Our Chair and Vice Chair
Gillian became Chair of our Local Leadership Board in December 2020. She has worked in and around health and social care for 40 years, and will be bringing her knowledge and experience from roles in social work and senior management to Healthwatch.
She said: "I am looking forward to working with people from a variety of backgrounds as well as having the opportunity to meet and listen to individuals and groups with important stories to tell us. I hope that I can convey their message effectively to those who commission services and ensure that they are heard."
Alan was appointed Vice Chair in December 2020. Formerly a civil servant, Alan is now a coach and change management consultant and volunteers for a number of local and national charities.
He said: "I am interested in the removal of unnecessary barriers between organisations so that the whole system can work for the benefit of citizens. I believe Healthwatch can assist with improvements in this area."
Our Board Members
Margaret taught food and nutrition and health and social care before becoming a Public Health specialist, leading the Young People Friendly programme and the Health Trainer service in Wiltshire. She is now a diabetes prevention coach and an active member of a refugee community sponsorship group.
She said: "Services have learnt a great deal since March 2020 and made many changes in healthcare provision. We can learn from these changes and finding out from the people of Wiltshire to highlight what works well, what needs to be improved and who may be missing out.
"I am passionate about supporting those who, for whatever reason, find it difficult to have their points of view acknowledged."
Vijay has held long careers both as a civil engineer and a local magistrate and now, as a Healthwatch Wiltshire Board member, is looking forward to interacting with local people on health and care issues.
He said: "I am now semi-retired and wanted to continue to deliver public service - in this case to ensure the residents of Wiltshire receive excellent health services when they need them."
Hazel has lived in Wiltshire for over 30 years and has an army and nursing background. She has worked in NHS hospitals, as an agency nurse, and as a school nurse at a boarding school. She has volunteered for Healthwatch Wiltshire since its launch in 2012 and enjoys meeting new people and listening to their feedback.
She said: “I am proud to be representing Healthwatch Wiltshire. I am very much family orientated and want my family and friends to have the health and social care they expect and need.”
Irene has a background in adult education, specialising in developing and ensuring access to education for adults with physical, sensory and learning disabilities, people with mental health issues and older people. She has also worked in advocacy, supporting older people to get access to services and resources. She is the older people’s champion in Salisbury.
She said: “I view the role of Healthwatch Wiltshire as providing the opportunity to bring about positive change and challenge inequality; ultimately to enhance the experience of people dependent on health and care services.”
Andy is a Business Manager at a large GP practice in Poole, and has worked in the NHS since 2009. He sees building strong relationships between the public and those who commission and provide health and care services as key to improving services in Wiltshire.
He said: “As a Wiltshire resident, I want to use my professional experience to help develop services in my local area. Healthwatch Wiltshire should ensure that the patient and community voice is seen as being just as important when developing services as commissioners and service leaders. I want to make Wiltshire a place to be proud of when it comes to our health and wellbeing.”
Joanna worked as a personal injury solicitor for 25 years before taking early retirement and working as a volunteer for local charities for the last 10 years. She moved to Wiltshire in 1992 and has developed a broad interest in local issues and services.
She said: “I am very excited to be appointed to the Healthwatch Wiltshire Local Leadership Board and I am looking forward to helping everyone in our community have their say in the way that health and care services are developed and delivered across the county.”
As Director of Partnerships at Help and Care, Emma is responsible for working closely with a wide range of different organisations across south central England to deliver high quality services for people and communities.
She said: “I am delighted to be part of the Healthwatch Wiltshire Local Leadership Board and will be supporting them to influence the way health and care services are delivered in Wiltshire.”