FORMER council boss Graham Burgess is returning to Blackburn to take on a leadership role with the area’s health trust.

Mr Burgess is replacing chair of Blackburn with Darwen Clinical Commissioning Group, Joe Slater.


Mr Burgess spent 14 years working for Blackburn with Darwen Council, during some major projects including the town’s £12million Wainwright Bridge and the Lord Street revamp.

“I’m really pleased to take up the role of chair and to be 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,” said Mr Burgess, who will be taking on the role in October 1.

“I’m looking forward to the future challenges the CCG faces as we continue to move further forward in 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.”

The former local council boss started 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.

Mr Burgess left Blackburn three years ago to join Wirral Council.

NHS Blackburn with Darwen CCG is made up of 27 GP practices located within the borough boundaries whose role it is to plan and commission – or ‘buy’ – healthcare services on behalf of local people.

The CCG is accountable for a governing body of 13 active members.