Chief Executive - David Liley
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.
David has been Director of Mental Health services in Brighton and Director of Adult Mental Health at Guys & Lewisham Hospitals. He also 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.
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Dr Lester Coleman – Evidence and Insight Manager
Lester was awarded a Phd in Psychology from the University of Southampton, following previous positions at the Universities of Nottingham, Exeter and the Open University. He has since worked exclusively in the voluntary sector, leading research programmes at The Trust for the Study of Adolescence (young people’s heath within Brighton and Hove and nationally), OnePlusOne (family relationships and child wellbeing) and Coram Family and Childcare.
Lester has been awarded numerous research and project grants, including the Economic and Social Research Council, Nuffield Foundation, The Joseph Rowntree Foundation and the National Lottery Community Fund. He has compiled over 100 project reports, has led or co-authored several books on child wellbeing, and published around 40 peer-reviewed academic journal articles. He is an Honorary Research Fellow (Health Sciences) at the University of Brighton.
Lester has also worked on a number of local evaluation projects including those commissioned by East Sussex County Council and the The Rockinghorse children’s charity.
Michelle Kay – Project Coordinator
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
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 Coordinator
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 also works at Volunteering Matters on their Lifelines project which helps to create volunteer-led activities for older people across the city.
Rebecca West - Project Officer
Rebecca started at Healthwatch in 2019 as a Student Volunteer as part of her Social Policy and Practice degree at the University of Brighton.
She graduated in 2020 and then came on board as a member of staff and now works across the team helping to support various projects