John Simmons

Chair

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

Treasurer

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.



Helen BarkerHelen Barker

Director

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.



Trevor Ridetrevor ride

Director

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


Helen O’Connor

Director

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.


Madeleine Fullerton

DirectorMadeleine Fullerton

Madeleine has worked as a Social Worker, manager and senior manager of services for older and disabled people across four local authorities. She has managed the provision of social care services such as residential and home care and adult Social Work services. Madeleine also has experience of developing the integration of health and social care services, focusing on how health and social work professionals can streamline their efforts to improve the experience of care and support for people who need it.

Madeleine’s current post is at Derby City Council where she works in adult social care, focusing on the area of mental health.


Marie Hannah

Vice-Chair

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