We are delighted to announce the appointment of 5 new members to the Healthwatch Derbyshire Board of Directors. The Healthwatch Derbyshire Board is responsible for contributing to our strategic aim, ensuring resources are in place for the organisation to continue to achieve its objectives. The Board ensures Healthwatch Derbyshire continues to be managed efficiently, effectively and in line with its constitutional and statutory obligations.
We are pleased to welcome Denise Gould (chair), Tim Broadley (director), Hannah Parry-Payne (vice-chair), Fiona Marshall (director) and Alistair Garrett (treasurer) to our Board.
Denise is a retired Headteacher following 32 years in education. Alongside her academic work and before becoming a Headteacher, her leadership roles in a number of schools included pastoral work with children, young people and families to access support from a wide range of health and social care services, in addition to having responsibility for safeguarding.
Tim retired as Director of Strategy from Derbyshire Community Health Services in 2020 after working in the NHS for 37 years. He has extensive experience at board level and also many years’ experience of integrated working across health and social care systems.
Hannah has had a successful clinical career and has used her experience to move into Human Resources management, specialising in recruitment and resourcing. She currently leads a careers academy promoting employment opportunities and careers development across health and social care with a specific interest in reducing health inequalities.
Al has a wide experience of the voluntary sector, particularly in relation to mental health peer support groups. With assistance from staff at Bipolar UK, in 2011 he helped to set up a support group for people in the Chesterfield area affected by a Bipolar condition. As Chair of Finance on the governing body of a local Junior School, Al also has extensive experience in setting and managing budgets.
Fiona currently works as a health and social care researcher predominantly in the NHS and at the University of Nottingham. She has a special interest in the organisation and management of the care of older people and those who care. Social groups and alternative ways to provide support are of interest with a keen interest in the support of those with mental health, isolation and neuro-disabilities. She has contributed to many policy and peer-reviewed articles. Her most recent work has included the impact of COVID-19 within the care home sectors.
Find out more about our new and existing Board members here: https://healthwatchderbyshire.co.uk/about/meet-the-board-of-directors/