The Trust Board is led by the Chair and has executive and non-executive members.
The Chair 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 - 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 NHS Foundation Trust and University Hospitals of South Manchester NHS 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 addition to her role with the Trust, she is 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 Remuneration Committee of the Board, and serves on the Council’s Nomination and Remuneration Committee.
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 Governors 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 OBE - Chief Executive
Date appointed: October 2014
Karen James OBE 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 the Finance & Performance Committees. She is the statutory Accounting Officer for the Trust. In November 2020 Karen was also appointed Chief Executive at Stockport NHS FT as well as remaining Chief Executive at this Trust.
Trish Cavanagh - Deputy Chief Executive
Date appointed: July 2014
Trish joined the Trust in July 2014 from University Hospitals of South Manchester NHS 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 and Performance Committees, and is the Deputy Chief Executive.
John Graham, Executive Chief Finance Officer
Date appointed: July 2022
John is an experienced Director of Finance who has worked for a range of organisations including, a Health Authority, the North West Regional Office, the Directorate of Health and Social Care North, the Department of Health, a Strategic Health Authority, a Mental Health Foundation Trust and a leading University Teaching Hospital.
His most recent post has been that of Executive Director of Finance and Deputy Chief Executive at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust having previously held the same position at the Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust, an acute teaching hospital.
John is a member of the Finance and Performance Committee and attends the Audit Committee.
Asif Umarji – Director of Finance
Date Appointed – July 2022
Asif joined the Trust in 2015 and has worked in the NHS for almost 12 years since joining the National NHS Finance Management Training scheme. Asif has extensive experience working at the Trust for almost 7 years, holding senior finance positions and most recently as the Deputy Director of Finance. Prior to joining the Trust, Asif has spent his previous 5 years working at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS FT within financial management.
Dilraj Sandher - Medical Director and Caldicott Guardian
Date appointed: June 2022
Dilraj joined the Trust in June 2022 as Medical Director and a Trauma and Orthopaedic Consultant. After training within the northwest, he started his consultant career at Manchester Royal Infirmary, where he also held the position of Associate Hospital Dean. Dilraj joined the Trust from Stockport NHS Foundation Trust, where he began employment in April 2015, progressing to Deputy Medical Director.
Dilraj 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 Research and Development (R&D), and executive lead for patient safety. Dilraj chairs a number of Trust committees, including Patient Safety, Executive Procurement Group, Digital Care Board, and the R&D Committee.
Nicola Firth - Chief Nurse
Date appointed: December 2022
Nic trained at Stockport and qualified as a registered nurse in 1992, following which she worked in a number of specialties before taking up a corporate role. Subsequently Nic furthered her career in corporate roles at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust and in the Deputy Director of Nursing post at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust.
In 2014 Nic became Executive Director of Nursing for Aintree NHS Foundation Trust, a post she held for 3 years before moving back into Greater Manchester to join the Northern Care Alliance as Director of Nursing for Oldham Care Organisation. In 2018, she also took on the role of Chief Officer.
Nic returned to Stockport NHS Foundation Trust as Chief Nurse in 2020 before taking on the same role in a joint position at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust in 2022.
Amanda Bromley - Director of People and OD
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
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.
Peter Nuttall - Director of Informatics
Date appointed: November 2014
Peter was the Director of Information Technology at Wythenshawe Hospital before moving to Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust in 2014.
Peter has BSc, MSc, and PhD qualifications from the University of Manchester.
Jonathan O'Brien - Chief Operating Officer
Date appointed: October 2023
Jonathan has worked in the NHS for almost 20 years having initially joined as an NHS General Management Trainee. In that time, he has worked in operations management across acute trusts and mental health providers, including North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust, where he was Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive for four years. Prior to that role, Jonathan was Director of Operations at Mid Cheshire Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust for three years.
Jonathan joined Tameside and Glossop NHS ICFT in January 2022 as Director of Strategy and Partnerships before becoming Chief Operating Officer in October 2023.
Throughout his career, Jonathan has maintained a keen interest in furthering his academic knowledge; he holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) from Manchester Business School, an MSc in Healthcare Leadership and Management from the University of Birmingham and a BSc in Business Studies from Lancaster University Management School.
Michael Forrest - Non-Executive Director
Date appointed: March 2022
Michael’s experience includes working for nine years at North West Ambulance Service (NWAS) undertaking roles including Deputy Chief Executive, Director of Workforce and Interim Chief Executive. In addition to his role at TGICFT, Michael is also a Non-Executive Director at BARDOC, which provides GP and dentistry out-of-hours services across Greater Manchester.
Michael began his career as a trainee at Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council and went on to be Assistant Executive Director of People and Performance. Michael has also previously held the position of school governor for 11 years at two Tameside schools.
Michael is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel Development.
Michael is Deputy Chair, Chair of the Workforce Committee, a member of the Audit Committee and the Nomination and Remuneration Committee. He is the Champion for Freedom to Speak Up.
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 Finance Committee, and is a member of the Quality and Governance Committee and the Nomination and Remuneration Committee. He is the Lead Non-Executive Director for Mortality, and the Champion for Infection Prevention Control and Clinical/Doctors Disciplinary.
Farath Arshad - Non-Executive Director
Date appointed: February 2021
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.
Fara is the Chair of the Charitable Funds Committee, and is a member of the Audit Committee, Finance and Performance Committee, and Nomination and Remuneration Committee. Fara's role also includes being the lead Non-Executive Director lead for Safeguarding Adults and Children, and Maternity Board Safety Champion.
Andrea Bennett - Non-Executive Director
Date appointed: January 2023
Andrea is a Chartered Management Accountant with over 30 years' experience and has held a number of senior finance leadership roles in both the public and private sector.
Andrea started her career in finance working in the manufacturing industry. In 2007 she joined the NHS, first working in Manchester and then Bolton NHS Foundation Trust. Most recently, Andrea was Turnaround Director at the Trafford College Group having previously been their Director of Finance and Strategy.
Andrea is the Chair of the Audit Committee, and is a member of the Finance and Performance Committee and Workforce Committee. Andrea's role also includes the Wellbeing Guardian Champion.
Dr Hina Khan - Non-Executive Director
Date appointed: January 2024
Dr Hina Khan is a dedicated GP who trained locally in Tameside and Glossop. She began her foundation training locally at Stepping Hill Hospital before completing GP training in Tameside and Glossop.
She brings a wealth of healthcare experience to the board and is keen to drive the integration between primary and secondary care to provide the best health and social care for our local population.
Dr Khan also contributes to the Integrated Care Board in Cheshire, where she holds a current Clinical Lead role, having previously served the Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group.
Hina is Chair of the Quality and Governance Committee. She also serves on the Workforce Committee and the Nomination and Remuneration Committee. She is the Lead Non-Executive Director for Equality and Diversity, and End of Life Care and also the Champion for Security Management.
Deepak Agnihotri - Associate Non-Executive Director
Date appointed: May 2023
Deepak is a Health and Care Professionals Council registered physiotherapist and advanced clinical practitioner with extensive experience of working in the NHS, including physical and mental health services, as well as having experience as a Carer.
Deepak began his career as a volunteer at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust. Deepak has worked in primary care, secondary care, and recently was the National Clinical Advisor for Learning Disability and Autism programme at NHS England. Deepak has worked as Training Programme Director at the faculty of Advancing Practice at NHS England (Northwest), and he was a member of the Chief AHP Officer BAME Strategic Advisory Group at NHS England.
In addition to his role at the ICFT, Deepak is currently working as Director of Allied Health Professionals at Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust.
Deepak is passionate about patient safety and quality improvement and is keen to support the wellbeing and development of staff across four pillars: clinical, education, leadership and research. Deepak would like to utilise all this experience in continuing a culture of openness and honesty to demonstrate that diverse leadership is critical to a thriving NHS in delivering person centred care to meet the mental and physical needs of our population.
Deepak sits on the Finance and Performance Committee, and the Workforce Committee.
The Public Trust Board meetings are held every two months on the last Thursday of the month at 9:30am.
The public sessions of the Board meetings are now taking place in a hybrid setting. Members of the public are welcome to observe virtually.
Any member of the public wishing to observe the meeting can contact Janice Douglas, Corporate Governance Manager, for joining instructions.
25 January 2024
28 March 2024
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25 July 2024
26 September 2024
28 November 2024