Oldham Care Organisation - Senior Leadership Team

Alistair grew up in Manchester but left to study biology at the University of Leeds. On completing his degree, he returned to his home city to work as a healthcare assistant before studying medicine as a second degree. During training, he worked as a junior doctor throughout the north-west, including at Salford Royal and The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust.

He completed specialised training in clinical radiology in 2009 and was appointed as a consultant with an interest in interventional radiology at Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust. His clinical practice has included vascular and non-vascular interventional radiology as well as post-mortem computed tomography (PMCT) and other aspects of diagnostic radiology.

He's held several senior leadership and educational roles, including clinical director of imaging and associate divisional medical director. He was head of school for north-west radiology from 2016 to 2021, during which time he oversaw the integration of two radiology schools, training expansion and the establishment of the North-West Imaging Academy based at Edge Hill University. He was also appointed clinical lead for diagnostics in 2018 for Healthier Lancashire, which delivered a transformation programme for radiology across Lancashire and South Cumbria’s 1.7m population.

Previously Alistair was NCA’s diagnostics and pharmacy medical director and recently acted as Chief Medical Officer for NCA.

He joins as Oldham Care Organisation Chief Officer in April 2023.


David has previously been director of finance at a number of Trusts including Wirral University Teaching Hospital Foundation Trust, Liverpool Heart and Chest Foundation Trust, and Tameside and Glossop Integrated Care NHS Foundation Trust.

He is a member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy, qualifying in 1991, graduating from the Mersey Regional Health Authority financial management training programme. David holds 30 years’ experience of working in the health service, predominantly within the acute sector. He also has a BA (Hons) degree in economics.

David is passionate about advancing the integrated health and care programme within the Oldham system.  He has a particular interest in advancing the digital agenda to improve care given to patients.

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Leah joined Pennine Acute as part of the Northern Care Alliance in June 2017, as the divisional managing director for surgery and was later appointed to the director of operations post at North Manchester General Hospital in January 2020.

She was previously the divisional director of operations and performance for clinical support services and tertiary medicine at Salford Royal NHS Foundation Trust, moving to Oldham Care Organisation in March 2021.

Leah holds a degree in biochemistry, having completed a Masters in healthcare leadership in 2015, submitting a dissertation in ‘Clinician Perceptions of 7-day Working in Healthcare’ and is a recent Nye Bevan graduate in executive healthcare leadership. She's worked in the NHS for over 15 years, many of them in operational and strategic cancer roles. She's also worked on the project commissioning of new hospital builds and transformation projects which culminated in presenting at The Mayo Clinic in the US.

She's passionate about finding innovative solutions to intractable issues.

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Jonathan has a strong track record in successfully delivering change within Greater Manchester. A highly experienced medical professional, particularly in the field of maternity and neonatal services, he's held a number of senior posts since his initial appointment in Greater Manchester in 2003.

Jonathan came to Greater Manchester in 2003 when he was appointed consultant neonatologist at Salford Royal (then Hope Hospital). In 2008, he became clinical lead and held that role until maternity and neonatal services were decommissioned in 2011 as part of the ‘Making it Better’ reconfiguration.

In 2011, he moved to Oldham as clinical director for neonatal services and together with colleagues led the development of a new tertiary Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU), which opened in 2012 and is now well established as one of Greater Manchester’s three NICUs.

He remained clinical director until 2016, when he was appointed as divisional clinical director of the women and children’s division.

Jonathan has been deeply involved in the Greater Manchester/North-West Neonatal Network for many years and was clinical lead for the Network. He also has a keen interest in teaching and training doctors and nurses. He teaches on courses for midwives and advanced neonatal nurse practitioners at Salford University and is an academic advisor and honorary senior lecturer in Manchester University Medical School.

He's a firm believer in the importance of multi-disciplinary team working and looks forward to working with colleagues to further develop the Care Organisation, building on the excellent progress made over the last couple of years, and to working with colleagues in primary, community care and social services to further integrate health and social care services in Oldham.

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Karen started her nurse training in 1992 at Bolton General Hospital before going to work at Bolton Royal and then transferring to Hope Hospital in 1995. It was at Salford where she developed her love of surgical nursing and covered ENT, colorectal, urology and general surgery, before moving to study midwifery at Salford University, working at Billinge Hospital.

She made a decision to go back into nursing and moved to Salford as an E grade in surgery. Over time she progressed to ward manager, matron, lead nurse and assistant director of nursing. In later years, she worked as a divisional nurse director across all three divisions - neurosciences, surgery/tertiary medicine and integrated care, gaining a lot of knowledge and experience working across and within a system.

In 2020, Karen moved out of an operations role to support the chief nurse with governance, safety and corporate nursing. In November 2021, she gained her first nurse director post at The Royal Oldham Hospital, working across acute and community. She's extremely passionate about the care our service users receive and strives to continuously improve, while maintaining a positive culture for our staff to grow.

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Lucy has worked in the field of Human Resources for entire career spanning a period of over a quarter of a century. She joined Oldham Care Organisation in August 2022 as Director of Human Resources, after a 20-year career in NHS HR.

Following an initial period of 5-years working in the blue-chip commercial healthcare recruitment sector, Lucy was invited to join the senior leadership team who formed the organisation NHS Professionals (Doctors) on behalf of the Department of Health.

She has worked in senior HR roles across the NHS acute and integrated provider Trusts in Yorkshire and Manchester. Her specialisms include Organisational Turnaround, Search and Selection, Talent Management, Organisational Development, Employee Engagement and Workforce Planning.  She is passionate about reducing Health Inequalities sustainably in localities and also in making sustainable improvements in workforce morale and satisfaction.

Lucy is a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Personnel and Development (CIPD). She lives in rural Yorkshire and is mum to 2 teenagers, plus a rescue cat. Her interests outside of work include visiting museums and galleries, history, live music and mudlarking.


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