Helen has a wide range of work experience, including working for a major commercial airline, and as a Project Manager for a Lottery Funded Healthy Living Centre.
Helen has worked for Healthwatch Derbyshire since it began in April 2013, working as an Engagement Officer and then as the Insight and Intelligence Manager.
Appointed to the role of Chief Executive in March 2019, Helen is responsible for providing strong leadership for the organisation, including supporting and leading the staff team and working with the board of Directors to develop and deliver the organisation’s strategic and operational plans.
Having previously worked for Derbyshire LINk, the predecessor to Healthwatch Derbyshire, Tammi has worked for the organisation since it began in April 2013,
As office manager, Tammi coordinates the multi-faceted elements of the organisation including managing the HR and Health and Safety functions, maintaining statutory compliance and assuring quality conformance of the organisation’s management systems.
Engagement and Involvement Manager
Harriet joined Healthwatch Derbyshire in January 2022 in the newly created post of Engagement & Involvement Manager. Harriet leads the team of engagement officers, volunteer co-ordinator and communications officer.
Having previously worked within the social housing sector since 2008, Harriet has a vast experience of engagement and involvement and has worked closely with scrutiny groups, local community associations and service improvement panels, amongst others. She sees the value in using feedback to improve services, and being able to demonstrate what has changed as a result.
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.
Joining the team in autumn 2019, Helen has worked in the voluntary sector for over 16yrs.
During her work at Alzheimer’s Society, she co-ordinated projects supporting communities, General Practice, businesses, organisations and individuals in Derbyshire to become more dementia-friendly, developing their understanding of what it’s like to live with dementia and enabling them to tailor local services to be inclusive of people affected by dementia. Helen is passionate about hearing your experiences of health and social care in order to influence positive change.
Rachel joined the team in Summer 2019. Through community development and project management roles, she has previously worked in both the public and voluntary sectors, supporting and developing a wide range of projects including Lottery funded health projects and children’s play programmes.She has over 15 years’ experience in engaging with and supporting communities to share their views on developing and shaping services within both urban and rural areas.As an Engagement Officer at Healthwatch Rachel works to encourage and enable people to actively share their views and experiences of health and social care.
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.
Imogen is responsible for supporting and promoting the work of Healthwatch Derbyshire. This includes developing, managing and updating the company website and maintaining social media channels. The Communications Officer is also responsible for fielding media enquiries and promoting the organisation through the press. Imogen has worked in the Health and Social Care sector since 2018, predominantly working with people experiencing homelessness and mental ill health.
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.
Engagement Service Lead (MHT)
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.
Project Support Worker (MHT)
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.
Engagement Officer (MHT)
Kate has worked within mental health in both the public and voluntary sectors, most recently as a frontline support worker. The focus of her roles has been the voice of lived experience and how it informs the transformation of mental health provision.
Engagement Officer (MHT)