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 NHS Foundation Trust Hosptial.

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

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 

Director of Finance

Director of Finance – 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

Medical Director and Caldicott Guardian 

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

Previously the Director of Nursing at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh (WWL) NHS Foundation Trust, joined the team on 1st  February 2016.

 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
Executive Director of Operations - 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

Amanda Bromley

Director of Human Resources

 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.



Michael Veale

Interim Director of Estate 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 Higgens - Non-Executive Director

Martyn Taylor - Non-Executive Director

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

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.

Anne Higgens - Non-Executive Director

Anne Higgins - Non-Executive Director

Date Appointed: 1st February 2012
Board sub-committees: Clinical Governance Committee, Finance and performance Committee, Quality Commission
Areas of interest: Redesigning services to make them better for the people using them and more cost effective for the organisation. Making sure that people feel well looked after and happy with their hospital experience.
Current / Previous work: Previously was a Corporate Director at Trafford Council and the Statutory Director of Adult Social Services is now providing a consultancy service around innovation and transformation in care and support services.




 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 fundraising 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).



Sallie Bridgen, Independent Group Board Member, Progress Housing Group


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).

 Board committees: Audit Committee, Finance and Performance Committee, Remuneration and Terms of Service Committee
Areas of interest: Qualified Accountant, spending NHS resources wisely, System Transformation
Current/Previous work: 32 years working in the NHS - 20 years at Director/Chief Officer level.


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.”