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


Shaun is a retired police officer having served almost 35 years with Derbyshire Constabulary. He achieved the rank of Detective Inspector in the CID and for the latter half of his service specialised in the investigation in to serious and complex crime across the force area.

This included being the senior investigator in Public Protection leading  on  joint child and vulnerable adult abuse investigations with social care, the Care Quality Commission and the NHS.  He was also a Hostage Negotiator Coordinator for 24 years covering the East Midlands region and this role involved working alongside the mental health service providers.

Shaun is also an authorised representative for Healthwatch and has performed many reviews on NHS service providers.

His day job is as a countersigner on NHS recruitment for the Disclosure and Barring Service. He also volunteers with two children’s charities.


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