Professor Kailash Chand OBE - Chair
The late Professor Kaliash Chand OBE was Chair of Healthwatch Tameside from 2013 until his sudden death in July 2021.
Our Deputy Chair, Tracey McErlain-Burns, is our Acting Chair whilst we recruit a new Chair.
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 and am currently their president.
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.
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.
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.
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. Deputy Chair of Healthwatch Tameside Board.
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. 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 also undertaken a number of mini-pupillages during my legal experience. I am not a practising lawyer.
Tameside Council representative
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 email@example.com to book a place.
Meetings in person have been postponed during the COVID-19 pandemic, to keep everyone safe. Virtual meetings are being held.
The dates for the meetings in 2021 are:
Tuesday 2 March 10am - 12pm
Friday 7 May 1pm - 3pm
Monday 12 July 10am - 12pm
Tuesday 14 September 1pm - 3pm
Friday 19 November 10am - 12pm
The minutes from previous meetings can be found below.