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).
I worked as a teacher/head teacher/advisory teacher in Hertfordshire and Cornwall. From 1986 until 1993 managed the Small Schools Project across Cornwall. I moved to Northamptonshire in October 1999. Sadly, I lost my daughter Sue in 2014 and my husband Peter 2015. I was my husband’s Carer from 1989 until 2015. My son and grandson live in Northamptonshire.
I have Cambridge Institute Certificate of Education, an Open University BA in Sociology and a Reading Development Diploma, a Rolle College Certificate of Advanced Professional Studies in Learning from the Integrated Curriculum and a Cambridge Institute Certificate ‘Exceptional Children in their Early Years’.
I have been involved in Health and Social Care in a voluntary capacity since January 2004. Firstly, with Patient and Public Involvement Forums, then Local Involvement Networks and from 2013 with Healthwatch Northamptonshire (HWN).
With Healthwatch I have been involved in several pieces of work, primarily the 15 Steps Challenge Audits at Kettering General Hospital. More recently I represent HWN on the ICAN (Integrated Care Accross Northamptonshire) People Advisory Group, the East Northants Health and Wellbeing Board and the Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust Patient Safety Committee. I am also secretary of my GP Surgery Patient Participation Group.
I am an elected Governor at Kettering General Hospital where I am the Governor representative on the Joint People Committee with Northampton General Hospital, the Governor Community and Engagement Group, the Safeguarding Steering Committee and the Patient Experience Steering Committee.
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.
Dr Marcella Daye
Dr Marcella Daye is Senior Lecturer in Tourism Management and Co-Chair of the race equality network known as the Global Ethnic Majority at the University of Northampton. As Co-Chair of the GEM, Marcella is the coordinator the annual Black in the Ivory conference at the University of Northampton which is held in observance of Black History Month. Marcella holds a Masters with distinction in Tourism Planning and Development and a Ph.D in Tourism Marketing from the University of Surrey. Her research interests are in Place Branding, Risk Communication, Participatory Action Research and Race Equality.