Our board of Trustees

We have a board of Trustees that meet quarterly and are responsible for decisions taken in relation to our governance and strategy.

Finance, Risk and Assurance, Human Resources and Strategy Committees have been set up to assist the smooth running of the charity. In between board meetings, Trustees meet with staff, volunteers, members and partner agencies through our public engagements and committee meetings.


Sarah Corlett

Chair


"As a Lambeth resident of 30 years and, until January 2017, a longstanding member of the Lambeth Public Health team in the NHS and then in local government, I believe there is only true partnership between people and services when the relationship is on an equal footing; where Lambeth people not only influence but control the services they receive. We all need help at different times in our lives and as human beings should be able to rely on receiving the best possible quality of care and on being treated with kindness and respect, but we all need to be involved in making that happen. My commitment is two-fold; to ensure Healthwatch Lambeth stands up for people receiving health and social care services, and to work to ensure local people have the confidence and skills to create the change they want to see."
"I believe there is only true partnership between people and services when the relationship is on an equal footing; where Lambeth people not only influence but control the services they receive."

Leon Panitzke


"I have worked in health and local government for nearly 20 years with a particular emphasis on engaging public, citizens and patients in development of public services, particularly in health, local government and regeneration. I have significant experience of working with many types of NHS organisations including Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs); hospitals, community and mental health providers.  We set up Verve Communications in 2005, where I lead our digital practice, developing websites and digital solutions for our public sector clients.

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"I have a strong track record engaging, debating and delivering information to stakeholders, the media, patients and the public and I have also supported public health campaigns and communications. So I hope that I understand the clinician’s, the manager’s, the commissioner’s, the politician’s and the patient’s view of healthcare changes. And it’s the patient voice that should be at the heart of health and care communications. That’s where I feel I can make a real difference for Healthwatch Lambeth and ensure that members of all local communities are included in plans, not overlooked.

Healthwatch Lambeth is important because it offers the most effective way to engage on issues, or with groups, who are outside of the mainstream and enable the choice of the seldom heard.  For communities which the NHS often finds hard-to-reach, working through trusted networks, such as faith groups, community associations, advice centres and other intermediaries are often the only effective channel. Health inequality is a national disease but together we can help reduce inequality at a local level."

I have a strong track record engaging, debating and delivering information to stakeholders, the media, patients and the public and I have also supported public health campaigns and communications.

Lorraine Thomas


"Most of my working life has been spent in the city in law firms coaching lawyers in business development and leading successful marketing teams. I have also done quite a lot of brand work within the education and charity sectors. So the Public sector is not an area I know well and I have very limited understanding of how the Social care system works. My best experience of the NHS was being able to get a GP appointment on the same day to my worst experience receiving a letter notifying me of a missed hospital appointment which would not be rescheduled and my GP would be notified. The fact that I had not received the notification in the first place was irrelevant.

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I believed that was as bad as it got in my world. No way could I imagine the stress that was to follow when my dad became seriously ill and had to move in with me rather than be put in a home. Daily communication with the NHS and social services became strained and increasingly harder to deal with as I felt misunderstood and labelled. Not only this but I was passed from pillar to post and nothing ever seemed joined up. It was a web of confusion far removed from the private sectors ‘time is money’ and ‘the clock’s ticking’ approach.

As a result of my journey I feel empowered to share my experience to enable another a smoother ride. As a trustee I hope to shine a light into some of those dark corners that have not been lit for a while so that standard requests don't occur as unusual ones leaving those needing the help in the dark.

Having two teenage girls I feel equipped to deal with issues around young people too which may not always be openly voiced."

As a result of my journey I feel empowered to share my experience to enable others a smoother ride.

Other Trustees


Our other Trustees are:

  • Ella Nwaokolo
  • Jerome Pupe
  • Candy Candappa
  • Rajan Lakhani
  • Heather Rogers

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