Joan is the Volunteer Coordinator for Healthwatch Nottingham.
Joan’s previous role was as a development worker with Self Help UK where she worked with service users, carers, patients and self help group members contributing to courses for nurses and other health professionals at the School of Health Sciences, The University of Nottingham. Joan has also worked with disabled people to improve access to museums, galleries and IT facilities, and for small housing associations. Joan is passionate about people with experience of using health and social care services working together with staff for good quality services, research and education, and also draws on some of her own experiences.
Joe is our Interim Chief Executive.
Karen is the Admin and information Officer for Healthwatch Nottingham.
She brings to this role 30 years of extensive experience in office administration, financial administration and database systems management in the corporate and public sector. Karen is committed to helping people get the best of their local services through information provision and managing the day- to-day operations of Healthwatch Nottingham.
Nathan is the PR & Communications Officer working jointly across Healthwatch Nottingham Healthwatch Nottinghamshire.
Nathan has a strong background in Marketing and Communications and will be using this to drive awareness of the important role of Healthwatch as the independent voice for consumers of Health and Social Care Services.
Richard is the Engagement Project Officer for Healthwatch Nottingham.
Richard has extensive experience of recruiting supporting and managing volunteers within Nottingham and has worked within Nottingham's voluntary sector for many years.
Tracy works a joint role of Engagement and Volunteering Manager and Community Engagement Officer for Healthwatch Nottingham.
Tracey has a background in managing Children and Family Services, Community Development and Scrutiny. She has worked previously in the NHS, Local Government and the Voluntary Sector and brings a variety of experience and knowledge to the Engagement Role. Tracy is committed to engaging the various communities in Nottingham including those seldom heard groups in order to gather the widest possible feedback on local health and social care services.
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.
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.
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.
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.