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 –
Healthwatch West Berkshire Chief Officer
Martha 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.
Dr Melanie Morgan-Jones, Local Representative
Melanie has lived in Berkshire for over 20 years. She is a research Scientist in Health particularly in the field of non-invasive fascia stimulation to generate improvements in neuromuscular function in children with dyspraxia/DCD. She is also a licensed Homeopath and soft tissue remedial practitioner working with people suffering with various individual physical, mental or emotional complaints but the beauty of her practise is that her goal is to treat the cause of the problems and not only the symptoms.
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