Healthwatch Portsmouth Board
Healthwatch Portsmouth is governed by a Board who meet in public six times a year to manage the organisation’s priorities and workload. This page has details of the members of the Healthwatch Portsmouth Board together with information on the advisors to the board from our partner organisations.
Each Board profile includes a declaration of interests form. Papers from the Board meetings can be viewed in the Publications section.
Healthwatch Portsmouth Board members
I have board and committee level experience in a number of organisations. I served as a non-executive director of the Portsmouth Healthcare NHS Trust from 1998 until the Trust was dissolved to form Primary Care Trusts. I was a board member of a higher education college (Highbury), and chaired the Quality Committee responsible for academic achievement. As chairman of the Housing Committee on Portsmouth City Council I developed knowledge of a complex system of local government and implemented policies on tenant participation. I served for two years on the local Community Health Council as a representative for Portsmouth City Council.
From 2004 until 2010 I was a freelance consultant for the Centre for Public Scrutiny helping local authorities and their members to develop their role in health scrutiny. I also worked on the establishment of Local Involvement Networks with a number of local authorities.
I have over 27 years local experience working in health & social care, I held a variety of roles which give me the knowledge of local services. My roles were within Learning Difficulty services, Mental Health & Substance Misuse – I have worked extensively with Portsmouth City Council & Solent NHS Trust. I have been a Care Assistant, ward based Staff Nurse, Practitioner, Community Psychiatric Nurse, Community Team Leader, and latterly a Service Co-Ordinator/Manager.
I have knowledge of how local services are provided and how provider organisations work with data collection, performance targets and contract reviews with Commissioners.
I led the Masters Degree in Health Promotion at Sheffield Hallam University and was part of two working parties to Bosnia to develop older people’s services for the World Health Organisation. I was the older people’s lead at Borough Council level and developed the Live Long and Better Plan by involving local residents. I was awarded Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health. I continue my interests in evidence-based practice and research into health and well-being, in particular older people.
I have lived, studied and worked in Portsmouth and hope to contribute to the city further through the work of the Board.
I was an experienced and highly accountable senior leader within the pharmaceutical industry, specialising in strategic planning and marketing within both the research and commercial parts of the pharmaceutical industry. I am now just completing an MSc in Public Health at King’s College London as I wanted a challenge that built on the significant skills and experience I have gained in industry and encompasses my interest in lifestyle and its impact on health and disease progression.
My MSc has broadened my understanding of epidemiology, how environment and lifestyle can affect people’s health, the impact of social and health interventions and how to ultimately prevent disease.
I am particularly interested in how best to ensure that medicines developed and services delivered meet the needs of patients and local populations.
I have also been employed by Portsmouth NHS Trusts, in various departments including Mental Health, Child Behaviour and Renal, through which I have gained an insight into NHS workings. Since 2015 I volunteer annually as a PLACE (Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment) Assessor for PHFT and Solent NHS Trust. Currently I am employed on a bank staff basis by Solent NHS Trust as a Serious Incident Investigator; in which I have increased my knowledge of NHS standard operating procedures, accountability and protocol.
I work as a self-employed proof reader for a London-based market research company and before then worked in life insurance. I have been involved with charities since running a chamber of commerce in 2001/2002 and have interests in Headway, Motiv8, Rainbow Centre and Beneficial Foundation. I am vice chair of the Carers Council, run a support group for Grandparents Association and am a member of Portsmouth and Southsea Castle rotary club.
I have lived in Portsmouth for the last 25 years. For much of that time I have also worked in the city as a manager in Adult and Further Education. Most recently I was Head of Lifelong Learning with Portsmouth City Council. Throughout the time I have lived in Portsmouth I have also been actively involved in a number of voluntary roles including as a school governor and as a board member of a number of local trusts and social enterprises. I am now largely retired from full-time work but continue to run a small management consultancy business working with Adult Education providers around the country. As an adult educator I was committed to enabling and engaging with local communities and would hope to bring my experience and skills to Healthwatch Portsmouth.
My background spans thirty-one years of extensive experience at executive and senior levels in both the public and private sectors.
I am an inclusive leader who is resilient, an effective communicator and team player who has often positively impacted the organisations I have had the privilege to serve.
I believe in making a difference and influencing change for the better. I have the ability to build sustainable relationships, drive growth and change which I have repeatedly achieved in my workplace both for fellow work colleagues and those we serve which have included both the public and in the healthcare setting our patients.
I am committed to making a difference to others, by being the catalyst for change through listening to those who know and understand the healthcare services and then act by influencing the healthcare system. This is why I support the important agenda of Healthwatch.
I work in the Public Health Team for Portsmouth City Council. My current role as Public Health Development Manager involves commissioning and service managing of public health programme such as the NHS Health Checks programme and commissioning of Local Healthwatch in Portsmouth. I have worked in Portsmouth since 2009 and have been in Public Health since 2004. I am a registered Public Health Practitioner with the UKPHR and have BSc in Health and Social Care and MSc in Public Health and Health Improvement. I volunteer as a Watch Leader for the Tall Ships Youth Trust in Portsmouth, and enjoying running and climbing in my spare time.
This position is currently being recruited.
Where Healthwatch Portsmouth focuses its time and energy is influenced by its members, the general public, local organisations and is overseen by a board of elected and co-opted volunteers.
The Board make decisions about the priorities of Healthwatch Portsmouth and the main projects it will work on each year. They also work to represent local people and make sure that they are at the heart of local services.
The board is made up of a variety of people from different backgrounds, with a range of skills and experience to support the team. There are members selected from the general membership and wider public, advisors (from the University of Portsmouth, Learning Links and Portsmouth City Council) and the Healthwatch Project Manager.
For more information please contact us or come along to one of our public board meetings held six times a year at different venues around Portsmouth.
Healthwatch Portsmouth Board meetings 2019-2020
|Tuesday 5 February 2019||Frank Sorrell Centre, Prince Albert Road, Southsea PO4 9HR||4-6pm|
|Wednesday 3 April 2019||Buckland Community Centre, Malins Road, Portsmouth PO2 7BT||4-6pm|
|Thursday 27 June 2019||Civic Hall, Guildhall Square, Portsmouth , PO1 2BG (This will be our Annual General Meeting)||5-7pm|
|Tuesday 10 September 2019||Cosham Community Centre, 1 Wootton St, Portsmouth PO6 3AP||6-8pm|
|Tuesday 22 October 2019||TBC||2-4pm|
|Wednesday 11 December 2019||St Mary’s Community Room, St Marys Lodge, St Marys Road, Portsmouth PO3 6BB||2-4pm|
|Tuesday 11 February 2020||TBC||4-6pm|
Details of meetings can be found on the events page.