This is what makes us a great organisation to work with.

Below are the members of Bury Local Care Organisation’s leadership team, which makes decisions on how health and care services are changed and improved for people in the borough.

Our team of exceptionally qualified, experienced and compassionate leaders who are improving lives in Bury.

Kath Wynne-Jones


Kath is the Chief Officer of Bury LCO. She leads the development and implementation of strategy, systems and processes, to ensure the effective delivery of care, through the LCO arrangements. Kath has extensive commissioning experience, complemented by a breadth of operational management, gained in a variety of provider settings. She is experienced in the development and implementation of healthcare strategy, through systems and people. Kath has a particular interest in Integrated Care systems, which has been the subject of a fellowship she undertook with AQUA.

Kath is passionate about living your life with purpose and authenticity and is in equal measures concerned about the sustainability of public services, with the financial and workforce challenges currently facing the health and social care sector. As an experienced Executive Coach, Meditation Teacher, and Author, Kath is passionate about embedding a culture of resilience for the people that work within the LCO, to improve the health of the population of Bury. Please note: As from December 2020, Lindsey Darley is acting chief officer.

Kath Wynne-Jones

Chief Officer, Bury Local Care Organisation

Chris O'Gorman


Chris O'Gorman is a health and social care leader with nearly 30 years' experience gained across the voluntary, statutory and private sectors in Portsmouth, London, and Greater Manchester.  He has been a charity chief officer twice, a PCT director, and a senior manager in a large NHS trust.  He specialises in collaborative working between organisations and in conflict resolution.  Outside of his work in Bury, he runs a specialist health and social care consultancy and chairs arbitration panels on NHS continuing healthcare.  He holds degrees from Oxford and London universities and has a diploma in organisational psychodynamics.

Chris O'Gorman

Independent Chair, Bury Local Care Organisation

Geoff Little OBE


Geoff came to Bury Council from Manchester City Council, where he had been Deputy Chief Executive, in summer 2018. He is familiar with Bury, having worked at the Council for a decade during his early career. Geoff brings extensive experience to Bury, including strategic development of social care, education services and the devolution of health and social care.

Geoff also became Chief Officer of Bury CCG in October 2018. This is a joint appointment between the Council and the CCG and supports the aim of becoming one commissioning function for health and social care.

Geoff Little

Chief Executive, Bury Council; Accountable Officer, Bury CCG

Raj Jain


Raj re-joined Salford Royal in January 2015 to lead the development of the Group’s corporate strategy, then becoming the Chief of Strategy & Organisational Development, with responsibility for the workforce, digital, service development, estates, and facilities. He was also Deputy Chief Executive.

He has previously held the post of Managing Director of Greater Manchester Academic Health Science Network (AHSN), created to bring together healthcare and academic organisations in partnership with industry, local authorities and other agencies to improve health and economic wealth through the spread of innovation. He has been a Chief Executive of an NHS Foundation Trust that was named Hospital of the Year in 2012 and has held senior roles in teaching and general hospitals.

Raj Jain

Chief Executive, Northern Care Alliance

Claire Molloy


Claire has more than 20 years’ experience in the NHS, working in a variety of roles across different settings. For four years prior to her appointment as Chief Executive of Pennine Care in September 2017, she was Chief Executive at Cumbria Partnership NHS Foundation Trust; which has many similarities to Pennine Care, as a provider of both community and mental health services across multiple boroughs.

Community and mental health care is a particular passion of Claire's, which was a major reason for her taking the role at Pennine Care. The Trust offers something unique as a provider in Greater Manchester, which needs to benefit patients and the wider health and social care system.

Claire Molloy

Chief Executive, Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust

Sajid Hashmi MBE


Sajid has extensive experience as a senior leader in the voluntary sector, successfully establishing, managing and developing many successful organisations. He led the development of VAST, one of the most successful Local Infrastructure Organisations, providing capacity building and development support to voluntary organisations. Sajid took over at VAST in 2006 at a time of severe financial crisis and developed it into a robust social enterprise. He was the driving force in the development of the Staffordshire Community Foundation and its endowment fund and set up the Staffordshire Credit Union. In 2008, he was appointed by the minister of Local Government, Rt. Hon John Denham MP, onto the Stoke City Transition Board - a body to oversee developments in Stoke City Council. He was awarded an MBE for services to the voluntary sector in 2010.

Sajid Hashmi MBE

Independent Chair, Bury Voluntary, Community and Faith Alliance

Kat Sowden


Kat is a Chartered Member of the CIPD and from 2003 worked at Bury Council, holding roles in HR, housing and adult social care.

She headed up the HR and OD team for adult social care for a number of years. During this time she led a series of organisational restructures and transformations. She took on responsibility for in-house social care provider services for people with learning disabilities and older people in 2010. She went on to lead the modernisation of these services and the eventual separation of them from the Council in October 2015, becoming Managing Director of Persona, the organisation that emerged.

Persona delivers a range of care support options across Bury to young people with additional needs, people with learning disabilities, people with physical disabilities, older people, people living with dementia, people with autism, and carers.

Kat Sowden

Managing Director, Persona Care and Support Limited

Vicky Riding


Vicky began her career with BARDOC in 2002 as the Operations Manager.

She progressed through the organisation and became Chief Executive in 2011, leading the organisation through a period of transformational change.

Vicky remains passionate about patient care and experience and her ambition is to lead BARDOC from being an ‘Out-of-Hours’ organisation into that of an ‘Out-of-Hospital’ care provider.

Vicky Riding

Chief Executive, BARDOC

Mark Beesley


Over 31 years, Mark has held senior leadership roles working across different parts of the NHS as both a provider and a commissioner of health services, with his most recent role leading a GP federation in North Yorkshire.

Previously, Mark was one of two regional leads for a national not-for-profit social enterprise, providing specialist advice and supporting the development of health and care services across the North and East of England.

He has worked in primary care for 21 years, having first worked with GP practices in Bury South PCG and Bury PCT from 2000 to 2004.

Mark Beesley

Chief Officer, Bury GP Federation

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