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Former council boss returns to the town as Chair of Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group

Former council boss returns to the town as Chair of Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group

NHS Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG) is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr Graham Burgess to the role of Chair from the 1 October 2015. Graham replaces outgoing Chair Mr Joe Slater.

Graham has held a number of senior positions in local government, becoming one of the best known chief executives in local government.  In 2011, he was voted 4th out of the 50 most influential local government figures in health and social integration, by trade magazine Local Government Chronicle.

Starting his career as a social worker with Liverpool City Council in 1974, he joined Blackburn with Darwen Council in 1998 before rising to position of Chief Executive in 2006; this then became a combined role with Blackburn with Darwen Primary Care Trust in 2010.

At this time, he was only one of five Chief Executives in the country to hold the dual role of Council and Primary Care Trust Chief Executive, leading a unique integration of local authority and health commissioning services.

Prior to his work in Blackburn, Graham was Assistant Director of Liverpool City Council Social Services Department for five years and previously held a number of senior positions relating to workforce development, mental health, and child care social work.

After leaving the area three years ago to join Wirral Council, Graham is delighted to be returning to the town and continuing to build on the strong and effective working relationships that have been developed.  He said: “I’m really pleased to take up the role of Chair and working back in Blackburn with Darwen.  I’ve kept a close eye on local news over the years as the town is very close to my heart.

“I’m looking forward to the future challenges the CCG faces as we continue to move further forward integrating health and social care.  I’m confident that my experience and knowledge will ensure that our patients continue to receive high quality healthcare services.”

Dr Chris Clayton, Clinical Chief Officer at the CCG, added: “First of all, I’d like to welcome Graham to the CCG.  He is bringing with him a wealth of experience not only local government, and health and social care, but of the local area.  He is an experienced Chair who has faced many challenges and transformational changes.  I’m positive that he will provide the CCG with strong and strategic leadership.”