Denise has lived in South Derbyshire for 28 years and is now retired from her role as a 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. She also led on achieving Healthy School status and has a real interest in current scientific thinking about personalised nutrition as well as supporting young people with special needs and their families, who need ongoing support.
Hannah grew up in Derbyshire and moved to London to train as a nurse. Following a successful clinical career she used her experience to move into Human Resources management, specialising in recruitment and resourcing.
She returned to Derbyshire over 20 years ago and has continued to work across health and care gaining further experience in local government, a housing charity and the NHS.
Hannah currently leads a careers academy promoting employment opportunities and careers development across health and social care with a specific interest in reducing health inequalities.
Originally from Hampshire, Al has lived in Dronfield, in North East Derbyshire, for the past forty years. He 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. The group includes both people with a condition and family/carers/ friends; it is currently providing support to a large number of people.
As Chair of Finance on the governing body of a local Junior School, Al also has extensive experience in setting and managing budgets. He first became a Parent Governor when his children attended the school and has continued as a Co-opted Governor since.
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.
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.
During his time in the NHS, Tim has worked across all health sectors and has previously served as a trustee in the charitable sector. Tim is also an accredited Coaching and Mentoring practitioner and has lived with his family in Derbyshire for 22 years.
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.
Fiona has lived in rural Derbyshire for the past 12 years, having previously lived in Nottingham. She lives with her husband, cats and a dog. Fiona has a long-term disability with impacts on her vision and hearing.
Fiona hopes to contribute towards Healthwatch Derbyshire by sharing her knowledge and also learning from the diverse boards of directors and staff members.