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Mrs Kathy Cowell OBE DL

Group Chairman

Board Member

Kathy was previously Chairman of Central Manchester University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CMFT), taking up the appointment in November 2016. She had held the role of CMFT Non-Executive Director since March 2013 and CMFT Senior Independent Director (SID) since March 2016.

A banker by profession, Kathy worked for Cheshire Building Society for 24 years until taking early retirement in 2006. With a keen interest in local communities, her past roles include: Chairman of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, Chairman of Cheshire & Merseyside Courts Board, a member of the Lord Chancellor’s Advisory Committee on the appointment of Justices of the Peace, Chairman of Your Housing Group (a social housing provider) and member of the Strategic Growth Committee at East Cheshire Hospice.

Kathy has held several Chairman and Non-Executive roles in the health sector, in both provider and commissioner organisations, including Chairman of the East Cheshire NHS Acute Trust; NHS Cluster/PCT Chairman; and Vice Chairman of Warrington Hospital NHS Acute Trust.

Her current roles include:

·  Deputy Lieutenant (DL) of Cheshire

·  Ambassador for ‘Diversity in Public Appointments’

·  Mentor for ‘Kings Award Volunteers’ (KAVs)

·  Vice Chair of ‘Cheshire Young Carers’

·  Ambassador for ‘Active Cheshire’

·  Chairman Hammond School Chester

·  Member of Manchester Health and Well Being Board

·  Member of Integrated Care Partnership Board

·  Member of general Assembly – The University of Manchester

·  Member of Manchester Academic Health Science Centre

·  Chairman of MFT Charity

·  High Sheriff of Cheshire 2016 – 2017