Kathy Cowell OBE

Deputy Chair

Kathy Cowell OBE

Appointed as Chairman, Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust in November 2016 having previously held the role of CMFT Non-Executive Director since March 2013 and CMFT Senior Independent Director (SID) since March 2016.

A banker by profession, having worked for Cheshire Building Society for 24 years until taking early retirement in 2006. With a keen interest in local communities, past roles include: Chairman of the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, Chairman of Cheshire Building Society Foundation, Chairman of the Cheshire & Merseyside Courts Board since its inception in April 2004, a member of the Lord Chancellors Advisory Committee on the appointment of Justices of the Peace, a member of the Manchester United Foundation, and Chairman of Your Housing Group (a social housing provider)

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

Current roles include:

  • Deputy Lieutenant of Cheshire
  • Ambassador for Diversity in Public Appointments
  • Panel member for Queens Volunteers Awards (QVA’s)
  • High Sheriff of Cheshire (ends March 2017)
  • Vice Chair of Cheshire Young Carers

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