Oldham Care Organisation Management Team

Donna McLaughlin 240

Donna McLaughlin - Managing Director/ Chief Officer

Donna McLaughlin joined the Group as the Managing Director and Chief Officer for the Oldham Care Organisation in April 2017, prior to which she was Director of Operations at Royal Liverpool and Broadgreen University Hospitals NHS Trust. Prior to which she was Director of Operations and Performance at St Helens and Knowsley Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust where she led the operational teams to move every clinical service into two purpose built new hospitals.

Donna has also worked at University of South Manchester Foundation Trust as Associate Director for Surgery, which included managing the obstetric unit where she was born. After graduating from Oxford University as a history graduate, Donna joined the NHS through the National General Management Training Scheme. Donna also gained a Masters in Managing Healthcare Organisations from Manchester Business School. She spent the early part of her career working in primary care and commissioning in Greater Manchester, including Oldham. 

She brings an interest in organisational development, coaching and leadership and is currently engaged in post graduate study in this field with Leeds Beckett University. Donna lives in Manchester with her family recently being extended by the arrival of a puppy “Billy”.

Jawad Husain 240

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 240

Nicola Firth - 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 240

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.