Meet the Healthwatch Gloucestershire Local Board
Chair of Local Board
Bob had a career in journalism and news production in newspapers radio and television. On leaving the BBC after 20 years he studied as a performance coach and obtained a university master’s degree in work psychology trying to figure out how and why people behave the way they do in the workplace. He has worked with NHS England as a public/patient leader in Gloucestershire and for the past two years has worked with the 2gether NHS Foundation Trust as a Mental Health Act Manager covering Gloucestershire and Herefordshire. Bob also volunteers with the Managing Memory team based at Charlton Lane Hospital in Cheltenham, assisting them in running their dementia awareness courses for service users and their carers. “I see first hand much of the remarkable care provided by the health professionals and their support staff but also get to hear directly from service users about the care they receive. To me, Healthwatch Gloucestershire offers a really user friendly and safe way of allowing those in need of Health and Social Care in the county to say what they think of the service they receive.” Bob is a governor at a primary school in Cheltenham, he is on the management team of a local community association and has lived in Gloucestershire for 30 years.
Local Board Member
Since retiring, Patti has dedicated herself to the pursuit of life, family, health and happiness and loves to travel. Patti has a keen interest in education as well as in nutrition and health, her particular health interests include teenage health and wellbeing, the impact of obesity on the NHS, and health and social care for older people.
After working in banking, computing and training, Patti embarked on a complete career change and became a teacher for post-16 students. She progressed to senior management roles in a number of Further Education colleges, including UK Manager for Further Education.
Local Board Member
Sacha is a Project Manager with Gloucestershire County Council. Her interest in health began when she studied Applied Biochemistry at University, where she undertook 18 months investigation of cancer research both in the UK and in Germany. This interest led to her studying for a Masters in Public Health.
She then worked in India and sub-Saharan Africa on the supply of essential medicines for the under-5’s suffering from a range of infectious diseases including malaria and tuberculosis. More recently Sacha has worked in the UK in Public Health and here in Gloucestershire in the public health department of Gloucestershire County Council. She also volunteers for the charity, Meningitis Now based in Stroud.
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