Interim Chief Executive Karen James
Tameside Hospital appoint 'Inspirational woman' as Chief Executive
10 July 2014

• Karen James named as permanent CEO with immediate effect.

• New CEO also named in top 50 inspirational women by the Health Service Journal

Tameside Hospital is delighted to announce that the trust’s interim chief executive, Karen James, has just been appointed as the hospital’s permanent chief executive following a successful interview.

Karen James joined the trust back in July 2013 on an interim basis from neighbouring hospital Wythenshawe. Karen, who came with a successful track record at hospitals across the north west of England joined Tameside Hospital to drive through a programme of change following the trust’s placement in special measures. It is almost a year since her interim appointment and Karen has now agreed to take up the post on a permanent basis to see through the journey of improvement that she mapped out last year.

When asked about her appointment Ms James said: “I am delighted to have been offered the post at Tameside Hospital on a permanent basis. The hospital has made huge steps over the last 12 months and it has been a pleasure to be part of that journey. We still have a long way to go on our path, but I am delighted to have the opportunity to play a role in getting this hospital firmly back on its feet and delivering the kind of healthcare the local community deserve.”

Paul Connellan, Tameside Hospital’s chairman, added: “Karen has been an inspiration since the first day she walked in the hospital last year. The change in culture here over the last 12 months has been unbelievable. She is very well liked and admired by all the staff at every level of the organisation. We are delighted that she has agreed to lead the hospital over the coming years.”

Andrew Gwynne MP said: “Karen has shown great leadership at Tameside Hospital since her appointment in July last year. She has made a significant difference to the staff and patients at Tameside Hospital and I am very pleased that she has been appointed on a permanent basis, so she can finish the journey of improvement the hospital is now on. It’s great for the community of Tameside.” In addition to her appointment, Karen James has today been named by the Health Service Journal (HSJ) as one of the country’s top 50 ‘inspirational women’ following the work she has done at Tameside Hospital in the last 12 months.