Dr John Beal - Co-Chair - John is a retired dentist, former Consultant in Dental Public Health for Yorkshire and the Humber Strategic Health Authority and Leeds Primary Care Trust. He holds the post of Honorary Senior Lecturer in Dental Public Health with the University of Leeds. He has a particular interest in improving the health of the most vulnerable people in the community, reducing inequalities in health and ensuring that health and social care services meet the needs of the local population.
Lesley Sterling-Baxter - Co Chair - Lesley held a number of NHS positions prior to taking voluntary redundancy to enable her to care for her daughter. She was Head of Patient Engagement at NHS Bradford and Airedale, Assistant Director of Commissioning, Patient Engagement and Consumer Development at Bradford North PCT, Patient Empowerment Lead at the NHS Executive Northern and Yorkshire, Chief Officer of Bradford Community Health Council, and Chief Officer Leeds East Community Health Council. She currently works voluntarily as the Ehlers Danlos Support UK Leeds/West Yorkshire support group coordinator. She brings experience of working with Direct Payments and a social care personal budget, together with personalised NHS commissioning to Healthwatch
Linn Phipps - Deputy Chair - Linn’s background is in the public sector, in public transport and local government Director roles. For over 15 years she has held a portfolio of Non-Executive Director (NED) and consultancy posts. She has been a NED / Chair locally in primary care and in mental health /learning disability care. Her consultancy and non-executive work focuses on coaching, mediation and facilitation; addressing governance and risk; and reducing health inequalities. She has national roles representing patient and public voice, for example serving on NHS England’s Clinical Priorities Advisory Group. Linn wants Healthwatch to be effective at hearing people’s views – and in these views influencing what happens in health and social care.
Chloe Rankin - Deputy Chair - Chloe graduated with a Psychology degree from the University of Sheffield in 2012 and then worked as a Student Advisor at Leeds University Union.
She is currently studying for an MSc in Public Health and Health Promotion at Leeds Beckett University and works as a Project Assistant at Leeds Student Medical Practice.
Chloe is passionate about empowering and supporting others to live happier, healthier lives.
Moneer Sharif - Moneer has been involved in the health arena for most of his working life, he has worked within the NHS, serving as a Board Non-Executive Director of South Leeds PCT and more recently in the Pharmaceutical Industry. He is involved in many voluntary projects in South Leeds and is passionate about keeping OUR NHS a world leader and free for all. Most importantly, he believes there should be equity & equality of service for all.
Richard Taylor – Richard retired in December 2011, prior to this he held senior management and Director Positions within the engineering and electrical industries, and in 2000 established his own consultancy business and undertook assignments within the retail, manufacturing and the NHS sectors. The assignment in 2004 with the South Yorkshire Health Authority led to a permanent post within their Commercial Procurement Group. He believes he can contribute to the Healthwatch team by utilising his experience and a strong desire to support its aims and objectives.
Sally Morgan – Sally has had a varied work-life before retiring. Employed as a Speech therapist in Special education, working with vulnerable children. She worked as a bereavement counsellor and as peer support for local people with disabilities. She has had a lifelong disability and is an intensive user of both social services and the NHS. She was a local equalities representative for the Adult Social Care Scrutiny Board. She runs a bereavement organisation and is also involved with local disability groups both as member and as Chair.
Karen McMahon – Karen is a finance professional, whose 35 year career has been split between management consultancy roles and senior line management positions. Since taking voluntary redundancy from her role as Deputy Chief Executive of Leeds College of Music Karen has worked as a freelance consultant alongside being Finance Director for a local SME company in the IT sector. She is a co-opted member of the Audit Committee at Bradford University and is an active member of the Leeds and York NHS Foundation Trust.
Joanna Barszczak - Joanna has a background in the health industry. Currently she is interested in the causes and effects of dementia, especially in the vulnerable elderly. Her full time involvement in elderly care homes gives her a unique position to understand the system of care, bringing an informed perspective to our Board.
Stuart Morrison – Stuart is a Team Leader at Healthwatch Leeds and also has the role of Company Secretary. His role as Company Secretary includes some responsibility for finances, budget and keeping abreast of company law. He is part of the staff team that tries to give people and communities a real influence over local services and making sure that the impact we have is demonstrated widely. Stuart has been with Healthwatch since 2013, previously working for Leeds LINk and national charity Shaw Trust.
Tanya Matilainen - Tanya is the Chief Executive Officer of Healthwatch Leeds. She is here to make sure the people of Leeds have a voice in the health and care service planning and delivery in Leeds. Originally from Finland where she qualified as a registered nurse, she has worked in the Middle East before taking up various roles within the NHS, including governance and patient experience, both in provision and commissioning with a strong focus on quality and patient experience.