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Governing Body members

Dr Asad Ali


Dr Asad Ali

Contact PA: Jayne Somerville


Tel: 0161 342 5500

Asad has been a GP Principal at Millgate Health Partnership and worked in Tameside and Glossop since 2007. He is a GP trainer and also a GP appraiser. He has a long history of working within the health economy from PCT to CCGs. His experience spans the health and social care system, most recently he was the Clinical Director for the Denton Neighbourhood.

“I am passionate about improving the health of our population and feel general practitioners on the ground – working with Nurses, pharmacists, physiotherapist, health care assistants and social care colleagues are best placed in helping to deliver this goal. I want to support our primary care teams and ensure we can recruit new talent and retain our existing talent in Tameside and Glossop.”

Dr Ashwin Ramachandra


Dr Ashwin Ramachandra

Contact PA: Jayne Somerville


Tel: 0161 342 5500

Ashwin has been a senior GP Partner in Droylsden for close to a decade. He has a special interest in minor surgery and musculo-skeletal issues and has developed successful and innovative methods to provide effective holistic care for his patients. He is also a GP trainer. He has been a GP member of the Governing Body since April 2018 before being appointment as Co-Chair.

“I am very grateful for the opportunity to be jointly leading our organisation at a time where the drive to be working together for the greater good for the people of Tameside and Glossop. I have been working as a GP at Market Street Medical Practice in Droylsden for over a decade, this has helped me have a good understanding of the challenges our people are facing. This would aid me drive through changes where needed within T&G.

I strongly believe that Primary Care lies at the heart of everything we do for our community health and I’m very passionate about improving our population’s health and wellbeing and reducing health inequalities within our communities. I also believe enabling GP practices to give excellent care and building on system working with our partners and stakeholders would help achieve this goal. “

Steven Pleasant

Accountable Officer

Steven Pleasant, MBE

Contact PA: Yvonne Rainford


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.

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


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.

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.

GP Member

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

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 continue the strategic commission's work in bringing mental health to the forefront of everything we do. Mental health problems not only account for significant morbidity across the community but they also have a massive impact on the individual and society as a whole, often leading to issues with employment, finances, housing and relationships. I believe that through raising awareness of these issues and by reforming the support available, we can avoid many mental health crises which will ultimately benefit our population as a whole". 



CCG Governing Body lead for Starting Well

Dr Christine Ahmed

My name is Dr Christine Ahmed and I am the CCG Governing Body lead for Starting Well.  I have been a GP at Millbrook Medical Practice in Stalybridge for nearly 6 years and joined the CCG at the end of 2018.  I am really excited about my role it the CCG and working alongside colleagues to improve the health and wellbeing for Children and Young Families in Tameside and Glossop.

Having graduated from the University of Manchester in 2006 and I have been a GP since 2013.  As well as General Practice, I have enjoyed a number of teaching roles for undergraduate medical students at the University of Manchester.  I also have an interest in Dermatology.  Outside of work, I keep busy with my 3 children and enjoying running and netball.



Governing Body Lay Member for Public and Patient Engagement

Karen Huntley

Karen has worked previously in a variety of roles notably as an analyst, an NHS Complaints Advocate, an advocate for children and young people with diabetes, a well-being practitioner, a horticultural therapist and a health coach. She is currently also the Team Manager for Healthwatch Calderdale where she is involved in both collecting the views of local people on NHS and social care services and sharing these views with health commissioners and service providers as well as councilors. She has extensive experience in engaging with the public on a wide range of issues and is passionate about ensuring the voices of local people are heard by those who make or can influence health and social care decisions.

Her key interests are health, nutrition, supporting and empowering people as well as the self-care of chronic conditions.

She is also an online tutor for a number of agricultural-based courses.