Healthwatch Brighton and Hove consists of a small staff team of four supported by around 40 volunteers. We are dedicated to helping Brighton and Hove residents Have Your Say and we will make sure your voice is heard by those who make decisions on your behalf.
David Liley – Chief Executive Officer
Direct Line: 07931 755 343
David has worked in Health and Social Care for almost 40 years. He is a social worker specialising in mental health and child protection. David set up the NSPCC National Child Protection Helpline in the 1980s, that later merged with Childline. He has been Director of Mental Health services in Brighton and Director of Adult Mental Health at Guys & Lewisham Hospitals. David managed the LINk and Healthwatch in West Sussex and also helped to establish Healthwatch in Surrey, Slough, Wokingham and the Isle of Wight. He has studied at the University of Ulster, York University, the London School of Economics and Oxford Brookes University; David is also an MSP (Managing Successful Programmes) Practitioner.
Dr Roland Marden – Evidence and Insight Manager
Direct Line: 01273 23 40 41
Roland has over 20 years’ research experience starting as an academic social scientist at the University of Sussex and since 2006 working in project evaluation in the charity sector. Roland’s background is in impact assessment and evaluations for projects working with children and young people and related to education and well-being. He recently led the Policy and Research team at Coram, the national children’s charity specialising in adoption. This position gave him strong knowledge of the social care sector around adoption and fostering, and children and young people in care. Previously (2006-2010) Roland worked as Research Manager for Booktrust, a national reading charity, supervising evaluation for children’s and young people’s reading programmes.
Michelle Kay – Project Coordinator
Direct Line: 01273 234040
Michelle came to Healthwatch from a background in project management and international development. She has experience managing large scale projects both in the UK and abroad and liaising with government grant-holders. Michelle is committed to making a difference in her local community and is particularly interested in children’s mental health and social care for older people. Michelle has an MBA from Brighton University.
Alan Boyd – Project Coordinator
Direct Line: 01273 234040
Alan has over 15 years’ experience of designing and implementing government policy. He has worked in Parliament as a project manager securing the successful transition of draft legislation into law. He has also represented the UK at negotiations at the European Commission and overseas for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office. Since deciding to leave London behind, Alan has transferred his experiences to the health sector working in care homes across the city and also for Terence Higgins Trust, a prominent HIV charity based in Brighton. He also volunteers with adults living with long term mental health conditions.
Will Anjos – Project Officer
Direct Line: 01273 234040
Will is an experienced project manager who previously worked at a national office supplies company. He has lived in Brighton for 25 years and set up Brighton Soup in 2015, helping to provide community funding for local projects. He currently also works at Volunteering Matters on their Lifelines project which helps to create volunteer-led activities for older people across the city.
Healthwatch Brighton and Hove has a Board of Directors . The Board leads the strategic direction of the organisation and ensures that it effectively delivers on its important role. They meet on a bi-monthly basis. Most Board members also act as representatives on other Boards , for instance, Patient Participation Groups (PPGs), Patient Experience Panels and other patients’ participation fora.
Our board members
Frances McCabe – Independent Chair
Frances has been Chair since November 2013 and appointed the rest of the Board. For over 40 years, she worked in health and social care: as a nurse and health visitor, managing social services to Director level, In senior posts in charities, the Social Services Inspectorate and leading national health and social care projects at the Department of Health. Frances has Masters degrees in Geriatric Medicine and Life History Research( on GPs). For 3 years, she was the Chair of Age UK Brighton and Hove and remains a trustee. She has 3 children, two step-children, two of whom are local and 5 grandchildren.
Bob Deschene – Director
Bob has 15 years of experience in senior NHS Management in East & West Sussex working in a doctor’s surgery, Primary Care Group, Primary Care Trusts and acting as a lead in Older People’s Services, Children & Young People’s Services, and Mental Health. He has also spent 23 years in the private sector in Canada and the UK in senior financial roles. As well, he has done some volunteer work for Age UK and was a board member of the LINk Steering Group.
Sophie Reilly – Director
Throughout her life Sophie has been supported by the NHS and adult social care in order to maintain quality of life. For 15 years she been working with the voluntary sector in Brighton and Hove in order to improve services and to empower people to make informed choices regarding their health and social care. As a disabled person growing up with complex health and care needs she is particularly keen to use her experience to benefit others, Sophie does this working alongside many local and national disability organisations including being Chair of The Fed Centre for Independent Living and a Trustee for Brighton and Hove Speak Out. This work involves training students and practitioners in better care and service delivery.
Neil McIntosh – Director
Neil joined Brighton & Hove Healthwatch as a volunteer in May 2014 following a public sector career that included in ten years working at a senior level within the Ministry of Justice, Dept of Health and the NHS, focused on the development of specialized health services for offenders and other people coming into contact with the criminal justice system. Neils particular experience is with mental health, and he has spent the past eighteen months with Healthwatch representing patient interests with the major mental health service provider. Locally born and raised, he has lived in Brighton & Hove since 1980.
Catherine Swann – Director
Catherine has worked in academia and the NHS, at local and national level. A chartered psychologist with a health background and honorary member of the Faculty of Public Health, she spent 9 years as Associate Director at the National Institute for Health and Social Care Excellence (NICE) developing national public health guidelines, leaving in 2015 to take up a senior research post at the Evidence for Policy and Practice (EPPI) Co-ordinating Centre at UCL. Currently working on service user experience in adult social care, as a local parent and carer she has personal and professional interests in ensuring patients and service users play a central role in improving and delivering care for everyone.
Geoffrey Bowden – Director
Geoffrey has developed a successful healthcare communications business and has advised numerous healthcare organisations, including the Patients’ Association and the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE). As a former Councillor, he also has significant experience of health and social care scrutiny.
Carol King – Director
Carol has a number of years’ experience in the NHS and Children’s Services at Brighton and Hove City Council. Carol brings expertise in Children’s Centres, Family Support and social work.
Barbara Harris – Board Advisor
Barbara has been a resident of Brighton and Hove for over 50 years. She is a parent of one and a grandparent of four. She is currently Head of Equality, Diversity and Human Rights for Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust, and has been in this role since 2007. She is also supporting Sussex Community NHS Trust until late 2016 with their equality function. Barbara has a passion for helping to create a fairer society and in her spare time is involved with Sanctuary on Sea, when she is not studying for a degree in Social Science and Humanities with the Free University Brighton.
Tony Benton – Board Advisor
Tony worked in social care and health for more than 30 years. Although now retired, Tony continues to be passionate about improving the quality of services and outcomes for users. In recent years Tony has specialised in helping a very wide range of organisations to improve safeguarding services and as a special advisor to the board, hopes to make a contribution to this crucial area of work.