Trust Board

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      Date Appointed: January 2018

Jane has significant experience of working within the NHS, specifically in Greater Manchester where she held non-executive director positions at Stockport NHS FT and University Hospital of South Manchester as Deputy Chairperson. Jane is also an external commissioner (non-executive director) at the House of Commons Commission, and a non-executive director at the Information Commissioner’s Office.

Jane held the position of Managing Director at Trafford Housing Trust between August 2006 and December 2015 and she was Deputy Chief Executive of Trafford Housing Trust between January 2016 and May 2016 when she left to pursue a non-executive career.


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 - Chief Executive

Date Appointed:  October 2014

Prior to joining Tameside Foundation Trust as the Chief Executive, Karen was Chief Operating Officer at the University of South Manchester, Foundation Trust where she had been working since 2009. Karen began her NHS career as a nurse and worked in a number of general and service improvement management roles in Greater Manchester before becoming Executive Director of Operations and Performance at Pennine Acute Hospitals Trust, prior to moving to Aintree Foundation Trust as the Chief Operating Officer.



Claire Yarwood- Finance Director

Claire Yarwood - Director of Finance

Date Appointed:  January 2015                                 

Claire joined the Trust having worked in the Greater Manchester economy for the past 29 years in both Provider and Commissioning Organisations, most recently for NHS England and prior to this Director of Finance for the ten PCTS across Greater Manchester with an annual budget of £5.2bn. Claire joined the Trust to help drive the financial sustainability of the hospital services for the benefit of the population of Tameside.  


Brendan Ryan - Medical Director

Brendan Ryan MB, BCh, BAO FRCSI FCEM - Medical Director and Caldicott Guardian

Date Appointed:  October 2014

Prior to joining Tameside as interim Medical Director, Brendan was Medical Director at UHSM for the last 14 years. Brendan is also a Consultant in Emergency Medicine at UHSM which he has done since 1992 and although he is now the Medical Director he still works in the Emergency Department at UHSM two mornings a week. When Brendan was full-time as an ED consultant, he had special interests in bereavement, pre-hospital care (and has worked many times at road accidents with fire and rescue colleagues) and major incident planning and response. As Medical Director, Brendan’s areas of interest and responsibility are clinical quality and patient safety, education, and medical professional issues. Brendan is the Responsible Officer (for Revalidation) for Tameside.

Pauline Jones - Chief Nurse

Pauline Jones - Chief Nurse

Date Appointed:  February 2016

Previously the Director of Nursing at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh (WWL) NHS Foundation Trust,  Pauline has held a number of senior positions across the north of England including: deputy Director of Nursing at WWL; Deputy Director of Nursing at University Hospital of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust and Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Trafford Healthcare NHS Trust. 

Trish Cavanagh - Finance Director

Trish Cavanagh - Director of Operations

Date Appointed:  July 2014

Tricia qualified as Registered Nurse in 1986 and has undertaken a range of clinical posts gaining an MSc. in Clinical Practice. She then worked for several years in service transformation roles aimed at improving the delivery of care to patients through redesign of systems and processes. Tricia joined Tameside Hospital NHS Foundation Trust from University of South Manchester Foundation Trust where she was Associate Director of Operations with responsibility for managing a wide range of clinical services including those provided at a tertiary and a regional level.  

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 as 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. 


Mike Veale

Mike Veale

Interim Director of Estates and Facilities




Non-Executive Directors

A non-executive director is a member of the Trust executive group (TEG) who does not form part of the executive management team. He or she is not an employee of the company or affiliated with it in any other way.


Anne Dray- Non-Executive Director

Anne Dray - Non-Executive Director

Date Appointed:  January 2014
Board sub-committees: Chair of Audit Committee, Finance and Performance Committee

Anne is currently Deputy Chair, Senior Independent Director and Audit Committee Chair for the Trust. She is currently in her second term of office which finishes in December 2019.

She is a qualified accountant and has worked in the NHS since 1981. She has worked at Board level most of the past 25 years and in both Commissioning and Provider organisations and at Regional level. She has significant experience of delivering change and undertaking leadership roles at Director and Chief Executive level in all types of NHS Organisations. Her strengths are in partnership working, strategic planning, operational and performance management, finance, successful turnaround, contract negotiation, and she has significant project management experience. Currently Anne is a member of the NHSE/NHSI Expert Determination Pool and has recently undertaken roles as the Interim Director of Corporate Affairs and Interim Director of Contracting and Planning at Shropshire CCG and Transition Programme Director at Calderdale CCG.

She is married with 2 grown up children and in her spare time breeds, exhibits and judges Syrian and Russian Hamsters.  She enjoys going to the theatre, cinema, having meals out with friends and family and pottering in the garden.

Peter Noble- Non-Executive Director

Martin Taylor - Non-Executive Director

Date Appointed: 1st May 2105
Board sub-committees: Chair of Quality and Governance Committee, Audit Committee 

Current / Previous work: Martyn Taylor is a retired commercial banker with 37 years in the financial industry. Prior to his retirement he was the senior manager and executive board member for the Specialised Relationship Management Team for the commercial arm of the Royal Bank of Scotland (RBS) for the North of England.Martyn was also the national chair for the SRM Commercial and Operational Risk Board of RBS ensuring appropriate governance was applied to all risk related matters. Martyn is an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers and participated in senior management programmes from Harvard Business School and the Wharton University of Pennsylvania.
Peter Noble- Non-Executive Director

Peter Noble - Non-Executive Director

Date Appointed: February 2018
Board sub-committees:  Audit Committee, Quality & Governance, and Nomination & Remuneration Committees. He has also joined the Charitable Funds: Clinical Governance Committee, Quality Commission Committee and will chair the Workforce Committee

Current / Previous work:  Peter has held senior management roles in Higher Education for a number of years, having previously worked in the NHS. He has recently to the UK, his most recent appointment was as Vice-President and Chief of Staff at the University of New South Wales in Australia, where he led the University’s strategic change programme under its 2025 Strategy. Peter has previously worked in the NHS in Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester and London; together with experience in academic research, secondary education and with the Medical Research Council in West Africa. 
Cathy Elliott- Non-Executive Director

Cathy Elliott - Non-Executive Director

Date Appointed: February 2017 Board sub-committees: Chair of Charitable Funds Committee, Finance and Performance Committee, Quality and Governance Committee. Cathy Elliott, Non-Executive Director Cathy has academic qualifications including a Post Graduate qualification in Grant-Making, Philanthropy and Social Finance/social investment. Her early career was in fund-raising and her experience includes Regional Appeals Manager at SCOPE, and since 2009 she has been Chief Executive at Community Foundations for Lancashire and Merseyside, a multi-stakeholder charitable enterprise and the North West’s leading philanthropy hub. She is leaving this role this month and developing a portfolio career. Her other current roles include working as a Consultant to The Power to Change Trust, England and Wales and Chair of HS2's Community & Business Fund with Department of Transport (both these roles she has taken up this year).  
Sally Bridgen- Non-Executive Director

Sally Bridgen - Non-Executive Director

Date Appointed: February 2017 
Board sub-committees: Chair of Finance and Performance Committee, Quality and Governance Committee, Remuneration and Terms of Service Committee

Current / Previous work: 32 years working in the NHS - 20 years at Director/Chief Officer level. Sallie has executive and non-executive experience in social housing, social care and the not for profit sector. She began her career working at Manchester City Council followed by 13 years at Shelter as Regional Director, North West with 70 staff and a £2m budget. She was Regional Manager at the National Housing Federation (2006-11) supporting 150 Housing Associations and expanding collaboration between local authorities and social housing. Since 2011 she has combined consultancy and Board roles, working to develop greater integration between health, housing and social care. Her current roles include Group Board Member at Progress Housing Group (since 2011), Interim Joint CEO at Housing Diversity Network and freelance work on a number of collaborative strategies with Local Authorities, Clinical Commissioning Groups and Public Health England. She is also a Board Member with Together Dementia Support (since 2015).

Trust Board Committees

The Trust Board has established the following committees:

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

“Each committee is chaired by a non-executive director of the Trust Board.”