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Governing Body members

Alan Dow


Dr Alan Dow

Contact PA: Jayne Somerville

Email: jayne.somerville@nhs.net

Tel: 0161 342 5500

Alan is responsible for leading our Governing Body as well as playing a key role in overseeing governance. Alan has worked as a GP for 25 years including 18 years in Gamesley, Glossop. His interests include cardiovascular disease and reducing health inequalities. He is also active in training new GPs. 

“I’m very pleased to be at the helm of what are exciting and much needed changes for the NHS. My experience as a GP and my knowledge of local people and their health needs, gained from seeing patients on a day-to-day basis, is invaluable in helping me drive forward improvements across Tameside and Glossop. Working with my talented Governing Body and clinician colleagues we are building effective relationships with local people and organisations. It is only by working together that we can ensure success in the future.”

Steven Pleasant

Accountable Officer

Steven Pleasant, MBE

Contact PA: Yvonne Rainford

Email: yvonne.rainford@tameside.gov.uk

Tel: 0161 342 3502

In September 2016, Steven was appointed as Accountable Officer of NHS Tameside and Glossop Clinical Commissioning Group following a short interim period. This ensures single leadership with his dual role as Chief Executive of Tameside Metropolitan Borough Council.

He has an MSc from Cranfield Institute of Technology and in his early career worked as a town planner after graduating as a Master of Civic Design from Liverpool University.

Steven was lead officer for the North West Centre of Excellence for three years and took a leading role in the development of the Regional Improvement and Efficiency Partnership (RIEP). He is now the chair of iNetwork which has been successfully supporting public service improvement and transformation across the North West region for the last 11 years.

Steven is the lead Chief Executive on behalf of the Combined Authority for Health and Wellbeing and for Asylum, Refugees and Migration. He jointly chairs the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Management Board and acts as the lead Chief Executive for the North West for Adult Social Care Sector Led Improvement.

He is the Chair of the North West Regional Asylum Steering Group, which governs the work of the North West Regional Strategic Migration Partnership, and has recently been honoured with an MBE in recognition of this work.

Jamie Douglas

GP Member for Ageing Well

Dr Jamie Douglas

Jamie qualified in Medicine from the University of Manchester in 2004. He worked at a number of hospitals across Greater Manchester before undertaking his GP training in Tameside and Glossop between 2007 and 2010. Currently a GP at the Albion practice in Ashton, Jamie is also a GP appraiser for NHS England and an undergraduate tutor at the University of Manchester. He supports us by ensuring quality is at the heart of any decisions made. 

“My main aim is to work with the council to join up services and improve the sense of community in Tameside and Glossop.” 

Tim Hendra

Secondary Care Consultant

Professor Tim Hendra

Tim is a consultant physician working at the Royal Hospital in Chesterfield. He is also an Honorary Professor at the Faculty of Health and Wellbeing of Sheffield Hallam University, and a Trustee of the National Confidential Enquiry into Patient Outcome and Death (NCEPOD).

Previously, Tim was Medical Director at the Mid Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust and Deputy Medical Director at Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.

"I am delighted to join the Governing Body at a time when there are exciting opportunities to develop services that will greatly improve the quality of care experienced by patients in Tameside and Glossop."

Kathy Roe

Chief Finance Office / Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO)

Kathy Roe

Contact PA: Jayne Somerville

Email: jayne.somerville@nhs.net

Tel: 0161 342 5500

Kathy has worked across many NHS commissioning organisations in Greater Manchester over the last 33 years including Health Authorities, PCTs, a CCG, and now a combined role across Health and the Local Authority.
Having successfully managed her career up to Director level in 2011, she took up the role of Chief Finance Officer at Tameside and Glossop CCG from April 2013.
Kathy's determination to address the financial challenges across her locality, including the variation in care and outcomes achieved, was a key driver behind the inception of the local economy wide 'Care Together' vision in Tameside and Glossop - a strategy that would see the implementation of an Integrated Care Organisation at the local hospital and a single Strategic Commissioning Function across the CCG and Local Authority.
Kathy took up a system wide role as the Director of Finance across the full Council and CCG, including the Section 151 Officer role, from October 2017.  She is focused on addressing the wider determinants of health in order to address the system wide challenges.
Kathy has led her finance team to many award successes over the years including CIMA's Public Sector Finance Team of the Year in 2010, PQ Magazine's Accounts Team of the Year in 2012, and HFMA’s North West Finance Team of the Year in 2018.  More recently, Kathy herself was awarded National Finance Director of the Year 2018 by HFMA in recognition of her trailblazing integration role.

Post-CCT Fellow Governing Body GP Member

Carmen Chan

Carmen graduated from the University of Manchester in 2012 and completed her foundation training in the East Midlands.  She started her GP training in Tameside and Glossop in 2014 and worked at Tameside and Glossop Integrated Foundation Trust and at GP practices in Hyde and Stalybridge.  She qualified as a GP in 2017 and is currently a salaried GP in Stalybridge.

"As a newly qualified GP, I have recent experience of working in hospitals as well as primary care. This has given me invaluable insight into the current healthcare needs of the local area. I aim to share my knowledge and experiences to help develop local services and improve patient care.”

Carole Prowse

Governing Body Lay Member for Commissioning

Carol Prowse

Carol was born and educated in the High Peak. She subsequently gained a degree in Economics from London University and worked in the City of London in banking, before returning to the High Peak.

Until recently Carol was Deputy Chairman and Senior Independent Director at Stockport NHS Foundation Trust where she was on the Board for nine years.  Prior to that she was a Non-Executive Director of the High Peak Dales Primary Care Trust. She has a great commitment to high quality health services being shaped around the needs of patients.

She is Chairman of the High Peak Theatre Trust, one of the UK’s leading regional receiving theatres (Buxton Opera House) and thoroughly enjoys the opportunity to work, on a voluntary basis, with such a successful arts venue at the heart of the Community.

Carol also enjoys working with young people and has been closely associated with the internationally renowned Kinder Children’s Choirs of the High Peak for over 20 years. 

Clare Todd

Governing Body Nurse

Clare Todd

Clare began her nursing career 25 years ago at Hope Hospital and Royal Manchester Children Hospital before gaining extensive NHS experience in hospital, hospice and community settings. 

She has worked closely with GPs as a community nurse and has significant experience working with local authorities across the North West. She has undertaken senior roles in both provider and commissioning organisations throughout the NHS and is also the Governing Body Nurse for NHS Salford CCG. 

As the CCG’s Governing Body Nurse Member Clare was will have a key role in ensuring the safety and quality of the services commissioned by the CCG and use her broad perspectives and knowledge of the healthcare system to support service redesign and a more integrated approach to care. 

“It is an honour and a privilege to have joined the CCG and hope I can use my experience and passion for high quality services and positive patient experience, to ensure the people we serve get the NHS we can all be proud of and trust.”

David Swift

Governing Body Lay Member for Governance and Audit

David Swift

David Swift is our Lay Member for Governance and Audit.  David spent his whole career in the NHS, and has 40 years’ experience in finance and governance across a range of organisations, including those dealing with Primary, Secondary and Specialist Care.

Until his retirement in January 2014, he was the Senior Internal Audit Manager for a number of Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) including Tameside and Glossop, and had held that role for this CCG and its predecessor organisations for some 20 years.

He previously served as a Lay Advisor for Finance and Primary Care at the CCG until December 2016.

Ashwin Ramachandra

Governing Body GP Member

Dr Ashwin Ramachandra

Ashwin is a senior GP partner having worked at Market Street Medical Practice in Droylsden for close to a decade. In addition to having a special interest in minor surgery and MSK, he has come up with successful and innovative methods to provide effective holistic care for his patients. He obtained the Masters in Business Administration from the Alliance Manchester Business School (University of Manchester) in 2016 and is now on course to becoming a GP trainer. 

“I strongly believe that Primary Care lies at the heart of everything we do and I’m very passionate about it. Enabling GP practices to give excellent care and integrating the various local services (which in turn will provide effective and efficient care to those in our community) is the way to strengthen Primary Care. Hence, working in harmony with partners and stakeholders is the key to achieving this goal.”


GP Member (job share) for Primary Care

Dr Kate Hebden

Kate has been working at Denton Medical Practice since soon after qualifying as a GP in 2006. She has a particular interest in womens' health and improving quality in general practice. 

"I believe GPs should be at the heart of NHS care but that only by working together with local people and organisations can we reduce health inequalities and improve the health outcomes for everyone. Good quality, joined-up care is vital for us to succeed."


GP Member (job share) for Primary Care

Dr Vinny Khunger

Vinny is a GP at Guide Bridge Medical Practice having worked there since 2009. He is also a GP trainer, appraiser and does occasional work for the General Medical Council (GMC).


"My aim in this role is to help integrate local NHS services so that we are all working together for the benefit of our local community. I passionately believe people should be able to access high quality medical care as close to home as possible and should be involved in all decisions about their care."


Maggie Murdoch

Lay Member for Patient and Public Participation

Maggie Murdoch

Maggie Murdoch has worked with people living with dementia and their families in Tameside for the last six years.  During that time she also cared for her mum who had Alzheimer's disease.  Maggie has been working as a Dementia Support Worker in care homes over the last year and feels passionate about the need for improvement in this sector.

She was until recently a lay member (in her unpaid carer role) for the National Institute for Clinical Excellence sub-committee, writing the soon to be published guidelines on good practice in social care, for people living with dementia.  Prior to that she has worked for many years in the voluntary and community and education sectors in both volunteer and paid worker roles.

Maggie has family and friends in Stalybridge and she lives in Stockport.  She is really looking forward to her new role as lay member for patient and public participation, working to ensure that people's voices are heard in the planning and delivery of health and social care services across Tameside.