There are four governors from Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale representing you. You can find out more about them below or contact them by emailing

Sohail Ahmad

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"I am passionate about quality of care and well-being activities in the community. I bring a wide range of experience from the third sector to support the work of the Trust.

I work for Deeplish Community Centre as an operations manager. This is a community organisation serving the needs of local communities and improving the quality of life of residents. I have previously worked for civil service and serving as a JP (Justice of Peace) in Greater Manchester.

My current role involves me to develop policies, manage early years, and young people's programmes and activities at the Centre. I also engage with public and community groups to listen to their needs and work in partnership with other agencies and organisations to provide solutions to local demands and needs.

I have sound experience in projects and change initiatives, including my personal facilitation of our integrated community services, sure start centres, health and well-being initiatives, economic regeneration, community cohesion, crime and disorder partnerships, private and voluntary sector enterprises, multi - disciplinary schemes, facilities management, competitive tendering, community engagement and consultations.

I have broad competencies in preparing, monitoring and interpreting budgets; ensuring financial systems are accessible, up to date and identify threshold limits. My involvement in the recruitment, induction, and training of diverse personnel, has been on-going, enhanced by the challenges of training volunteers and establishing development.     

My involvement in promoting health initiatives in community can bring knowledge, experience and competency to support the work of trust and governing body."

Eileen Stapleton

Eileen Stapleton.jpg"I believe the NHS is the UK’s finest asset. I will do my utmost to ensure that the local community’s views are presented to the Trust.

I feel honoured to support the Trust and represent local communities in the development of a health service which meets people’s self-identified needs.

I retired from nursing after almost 40 years of service, having worked in NHS hospitals, and the independent and voluntary sectors.

For the last five years I have been a volunteer with Rochdale Council, and recently with Big Life, supporting adults with literacy difficulties on a one-to-one basis. This has been hugely rewarding and enlightening. I’m also involved with Rochdale Citizens’ Panel.

I believe my qualities of being non-judgemental, non-discriminatory, and having the ability to embrace difference, equips me to gain the trust of those I represent.

I’m politically aware and have an understanding of the constraints currently being placed on health services, as well as social services and councils, and the impact these have on the well-being of those affected by them."

Des Farry

Des Farry.jpg"I have long experience of working both with and within voluntary groups to encourage greater integration to achieve selected goals, rather than a scatter gun approach of multiple groups pursuing the same target.

I’m interested in current NHS involvement schemes, like the Keep Active Initiative at Bowlee. I would like to see more active participation in healthier eating, closer links with food banks and getting people more active in keeping fit and enjoying their local environment.

It all makes sense…getting people to take more interest in their local communities keeps them healthier, fitter and eases pressure on the NHS!

I’m a retired former finance professional who previously worked in corporate finance in the private, public sector, local and central government. Now I’m largely part-time grand-child minder and voluntary driver; dropping them off and picking up at schools, scouts etc. around Middleton."

Ken Hall

Kenneth Hall.jpg"I’m 63 and live in Rochdale. I worked for the NHS in mental health services for nearly 20 years as a nurse assistant. I’ve also worked in areas of care services and also for the Rochdale Social Services as a support worker.

I hope I can contribute with my experience of working in the NHS, social services and as a volunteer in the community.

There are many challenges ahead and I want to see the NHS meet those challenges in some way, even more so with financial constraints placed on the services these days.

Sitting around and doing nothing is not an option anymore!

I’m also a member of the patient participation group at my local doctor’s surgery. I volunteer with a craft group who work with adults with complex needs and mental health and other medical issues."