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

John Starkey

John Starkey.jpg"I have a proven track record, with eight years’ experience as a public governor at Pennine Care– six of those years in the position of lead governor.

As a former volunteer for the Trust and carer for a family member who used many of Pennine Care’s services I am passionate about the quality and range of services Pennine Care delivers.

I will bring enthusiasm, an open mind and a keen eye for detail and I will ensure Oldham has a governor who is not afraid of challenging or asking difficult questions.

I hold qualifications in business studies, law and finance and spent most of my career working for large financial services firms.

I have a particular interest in Dementia and Alzheimer’s disease and the role of the carer. I’m involved in many local health and carer-related groups on a voluntary basis;

Founding trustee and treasurer for a local charity called Springboard - Oldham dementia carers group,

Chair of Healthwatch Oldham governing board,

Treasurer for the local GP practice patient participation group,

Treasurer for Oldham Life Story steering group,

Support services volunteer for Alzheimer’s Society"

Norma Bewley

Norma_Bewley.jpg"As a caring and conscientious person, I am committed to improving and making accessible mental health, community and wellbeing services for the residents of Oldham.

I enjoy working with and listening to people, and will strive to ensure Oldham residents know the Trust’s services and how to access them.

As an active governor and team player I am aware of the changes in commissioning services and serious financial constraints facing the NHS. I have been a member of recruitment panels including for the CEO’s role, I’ve observed board meetings, attended training and development sessions, and I’ve met staff and undertaken many visits to services in Oldham.

I’m a good listener and am able to consider complex issues and challenge decisions, whilst keeping the needs of local residents uppermost in my mind.

I’m a retired teacher having worked with young people at Oldham Sixth Form College for almost 20 years. I’m a mother and grandmother, and was the main carer for my son for over 6 years - accessing a wide range of community and hospital services.

I’ve been a board member, and formerly chair, for Healthwatch Oldham since its inception in 2013."

Jim McDermott

Jim McDermott.JPG"I’ve just completed three years as a governor, starting with little knowledge of the NHS - I’ve now got a good working knowledge of how it operates.

My motivation for being a governor is to be a voice and represent patients, carers and families. I will do this by raising their issues, supporting them and holding to account those in charge of dispensing the NHS services we all use; to establish a safe and satisfactory outcome to any treatments or procedures we receive,

I also want to raise awareness of how special the NHS is and fight for its survival.

I’m retired after working for 30 years in local government and seven years as a full time trade union officer.

I also serve on my local GP’s patient participation group. I’m an active member of the Pennine Acute Trust patient group, plus Oldham Patient Network Group attending their various talks and tours and meetings regarding patient experience and outcomes."

Kath Oldham

Kath Oldham 2.JPG"I have an interest in healthcare and care about local services. I want to develop links between the trust and the area I live in, I’ve worked in the public sector all my life and would like to contribute to the development of local services.

I look forward to learning about the needs of the community and putting forward those needs. I’m a good listener and value other people's contribution and opinion. I feel that I can look at things from different perspectives and represent other people’s needs and wants.

I’m a confident person and would be able to ask challenging and interesting questions, and would not be afraid to ask for those questions to be answered.

I’m honest and trustworthy and I’m used to being open and transparent in how I conduct myself."