There are two governors from Heywood, Middleton and Rochdale representing you, and two vacancies. You can find out more about them below, or contact them on

HMR Jav Rehman.jpgI am extremely passionate about amplifying the voice of patients of the NHS services making it equitable with equality across the whole of the NHS by utilising my lived experience.

Using various services across different disciplines of primary and secondary care, I want to build resilience and advocate on behalf of communities. For over 9 years I have been a lived experience consultant with the Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Partnership. I am a member of the Greater Manchester Equality Alliance, on the board of Trustees for Action Together and Independent Mental Health Network.

I understand the impending changes within Integrated Care Services. I believe that a balanced understanding of commissioning priorities and transitional changes to bring care into the communities is imperative, in order to ensure sustainable co-production and sustainable changes.

I want to bring a non-clinical voice of reason and perspective for better decision making.

For the past few years, personal health issues have afforded me ample opportunity to experience at first hand the expectations and some difficulties encountered by patients.

My career was as a secondary school teacher culminating in a headship of an inner city school serving a largely immigrant area. There were a significant number of children with learning difficulties and the mental pressures that teenagers from socially deprived backgrounds experience over examinations, future career prospects and their life chances.

After retiring, I worked part-time as a teacher-trainer.  For sixteen years, I was also a governor of a secondary school.

My leisure activities include watching various sporting activities, writing poetry, painting, gardening, caravanning and camping, the theatre and I am a member of my local church.

I hope to assist the NHS in being as understanding and caring as possible and to draw upon the experience of the excellent work of the service, particularly during the present pandemic.  I believe my experience will help me to assist in maintaining and furthering these noteworthy achievements.

I am a good communicator; can easily understand issues and I find empathy is a sound quality in understanding the concerns of others. I am committed to the welfare, health and happiness of all and would encourage others searching for answers to the issues that beset so many.