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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.”

Mike Hodson

Vice Chair of Local Board

Mike is a retired soldier, and wants to make sure that the public using NHS and Social Services have the opportunity to have their say through Healthwatch Somerset.  Previously a Healthwatch Volunteer in the Enter and View programme, he is also a caseworker for the Services Charity The Soldiers, Sailors and Airmens’ Families Association (SSAFA).  Mike’s background of dealing with government, industry, and people gives him a comprehensive insight and questioning, but supporting attitude in the matters dealt with by the Local Board.

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.”

Sandra Wilson

Local Board Member

Sandra is the owner and co-founder of an IT company installing and supporting complete systems for businesses nationally, 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.”

Anne Clark

Local Board Member

Retired teacher Anne has enjoyed a long and rewarding career as a teacher, early years development & curriculum specialist, and school governor.  She worked in a wide range of schools, large and small, from inner London to rural Somerset.  Since retiring Anne has volunteered in a care home, a community café, and as a dementia buddy, and she is also a member of her Parish Council.  Before joining the Healthwatch Somerset Local Board, Anne volunteered with us, gathering feedback from people in the community and in health and social care settings through our Enter and View programme.  She said: “I’ve seen the real difference we can make to the quality of health and care services by listening and reporting on people’s experiences.  I’m looking forward to making a difference through my work with the Local Board.”

Rena Randall

Local Board Member

Former primary school teacher Rena, retired to Somerset from London seven years ago to spend more time with her family.  When she’s not looking after her grandchildren, she enjoys dog walking and running, and she has worked as a volunteer with Healthwatch Somerset since January 2019.  Rena is particularly interested in giving young people the chance to share their views to help shape the future of health and care services in Somerset.  Her many years’ experience working in education, and as a mother of three and grandmother of five, will enable her to develop and enhance our work with young people.

Rena said: “Since volunteering I have met many Somerset residents and they have all provided great feedback on the services they have used and the ways in which these could be made even better.  I would love to develop Healthwatch with younger people, to encourage them to speak up to shape the future of health and care services in Somerset.”

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