"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."
Una Dalton Chair of the HR committee
Jerome Pupé - Treasurer
"I live locally, so health services in Lambeth are particularly important to me and my family. I am also passionate about supporting my local community, which is why I became a trustee.
I have volunteered to help people in later life and seen how essential social care services are. Knowing how much this support and care means to them, I would not want any older person feeling unsupported or lack access to treatment given the damage that this creates.
I come from an ethnic background so I know first hand the importance of engaging with diverse communities and I am committed to ensuring views are not ignored, especially from minority groups. I grew up in Leicester, one of the most diverse cities in the UK and throughout the time I have lived in London, I have been among diverse communities. Enabling the voice of those seldom heard is not only the right thing to do but practically, it ensures that Healthwatch Lambeth truly represents the whole of the community it is serving and means it is more trusted, encouraging others to come forward with their experiences. Furthermore, it means that Lambeth Healthwatch receives different viewpoints, improving the quality and accuracy of the information and recommendations we can give to providers.
I want to use my work experience and education to support the voluntary sector. I’ve worked in senior leadership roles across PR, Communications and Marketing, and I studied at Cambridge University and London School of Economics, as well as completing an MBA at Cass Business School."
I decided to become a Trustee of Healthwatch Lambeth as I am committed to addressing health inequalities. I have worked in the charity and public sector for over ten years, specialising mainly in communications and stakeholder engagement. I have worked at NICE (National Institute for Health and Care Excellence), Royal College of Anaesthetists, People’s Health Trust and the Lloyds Bank Foundation.
In my volunteering capacity I also co-chaired the Human Rights Watch London Network and worked with unaccompanied minors at the Refugee Council. Working with commissioners gave me an understanding of the importance of gaining insight from service users to help determine the best possible health services that can be delivered. I look forward to working with Healthwatch Lambeth to help ensure local people’s voices count when it comes to shaping and improving local health and care services.
I started training as s scientist then a linguist and worked for several years as a freelance translator/ interpreter for various UN bodies around the world and the African and Arab Development Banks. For the last 40 years I have been a practising solicitor in London, building my own firm, which was Rights based and doing Legal Aid work, but latterly specialising in Family Law. I represented London South of the Thames on the lawyers’ professional body for many years. I have lived or worked in Lambeth most of my life . On my recent retirement I was appointed a committee member of the Royal Institution which seeks to interest the public in all branches of science. I became a Trustee of HealthWatch Lambeth early in 2020 because I wanted to be actively involved in facilities in the borough and put my skills and experience to good use.
It has turned out that with the Covid 19 pandemic and the increasing visibility and activity of the Black Lives Matter movement it is a good time to be active and follow through on implementation of Healthwatch Lambeth plans.
André Blackman is a graduate of Exeter University Masters of Art in International Affairs and Diplomacy. Professionally he has over 10 years experience in Internal Control and Quality Assurance in Higher Education. André continues to help institutions and colleges review and improve the way standards are maintained within Higher Education and related industries by implementing process and policy mapped to regulatory and sector expectation and preparing reports that analyse and summarise data.
André is committed to giving back and as well as being on the board of Healthwatch Lambeth he is a Governor of Langford Primary School and Wilberforce Primary School (part of the United Learning Trust).