Board

Public Board Meetings

Healthwatch Hillingdon board meetings are open to the public and are held quarterly. Papers can be downloaded from our Publications page, and the dates of future meetings are published on our events page. If you would like to attend our meetings and have any special recquirements (eg hearing loop or wheelchair access, please contact us in advance). 

Stephen Otter

SAMSUNG DIGITAL CAMERAStephen Otter is Chair of Healthwatch Hillingdon Board

Stephen is a resident of Ruislip and has been in Hillingdon for the last 25 years.

Stephen has over 30 year’s senior management experience in the aviation industry, gained in a variety of operational and strategic senior roles.

Stephen works part time as an HR consultant with a proved record of operating at a strategic level, Stephen has also substantial operating experience spanning the full range of HR services. He has strong credentials in the area of employee relations, policy development and the interpretation of employment legislation within a unionised environment.

Stephen has worked for the last two and a half years at Citizens Advice in Hillingdon as a part time Adviser.

From November 2010 Stephen has been a trustee at Crossroads Care Hillingdon.

Contact Stephen: Stephen.otter@healthwatchhillingdon.org.uk

 

Turkay Mahmoud

Turkay Mahmoud is Vice-Chair of Healthwatch Hillingdon Board

Turkay

Turkay has lived in Hillingdon for 31 years and has significant leadership experience in education at school, local authority, regional and national level having worked in education and the public sector for nearly 40 years. During his career he taught in a number of schools in West London and was a headteacher of a new school. He later worked in a senior leadership capacity in several local authorities with responsibility for school development and improvement.

During the past fifteen years Turkay has developed his own consultancy through which he has worked on a number of national change programmes: school workforce reform and extended services for schools. More recently, he has been involved in providing careers advice and information services to students through the Inspiring Futures Foundation (a charitable organisation).

Turkay has devoted his time to Healthwatch Hillingdon in order to give something back to the community. Turkay’s aim for Healthwatch Hillingdon is to develop an effective, influential voice for Hillingdon residents in the provision of future health and social care throughout the Borough.

Turkay’s aim for Healthwatch Hillingdon is to develop an effective, influential voice for Hillingdon residents in the provision of future health and social care in the Borough.

Contact Turkay: turkay.mahmoud@healthwatchhillingdon.org.uk

Allen Bergson

Allen Bergson is a Board member of Healthwatch Hillingdon

Allen

Allen has 40 years experience in voluntary work in the boroughs of Harrow and Hillingdon, primarily on disability issues. He was Chairman of the Harrow Association of Disabled People (HAD).

Allen was also a Forum Member for Hillingdon on the Patient & Public Involvement in Health, and many other disability focus groups.

Allen is a mystery shopper on most services provided by Social Services, Social Care and Wheelchairs, plus he gives advice and guidance on the procurement of contracts for Aids and Equipment, Wheelchairs and Pressure Seating.

Being on the Board……..

I joined Healthwatch to prevent Hillingdon residents from having to rely on a post code lottery, as I always believed that we should all have a say on our Health Services.

I have continued volunteering for healthwatch as we have delivered genuine benefits to the public and we hope to replicate the same in the future.

Hillingdon’s Healthwatch has received recognition from the Council, CCG, NHS,Voluntary Groups and especially the Hillingdon residents, this is due to the hard work of our staff and our dedicated volunteers.

Contact Allen: allen.bergson@healthwatchhillingdon.org.uk

 

Richard Eason

Richard EasonRichard Eason is a Board member of Healthwatch Hillingdon

Richard Eason has been actively involved in the voluntary and community sector in London since the early 2000s. He is passionate about connecting and empowering people and organisations to have their views heard and improve their local communities.

After qualifying as an accountant Richard worked for large businesses including Unilever, Xerox and Ladbrokes. Roles included working on business transformation programmes across Europe. After leaving Unilever, Richard undertook extensive voluntary work developing community involvement in community safety, health and social care policy development and services. From 2012 to 2014 Richard was Chief Executive of a charity providing support and services to develop the charity, voluntary and community sector in Hillingdon borough and surrounding areas.

Richard is particularly interested in equality and diversity and has championed this in health and social care through active participation in voluntary and community groups and numerous NHS and local authority partnership groups.

Born and educated in New Zealand, Richard moved to London in the early 1990s for a ‘working holiday’. In reality this rapidly became ‘working’, rather than ‘holidaying’ and Richard is now permanently settled in England.

 

 

Graham Hawkes

Graham Hawkes is Chief Executive Officer of Healthwatch Hillingdon 

G HawkesGraham has been a resident in Hillingdon for over 25 years. His background is in senior management, having worked in the private sector for nearly 30 years with the same company he joined from school.

Since 2008 Graham has been working in the voluntary sector; firstly helping to establish a charity which provided water and sanitation for under privileged areas in sub Saharan Africa and latterly as the Chief Officer for Hillingdon Involvement Network (LINk) from March 2010 before being transferred to and establishing Healthwatch Hillingdon.

Contact Graham: graham.hawkes@healthwatchhillingdon.org.uk

Baj Mathur MBE

Baj Mathur is a Board member of Healthwatch Hillingdon

Baj MaherBaj Mathur has been in the arena of Health & Social Care for almost 15 years. He entered the field as his elderly mother suffered with Dementia. Slowly but surely over the years he and his wife learned the ways and means of caring and they cared for her until they could no longer cope at home. Baj is keen, interested, and wish to actively continue his charity work to support holistically the affected families.

Married with two sons and five grand children. He worked as an Architect and Town Planner at senior level in two London Boroughs, Camden and Harrow. Retired in 1993 and ever since then been involved with volunteering work.

 

 

Keritha Ollivierre

Keritha Ollivierre is a Board member of Healthwatch Hillingdon

Kay's HW pictureKay is a development and change manager specialising in embedding all areas of equality, diversity and human rights to maximise organisational effectiveness.  Kay has extensive experience of working in the private and public sectors as well as establishing her own Change management consultancy.

After leaving Hatch End College of FE, Kay’s working career started in Financial Services as a small business manager at Barclays Bank in 1982.  She acquired a post graduate diploma in Human Resources and Development at Thames Valley University in 1998 and moved into a generalist Human Resources Role.  Kay progressed from various roles to an HR business partner within the Barclays Group and was approached in 2000 to set up the Bank’s first Global Equality and Diversity Department working across 4 continents of retail banking operations.

Kay left Barclays in 2004 and after travelling for 10 months, returning to the UK and joined the NHS in 2005 as the Equality and Diversity Manager in Hillingdon.  Kay developed and implemented the strategy for staff, patients and the community across the local health economy – Acute Trust, Primary Care Trust and Hillingdon Community Health whilst undertaking an MBA at Brunel University.  The role at Hillingdon continued for 5 years until the PCT re-organisation in 2009, Kay completed her MBA in 2010 and moved across into a Public Health role at Hillingdon until June 2011.

In line with the government’s plans to consolidate London health services, the equality and diversity expertise across North West London diminished.  In addition to her Public Health role, Kay was asked to support NHS North West London Strategic Health Authority devise an Engagement and Inclusion strategy to meet their duties to the Health and Social Care Act (Sections 2&3 – The NHS Constitution and to reduce health inequalities) and the Equality Act 2010 (the general and specific equality duties).  The legislative frameworks needed to be linked to all Primary Care operations and embedded into the Shaping a Healthier Future Consultation and workforce transition to the new organisations.

Kay accepted a 15 month contract and as part of the NWL SHA senior team, reported directly to the Regional Director for Quality and Safety and deputising for the Assistant Director until 31st March 2013.

 

Rashmi Varma

Rashmi Varma is a Board member of Healthwatch Hillingdon

RashmiRashmi is a member of Chartered Management Institute, lives in Hayes and has served as a Chief Executive and held other senior managerial positions at corporate level in voluntary, public and private sectors. She has 30+ years of diverse managerial experience in different fields: governance, strategic management and co-ordination of projects, financial control, risk assessment, customer relations and quality assurance. She is committed to community work and has extensive experience of serving on the Executive boards of voluntary and public sector organisations. She was a Commissioner for the London Health Commission and a Non –Executive Director of Hillingdon Primary Care Trust.