Martin Gawith is the Chair of the Healthwatch Nottingham Board.
Martin has extensive experience in health, community development, negotiation and leadership. He was formerly the Chief Executive of the Greater Nottingham Partnership, a Non-Executive Director in charge of receiving and reviewing patient complaints on the City Hospital Board and a former member and Deputy Leader of the Nottinghamshire County Council.
As Interim Chair of Healthwatch Nottingham, Martin believes good communication is important for this new champion. He believes people must be involved in decision making but need to be made aware of the facts through the use of simple language which will enable them to take part in the decision making process. Martin pledges to use a community centred approach and stand by the ethical principles of working openly and honestly with the people of Nottingham.
Michelle is the founder and Managing Director of a social enterprise called Real Partners, based in the East Midlands. Real Partners helps community-based organisations improve performance through effective and focused leadership and organisation development. The company also provides innovative solutions and programmes in strategy development, change programme design, high performance teams, innovation and creative thinking.
Michelle has been a Non-Executive Director of CityCare Partnerships. CityCare is a staff-led social enterprise that provides healthcare across the East Midlands and employs over 1500 dedicated health professionals.
Michelle began her career in human resources management with Boots before specialising in leadership and strategy development; she has held a number of senior management roles within large organisations delivering to the public and private sectors.
A creative and challenging social entrepreneur with comprehensive experience in implementing behavioural change, developing strategy aligned to business goals and managing projects within fast-paced, multi-site businesses. A skilled leadership coach and business mentor with experience of building multidimensional partnerships and supporting individuals and teams to achieve new levels of performance.
Ajanta Biswas is the Vice Chair of Healthwatch Nottingham Board.
Ajanta has a research background having completed her doctorate at University of Sheffield in adolescents with autism and their ability to process facial expressions, emotions and produce accurate and appropriate facial expressions. She takes the lead on Evidence and Insight on the Board and is keen to ensure that Healthwatch Nottingham offers quality research and insight and works closely with engagement.
Ajanta is company director works in commercial property management and works closely with small businesses in lease negotiations, procurement, tenant and landlord roles and responsibilities, advice and support to start up business on acquisition of business premises.
Ajanta began her career in Asian women’s Aid working with survivors of domestic violence. She then worked at Nottingham Counselling Service providing one to one counselling. She has experience of working with management committees of third sector providing training on roles and responsibilities, recruitment, and on going support on how to manage charitable organisation.
Emma Challans lives in Bassetlaw and has worked in the NHS for a number of years, at a local and national level. She is currently working on Service Transformation for the NHS in Lincolnshire. Emma is keen to bring her knowledge and experience of working in the NHS to support the work of her local Healthwatch and for the benefit of local people.
Lucy Cooper brings senior management experience in housing and the delivery of social care for a wide range of vulnerable groups across the United Kingdom. Most recently, she was Interim Chief Executive of HLG. She also has many years of experience in developing successful partnerships, alliances and working with a range of stakeholders and communities.
Bea Giaquinto brings a wealth of experience from the Voluntary and Community Sector, having worked with people and communities who are often marginalised, including refugees and asylum seekers, people who are homeless and vulnerably housed and children in care.
She is passionate about ensuring that the interests of all patients are central to any plans and delivery.
Shirley Inskip lives in Broxtowe and has wide ranging knowledge and experience of working with health and social care related organisations. She has a passionate interest in improving health and social care issues. She is a former LINks Chair and Vice chair.
Paula Noble lives in Newark and Sherwood and has had a number of roles in her local area, including with the Citizens Advice Bureau, local Probation Trust and local voluntary organisations and currently sits on the Independent Monitoring Board of Morton Hall Immigration removal centre. Paula is interested in the health and social care needs of people in rural areas, such as her own, and those of older people.
uliet Woodin lives in Rushcliffe and was previously a co-opted member or the Board. Juliet has an extensive background of work in the NHS, formerly as the Chief Executive of Nottingham Health Authority, and later as a Senior Fellow at the Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham. Juliet takes the lead on Evidence and Insight on the Board and is keen to see Healthwatch Nottinghamshire develop as an organisation offering quality research and insight.