Tracey McErlain-Burns - Chair

A Registered Nurse since 1984 with 20 years Executive Director experience within the NHS; in provider services, commissioning services and strategic leadership.  An unpaid carer, active member of a local Patient Participation Group and regular community volunteer. 

Jyoti Rao - Vice Chair

I am a writer and political activist concerned with ensuring equality.  Having studied Law, Technology and Management Science and Business Administration and gaining three Masters degrees I have also worked in industry, the public and voluntary sectors.  My roles have included Analyst in I.T. and Policy Officer.  My educational experience includes teaching graduates the subject of Management focusing on the Japanese methods of Kaizen.  I have contributed to administration in a number of departments in the NHS such as Patient Advice and Liaison Service, Medical Records, Human Resources, the Patient Information Centre and Information Governance.  I have assisted in Tameside Libraries as a Computer Buddy, and broadcast for the visually impaired with Tameside Talking News.  My experience at Board level also includes Manchester Advocacy Services, Stalybridge & Hyde Labour Women’s Forum, Stalybridge & Hyde CLP, Asante Cultural Forum, Opt-In and Tameside Sight.  My legal experience includes a number of mini-pupillages and marshalling a judge.  I am not a practising lawyer.

Our Board

Maria Bailey

I have lived in Tameside since 1980, working for BT for 27 years and was a Trade Union official for 25 of those years, also a Magistrate on the Tameside Bench. Since being made redundant I have worked for DePaul UK and Greater Manchester Probation Services. As a volunteer I was a founder member of Tameside Community Radio and then a Volunteer and Community Engagement Director. I was elected to Tameside MBC and served for 10 years. I am a member of Tameside Rotary.
I was a Board member on New Charter Trust Group, T3SC, CVAT, Tameside CAB, DePaul UK (North West).
I’m currently a Trustee for Together Centre, The Shed and a volunteer with Pet Connect and Loxley House all in Dukinfield.

Royce Goodier

I am currently working as a volunteer health champion at The Dukinfield Medical Practice. I do not have any medical qualifications, I am on the board to represent the views and to look at issues from the perspective of patients.

Glenis Lee

I have always been involved in the public/community sector, having worked for the Blood Transfusion Service, British Red Cross, the Royal National Institute of the Blind and latterly at Tameside Sight. My special interest is in supporting visually impaired people, particularly as life expectancy grows and the number of people with serious sight loss increases. Through my family I am also concerned with the provision of cardiac services and the treatment of people with haemophilia, the blood clotting disorder.

Julie Wood

I previously worked in housing in London, and then running a carers' project for Age Concern. I currently work at Tameside mental health charity Richmond Fellowship, as a community Links adviser. I have volunteered a great deal for various churches in Tameside, as well as at the Booth Centre. I have various ailments which have been longstanding so I bring a lived experience viewpoint, as well as professional insights. I have a degree in Theology and Religious Studies, PGCE 16-plus in adult education. I also have a Master's in Social Anthroplology and Masters in Anthropological Research, so unsurprisingly I'm interested in how people, organisations and societies work. I recently completed a Master's in Psychology giving the Graduate Basis for Chartership in Psychology, which I am interested in pursuing.


Tameside Council representative


Board meetings

Healthwatch Tameside holds regular board meetings. These meetings are open to members of the public (as observers), although Healthwatch Tameside reserves the right to discuss sensitive issues confidentially. If anyone wishes to attend these meetings, please call us on 0161 667 2526, or email to book a place.

The dates for the meetings in 2022 are:

Monday 24th January, 1pm-3pm 

Thursday 24th March, 12:30pm-2:30pm 

Thursday 19th May, 11:30am-1:30pm 

Friday 29th July, 11am-1pm 

Monday 26th September, 12:30pm-2:30pm 

Monday 21st November, 10am-12am 


The minutes from previous meetings can be found below.