Karen RitchieKaren Ritchie

Chief Executive

Karen left her role as a manager at Home-Start Sheffield to take up the post of Regional Consultant for Home-Start UK working mainly in the East of England. This role was to advise, guide and support the practice and development of Home-Start Schemes in the East of England. This included consortium development, tendering, fundraising, strategic planning, personnel, monitoring and evaluation, and encouraging partnership working.

Looking for a new challenge Karen started working as the CEO for Healthwatch Derbyshire in April 2013, and is committed to ensuring that Healthwatch strengthens the collective voice of patients and the public in Derbyshire, and ensure that voice is used to help influence and improve the delivery and design of local services.

Tel: 01773 880786
Mobile: 07943 505 228

Tammi WrightTammi Wright

Office Manager

Originally from a PA/Secretarial background with a local manufacturing company, the 4 ½ years spent with Derbyshire LINk provided Tammi with an understanding into how health and social care services are delivered throughout Derbyshire and also enabled many firm contacts to be established. All of which provide an invaluable foundation for Tammi to build on given her role as Office Manager.

Tammi is required to coordinate the multi-faceted elements of the organisation including overseeing the activities of the staff team and involvement of volunteers, implementing and maintaining the functions and systems, quality auditing of both internal and external material etc.

Tel: 01773 880786

Helen Henderson-Spoors

Intelligence and Insight Managerhh

Prior to working for Healthwatch Derbyshire, Helen worked within the operations department at a major commercial airline, and as a Project Manager for a Lottery Funded Healthy Living Centre in Nottinghamshire.

Helen has worked for Healthwatch Derbyshire since it began in April 2013. As Insight and Intelligence Manager, her role is to ensure that the feedback and experiences reported to Healthwatch Derbyshire are used effectively and get to the right organisation at the right time, to have the right impact.

Helen also manages the Engagement Team at Healthwatch, and works with a team of four Engagement Officers to ensure that engagement undertaken is well planned, high quality, and in an appropriate format to be used by organisations to inform their services. Very often, engagement work will culminate in a report which Helen ensures will have maximum impact to inform and influence providers, commissioners and regulators of health and social care services in Derbyshire.

Tel: 01773 880786
Mobile: 07943 505 255

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Engagement Officer

Sharon is an engagement officer for the south of the county and has been with Healthwatch since October 2014. Sharon has many years’ experience in community development and service user involvement. She works to promote and enable people to speak up about the health and care services they receive in order to improve existing services and address gaps in provision.

Tel: 01773 880786
Mobile: 07943 505 262

Hannah Morton

Engagement OfficerHannah Morton

Hannah Morton is a Healthwatch Derbyshire Engagement Officer that covers the south of the county.

Hannah joins us having recently obtained a degree in Health and Social Care at Derby University where, in her final year, she also worked as
a Senior Support Worker at a care home in Derby.

Get in touch with Hannah using the contact details below:

Tel: 01773 880786
Mobile: 07943 505 229

Hannah Monteiro

Engagement Officer

Hannah Monteiro is a Healthwatch Derbyshire Engagement Officer that covers the north of the county.

Hannah is an Engagement Officer for the north of the county and having joined the Healthwatch Derbyshire team in March 2018. Hannah is passionate about delivering a service that listens to and values the stories of people’s health and social care experiences in order to enable change.

Hannah’s background is in adult and young people’s mental health and she continues to practice as a HCPC registered Art Psychotherapist. She is hoping to develop the arts as an additional method of communication as part of the patient feedback process at Healthwatch Derbyshire.

Tel: 01773 880786
Mobile: 07809724341

Lee Mellor

Communications Officer

Lee is responsible for providing editorial, strategic, creative and operational support across our charity’s work the work of Healthwatch Derbyshire.  This includes developing, managing and updating the company website and maintaining social media channels.  Lee is also responsible for fielding media enquiries and promoting the organisation through the press.

Tel: 01773 880786
Mobile: 07817 350 788

Helen Walters

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Helen is responsible for running the Healthwatch Derbyshire volunteer programme.  This includes recruiting, training and managing candidates for the many voluntary roles available within  Healthwatch Derbyshire.

Tel: 01773 880786
Mobile: 07591 206 198

Claire Reece

Engagement Officer

Claire has worked in the field of community engagement for over 15 years, working across Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire and has recently joined us from Disability Nottinghamshire where she worked as Peer Support and Community Engagement Worker, supporting individuals who were experiencing physical and Mental Ill health to play an active role within their local communities.

Tel: 01773 880786
Mobile: 07591 206 200

Kath Dawson

Engagement Support Officer


Kath is enjoying returning to an office environment after 12 years as a full-time mum and a short period working as a store assistant. Before that Kath worked as a business analyst for a software company. More recently, she has spent time volunteering in a local primary school and organising swimming galas for the swimming club that her children attend.

Tel: 01773 880786
Mobile: 07591 206 199

Niki Glazier

Engagagement Officer

Niki has come across to the service from Derbyshire Mind where she worked initially as an advocate, then as a development worker for Derbyshire Patients’ Council and, for the last 10 years, as Co-ordinator of the Mental Health ActionGroup. She brings with her a good knowledge of mental health services, particularly in the southern half of the county, and a passion for the genuine involvement of people with lived experience of local mental health services and social care.

Tel: 01773 880786
Mobile: 07719 326 640

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