Healthwatch Brighton and Hove appoints new Directors

Healthwatch Brighton and Hove is working hard to build its profile and impact in the city and is now celebrating the appointment of 4 highly experienced Directors to help lead the organisation.

The new directors follow closely on the appointment of a new Chief Executive earlier this year as well as the transition from Brighton and Hove Local Involvement Network (LINk). The details of the four new directors are as follows;

  • Catherine Swann, who brings 19 years’ experience of working in the NHS, including time spent at the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) as an Associate Director in the Centre for Health and Social Care.
  • Carol King, who 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.
  • Neil McIntosh, now retired, who has worked in the Department of Health and Home Office at senior levels including developing and monitoring health and social care services for people in contact with the Criminal Justice system.
  • Geoffrey Bowden, 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.
Geoffrey Bowden on Latest TV Brighton
Geoffrey Bowden on Latest TV Brighton

The Board is also appointing non-Director subject experts who will work with the board to engage professionally with priority health and social care issues:

  • Barbara Harris, a senior manager working in a hospital setting with responsibility for equality and human rights. Barbara will advise the Board on the specific issues facing patients from minority groups and/or those with additional needs.
  • Tony Benton, a retired safeguarding professional and will represent Healthwatch on the city’s Adult Safeguarding Board. He will also ensure best practice in safeguarding across Healthwatch activities.
  • Frances Forester, a GP working primarily in Sussex. She is passionate about high quality patient care; Frances will work with the Board to support their engagement with primary care.

They all join Fran McCabe, Chair, Bob Deschene, Finance Director and Board Directors John Davies, Karin Janzon, Sophie Reilly and Clare Tikly, bringing the total Director number to 10. 

Fran McCabe, our Chair said:

“I am delighted that Healthwatch Brighton and Hove attracted such a large number of experienced and exciting candidates. Such was the interest that we have created new advisor posts. We will now benefit from clinical skills, public relations, equality and human rights best practice advice, and people with a background in inspection and quality assurance of health and social care. We are particularly pleased to extend our expertise into children’s services and safeguarding. These people will strengthen the Board and its expertise so that we can continue to rise to the challenge of our role as the public and patient voice in health and social care in the city.”

Healthwatch Brighton and Hove is funded by the Department of Health and commissioned through Brighton and Hove City Council (BHCC), but is independent of the NHS and BHCC. It works with those who plan and run health and social care services asking questions about the way services are provided and suggesting improvements and is one of 148 Local Healthwatch organisations that feed into the national body Healthwatch England, set up in October 2012.

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