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

The ChairĀ 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 McCallJane 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.



 KarenJamesBOARDWEB.jpgKaren 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.


trishweb.jpgTrish 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.


JohnGrahamboard.jpgJohn 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.JPGAsif 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 SandherDilraj 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.


 Nic Firth jan 2021.pngNicola 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.jpgAmanda 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.


Sue Toal.jpgSue Toal - Chief Operating Officer

Date appointed: December 2020

Sue joined the Trust in December 2020 and has worked in the NHS since 1981 first as an auxiliary nurse before undertaking nurse training at Guy’s Hospital in London.

Sue joined the Trust from Stockport Foundation Trust and is hugely experienced having previously managed divisions at Salford Royal including surgery, theatres and anaesthesia and neurosciences and renal services.


paul featherstone press release.jpgPaul 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.


IMG_6299.JPGPeter 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 Obrien.pngJonathan O'Brien - Director of Strategy and Partnerships

Date appointed: January 2022

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. Jonathan joins our Trust from 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.

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.

sallie bridgen march 2017.png Sallie Bridgen - Non-Executive Director  
Date appointed: February 2017 

Board sub-committees: Chair of Quality and Governance Committee. Attends: Workforce 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 was CEO of Housing Diversity Network an organisation seeking to improve equality and diversity in housing.  She now works to improve integration between housing and health, and with organisations on strategy and inclusive leadership.  She is a Board Member of Syncora, part of the Calico Group.

Sallie is Deputy Chair, and 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.


david curtis.jpgDavid 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 NED for mortality.

farath ashad.jpgDr Farath Arshad - Non-Executive Director
Date appointed: February 2021

Board sub-committees: Audit Committee, the Nomination and Remuneration Committee, Finance Committee and Charitable Funds Chair and lead for Safeguarding Adults and Children.
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.


Michael ForrestMichael 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 the ICFT, Michael is also a Non-Executive Director at BARDOC which provide GP and dentistry out-of-hours services across Greater Manchester. 

Michael began his career at Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council where he started as a trainee 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 the Chair of the Workforce Committee and is a member of the Audit Committee and the Nomination & Remuneration Committee.

IMG_2309 - Copy v2.jpg     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 sits on the Finance & Performance Committee and Workforce Committee.  Andrea's role also includes being the lead Non-Executive Director for Wellbeing.


Deepak Agnihotri.pngDeepak Agnihotri - Associate Non-Executive Director

Date appointed: May 2023

Deepak is a Health and Care Professionals Council (HCPC) registered physiotherapist and advanced clinical practitioner with extensive experience of working in the NHS, as well as having experience as a carer and allied health professional.

Deepak is currently working as National clinical advisor and Training Programme Director at NHS England (Northwest), and has worked as a member of the Chief AHP Officer BAME Strategic advisory group at NHS England. Deepak has a passion 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 culture of openness and honesty to demonstrate that diverse leadership is critical to a thriving NHS in delivering person centred care.

Board sub-committees: TBA

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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.


2023 dates

26 January 2023     

30 March 2023        

25 May 2023

27 July 2023

28 September 2023            

30 November 2023