Professor William Pope - Interim Chair
Professor William Pope is the Chair of Connected Together CIC and is currently the interim chair of the healthwatch Northamptonshire Board. He has a wealth of experience, leadership and expertise gained from senior roles within industry, the NHS and academia, including at chairman and chief executive level. He has significant experience of working with world-leading companies and organisations including BAE Systems, the BBC, BIS, BP, British Nuclear Fuels, Ford, GlaxoSmithKline, Huawei, IBM, the NHS, Shell and Unilever, and was Chief Executive Officer of the UK’s largest integrated health, safety and environmental business for 10 years. He has been one of the UK’s leaders in managing and developing environmental technology companies over the last 35 years, and is a four times winner of the “Technology Fast 50” awards for the fastest growing companies.
Amongst other appointments he was previously director & Chairman of the East of England Regional Development Agency (2006-2012) and Northamptonshire & Milton Keynes Primary Care Trusts (2006-2013), and is now Chairman of the Board at Y&H Academic Health Science Partners (2014-date), a Board member (and now Chairman) at University Campus Suffolk (2014-date), Chairman of Healthwatch Northamptonshire (2013-17) and is a Board member (now Vice Chairman) of East Midlands Pathology (2012-date).
Will was educated at St. Mary’s College, the University of Plymouth - where he was awarded the honour of “Best Student” by Prince Charles (1976) - and Imperial College of Science, Technology and Medicine, University of London; he has a 1st class honours degree in Environmental Science (1976), and is a Chartered Environmentalist (CEnv 2004). He is a Fellow of the Institution of Environmental Sciences.
Morcea Walker - Vice Chair
Morcea was born in Jamaica and moved to England when she was nine years old, before settling in Northampton in 1973. She was a founder member of the Northampton West Indies Parents’ Association and was heavily involved with the Northants Black History Association. Morcea was awarded an honorary degree from The University of Northampton in 2008 for her outstanding contribution to education and training in Northamptonshire and as a leading member of the African Caribbean community. “I love working across different communities and seeing the difference it makes. My work has been a kaleidoscope of activity. I haven’t got a favourite moment but I love working with young people.” Morcea also resurrected the Northampton Carnival in 2005 - “The core of the carnival is the community working together and it involves a mix of ages, groups, organisations and communities. The carnival belongs to the people.”
Morcea is still the lead organiser for the Northampton Carnival and has been a governor at Northampton School for Boys since 1988. She is a Trustee of Autism Concern and Northamptonshire Music and Performing Arts Trust and was a director of the Community Law Service (Northampton and County).
My background is in Social Care and Health working with adults with Learning Disabilities. My last project before I retired was as Team Manager on the Campus Reprovision Team working with Northamptonshire Healthcare Foundation Trust (NHFT) and Primary Care Trust (PCT), to rehouse 98 ladies and gents into independent living and giving them personal budgets.
Since retiring I am now Chair of Corby MIND Trustees: Chair of the Patient Participation Group(PPG) for Corby Lakeside GP Practice, Chair of the Group Patient Participation Groups for Corby and as such represent the voice of the Corby people on Corby Clinical Commissioning Group's (Corby CCG) Patient Participation Engagement and Assurence Group (PPEAG) and Corby Reprasentative for the Learning Disability Partnership Board.
I feel that the knowledge I have built up over the years is invaluable and I wish to share and pass this knowledge on in order to both satisfy myself and to benefit the people of Corby and I think Healthwatch will let/help me achieve this.
Simon has held senior marketing and communication positions with major organisations for over 30 years.
He was lately Communications Director at Carewatch Care Services, the national home care company. Simon is now a consultant and offers voluntary communications support to Healthwatch Northamptonshire, the Dementia Action Alliance and Oakfield Community.
Born and resided in Northamptonshire all my life and a volunteer involved with many organisations for over 50 years with a particular interest in disability, adult social care and equality. Before retirement, I worked in the voluntary sector for almost 30 years including as the CEO of a countywide pan disability charity for nearly 12 years where I gained valuable experience and involvement within health and social care. Over the years I held the post of trustee to many charities within the county, including Chair of trustees for a countywide deaf/hard of hearing charity. I have been involved as a volunteer since the inception of Healthwatch Northamptonshire including holding the position of Vice Chair during 2017/18 then taking time off for family reasons. Experience of attending and participating in many health centered committees and meetings/conferences always mindful of giving thoughtful, measured responses.
I feel, now more than ever, HWN has an increasingly important role to play in highlighting inequalities and gaps within services alongside recognising where improvements have been made.
It is an exciting time for delivery of the Health and Social Care Agendas and it is important to give a voice to those who may feel disempowered in how they are able to access appropriate Services and their experiences of them when they do. Healthwatch provides an opportunity to give a voice to such persons by working with Health and Social Care Providers but also holds Organisations to account in fulfilling and meeting their Statutory Duties, moral and ethical obligations toward the people we serve, employ, treat and work with in partnerships.
I believe that I have much to offer and contribute in particular from the unique perspective of Black and Minority Ethnic people. My role as Board Member of Healthwatch allows me to be directly involved in helping to determine the strategic direction for Healthwatch Northamptonshire and the advancement of Health Equalities for the people of Northamptonshire. I possess a wealth and breadth of personal and professional lived experience spanning 29 years within the UK and North America, as a Registered Nurse, Policy Developer, Strategic thinker, Strategic Implementer, Developer and Analyst, Leadership Development and Equality & Inclusion Specialist.
I have experience of developing National Leadership and Development Events to gain feedback and input from a wide variety of audiences to directly address specific health and Inclusive Leadership issues. I have experience of initiating Local and Regional Development Networks within Higher Education and the NHS working collaboratively with Board Members, Executive Managers and thought leaders to influence decision making processes to deliver stretching and ambitious challenge and improvement to organisational behaviour and culture change.
Caroline is Northamptonshire born and bred: from her birth in the Barratt Maternity Home to living in various parts of the county including Greens Norton, Stanwick, Duston and currently Long Buckby.
Working as a Ward Clerk on a dementia assessment ward at Princess Marina Hospital was her first experience of the health sector and she was hooked. This lead onto a degree in Occupational Therapy graduating in 2011. Caroline is currently registered with the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).
During 2012 Caroline started working for Age UK Northamptonshire (AUKN) in a role that placed volunteers into a GP surgery to make calls to people recently discharged from hospital. Other roles followed including a period of 9 months during which she hit the road in a campervan for adventures across Europe with her 13 year old daughter.
In January 2018 Caroline took on the role of Service Manager at AUKN for community based staff working with older people in the community to increase independence and access into non-statutory services. Included in these teams are Social Prescribing Link Workers across north of the county.
Work life balance can be a challenge but the perfect Sunday afternoon involves being out across the fields, camera in hand.
Susan Hills - Connected Together Lay Board Member and HWN Board Member
After a successful career in the world of information science and project management at the British Library, Susan moved into the NHS as Chair and subsequently Non-Executive Director of Primary Care Trusts in Northamptonshire. She volunteered with Healthwatch Northamptonshire so that she could continue to help join up and improve the health and social care services provided locally.
Susan has worked in the voluntary sector with the Citizens Advice Bureau, Northamptonshire Network 50+, and other organisations for some years. She believes that the voluntary sector can provide a lot to help an individual have a more fulfilled, active and enjoyable life, and wants to further the work of the health professionals with the third sector.
Susan is also a lay member with the Employments Tribunals service. She enjoys hill walking, going to the theatre and gardening.
Roger Knight is a former primary school teacher and now retired parish priest, local councillor and school governor. He is very much interested in football (former referee), cricket, walking, reading and how organisations work - or don't!
Roger is also a proud parent and grandparent with family living close by. He volunteered to join Healthwatch as a long-term patient of the NHS with much-limited patience about how it functions, as a former Health Authority, PPI and PPG member. Because of that, he wanted to contribute towards the much-needed reforms in health provision that are realistic, flexible and patient-focused.
Vikki began her career with the NHS working as a state registered Biomedical Scientist specialising in histopathology. Since 2005 she has worked with medical diagnostic companies aiding their commercial efforts. With a keen interest in ensuring patients receive timely results she has worked with various NHS Trusts highlighting the importance of patient centric diagnostics. Vikki has enjoyed working with these healthcare providers to reduce diagnostic waiting times and improve workflows, to deliver more rapid same-day diagnosis to patients. This not only means that patients can start treatment regimes more quickly, if necessary, but also reduces stress and anxiety as they do not need to wait for results.
John has a lengthy experience of health, education, community and race relations. He served on the former Oxford Regional Health Authority, when included Northamptonshire, the former Family Practitioner Committee, the CHC and was founding chair of his local surgery’s PPG. He has served on Educations authorities and chaired schools and colleges. A former Mayor of Northampton John served for some years as a Borough Councillor chairing a number of major committees. A lifelong campaigner for equal rights John chaired or was an executive member of Northampton Racial Equality Council. John has served both locally and regionally on several organisations. He represents Northampton Quakers on the NBC’s Diversity forum. He has been an active member of Healthwatch since its inception.
As a Board member, Rashmi would like to get involved in decision-making by being a voice to represent service users, including the BME community. He wishes to help shape services to enable fair access and engagement where service users are treated as equal parties.
Rashmi has experience of using services, supporting his mother in sheltered housing, and helping friends/colleagues to access service providers. He also has board member experience from a local BME housing association as well as Northampton Partnership Homes.
I live in Wellingborough and have been the main carer for my husband. I have given up training, but have spent over 35 years as a first aider, alongside working in accounts as a credit controller.
Over the years I have become very aware of a variety of levels of care and how that impacts on the individual being cared for and on their rate of recovery. I have been a member of Carers' Voice for over three years, a member of a Patient Engagement Group (PEG) for two years, and was formerly secretary of the Kettering and District Prostate Cancer Support Group.
I have had a real sense of achievement when we have made a difference. I have advanced arthritis and am used by NHS as an ‘expert on disability’ to test premises for accessibility. I want to be part of the Healthwatch drive to improve our medical and social care in Northamptonshire.
I have a background in teaching, having been a primary school teacher, Head Teacher and an advisory teacher and my qualifications include a Teaching Certificate specialising in English Literature, a BA degree in Sociology and The Sociology of Education, and a Certificate of Further Education - Learning Through Topic Work. I also co-wrote a book on that subject with colleagues, organised the Small Schools Project across Cornwall and collaborated with Exeter and Warwick Universities. I was my husband's Carer for twenty plus years.
I have been involved in PPI (Patient and Public Involvement) since January 2004, first of all with Patient and Public Involvement Forums then Local Involvement Forums and latterly Healthwatch Northamptonshire. I have chaired a work group in the north of the county for all three organisations.
Currently, I am the Secretary of my GP Surgery Patient Participation Group, Vice Chair of East Northants Locality Patient Engagement Group and represent East Northants at the Clinical Commissioning Group and the GP Locality Board. I am also a Stakeholder Governor at Kettering General Foundation Trust Hospital (KGH) for Healthwatch and I sit as a Patient Representative on the KGH Safeguarding Steering Group and on the Patient Experience Steering Group. With another Healthwatch volunteer, I have undertaken the 15 Steps Challenge Ward Audits at KGH for several years.
Hayley-Jade - Young Healthwatch Chair
"I’m super excited to be working with everyone and having more experiences in things I’m really interested in"
Darcie - Young Healthwatch Chair
"I'm excited to be working with everyone again and new people, but also being able to push my self further and do things I've not done before!"