John Simmons


John had a forty-year professional career in Social Services in Derbyshire including twelve as Deputy Director of Social Services at the County Council. He led a major review looking at issues affecting the lives of Older People in the county in 2002/04. He holds various board positions including Vice Chair of the Beth Johnson Foundation and Vice Chair of Care and Repair (England).

Sonia Rafferty


Sonia’s background includes Financial Controller at the University of Derby and for over ten years as Head of Commissioning and Resources within Community Safety, working in partnership with Social Care, Health, Police and other key statutory partners together with local business partners delivering joint initiatives across the city of Derby. During this time, has also worked closely within the voluntary sector and currently Vice Chair of Safe and Sound Derby and Chair of the Patient Participation Group at Appletree Medical practice in Duffield.

John Ainley


John returned to his native East Midlands after a long medical career in the South of England. After an initial career in secondary care, he became a GP for several years before returning to hospital practice and becoming a Consultant Gastroenterologist with a specialist interest in early diagnosis and treatment of gastrointestinal cancers.

John was also Head of Department for a group of hospitals in the South West before he retired and is an advisor and volunteer for the charity Bowel Cancer UK.

Helen Barker


Helen has experience of working in both the NHS and Higher Education.  Helen started her career as a dietitian and has experience as  a public health dietitian, a research dietitian  and mental health dietitian. Helen’s last post was as Head of Health Professions at Coventry University where she was particularly interested in the issues surrounding professionalism and service-user involvement in recruitment.

Shaun McElheron


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Helen O’Connor


Helen has a worked in the voluntary sector for the past 30 years in a range of roles, including service user engagement, policy development and quality management. She is currently the manager for the Alzheimer’s Society in Derbyshire.

Helen is also one of the Trustees for the Derbyshire Mental Health Forum.

Trevor Ridetrevor ride


A native of Derby Trevor began his professional career in hospital administration and went onto train as a nurse to gain a greater understanding of the needs of people. His 40 year professional career included clinical, management, policy and academic appointments and work at government level in the UK and overseas.

Prior to retirement in 2010 having returned to Derbyshire, he was Clinical Director and Deputy Chief Executive with a local healthcare provider. He has personal and family engagement with local health and personal social services which has only reinforced his passion for the quality of services, the outcome and what happens to people. This has led him to undertake work with the Care Quality Commission as part of the Experts by Experience programme and also becoming a Director with Healthwatch Derbyshire

Marie Hannah


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