; governance development and implementation; relationship management and partnership working and organisational change, transformation and efficiencies, integration and shared service implementation.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 I believe firmly in the concept of bringing care closer to home and integrating both budgets and services for the benefit of people.  


Paul Friend

Lean 6 Sigma Green Belt, Management Diploma, Good Clinical Practice Research Accreditation, City and Guilds in Web Design and Publishing.

Services Director

I support business research and development, engagement, information sharing and coordination across our member practices, in relation to new business development and specific projects. Actively contributing to the development of PGPA by researching and advising on policy matters and sharing ideas and experience in order to facilitate decision making and strategic planning and liaising with professional advisors on key business matters. Helping business development by horizon scanning for new business opportunities; supporting tender applications and producing business cases for the introduction of new business ideas. I keep an active look out for best practice and determine if there are alternative, efficient options that may be viable for implementation by PGPA.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             My career began in retail optics where I held various management roles, for fifteen years, before a career change to practice management. Working in three practices across different CCG areas, all of which were proud to be sites for training future clinical team members. Shortly before joining PGPA I was particularly pleased that I was part of a practice that rated ‘Outstanding’ following our CQC inspection.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         I write and input into reports to commissioners and ensure effective systems are in place for all information flows including telephone, electronic communication, and document management; maintaining good information governance including optimising system availability, data security and integrity.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 I represent Calderdale at the West Yorkshire and Harrogate Primary Care Workforce Group and have previously sat on the Practice Nurse Preceptorship Steering Group at the University of Sheffield. My primary interest is developing and maintaining user focused GP practice services and the workforce required to deliver them.  


Gareth Tyne

Managing Successful Programmes (MSP), PRINCE2 Project Management Foundation and Practitioner

Project Manager

In my previous career I have attained and pioneered specialist roles, successfully delivering on complex regional and local projects that relied on my professionalism, diplomacy and negotiation skills. I take great pride in delivering change and improvements to a high standard to make a real and lasting difference.                                                                                                                                                                                                   As a Project Manager for PGPA I am dedicated to supporting the Board and member practices in their goals of delivering sustainable, high-quality patient focussed healthcare. I project manage the Improved Access Service, contract managing for our providers, acting as first point of contact for the service, flagging any complaints, analysing the service providing reports and acting as commissioner liaison. I also undertake reporting for our Commissioning and Engagement Scheme, Correspondence Management and Active Care Navigation reporting. I support our CEO by maintaining our insurance, managing our data toolkit return and providing detailed project budgets. In this way I support the achievement of PGPA’s vision and values.


Anna Duggan

PRINCE2 Project Management Foundation and Practitioner

Project Manager

I have worked in the health and care system for over 10 years delivering local and national projects and audits and building up a wealth of experience of working with boards, clinicians and professionals at all levels across the system. I have a good working knowledge of information governance, clinical systems from my work at NHS Digital and GP payments for local enhanced from my work with Public Health Kirklees. I am highly experience at analysing complex information and reporting on my findings. For me, this knowledge and experience is underpinned by relationships and good customer service both of which are vitally important to me.                                                                                                                                                                                                                   As a Project Manager for PGPA, I am dedicated to supporting the Board and member practices in their goals of delivering sustainable, high-quality patient focused healthcare. I provide facilitation and assurance for PGPAs Board, writing up the minutes and recording actions and decisions. I maintain the risks register and work plan and similarly support the Primary Care and Stakeholder Workforce Group. I am the first point of contact for practices and stakeholders. I support the GP Observation project, GP Career + and Clinical Workshops, including sponsor appointments and undertake the Health Checks mail out and provide additional support to EMIS practices for NHS Health Checks. I maintain the policies and procedures ensuring timely review and provide statistical analysis, develop and implement new projects as they arise, to bring about effective change, supporting the achievement of PGPA’s vision and values