Healthwatch Lancashire appoint new Chief Officer

Healthwatch Lancashire is proud to announce their new Chief Officer, Sheralee Turner-Birchall, who has excelled in a Senior Manager position since January 2015.

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The Healthwatch Lancashire Board of Directors has appointed Sheralee to undertake the Chief Officer role from 1st April 2016 following the departure of former Chief Executive Gill Brown, who has taken up a Lay Member position with a Clinical Commissioning group in Merseyside.

Sheralee Turner-Birchall joined Healthwatch Lancashire on the 1st April 2014, after spending the previous nine years working within the voluntary, community and faith sector, holding positions such as Service Manager, Project Manager, Development Officer, Volunteer Co-ordinator and Trainer and Assessor. Sheralee also has experience of working within local government, the Civil Service and the private sector.

Gill Brown, who was in post as Chief Executive since November 2014, said: “Working with Healthwatch Lancashire and our health and social care partners in Lancashire has been such a privilege and I’m delighted to see that the organisation has appointed Sheralee to lead the team at such a challenging time for local health and social care services.”

Sheralee Turner-Birchall, Chief Officer, commented: “I am absolutely delighted to be taking on the role of Chief Officer with Healthwatch Lancashire.  I am honoured and excited to continue the work of Gill Brown, recognising and accepting the responsibility that is expected of this position, that is to ensure that the people of Lancashire are given the opportunities to shape the future of health and adult social care services in Lancashire.”

Mike Wedgeworth, Chair of Healthwatch Lancashire, said: “We are very grateful for the great contribution that Gill has made to our work, and are especially pleased that she will continue to help us on a project-by-project basis. Sheralee is a first class successor and I am certain she will build on Gill’s work to make Healthwatch Lancashire as effective as we can possibly in speaking up for those who use the NHS and social care across the county.”