Pennine Acute Trust Board of Directors

Meet the Trust Board 

A revised membership of the Pennine Acute Trust Board has been appointed from 1 April 2020, bringing a wealth of experience from across the NHS and the wider public sector. The Board’s main strategic objective is to provide a sustainable future for all our services through their safe acquisition by MFT and SRFT and the dissolution of the Trust. The Board will focus on ensuring the full legal transactions are delivered and that in the meantime the interim management arrangements for Pennine Acute are implemented. They will hold no responsibility for the day to day management of services, which will remain the responsibility of MFT and NCA under the interim management arrangements. This approach will enable staff to focus on continuity of care, patient safety and service delivery across all sites. In practice, the interim management arrangements will mean that there is little or no change to the way services and Care Organisations are run from 1 April 2020.


Chris Outram MBE

Chris Outram joins us with over five years’ experience as a Chair in the Greater Manchester health economy. She is currently Chair of The Christie NHS Foundation Trust and will also continue in this role as she supports us through the transaction process. With a strong interest in professional education and research, she was appointed managing director of NHS Medical Education England in 2009,and later combined this role with that of transition director, leading on the set up of Health Education England in 2011. Chris also brings over 20 years’ experience in NHS Chief Executive roles.

Non-Executive Directors

Chris Mayer CBE

Chris Mayer will continue her role as a PAT Non-Executive Director, alongside her role as a Non-Executive Director of Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust. She has served on the PAT board since 2011, bringing a wealth of knowledge and experience of PAT’s improvement journey. Chris joined PAT following a career with Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service, where as Chief Executive she was accountable for the day to day operation of 550 courts centres across England and Wales.

Kathy Cowell OBE DL

Kathy Cowell is Chair of Manchester Foundation Trust, a role she has held since 2016, having previously held the role of CMFT Senior Independent Director. She will also continue as Chair of MFT  as she supports us through the transaction process. Prior to several Chairman and Non-Executive roles in health, Kathy had a long career in the banking sector. Kathy will also fulfil the role of PAT Audit Committee Chair.

Steven Michael OBE

Steven Michael is currently Chair of East Cheshire NHS Partnership and he will continue in this role as he supports us through the transaction process. Steven began his career as a registered nurse working in psychiatric intensive care. He was Chief Executive Officer of South West Yorkshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust for nine years, leading this large specialist mental health and community foundation trust to Foundation Trust status. Steven will also fulfil the role of PAT Charitable Funds Committee Chair.

Sir Duncan Nichol CBE

Sir Duncan Nichol’s career in the NHS has spanned more than 50 years, having joined as a graduate trainee in 1963. His roles have included Chair of the Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust, and Chief Executive of the NHS Management Executive. Duncan has been Chairman of the Academy for Healthcare Science, Her Majesty’s Courts Service, and the Parole Board for England and Wales. Sir Duncan will also fulfil the role of PAT Vice-Chair.

Chief Executive

Patrick Crowley

Patrick Crowley continues his role supporting PAT through the transaction journey, moving from his role as Pennine Acute Transactions Director to Chief Executive. He held a number of board level roles at York Teaching Hospital NHS Trust before becoming Chief Executive. Patrick went on to lead the successful acquisition of Scarborough and North East Yorkshire Healthcare NHS Trust in 2012.

Executive Directors

Damien Finn

Damien joined Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust as the Executive Director of Finance in September 2015 and was appointed Chief Officer/Director of Finance for the North Manchester Care Organisation in 2016. He will continue his role as PAT Executive Director of Finance  as he supports us through the transaction process. Damien has 25 years of experience in the NHS in variety of finance positions, working at very high performing acute hospitals.  Damien will also assume the role of Deputy Chief Executive.

Damian Riley

Damian studied Medicine at the University of Manchester and subsequently worked for over 20 years as a GP in diverse and challenging communities. He became increasingly involved in senior NHS management roles , becoming Medical Director in Leeds PCT, and later the  Medical Director for NHS England for the North of England where he led several major service reviews. From 2015 to 2019 Damian was Responsible Officer and Medical Director at East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust where he is currently the Strategic Clinical Lead. He is also Honorary Professor at The University of Central Lancashire.

Helen Thomson DL

Helen Thomson joins the PAT board as Director of Nursing. After beginning her nursing career in Leeds she has held clinical, management and education posts across West Yorkshire. She held a number of NHS Board posts as Director of Operations, Chief Nurse and Deputy Chief Executive Officer. Helen is currently Non-Executive Director of Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust, following a period as Interim Chief Executive Officer of Stockport NHS Foundation Trust.



In common with other NHS organisations during the COVID-19 emergency situation, the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust board is not currently meeting in public. Meetings are being held remotely by video conferencing in order to comply with government guidance on social distancing, and to keep staff and the public safe.

Meeting dates and papers can be found by clicking here.

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Committee in Common Meeting Dates & Board Papers  2017


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