Meet the Board


Alison Foster, Chair

Alison has lived in Berkshire for 14 years and is married with a 6 year old daughter. Alison has worked in the NHS for 24 years in mental health, service improvement and commissioning with her most recent post as Director of Quality in a CCG.

Recently she has moved to work as an independent consultant, has a portfolio which includes health and social care analytics, service and quality improvement and organisation and system development.

Alison is a Board trustee in Homestart Reading and Chairs the Fundraising subcommittee and also sits on the national steering group for the Positive Practice in Mental Health collaborative.  She is currently leading an initiative across Berkshire to have a year of Mental Health to enable strong communities of support to develop, prosper and increase mental health conversation into the mainstream to reduce stigma.

Alison has achieved masters level qualification in the management of innovation and change and is passionate about ensuring wide and diverse involvement in any change process as she believes this is the best most effective way to be successful in a change process.


Chris Noble, seAp Team Representative

Team Manager, seAp

Chris is the Area Manager for seAp in the South West and a member of seAp’s Senior Management Team, contributing to development of organisational and local business plans and services.  Her responsibilities include ensuring Area Teams deliver high quality information, statutory and non-statutory advocacy services in line with seAp’s  business plan, contractual and performance targets, and quality standards. She takes lead responsibility for specific areas of activity and business needs, including strategic lead for particular client groups.

After achieving both a Law Degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Law, Chris’s career focused on working in the voluntary sector.  She has been with seAp for 10 years.

Andrew Sharp, Healthwatch West Berkshire Representative – Final Andrew Sharp Pic

Healthwatch West Berkshire Chief Officer



Martha-Vickers-cropped-Small webMartha Vickers, Local Representative
Martha has lived in Newbury for 24 years. She has recently retired after working as a health visitor in the area for most of this time. She has served the area as a local councillor and was Newbury Town Mayor in 1997. In her role as a health visitor she worked with the victims and perpetrators of Domestic Abuse, having witnessed the effects on young children of Domestic Abuse.


Ann Standen, seAp Representative   

Team Manager, seAp Berkshire – Ann has been an advocate and latterly an advocacy manager for 25 years working for both local Mencap in Kent and National Mencap.  Ann has managed advocacy services across many London boroughs covering all of the advocacy disciplines. Ann read Law at the University of Kent.


Mike Fereday, Local Representative

We welcome Mike Fereday to our Board with effect from December 2016.  He has been a resident of the Parish of Cold Ash for 38 years and has an extensive working background as a forensic scientist.  He joins the Board of Healthwatch West Berkshire Berkshire to use the skills developed in his professional life to assist its vision for people in the locality of West Berkshire.  He is generally interested in the future workings of local healthcare and is involved, from a patient perspective, in the current “Connected Care” project and regularly attends public meetings of the Clinical Commissioning Group.

He believes it is important that the general public not only have a say, but can actually influence, for the better, the direction that healthcare and social care provision take. From a local perspective, the challenge for Healthwatch West Berkshire is to collect, collate and direct these views to relevant stakeholders in the hope of providing services that more directly reflect the needs of local people.

Is a retired general medical practitioner with previous interests in substance misuse and sexual health.

Zoe Tomes, Local Representative

Zoe Tomes

Judy McCulloch

Judy has lived in Newbury for 38 years and has worked and volunteered in the Citizens Advice Bureau, locally and in Tadley. The last ten years of her full time employment were spent in the NHS, locally and in Oxfordshire. Judy worked as a Patient Advice and Liaison Manager (PALS) in the community hospital and in Patient Public Involvement, setting up the Patient Information Point, establishing the Patient Panel as a patient lead group and working closely with Social Services.

In Oxfordshire Judy was the Patient and Public Involvement Manager for 5 years and was instrumental in establishing an online engagement system that is still in use. Her work there included major projects on mental health, establishing care closer to home and patient transport. During that time she worked closely with the local LINks (the predecessor of Healthwatch) and supported the establishment of the Healthwatch in Oxfordshire. For two years Judy worked as an independent consultant running a major consultation for West Berkshire Council and supporting consultations for Berkshire NHS.

Judy has a firm commitment to the NHS and its future. She believes good change and development in the NHS and Social Care can only be achieved well with proper and effective engagement with those on the receiving end of care services.

Karen Swaffield