Healthwatch Lancashire appoint new Non-Executive Directors

Healthwatch Lancashire is proud to announce the appointment of four new Non-Executive Directors, who will be responsible for the management and governance of the organisation and ensure that Healthwatch Lancashire is fulfilling its legal and statutory obligations as the public voice on health and social care.

Carol Gradwell, from Lytham St Annes, joins the board having previously being Chair of the Lancashire Parent Carers Forum, Vice Chair of the Lancashire Adult Carers Forum, and a Non-Executive Director for Blackpool Hospitals NHS Trust and Blackpool Primary Care Trust. Bernadette Hartley, from Southport, has 36 years’ experience in the NHS, which culminated in her holding the role of Head of Primary Care at Sefton Primary Care Trust. Barry McEwan, from Ingol near Preston, retired in 2010 following a 36 year career within the NHS, beginning as an engineer and later becoming Director of Facilities.

Alex Roche, from Cumbria, started his career in the voluntary sector, before working for Shelter in the North East of England. Alex held housing posts in local government for twenty five years in Liverpool, Bolton, Blackburn and Kettering where he was Director of Community Services. The new appointments will add further expertise to a already dedicated board of Directors. Gail Stanley, Chair of the Healthwatch Lancashire Board of Directors said: “We are thrilled to have appointed four new board members with a vast amount of experience.

The skills they will add to the board will assist Healthwatch Lancashire to fulfil its role as the public voice for health and social care in Lancashire.” “The Healthwatch Lancashire Board of Directors is deeply committed to improving services in the county and ensuring that people’s voices are not only heard, but that they can influence improvements within health and social care services.” To find out more about the Healthwatch Board of Directors please visit Healthwatch Lancashire is the public voice for health and social care in the Lancashire, with the role to listen and the power to significantly influence change.