Oldham Care Organisation
Matthew Powls - Interim Managing Director
Matt Powls joined the Group as the Managing Director (Interim) for the Oldham Care Organisation in February 2018, prior to which he held a number of senior roles within the NHS, including, Chief Operating Officer, Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust, Chief Operating Officer, NHS Barnet CCG, Programme Director, Wirral University Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Director of Commissioning & Performance, NHS Sheffield CCG. Matt has extensive experience of system transformation, operational management, service redesign and organisational turnaround.
After reading English at University Matt worked within the private sector for a number of years before joining the NHS via the National Programme for Information Technology. Matt has worked in a variety of different areas within the NHS including hospitals, mental health service provision, community service provision, primary care and local and regional commissioning.
Matt lives in Derbyshire with his partner Chloe and young family.
Dr Jawad Husain - Medical Director
Jawad joined the Group as Medical Director for Oldham in June 2017. As a practising surgeon, he has extensive general management experience and a strong track record in change management, service improvement and innovation.
He started his career as a consultant urological surgeon at Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS FT in 2002. He has been trained in the North West region and has a sub-speciality interest in management of stone diseases. Jawad established a fully comprehensive stone service at his organization and helped develop the urological department.
Jawad takes a keen interest in teaching and training and has been the Surgical Tutor for the Royal College of Surgeons. He is an examiner for the University of Manchester Medical School and mentor for the medical students, educational and clinical supervisor for urology and surgical trainees, and a panel member for National Selector for core surgical trainees.
He is a Clinical Advisor to the Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman, NCAS case manager and case investigator and Responsible Officer.
He is married to Ayesha, who is a GP and has two girls who are both doctors.
Nicola Firth - Interim Chief Officer / Director of Nursing
Nicola joined the Trust in October 2016. She qualified in 1992 in Stockport and worked in a number of clinical specialties there before becoming project manager for the implementation of Hospital at Night. Following that, Nicola worked at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust as a Lead Nurse and then Assistant Director of Nursing for the Corporate Nursing service before taking up the post of Deputy Director of Nursing and Midwifery at Stockport NHS FT, which she held for five years.
In 2014 Nicola took up the post of Director of Nursing and Quality/DIPC at Aintree University NHS Foundation Trust holding the portfolio for nursing, quality, infection prevention and clinical governance where she stayed until joining Pennine. Nicola also holds a Masters in Collaborative Healthcare.
Carolyn Wood - Director of Finance
Carolyn joins the Oldham Care Organisation as Director of Finance from Wrightington, Wigan and Leigh NHS Foundation Trust where she has held the position of Deputy Director of Finance since October 2014.
Carolyn joined the NHS in 1995 and, whilst working at Salford Royal Hospitals NHS Trust, qualified as a Chartered Public Finance Accountant in 2000. Since that time she has gained a broad range of financial services experience and knowledge by working within a range of organisations in the North West, including acute providers, commissioners, including NHS England, and the Strategic Health Authority.