There are four governors from Tameside and Glossop representing you. You can find out more about them below or contact them by emailing

Joyce Howarth MBE

Joyce Howarth.JPG"I’m passionate about my community, enthusiastic, energetic, reliable and committed to working with others to improve services for present and future users and carers.

I’ve been a governor for three years and have developed a good understanding of challenges and financial restraints faced by Pennine Care and service users. I would like to continue working with other governors to improve engagement with members and supporting Pennine Care.

I have experience in instigating and maintaining constructive and supportive staff relationships and have the ability to understand complex issues.

I have 20 years’ experience as a lay conciliator, helping to resolve complaints for patients. I am an active listener and believe my negotiating skills and ability to communicate at all levels as well as being able to see the wider picture, will add to the overall skills of the existing governors.

My interests are in the community, representing and serving the needs of older, disadvantaged, ethnic and vulnerable people. Health and well-being and giving a voice to the community is my strong motivation.

I served as local magistrate for 31 years, and then I worked for Age Concern until my retirement when I took up a position as non-executive director with Greater Manchester Ambulance Service, serving as Chair of Patients and Public Participation Group.

I’m currently chair of Friends of Tameside Young Carers and Probin Mela Luncheon Club in Hyde, serving Bangladeshi people. I’m also a governor at Samuel Laycock Special Educational Needs School."

Jean Hurlston

Jean Hurlston.jpg"I’ve got experience and knowledge of the health and social care sector through 40 plus years employment and volunteering. I’ve got a track record of being active in the community.

I’ve been involved with Pennine Care for the past year in co-designing with local people a “Wellness of Spirit” course run at the Health and Wellbeing College in Ashton.

I was co-opted onto the Oldham local area constituency group, where I was able to develop links leading to a work stream supporting the mental wellbeing of homeless or rough sleepers.

I look to build on initiatives like these and find more opportunities to use my creativity, ability to “think outside the box” and natural desire to involve people with lived experience of conditions or circumstances to improve our health services.

My previous role as lay adviser for Tameside and Glossop CCG helped build my understanding of commissioning processes and board procedures.

I’m a wife, mother and grandma, working full time as a chaplain in various contexts: in Ashton Sixth Form College, Tameside Hospital and Manchester Airport.

I’m a teacher by profession and in 2007 was ordained as a Church of England priest. I currently serve on the committees of Faiths United Tameside, Tameside Hospital Patient Experience and User Group and Greater Manchester NHS Values Group.

You can follow what I’m up to on Twitter: @jeanhurls"

John Reddy

John Reddy.JPG"A governor should always be passionate in representing your interests, enhancing good services and personnel, targeting failing ones, ignoring corporate popularity, and holding the board to account.

During the past terms as a governor I have attended meetings with Tameside CCG and social services about mental health spending, autism awareness training and its diagnosis with community support; plus advice on care for military veterans, allied with visits to mental health acute units, community assets and decision makers.

This personal involvement should give me the background and ability to defend your interests in the challenges ahead for our mental health services and users.

My family was devastated when mental illness struck my son and my wife became terminally ill, this has given me a mature, intimate understanding of the vital importance of good care and support systems. I know what carers and service users’ need to have a reasonable life quality.

In my life I’ve been a regular serviceman, then a professional design engineer in industry and later a school mathematics teacher."

Wendy Hartley

Wendy Hartley.JPG"I‘ve lived in Tameside all my life. I’m passionate about health care and want our services in Tameside and Glossop to be the best that they can be.

I’ve been a public governor since July 2016 and have an excellent record of attendance at meetings and development sessions. I’ve also been involved in service visits, engagement activities and observing board meetings. I’ve learnt a lot during the last three years and want to carry on learning.

I seek the views of service users at every opportunity. I’m hard working, enthusiastic and a team player. I’m also very organised, well prepared for meetings and I meet deadlines. I’m not afraid to speak up; I have good communication skills and a sense of humour.

My career was in education and I have seen the impact that early intervention can have on young people’s mental health. I have leadership experience and understand the strategic nature of the governor role. I volunteer at Willow Wood Hospice and I’m involved with local charities.

I will work hard. I will listen to your views. I will be open and honest."