You can find out more about our current staff governors below, or contact them by emailing

I am a mother of two and have lived in Oldham for 29 years. I worked as a team leader in various parts of the civil service for 34 years before moving to Oldham CAMHS last October. Throughout my career I have undertaken a variety of voluntary roles, such as a youth worker and mentor at Mahdlo and in schools; practitioner at MIND; school governor and Sunday school teacher.

I enjoy baking and often use this to raise awareness (and funds) to stay connected. I walk a lot and go to the gym when I can. The NHS is an invaluable asset to us all and I would like the chance to help make it even better.

I relish the opportunity to use my energy, experience, and enthusiasm to help make a difference to the Trust and raise the profile of mental health issues. I am passionate about supporting people with mental health issues - which is needed more than ever as we realise the full impact of the pandemic. I would like to gain a wider understanding of the issues that impact on our service offers from this role. In return I’m a ‘critical friend’ - offering support and challenge. I am very hard working, experienced and reliable and I have excellent interpersonal skills.

I hope I can use my skills and experience to help make the Trust a better place for everyone, both now, and in the future.

Julia Nicholson.jpgI will endeavour to undertake the role with pride and determination; be a strong, constructive, fair advocate for the trust, whilst presenting reasoned views on behalf of my brilliant colleagues.

I've been working at Pennine Care since 2014, prior to that my time was spent largely in central government based in London.

I returned to my northern comfort zone in 2012 and spend some time as a carer and volunteering in Sri Lanka before joining the General Medical Council and then Pennine Care. 

I have also volunteered with Childline and will recommence that when time allows. I live with my partner, our three young (but not so small) children and two puppy dogs. It's is a busy household but I wouldn't have it any other way.

I work in business development and have worked in Oldham community services, on the transfer of community services to new providers and now, working on the trust-wide corporate redesign; working with a range of colleagues across all areas. 

Prior to this, I worked in local and central government, latterly in the Department of Health.  I have gained extensive skills, knowledge and experience of Government, the NHS, public sector and small 'p' politics. I will work on your behalf to fulfil my responsibilities with determination, focus and dedication; ensuring that the views of staff, members, stakeholders and patients are represented in a principled, fair, balanced and pragmatic manner.

Mo Brown.jpgFacing the unprecedented local and national NHS challenges that we do, I am determined in my role as a governor to ensure that the Trust Executive are fully accountable in effectiveness in doing everything they can to take action for now and the future.

I was an inner-city social worker in different sectors including CAMHS for 20 years, and then qualified as an intercultural psychotherapist, going on to work in trauma intervention in the charity sector. I also managed teams for many years in diverse sectors including child-protection and perinatal care, and I was also a local authority councillor in West Yorkshire for 4 years.

With a background in dance-movement and theatre and I am particularly passionate about the contribution under-used role of arts and culture in health and communication, and I facilitate self-expression through creativity in wellbeing groups. I am an accredited mindfulness teacher and Schwartz-round facilitator, and I integrate all these strands in my approach to health policy in seeking to embed the vital holistic cornerstones of wellbeing through preventative and integrative medicine.

Patient care is most effective when we consistently listen and respond to all our diverse workforce, from clinicians to cleaners to corporate staff. I aim to bring staff voices to the executive table for a joined-up, transparent, and knowledge-based approach. The team I manage is known for nurture, expertise, commitment to staff and to results.

I hope that I bring the same positivity and close eye for detail to the robust defence of compassionate and effective patient care and staff wellbeing as a governor. Given my track-record I hope I have the credibility for staff to feel they can directly approach me, confident in the knowledge that their experiences will be represented.

Lynn Burton.jpgI will work hard to fulfil my responsibilities with enthusiasm and dedication, focusing on priorities, aspirations and being representative of the views of the membership, service users and carers.

I'm an allied health professional, having qualified as a social worker over 25 years ago.  I'm currently the manager of the Rochdale home treatment team, supporting people experiencing an acute mental health crisis. I also served as a non-executive director (deputy chair) of Leeds Mind for three years.

I'm proud of our collective achievements, particularly during the pandemic. I'm passionate about patients and staff being at the heart of improvement and development. I recognise that we need to do more to tackle health inequalities and to gain parity between physical and mental health services.

Seeking the views of service users, carers and staff is essential in order to represent the membership effectively. I will provide a strong, connected and accountable voice.

I will engage with the trust governance system to ensure this remains a place to be proud to work in. These are challenging times for all. I will commit to ensure that all staff strive for excellence; this can only make it a better and happier place to receive treatment and work in.

Yasmine Khaliq.jpgI'm passionate about mental health nursing and equality and diversity. I want to be a positive driver for change much needed.

I have worked for the NHS for 15 years as a mental health nurse. I am a member of the disability network and the Race Equality network. As I am from the BAME community I feel I understand how we are marginalised and are 249% more likely to live in deprived areas (ONS). BAME staff are more likely to passed for promotion and reprimand by governing bodies.

I want to be a voice for people who don't have a voice for themselves. I am also a Speak Up Ambassador for Pennine Care.

I would like to be part of a team that supports the vulnerable and marginalised members of society. To understand how these issues are dealt with and how improvements can be made to challenge the status quo.

I am a passionate and trustworthy person. I also have family members who suffer with mental health issues and as a carer I know how important it is to know what positive changes are being made to battle health inequalities within mental highlighted by the Office Of National Statistics.

I have vast experience and knowledge of mental health and I want to be part of a solution to disparities highlighted and polarised during the covid outbreak.

I have been a qualified learning disability nurse for 25 years, with 13 years at Pennine. I believe that having a learning disability professional on the board would be beneficial. As a care assistant in an elderly care home, I developed a passion for care work and decided to pursue a career in nursing. Adult nursing to begin with, then transferring to learning disabilities. I have a family member with a learning disability, and I realised already that I had real experience of learning disability nursing.

I believe learning disability nursing is truly holistic care. I have already been a school governor at my children's school and understand the responsibility it holds. I love walking, cooking and spending quality time with family and friends. My claim to fame is being on MasterChef!

I have had 25 years nursing experience, a leader for 18 of those. I have worked with both children and adults with learning disabilites in many different settings, including supported living, day centres, in the community and in forensic services. At present I am the registered manager for CQC for a children and adults short break service. Although challenging at times, it has given me an abundance of satisfaction to see a team providing such a valuable and unique service to the learning population of Bury.

In August 2019 I completed my community specialist practitioner degree. This has given me further knowledge and a clearer understanding of the health and social needs of the Bury population, driven by government strategies.