Our Team

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Dr Asif Yaseen


Co-Chair, CQC Registered Manager, Executive Board Lead for Finance, Safeguarding Lead and Caldicott Guardian.

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


North Halifax PCN Clinical Director

As a founding Director 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

Central Halifax PCN Clinical Director and Operational Clinical lead

Central Halifax PCN Clinical Director and Operational Clinical Lead for PGPA I am extremely fortunate to have this opportunity to lead Central Halifax practices, as their Clinical Director, utilising our key strengths in the development and delivery of our PCN in its positive impact on the health and wellbeing of the population of Central Halifax Our key strengths are teamwork, a desire to innovate and a passion to make a change and I am confident that going forward these will prove fundamental in the impact achieved for our population. As a GP Partner for 6 years at Spring Hall Group Practice and a founding director of PGPA, I’m passionate about innovation and delivery, seeing projects through from conception to delivery. With my colleagues at PGPA I energetically support PGPA in delivering its mission and as clinical lead I ensure that the interests of our members, patients, and communities served by the organisation are at the heart of all we do. I love teaching, training and sharing my experience and skills with my practice community and wider. Hence my leadership role in our previous Active Care Navigation Programme and acting as clinical lead for our Extended Access and Health Checks programmes. With my colleagues on the board, I energetically support PGPA in delivering its vision of Ensuring viable GP services remain at the heart of local communities, providing sustainable and high quality, patient-focused healthcare and recognise PGPA as the vehicle by which we can provide a collective voice for all 5 PCNs on a Calderdale wide footprint


Dr Fawad Azam


Calder & Ryburn PCN Clinical Director and Clinical Project Development and Communications and Marketing lead

Born and brought up in Calderdale I have been a GP Partner at Stainland Road Medical Centre for 7 years and Director for PGPA since inception. 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 to ways of working. I am proud to lead Calder and Ryburn PCN as their clinical director. We have a track record of working together as practices to innovate and improve services 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 groundbreaking project, GP Career+ and leading 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. I believe that PGPA can lead the way in demonstrating the value of a strong united primary care in the changing NHS landscape; that’s why I support the Clinical Directors coming together via PGPA to look at Calderdale wide projects and share lessons learned across the PCNs.


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.  


Dr Nigel Taylor


Upper Valley PCN Clinical Director

Upper Calder Valley PCN Clinical Director I have worked in Calderdale since training and I have been a GP partner at Hebden Bridge group practice since 1995. I have served on the Local Medical Committee since 2016 and Calderdale CCG Governing Body since its inception. But have now stepped down from both of these roles to dedicate my energy to Upper Calder Valley PCN as its clinical director. My medical interests include respiratory medicine, minor surgery/joint injections and cost-effective, safe prescribing. I believe that our PCN has a vital role to play in continuing to provide a good service for patients and that collaboration with other stakeholders is vital to achieving the outcomes needed for the people of Upper Valley Calderdale. I believe that working, together, at a system-wide level allows Upper Valley Primary Care Network to benefit from the associated cost savings and influence while freeing our local team to focus on the needs of our service users.


Dr Alex Ross

MB BS 1993 Newcastle DFFP 1998 MRCGP 2010

Lower Valley PCN Clinical Director.

I have been a full time GP Partner at Northolme Practice based in Hipperholme for over 20 years. During this period, I have also been involved in GP, FY2 and Medical student training. My Clinical areas of interest relate to minor surgery and chronic disease management.

Having worked for so many years in Lower Valley Halifax I have built up strong working relationships with the GP practices and have a pride and passion for this PCN area that means I will work hard for it in my role as Clinical Director.  I believe I bring a commitment to the patients within this PCN footprint and a forthright and pragmatic approach to this role.

I firmly believe that the introduction of PCNs, is an opportunity for greater co-operation between local practices and other providers of care in our local communities to come together to make a difference for the local population.

I also recognise the importance of working together with other Clinical Directors via Pennine GP Alliance Board Membership, sharing successes and learning and where appropriate working on Calderdale wide projects.



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