Derry leads the Healthwatch Northumberland staff team and works with the Board to ensure we listen to the communities of Northumberland when they talk about health and social care and use the strength of this collective voice to build relationships with providers and influence change.
Derry has wide experience working in senior and leadership roles in the public and charity sectors. She started her career in the Citizens Advice Bureau service before moving to grant making and fundraising. She is a serial volunteer and is currently a Justice of the Peace.
The Healthwatch Northumberland Board Members have a wealth of experience in the health, social care and voluntary sector between them and are passionate about making sure your voice is heard. The board’s role is to provide strategic direction for and oversight of Healthwatch Northumberland’s work. The board has authority and responsibility to make strategic decisions with regard to all aspects of Healthwatch Northumberland’s work.
As part of this, the Healthwatch Northumberland Board is responsible to:
- ensure the elements of Healthwatch Northumberland are meeting their aims and are carried out in an inclusive and equitable way.
- receive and respond to reports from Northumberland Health and Wellbeing Board, Healthwatch England and other relevant strategic bodies.
- stay informed regarding strategic developments in health and social care at both a county and a national level.
- work constructively to improve health and social care services in Northumberland.