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New role for Riaz

Date published: 06 August 2014

THE Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust is welcoming two new non-executive directors to sit on its board, including an Oldham councillor.

Former Mayor of Oldham, Riaz Ahmad, who was re-elected as an Oldham councillor in May, has joined the board for a two-year period.

Councillor Ahmad, who has run his own accountancy practice in Manchester for over 25 years, is also a magistrate and served as the chair of NHS Oldham Primary Care Trust from 2002 to 2011.

He is the chair of the Racial Equality Council and he was awarded an OBE in 2008 for services to to local government, the administration of justice and to the community of Oldham.

Councillor Ahmad, who is replacing Catherine Fairhurst, has been joined by Wendy Cardiff, from Lancaster, who will take up her post from October 1, replacing outgoing non-executive director Michael Holly.

Mrs Cardiff has over 10 years’ experience operating at board level in a variety of worldwide executive roles within BT plc and she is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Purchasing and Supply (MCIPS).

The Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust runs The Royal Oldham Hospital, Fairfield General Hospital in Bury, North Manchester General Hospital, Rochdale Infirmary and a range of community services.

The appointments were made by the NHS Trust Development Authority (TDA) which is responsible for appointing all chairs and non-executives to NHS trusts across England.

All non-executive directors of NHS trusts receive a nationally-set remuneration of £6,157 per annum.
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