Meet the Healthwatch Leeds board
Dr John Beal (Chair)
John is a retired dentist, former Consultant in Dental Public Health for Yorkshire and the Humber Strategic Health Authority and Leeds Primary Care Trust. He holds the post of Honorary Senior Lecturer in Dental Public Health with the University of Leeds. He has a particular interest in improving the health of the most vulnerable people in the community, reducing inequalities in health and ensuring that health and social care services meet the needs of the local population
Oliver has worked as a policy and project manager for NHS England since April 2015, and is currently involved with national work on antimicrobial resistance and other aspects of medicines policy; including medicines optimisation and promoting the uptake of ‘biosimilar’ medicines. Oliver has been a regular volunteer in both CCG and hospital settings. A graduate of the University of Leeds, prior to joining the NHS Oliver’s main professional background was in higher education governance & management.
Richard retired in December 2011, prior to this he held senior management and Director Positions within the engineering and electrical industries, and in 2000 established his own consultancy business and undertook assignments within the retail, manufacturing and the NHS sectors. The assignment in 2004 with the South Yorkshire Health Authority led to a permanent post within their Commercial Procurement Group. He believes he can contribute to the Healthwatch team by utilising his experience and a strong desire to support its aims and objectives.
Sally has had a varied work-life before retiring. Employed as a Speech therapist in Special education, working with vulnerable children. She worked as a bereavement counsellor and as peer support for local people with disabilities. She has had a lifelong disability and is an intensive user of both social services and the NHS. She was a local equalities representative for the Adult Social Care Scrutiny Board. She runs a bereavement organisation and is also involved with local disability groups both as member and as Chair.
Joanna has a background in the health industry. Currently she is interested in the causes and effects of dementia, especially in the vulnerable elderly. Her full time involvement in elderly care homes gives her a unique position to understand the system of care, bringing an informed perspective to our Board.
Emma trained as an Occupational Therapist and has clinical expertise across both mental health and physical disabilities within the NHS, Social care and private sector. She focussed on clinical governance, risk and quality when moving into management and has held several senior positions in both commissioning and provision. Emma is passionate about the individual’s right to be heard, to be respected, to obtain high quality care.
Andy was a lecturer in economics and social policy at Leeds Beckett University. Since he retired he has been a school governor. a member of Leeds North Patient Assurance Group and was, for a year, a member of the Leeds Teaching Hospital Trust Drugs and Therapeutics Group. He is a Trustee at Voluntary Action Leeds, a volunteer at Leeds Involving People and is a member of his GP Practice Patient Participation Group.
Josephine graduated with a MSc Public Health from the University of Salford, Greater Manchester in 2013. She later lectured Public Health in a University in Uganda for two years prior to moving back to the UK in 2015. And she has been a volunteer with Healthwatch Leeds since October 2016.
Denise trained as a Cardiac Physiologist and has clinical and operational expertise across many specialties other than her clinical profession within the NHS and private sector both in the UK and the Middle East. She is passionate about the individual’s right to be heard and always wants to be the patients advocate and to give all patients a voice. Equality and high quality of care is all patients his her main aim for any patient.
Following a career in the medicines industry, joined the Board of NHS Leeds North Clinical Commissioning Group - Lay Member for Patient and Public Involvement, until March 2018. During that time he chaired the Patient Assurance Group, Primary Care Commissioning Committee and Remuneration and Nominations Committee. Graham is currently the Lead for Patient and Public Involvement at the Yorkshire and Humber Academic Health Science Network and includes promoting the ‘Me and My Medicines’ campaign.
Oliver retired from Leeds Teaching Hospitals in March 2017 having been a consultant Geriatrician there for 30 years and worked in the NHS for over forty. He has held leadership roles in medical education at local, regional and national level. He has a great interest in improving health and social care provision for older people particularly for those with dementia and was Leeds Teaching Hospitals ´Dementia Champion’ and a Clinical Advisor for the Yorkshire and Humber Dementia Clinical Network.
Angie is the Epilepsy Services Manager at Epilepsy Action, the member led charity. She works to improve services for people with epilepsy and manages a helpline. She has research qualifications in Public Health and Organisation Development, she collaborates in research projects relating to: patient education programmes, services for people with learning disabilities and epilepsy and mental health issues in young people with epilepsy. She is also involved in community development and environmental projects, as well as raising funds for charities.
Stuart is the Team Leader and Company Secretary. His role as Company Secretary includes some responsibility for finances, budget and keeping abreast of company law. He has been with Healthwatch Leeds since 2013, previously working for Leeds LINk and national charity Shaw Trust.
Hannah is the Chief Executive of Healthwatch Leeds. Her role is to ensure that Healthwatch Leeds makes a real difference to people in Leeds by giving them a voice in health and care services in Leeds. She has previously worked in the private, public and third sector and has a passion for services that understand, listen to and work in partnership with people. Prior to Healthwatch Leeds, She was Director at Forum central, the voice of the health and care third sector in Leeds.