Members Board

Kathy Cowell OBE DL - Chair of Trust Board


Kathy is currently Group Chairman of Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.  She was formerly Chairman at Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT) from November 2016, having previously held the role of CMFT Non-Executive Director since March 2013 and CMFT Senior Independent Director (SID) since March 2016.

Steven Oakes - Co-opted Trustee

Ste Oakes

Steve Oakes has 17 years’ experience teaching both GCSE and post-16 students, as a classroom teacher, head of department, heads of year and in leadership posts. Steve’s last post was  assistant director of sixth form at The Blue Coat School – a twice Ofsted-outstanding comprehensive sixth form where student progress is among the top 10 per cent in the country. He has spent much his time there teaching A levels, supporting KS5 learners with difficulties and building and testing tools for character development. Over the last five years Steve has worked with more than sixty schools and colleges to develop effective character education systems. He is the co-authors of The A Level Mindset, which proposes the VESPA system for character education (Crown House, 2016) and The GCSE Mindset (Crown House, 2017.) Steve is also the Associate Director of Education at AQR International where he leads the work on mental toughness.

Peter Blythin

Peter Blythin

Peter is the Executive Director of Workforce and Corporate Business at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.  A qualified Nurse, he previously held a national position as the Director of Nursing for the Trust Development Authority and has experience of working at the Department of Health.  He has held various Executive Director roles including Chief Executive and Director of Operations.

Geoff Scargill

Publicity photoGeoff grew up in Northenden and taught for 12 years in Wythenshawe. He is a former headteacher of a comprehensive school and a retired magistrate.  Geoff is currently Chairman of The Watkin Society and the Friends of Rose Hill, a member of the Elgar Society and Lancashire County Cricket Club.  Geoff has interests in local history, politics and education, and his book about Edward Watkin (famous resident of Northenden in the Victorian Age) will be published in March 2021.  Geoff raises funds for cancer research with his presentational talks.

Fiona Ledden


The Chair of the Trust Board can be contacted by writing to:

Kathy Cowell OBE DL

Chair of Trust Board

Manchester Health Academy

Moor Road



M23 9BP

The Members were appointed on 1st September 2019.

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