Meet the board
Meet your local Healthwatch board members.
Paul Fleming (chair)
Paul Fleming has lived in Hoxton for 11 years and is currently the Director of Fundraising and Communications at the local HIV charity, Positive East. Previous to this he has held fundraising positions at the sexual health charity, FPA, the National AIDS Trust and the welfare to work charity, CDG. He has personal experience of a range of health and social care services in Hackney and a professional interest in making sure the voices of those who are not always heard get heard. Paul will be working hard for Healthwatch Hackney to be the people’s champion.
His background is in the corporate sector as he spent 13 years working for a management training company. This included time setting up and running two training centres, one in Poland and the other in Spain. He has a Masters degree in Business Administration as well as a Honours degree from Birmingham.
Outside work Paul frequents the gym on a regular basis, enjoys most sports and has a keen interest in architecture and urban design. When he is not flexing his oyster, Paul can be found on his motorbike, usually at weekends and holidays.
Ann Sanders is a management consultant who provides support to public and voluntary sector organisations. Prior to becoming a freelance consultant in 2007, Ann spent eight years working at a senior level at Big Lottery Fund and one of its predecessor organisations, the New Opportunities Fund (NOF). Her work there included supporting the management of the merger of NOF and Community Fund, strategic and corporate planning, internal communications, risk management, programme and project management, customer care and equalities.
At NOF, Ann headed the development and delivery of the organisation's first portfolio of 14 health funding programmes including Healthy Living Centres; CHD, Stroke and Cancer; 5 a Day and Fruit in Schools. Ann also spent nine years with Voluntary Service Overseas (VSO), where her main role involved managing 11 development programmes in East and Southern Africa.
Ann has lived in Hackney since 1996.
Becky works at The King's Fund as a Programme Manager in their Leadership Development team, helping organisations, teams and individuals in the NHS to develop the skills to lead the change and improvements needed. She is also a dementia befriender for Age UK.
With a background in research consultancy, Becky has more than seven years' experience of carrying out public and stakeholder engagement for the public and private sector. Examples include the public engagement for the Dilnot Commission and qualitative studies for the Marmot review with people in Hackney, Manchester and Birmingham. Becky is fascinated in what people think, want and need.
Appointed to Hackney Healthwatch board in August 2013, Becky’s special area of interest is around engagement methods and influence; and how we can ensure that people’s voices are heard in the design and governance of local health services.
Anthonia Onigbode FCCA
A qualified PRINCE2 practitioner, fellow of the Chartered Association of Certified Accountants with strong financial and general management, operational and business development skills in not-for-profit, social enterprise organisations and SME environments. An effective communicator at all levels within an organisation with good interpersonal skills. Good problem solving and analytical skills. I have proven leadership skills, including managing and motivating team to achieve company objectives, a good team leader with empathy for team. A decision maker with a visionary mind, and has extensive multitask experience in meeting very tight deadlines.
16 years of financial accounting experience.
6 years of business project management with experience of developing major strategic change projects from initial design through to implementation.
Ability to manage internal and external development projects from inception to successful implementation.
Experience of funding management, handling complex VAT matters
Strong influencing / negotiating skills and experience of dealing with contractual matters
Kully Kaur-Ballagan has lived in Hackney for 10 years and is a Research Director at the Ipsos MORI Social Research Institute where she heads the Race, Faith and Cohesion Research Unit, which focuses on how to research traditionally harder to reach and diverse communities more effectively. She has worked for a number of government departments and other public bodies including the Equality and Human Rights Commission as well as the BBC.
She has over 15 years of experience in the full spectrum of qualitative and quantitative research methods, from depth interviews with the most vulnerable members of society to large-scale academic research studies that meet National Statistic standards.
She has worked extensively with a number of inner London boroughs over the years, including Hackney and has a strong understanding of the challenges faced when researching, and providing services to, diverse populations. She is passionate about ensuring that the public voice is represented in policy-making at a national and local level and that local health service provision accurately reflects the needs and priorities of users. In her spare time, Kully enjoys the parks and open spaces of Hackney with her two small children, both of whom were born at the Homerton University Hospital.
Malcolm Alexander is vice chair of AvMA the patient safety charity and a former lecturer in ‘Patient and Public Involvement in Health/Social Care’ and ‘Power and Empowerment’ at Westminster University. He has a Masters in both Community Development and Anthropology (culture and mental health).
A former chair of the National Association of LINks Members (NALM) - a national patient involvement charity, Malcolm is now Chair of the Patients’ Forum for the London Ambulance Service. Malcolm was a member of the Department of Health's Healthwatch Programme Board and currently a lay members of the Department of Health English Revalidation Delivery Board.
Malcolm was the Chief Officer of Southwark Community Health Council (CHC) and the national Director of the Association of CHCs for England and Wales. He is a former chair of Hackney LINk and was the representative to the Primary Care Trust and the Clinical Commissioning Group.
An active health campaigner, with a special interest in emergency services, complementary medicine, mental health, health care in detention centres for asylum seekers, ethnicity in relation to access to health care, opposing NHS privatisation.
Paula lives and uses services in Hackney and has a background in careers advice and has been an elected Councillor in Croydon, where one of her roles was the Chair of the Social Services Committee. She currently a member of Healthwatch Hackney, a member of the Patient Participation Group at Well Street Surgery and a member of the City and Hackney Older People’s Reference Group.
She also volunteers for local and international projects.
Heather has been a lay representative on the City & Hackney Clinical Commissioning Group Urgent Care Board since 2013.
She and her family has wide experience of the health and social care services in Hackney. She has also practised as a midwife some years ago and more recently taught in Higher Education for sixteen years including lecturing on health and social care.
She is active in local politics and stood as the Green Party candidate in the last election in Hackney.
Rosanna Le Voir
Rosanna is a post graduate in Population and Development.
She currently works for Options Consultancy Services Ltd and provides technical expertise to governments and International development partners to help expand access to high quality health services.
She has worked on public health programmes in Sierra Leone, which included community engagement and using users’ experience to improve quality of care, and tackling inequality among diverse populations.