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Our Board

Meet the Healthwatch Somerset Local Board

Judith Goodchild

Chair of Local Board

Judith, who is a former school inspector from North Petherton, has a passion for shaping local health services.  Mother of two Judith spent 15 years working in the nuclear industry, and 18 years as an Ofsted inspector.  Since retiring six years ago, she has become increasingly involved as a volunteer in the governance of local NHS services, and is a public governor representing West Somerset.  Judith said: “I have volunteered with Healthwatch Somerset for the last three years because it’s a body that listens to people and their concerns about the NHS, and it is in a position to be able to lobby those who are able to make changes.  I’m very aware of the problems facing the health service at the moment and supportive of the services, but equally I think the public’s voice should be taken into account when making decisions at a higher level.  I hope my awareness, knowledge and understanding of primary and secondary health services will give a holistic view of healthcare in Somerset.  I am excited by the prospect of being able to begin to shape an approach to the representation of views on health and social care in Somerset that will build on the excellent work done already.”

Sandra Wilson

Vice Chair of Local Board

Sandra is the owner and co-founder of an IT company installing and supporting complete systems for businesses nationally, of which Sandra remains the MD.  During her time in business Sandra has set up new business networks; sat on the Boards of many organisations as a Director and Chair (CBI, Chair of Somerset Chamber) and been an officer of many local community groups.  Sandra said: “My interest in health matters is long and varied including complimentary therapies.  Involvement with the NHS developed from being a founder member of the PPG for the Exmoor Medical Centre in 2004, of which I have been Chair since 2010, and a member of The Somerset PPG Chairs Network since its inception in 2010, becoming Chair in 2016.  Technology will be leading the provision of health services and treatment into the future and I hope my background will provide a helpful and constructive perspective from a service user.”

Bob Champion

Local Board Member

Former ambulanceman Bob, from Shepton Mallet, has had plenty of first-hand experience with local health and care, having worked as an ambulanceman for over 30-years in the county and looking after his wife Shirley as her main carer before she passed away in 2010.  His daughter Michelle is also in long term care, after suffering a stroke several years ago.  Bob said: “By talking and listening to people who have been ill – you get fantastic knowledge and feedback on health services, which we will all have to use at some stage in our lives.”

Jennie Flory

Local Board Member

Jennie has worked in the not-for-profit sector for forty years both nationally and locally. For 12 years she was Director of Fundraising for Marie Curie Cancer Care in the South West, then held the same role at Dorothy House Hospice Care near Bath, where she became Acting Chief Executive for a year. At sixty, Jennie officially retired from full-time work and continued with her company, Flory Charity Consultants. She now advises charities on a national basis, with strategy, governance and income generation. Jennie has lived in the South West for 36 years having previously moved around the United Kingdom many times. She is a Governor of Yeovil District Hospital and volunteers with Mind in Somerset. Jennie has a special interest in mental health especially in the younger generation.

Tony Robinson

Local Board Member

Tony settled in Somerset in the 1980’s during his 28 years of service as a Naval Officer.  He subsequently worked in the systems engineering industry, including extensively for customers in Europe and the wider world.  For the last five years he has been a Public Governor of Yeovil District Hospital, developing a good understanding of the delivery of acute NHS services in the county.

Tony said: “I view the developing Somerset Integrated Care System as a logical step towards improved health and care services, but believe it’s essential that any changes to the delivery of services are properly monitored by independent bodies like Healthwatch.  I particularly prefer interacting directly with people to represent their views.”

Gill Waldron

Local Board Member

Gill has been involved with the Health Service in Somerset for the last thirty years.  Born in Somerset, she is a widow with two children and five Grandchildren.  Her particpation with the sector started with the Somerset Community Health Council, and then she became a Board Member of Yeovil District Foundation Trust for twelve years.

Gill said: “I really enjoyed my time on the Board and became very interested in Clinical Governance.  I am a member of my local Patient Participation Group for my local practice, also on the Board for End of Life care in Somerset.  I hope my experience in these various roles will help with my role as a Local Board member and volunteer with Healthwatch.”

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