Healthwatch Brighton and Hove consists of a small staff team of 4 supported by around 30 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
Email: [email protected]
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
Email: [email protected]
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.
Magda Pasiut – Engagement and Communications Co-ordinator Email: [email protected]
Direct Line: 01273 23 40 41
Magda has a background in social research, migrations and human rights. She has wide experience of working with ethnic minorities, refugees and asylum seekers, gypsies and travellers and now bringing that experience to Healthwatch B&H. She used to be long standing volunteer at the LINk (the forerunner to Healthwatch), and had been involved in many different aspects of the organisation for instance in Research Group. Magda’s role is lead on engagement and communications to ensure Healthwatch Brighton & Hove gathers people’s views on local services. She also leads on our magazine. Magda’s aim is to make sure that harder to reach people’s voice is being heard.
Steve Turner – Operations and Volunteer Co-ordinator Email: [email protected]
Direct Line: 01273 23 40 45
Originally an English and Communication Studies teacher, Steve moved into the voluntary sector over 20 years ago, and has done a variety of jobs with different client groups. He spent five years managing a team of volunteers providing a countywide advocacy service, and then 11 years running his own training and consultancy business. Much of the training he did was around working with and managing volunteers. Recently he was Volunteer Services Co-ordinator for Age UK East Sussex, overseeing the deployment and management of 300 volunteers.
Healthwatch Brighton and Hove has also a Board of Directors . They lead the strategic direction of the organisation and ensure 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.
John Davies – Director John is a Professor of International Health Promotion at the University of Brighton. He has worked as an academic and practitioner in health promotion, health education and social care at local, national and international levels for over 40 years. Now semi-retired, John sees the work of Healthwatch as being based on the Health for All principles of equality and empowerment and intends to work with the people of Brighton and Hove and service providers to deliver the best health and social care possible.
Karin Janzon – Director Karin has 40 years experience in adult social care where she has worked in research, planning and management for local authorities and as a consultant. Listening to service users has been a strand through all her work. Having joined Healthwatch as a governor, she is particularly interested in joining the debate about how social and health care services can support people in maintaining well-being and quality of life as they grow older. Karin, who originally comes from Sweden, thinks there is great value in being open to new ideas and solutions, including best practice in other European countries.
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 – Non-Director subject expert 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 – Non-Director subject expert 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.
Frances Forester – Non-Director subject expert Frances is a GP working primarily in Sussex. She is passionate about high quality patient care; Frances is working with the Board to support their engagement with primary care.