Following the successful merge of Healthwatch Nottingham and Healthwatch Nottinghamshire we have now appointed Sarah Collis as Chair of Healthwatch Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
Sarah is CEO of Self Help UK and an active advocate for building effective partnership working across voluntary, statutory and private sectors.
Sarah has been involved with Healthwatch in the local area for over half a decade, as part of the Healthwatch Engagement and Liaison Partnership which helped to establish Healthwatch Nottingham. Sarah was also a valuable member of the Healthwatch Nottinghamshire Advisory Group.
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. 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, Lucy 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.