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The Trust Board

The Trust Board is led by the Chairman and has executive and non-executive members.

The Chairman and Non-Executives are appointed by the Council of Governors for a specific period of time. The Chief Executive and all Executive Directors are appointed on permanent contracts by the Trust Board.


Jane McCall

Jane McCall - Chairperson

Date appointed: January 2018


Appointed as Trust Chair in January 2018, Jane has significant experience as a Non-Executive Director in the NHS, including at Stockport Foundation Trust and University Hospitals of South Manchester Foundation Trust; the latter as Deputy Chair. Her background is in social housing.


In addition to her role with the Trust, she holds Non-Executive positions with the Information Commissioner’s Office, and was an external member of the House of Commons Commission until April 2021.

In May 2020, she became the Chair of Peaks and Plains Housing Trust, a social housing provider based in Macclesfield.

Jane is the Chair of the Board and of the Council of Governors. She also Chairs the Nomination and Remuneration Committee of the Board, and serves on the Council’s Nomination Committee.



Executive Directors

An Executive Director is an appointed member of staff who jointly oversee the activities of Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust

The Chief Executive and all Executive Directors are appointed on permanent contracts by the Trust Board. The Chairman and Non-Executive Directors were appointed by the NHS Commissioner for a specified period of time. However, the Council of Members became responsible for the appointment and removal of the Chair and other Non-Executive Directors from the date of authorisation as a Foundation Trust.

The Nominations and Remuneration Committee determines the remuneration of the Executive and Associate Directors and is made up of the Chairman and the Non-Executive Directors.


Karen James - Chief Executive

Karen James OBE - Chief Executive

Date appointed: October 2014

Karen James joined the Trust in 2014, following a successful career in the NHS. Having started her career as a Registered Nurse, she has over the last fourteen years held a number of executive leadership roles in large acute tertiary providers. Karen has significant experience in managing large scale change across complex economies, and has been successful in the delivery of improvements in organisational performance.

Karen leads the Executive team, and also serves on the Quality & Governance and the Finance & Performance Committees as Chief Executive. She is the statutory Accounting Officer for the Trust.

Trish Cavanagh - Finance DirectorTrish Cavanagh - Deputy Chief Executive and Chief Operating Officer

Date appointed: July 2014

Trish joined the Board in July 2014 from University of South Manchester Foundation Trust, where she had been Associate Director of Operations. A registered nurse since 1986, and with an M.Sc. in Clinical Practice, Trish has long experience in operations and transformation in the NHS context.

Trish is responsible for the operational support provided to clinical functions in the Trust, including our community work and the contact-points with social care providers. She is also the lead for developing and implementing our transformational schemes, in partnership with local and regional partners. She is a member of the Workforce and Finance & Performance Committees, and is the Deputy Chief Executive.


Sam Simpson - Finance Director

Sam Simpson - Finance Director

Date appointed: June 2018


Sam joined the Trust in June 2018 and has worked in the NHS for over 25 years since joining the North West Financial Management Training Scheme. Sam has held senior finance roles in commissioner, provider and strategic health authority; and most recently, prior to joining the Trust, Sam was the Director of Finance for the Cheshire & Merseyside Sustainability Transformation Partnership. Sam spent two years at Greater Manchester Police and also has experience of working in local authorities and the education sector, and is a governor of Manchester Health Academy.

Sam is a member of the Finance Committee and Charitable Funds Committee, and attends the Audit Committee.



Brendan Ryan - Medical Director

Brendan Ryan - Medical Director and Caldicott Guardian

Date appointed: October 2014


Brendan joined the Trust in 2014, having been Medical Director, and Consultant in Emergency Medicine, at the University Hospitals of South Manchester Trust for the previous 14 years.


Brendan leads on professional medical issues, and serves on the Quality and Governance, and Workforce Committees. He is the Trust’s Caldicott Guardian, Responsible Officer for Medical Revalidation, Director of R&D, and executive lead for patient safety. Brendan chairs a number of Trust committees, including Patient Safety, Executive Procurement Group, Digital Care Board, and the R&D Committee.


Peter Weller- Director of Nursing and Integrated GovernancePeter Weller - Director of Nursing and Integrated Governance

Date appointed: February 2019

Peter has a portfolio of over 30 years’ nursing experience in provider, commissioner and regulatory organisations, having held a range of clinical and managerial leadership roles. Holding an MA in Professional Practice pertaining to Patient Safety and Quality Governance, Peter re-joined the Trust from NHS Improvement, where he was Senior Clinical Lead for Greater Manchester and Lancashire, overseeing a range of NHS providers and driving improvements in governance, workforce and clinical standards. He was previously the Director of Quality Governance at the Trust.


Peter leads on Nursing, AHP and Quality/ Clinical governance matters, and is a member of the Quality and Governance Committee and the Workforce Committee. His role includes being the Director of Infection Prevention and Control for the Trust.


Amanda Bromley HR Director

Amanda Bromley - Human Resources Director

Date appointed: September 2014

Amanda is a highly motivated HR/OD professional with extensive operational and strategic experience, which has been obtained from holding senior HR positions in a number of organisations in acute, community and mental health services. Amanda commenced her career at Tameside Community & Priority Services NHS Trust before moving on to Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust, Tameside Acute NHS Foundation Trust and the University Hospital of South Manchester NHS Foundation Trust, she returned to Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust in June 2013. Amanda is passionate about putting staff and patients at the heart of everything she does and she firmly believes that the development of a culture built around engagement, continuous learning, leadership development and shared values enables an organisation to be successful and sustainable.


Paul Featherstone - Estates and Facilities Director

Paul Featherstone - Estates and Facilities Director

Date appointed: March 2019

Prior to joining Tameside and Glossop IC NHS Foundation Trust, Paul was Director of Estates and Facilities at Bradford Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Paul qualified as a Chartered Surveyor in 1994 and holds first class honours and masters degrees and has spent his entire career working for a variety of NHS organisations. He is enthusiastic about how the built environment and facilities services provided to it, can make a significant difference to the patient experience and has led the delivery of a number of large scale redevelopment and transformation projects.



Non-Executive Directors

Peter Noble- Non-Executive Director

Martyn Taylor - Non-Executive Director

Date appointed: 1st May 2015

Board sub-committees: Chair of Quality and Governance Committee. Attends Audit Committee.

Martyn is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers, and spent his career in banking. Prior to his retirement he led risk management related to troubled firms for a major bank, with a particular focus on the North of England. He also graduated from senior management development programmes at Harvard Business School and the Wharton University in Pennsylvania.
Martyn joined the Board in May 2015, and his term will end in April 2021. He is the Chair of the Quality and Governance Committee, and serves on the Audit Committee and the Nomination & Remuneration Committee. He is the Lead NED for Freedom to Speak Up and for Organ Donation. From 1st May 2019, he has been Deputy Chair and Senior Independent Director
Abdul Hamied - Non-Executive Director

Abdul Hamied - Non-Executive Director

Date appointed: February 2021

Board sub-committees: Workforce Committee and Quality & Governance Committee.


Abdul is a currently Head of Vaccine Equalities within NHS England’s Covid-19 Vaccination Deployment Programme. Prior to this he worked on NHSEI’s award winning national Covid-19 Psychological Health & Wellbeing Programme for the NHS staff and developing the People Plan. He has also managed/supported various NHS Transformation Programmes including PCN Development, General Practice Development, Integrated Care and Mental Health.

Prior to joining the NHS Abdul has worked in several SRO roles leading social, economic and area-based transformation programmes and multi-sector partnership in Local Government. During his time at Rochdale MBC, he led various multi-agency partnership and area-based transformation programmes focused on step-change in local social and economic conditions, housing market renewal, improving mainstream services and reducing inequalities as well as leading on the work of the Local Strategic Partnership. He was also a Neighbourhood/Local Improvement Advisor, part of a CLG improvement programme, supporting improvement across a range of areas (economic development, community empowerment, performance management, cohesion, equalities and tackling inequalities) working closely with local authorities and Local Strategic Partnership’s.

Abdul is an experienced Non-Executive Director having previously served on a number of BME Housing Association Boards, Heywood Middleton & Rochdale Primary Care Trust Board, NW Learning & Skills Councils, and been a member of DWP Ethnic Minority Advisory Group. He is also passionate about tackling inequalities and has worked strategically with a range of private, public and voluntary sector organisations to aid understanding and improve practice to tackle under-representation at all levels. He is the Lead NED for Safeguarding Adults and Children.


Sally Bridgen- Non-Executive Director

Sallie Bridgen - Non-Executive Director

Date appointed: February 2017
Board sub-committees: Chair of Finance Committee. Attends: Quality and Governance Committee, Remuneration Committee

Sallie’s career has been in housing and homelessness, working with Housing Associations, Local Authorities and charities. She has held senior positions at Shelter, the National Housing Federation, and Housing Diversity Network. She now works to improve integration between housing and health. She is a Group Director for Progress Housing Group, and a Trustee of Together Dementia Support.

Sallie is Chair of the Finance Committee. She also serves on the Quality & Governance Committee, Workforce Committee and the Nomination & Remuneration Committee. She is the Lead NED for Equality & Diversity, and Patient Safety.


Andrew Light - Non-Executive Director

David Curtis MBE - Non-Executive Director

Date appointed: January 2020

David is a Mental Health and General Nurse, having had a 40 year full time career in the NHS. He has held senior clinical and managerial positions in Mental health, Acute and Community Services and in Nurse Education: his last NHS position was the Executive Director of Nursing and Integrated Governance in Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust. In 2008 David was awarded an MBE for his services to Nursing and Health Care in Greater Manchester. David has also previously served as a Non-Executive Director in a health and Wellbeing NHS Foundation Trust.


David is the Chair of the Charitable Funds Committee, and is a member of the Finance Committee, the Nomination & Remuneration Committee, and Quality & Governance Committee. He is the lead NED for mortality.

Board Sub-committees: To be decided



Andrew Light - Non-Executive Director


Andrew Light - Non-Executive Director

Date appointed: January 2020

Board sub-committees:



Andrew is a Chartered Management Accountant with over 30 years’ experience in the private sector. After graduate training and early roles gaining broad accounting experience Andrew enjoyed a 15 year career with Associated British Foods plc and progressed to his first Finance Director role with them. He joined Warburtons Limited in 2006 as Finance Director. The role has developed and broadened and became established for the first time on the Family Board of the business in 2014 with Andrew as CFO.


Andrew has begun to relinquish some of his responsibilities at Warburtons in order to enable him to continue as a volunteer NED on the Board of England Squash and take on the role at the Trust.Andrew is the Chair of the Audit Committee, and sits on the Finance Committee and Workforce Committee. Andrew’s role also includes being the lead NED for Business Continuity and Counter Fraud.



Dr Farath Arshad - Non-Executive Director


Dr Farath Arshad - Non-Executive Director

Date appointed: February 2021

Board sub-committees: Audit Committee, the Nomination and Remuneration Committee, and the Finance Committee


Dr Farath Arshad FBCS CITP, CPsychol. Farath’s career has been spent as a Research Scientist in the private sector and academia in the UK and Europe.  She has worked at several leading universities, heading research groups focused on Artificial Intelligence and its applications to education and healthcare. She has led research in applied computing R&D and evaluation including multidisciplinary work with industry, the NHS and its partners on strategic IT transformations leading to measurable benefits for users and organisations.  

Recently retiring as the head of a university Health Informatics centre, Farath decided to retrain as a counsellor (supporting a school and a women’s charity as a volunteer and, provides communication support for Stroke survivors). She has served on Primary Care NHS boards gaining extensive experience of NHS governance.


Trust Board Committees

The Trust Board has established the following committees:

  • Audit
  • Remuneration Committee
  • Quality and Governance committee
  • Finance Committee
  • Workforce

Each Committee is chaired by a non-executive director of the Trust Board.


Trust Board Meetings

Trust Board meetings are held every two months on the last Thursday of the month. Trust Board meetings are held in public at 9.30am in Silver Springs House.

At present public access is restricted to all meetings owing to COVID-19, until further notice. If you would like to observe the Board meeting, please contact the Trust Secretary at

2021 dates

28th January, 2021

25th March, 2021

27th May, 2021

29th July, 2021

30th September, 2021

25th November, 2021


2021 - Agenda, Minutes and Backing Papers

Please find below the papers from 2021's Trust Board Meetings

Agenda Backing Papers Late Papers
January 2021

January papers Part 1

January papers Part 2

January papers Part 3

January papers Part 4


March 2021

March Board Papers Part 1

March Board Papers Part 2

March Board Papers Part 3

March Board Papers Part 4

March Board Papers Part 5

May 2021

May Board Papers Part 1

May Board Papers Part 2

May Board Papers Part 3

May Board Papers Part 4

May Board Papers Part 5



July 2021

 July Board Papers Part 1

 July Board Papers Part 2


September 2021


November 2021





2020 - Agenda, Minutes and Backing Papers

Please find below the papers from 2020's Trust Board Meetings

Agenda Minutes Backing Papers Late Papers
January 2020  

January Papers Part 1

January Papers Part 2

January Papers Part 3

January Papers Part 4

March 2020  

March Papers 2020

May 2020  

May Papers Part 1

May Papers Part 2

July 2020  

July Papers Part 1

July Papers Part 2

September 2020  

September Papers

November 2020  

November Papers - part 1

November Papers - part 2

November Papers - part 3

November Papers - part 4a

November Papers - part 4b

November Papers - part 5




2019 - Agenda, Minutes and Backing Papers

Please find below the papers from 2019's Trust Board Meetings

Agenda Minutes Backing Papers Late Papers
January 2019 Agenda  

January 2019 Papers

March 2019 Agenda  

March 2019 Papers

Agenda Item 15b
May 2019  

May 2019 Papers

July 2019  

July 2019 Papers

August 2019      
September 2019  

September 2019 Papers

November 2019  

November Papers - A

November 2019 Papers - B

November 2019 Papers - C


Trust Board Archive


The Trust Board Archive can be found here

Please contact the Trust Board secretary if you require an archived documentation regarding trust board meetings. Tel: 0161 922 6007 or email: