John B Battye Esq. DL FIBMS
John was born 1945 and educated in his early years at Hulme Grammar School Oldham and then at Manchester University Medical School. His professional life began in 1962 as a Biomedical Scientist at Royal Oldham Hospital during wich time he became a Fellow of the Institute of Biomedical Sciences [FIBMS] obtained in Microbiology, Haematology and Blood Transfusion Serology.
John has served the community in a number of ways. He was Leader of Oldham Metropolitan Borough Council from 1985-2000, Chairman of the Association of Greater Manchester Authorities AGMA, Joint Chairman GMex [Manchester], Director Manchester Airport plc and became its Chairman from 1991-92. He was a Member of the European Union's Committee of the Regions where he served on the Commission responsible for Public Health, Commercial Manager Oldham Rugby League Club and a Non Executive Director Greater Manchester Waste Ltd.
Since 2002, John has been a Part time research assistant, to Phil Woolas MP, Minister of State in the Dept of the Environment and a Non Executive Director Pennine Acute NHS Trust since 2002; Hospital Manager Pennine Care NHS Trust (1983 Mental Health Act Appeals). He is currently Chairman of Mayor of Oldham's Charity Committee and enjoys reading and writing articles on local social history.
John was appointed Deputy Lieutenant of Greater Manchester in 1999 and is an assessor for the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.