Healthwatch Essex is excited to introduce four new Trustees to sit on our board.
Trustees share the responsibility of Healthwatch Essex, help make decisions and give guidance on projects and how the organisation is run.
Paul Findlay is originally from Scotland and started his career serving in the armed forces at just 16. While in the military Paul became amputee after losing his leg in an explosion in Afghanistan.
Since leaving the military, Paul has become an Ambassador for Help for Heroes, a Trustee with Haig Housing and Support Officer with BLESMA, The Limbless Veterans.
When asked why Paul was so interested in becoming a Trustee with Healthwatch Essex he said, “When I heard about Heathwatch and what they had did as a core business, it sounded like a fantastic organisation. They’re really speaking and providing for those maybe not so visual groups around Essex with a voice and a platform to get their views across”.
Amanda Cherry has also joined us and is excited to bring her experience of nursing, care and voluntary sector work to Healthwatch Essex.
Having recently retired in April from her full-time role as a Chief Executive of a care organisation, she expressed she was not ready to “hang up her boots yet”.
Amanda said, “I am really looking forward to working with Sam and her team at Healthwatch Essex to make sure people living across Essex have equitable access to good health and social care.
“We want to ensure that their experiences and views have an impact on how services are provided and developed to meet the increasing demand and complexity of the care and support provision”.
Lawrie Payne is new to the team after retiring from his role as a fire fighter and community safety officer. Since then, he has taken on many voluntary positions and worked on various boards driven by his true passion to help improve Essex.
Lawrie said, “Healthwatch seemed like the natural place for me to go to carry on doing what I enjoy doing, which is helping people, especially in the health environment.
“I have always been an advocate for the National Health Service, but that doesn’t mean that everything is rosy. I feel that people need a voice; it will be an advocate for people, and we will listen”.
Finally, Paul Hutton is excited about becoming a Trustee with Healthwatch Essex.
Paul’s background generally lies within technology however, he has now taken on a new voluntary role with Healthwatch Essex. He describes himself as passionate and driven with a creative flair.
Paul said, “Healthcare improvement has been at the centre of many of my positions. I really welcome the opportunity to support this progressive and innovative organisation.
“Within days of my appointment, it became clear to me that Healthwatch Essex is highly driven to improve the health and social care of those living in Essex”.
You can find out more about all our board members here.