Our board of Trustees
We have a board of 10-12 Trustees that meet quarterly and are responsible for decisions taken in relation to the charity's 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.
"I am close to celebrating 25 years’ living in the borough and have coordinated a Lambeth campaign group for cycling and transport in the past. I became a Healthwatch Lambeth Trustee in 2014 when I was looking to contribute to a local agenda and was aware of the good work that the organisation was doing. I work in the NHS, changing roles quite often as I like to be involved in programmes of change and service improvement. Over a decade of my time in the NHS has been working in mental health, including in Lambeth, and I have found volunteering as a Trustee an opportunity to contribute from a different perspective. In 2016, my work for the organisation has focussed on supporting the development of the Black Wellbeing Partnership and taking on the role of Interim Chair. I am keen that we continue to be the organisation that represents view of residents, patients and carers".
I am keen that we continue to be the organisation that represents view of residents, patients and carers
"I want to help Healthwatch Lambeth become an effective voice of local people, ensuring that our local health system delivers the services people need. In particular, I want to try and ensure that Healthwatch Lambeth is a representative voice of people living and working in Lambeth – actively seeking out views from all parts of the community, not just a vocal minority.
I have lived and worked in Lambeth since 2004, so I have a very personal reason for wanting the services in the borough to be good as they can. I also have a professional interest too, with 21 years' experience working in health marketing, information and behaviour change.Read More
During my career I have run media and publishing teams for national charities such as the British Lung Foundation and Diabetes UK, was the editor in chief for a health and wellbeing news and information website, and have worked as a freelance health journalist, writing for various magazines, newspapers and websites.
In 2004, I founded Resonant Media. Over the past nine years, we have worked with communities throughout London and further afield, using insight, co-production and marketing to instigate and sustain behaviour change and patient engagement.
I hope I can combine my personal interest with my professional experience for the benefit of Healthwatch Lambeth."
I want to try and ensure that Healthwatch Lambeth is a representative voice of people living and working in Lambeth
"I have worked in the Public Health Field for most of my professional life and have a strong personal commitment to empowering and involving local communities in issues and services affecting their health. I have lived in Lambeth since 1976 and worked for Lambeth Primary Care Trust from 1992 as a Public Health Specialist for HIV and Sexual Health until my retirement in 2009.
I was responsible for Community Development with African Communities, Faith Communities and Men who have sex with men, and for supporting and establishing Service user Groups. I led on the commissioning of Health Promotion Services for HIV and Sexual Health and for HIV Care Services provided by the Voluntary Sector.Read More
My experience is that service users and carers have knowledge and expertise essential for ensuring local services are appropriate effective and responsive to the needs of local residents, tackle disadvantage and discrimination and are respectful and sensitive to cultural and gender issues. Service users and carers should be supported to play a key role in the development and monitoring of local services and should be able to express their views and exercise influence on decisions.
I believe that the current challenges facing Health and Social Care services require meaningful involvement from service users and carers. Healthwatch Lambeth should be a key agency in ensuring that service users and carers are really at the heart of decisions made about local health and social care services instead of as has often been the case being an afterthought. As a Trustee for Healthwatch Lambeth I believe my skills and experience should be valuable to the organisation."
I believe that the current challenges facing Health and Social Care services require meaningful involvement from service users and carers.
"I have direct experience of all the government patient and public involvement bodies. I worked for the Tower Hamlets Community Health Council for nine years before they were abolished, then the Patient and Public Involvement (PPI) Forum with SLAM. After that, with LINks in Ealing and later Lambeth.
After working for the Inner London Education Authority for 23 years, I worked with mental health service users in four different London boroughs until my retirement in 2010.Read More
I have a wide experience of chairing meetings with the London NUT Council in the 1980s, after which I was General Secretary for five years, giving me a wide administrative experience. I have been on the Executive Committee of MIND for seven years and was chair for three years. I also chaired the Southwark Trades Council for 10 years.
I feel that a voluntary body cannot achieve everything, so our members must set priorities. Personally, I feel these should include mental health and the PPI groups at surgery level. There are many other demands eg care homes, A&E, care in the community. If we push very hard with Enter and View we might be able to prevent some of the tragedies which have hit other Trusts."
If we push very hard with Enter and View we might be able to prevent some of the tragedies which have hit other Trusts.
I am keen to use my experiences to ensure services in Lambeth are based more on what residents want and need.
"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.Read More
"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.
"I have worked in Lambeth for over 4 years as a part-time youth worker with young women at Coin Street Community Builders in Waterloo. My full time role as Development Officer at St John Ambulance, I am responsible for developing the youth voice within the organisation. I was previously the Volunteer Coordinator for Spires, a homeless day centre based in South Lambeth.
As well as my volunteer management expertise, I am also experienced in facilitating workshops with young women around sexual health, abusive relationships and wellbeing. I am particularly interested in how organisations use social media to engage young people. I sit on the committee for London Young Charity Professionals, a new networking organisation; where I am responsible for the social media platforms and strategy."
I am particularly interested in how organisations use social media to engage young people
"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.Read More
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.