John lives in Doncaster and as well as being a member of the Citizens’ Panel, he is a governor at Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust.
His career has been mostly in teaching but he started out as an administrative trainee, in a large Birmingham District General Hospital – for around three years – before completing his Post Graduate Certificate in Education.
He has worked for much of his career in state schools in England but also in Sweden, where he became involved in English language teaching and curricular support of minority ethnic youngsters from a wide variety of social, cultural, ethnic, faith and language backgrounds.
John volunteers with asylum seekers and refugees, supporting their English language needs and socio-cultural challenges.
Fiona retired in 2017 after 26 years working for Doncaster Council in Organisational Development, and before that was a project manager and teacher. While her children were at the local primary school she was a member of the local Home School Association and has been an active Marie Curie fund raiser and Dementia Friend for 11 years.
She has a lot of links to the NHS, starting from early childhood experiences to later personal and family health challenges. A number of family members have worked long term in the NHS and so it has always been part of her life.
After retiring she was attracted to be part of the Citizens’ Panel as it was an opportunity to use her time productively, influence decisions and give something back. She joined the Citizens Panel in April 2018 as one of the Doncaster panellists and is enjoying working with the other members and being a voice for Doncaster.
Abigail is studying a healthcare based degree at the University of Sheffield. Having a year out from university due to health problems allowed her to experience many of the broad range of healthcare services in Sheffield and motivated her to help with the improvement of them by becoming a member of the Citizen’s Panel.
She works with Healthwatch Sheffield as a Community Engagement Volunteer, being involved in projects such as the recent Public Insight Project, to understand which areas of health and social care the people of Sheffield would like to see most improvements in. For several years, she also volunteered with a charity which provided employment and training for people with learning disabilities and have also volunteered for a year at St Luke’s hospice.
Joan lives in Bassetlaw and is a widow, mother, grandmother and friend. She is a town councillor for Tuxford, a member of the Tuxford patient participation group and volunteers and helps in her local community. She attends the chair PPG meetings at Retford Hospital and is a member of Doncaster and Bassetlaw Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust. Joan is also an umpire in her local ladies rounders team.
In her working life she was an account manager and says her career taught her to fact find, listen, analyse needs and offer recommendations; all strengths that equip her for her role in the Citizens’ Panel.
Joan’s experience supporting her husband while undergoing treatment in the NHS in more recent years prompted her to get more involved and ensure that patients and their carers are heard.
Originally from West Sussex, Mary now lives in Bassetlaw. She has spent her entire career working in the NHS, primarily with a provider of services but also more recently in commissioning. She was seconded to work for an NHS Quality Improvement Team looking at services and ensuring the Trust services provided, met a good quality of care standard.
Mary studied at the University of Newcastle upon Tyne, graduating with a degree in speech sciences which enabled her to work as a Speech and Language Therapist in the NHS. Her main area of work was working with adults with acquired communication difficulties and more recently with people with dementia. She has many years’ experience of supporting those who struggle to communicate their needs, requirements and wishes effectively.
She is now a Parish Councillor and also Chair of her local GP’s patient participation group. She loves to travel and has been to a lot of faraway places. She also has two dogs which keep her busy.
Mary applied to become a panel member as she retired earlier than expected from the NHS due to ill health but felt she still had more to offer and a lot of experience to influence, albeit in a different role. She has experience of working with patients and public from her time in commissioning and this together with her recent first-hand experience of being a patient in the NHS, she is well prepared for her volunteer role.
Mac is a 17-year-old sixth form student from Hunter's Bar, Sheffield, with hopes to go to university to study further. His hobbies and interests include playing and watching football, debating with his school team and getting involved in environmental charity work. He wanted to join the Citizen's Panel to provide a voice for youth, who he feels can be overlooked, even though they are some of the prime beneficiaries and users of the NHS.
Brenda is married and lives in Barnsley. She has extensive work experience in customer service design and delivery, working across many different industries. These include the set up and delivery of health services as well as home care service delivery. She is used to the challenges of designing and delivering critical services and the challenges of operating within restricted budgets.
Brenda has also been a Trustee of a youth homeless charity.
She is passionate about the NHS and the need to help support and protect it, as she says “we come to rely on in times of need”. She chose to become a citizen panel member to help make a contribution.
Hazel lives in Bassetlaw. Her biography is coming soon
Mohammed lives in Rotherham. His biography is coming soon.