Our Chair, John Starkey

John is particularly interested in representing the interests of adults of working age, older people, carers and people with mental health diagnoses. He brings experience, enthusiasm, an open mind and a keen eye for detail to the Healthwatch Oldham Board.

John is also currently a Governor of Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust, founding Trustee and Treasurer of Springboard - Oldham Dementia Carers Group and Oldham Lifestory Steering Group. John is also involved in a number of other local health-related groups. He is a Lay Representative on the national Join Dementia Research Programme Board and an Independent Member Of Greater Manchester Joint Audit Panel (Police And Crime).

Our Board

Norma Bewley

Norma was a teacher at Oldham Sixth Form College for 19 years before she retired. She has in recent years become a member of both her GPs patient reference group, Pennine Acute’s Patient Forum, the External Reference Group of the Greater Manchester Healthier Together programme and for the past seven years she has been an Oldham Public Governor for the Pennine Care NHS Foundation Trust.

Her own experiences in care have given Norma a passion to ensure that patients, carers and the public’s concerns are heard and acted upon, and is delighted that her role on the Healthwatch Oldham Board will give her the opportunity to help influence local health and social services by representing the local population in these challenging times.

Yvonne Lee

Yvonne has been involved in the voluntary sector in Oldham for the past 30 years and has worked for Age UK since 1986, the last 20 years as Chief Executive. The diversity of the organisation involves her in health and social care, leisure facilities, advocacy, information and advice and trading opportunities.

Yvonne has a range of experience working in partnership with statutory, private and voluntary organisations, is a board member of Oldham Citizens’ Advice Bureau and represents older people on Oldham’s Safeguarding Adults Executive Partnership Board.

Yvonne strongly believes that Healthwatch Oldham has a vital role both in the strategic decision making process and the delivery of quality services, and has the capacity to make a difference to the lives of people in Oldham.

David Makin

David has had NHS connections for many years and currently is involved mainly within the field of cancer, but also with primary care and community matters.  He chaired the Pennine Patient User Partnership for 10 years, recently sat on the three clinical groups for breast, head and neck, and haematological malignancies, and was a member of The Greater Manchester Cancer Provider Board.

David currently chairs the Saddleworth & Lees Health & Wellbeing Group and is also involved with The James Lind Alliance from the University / MCRC looking at Early detection and prevention of cancer. David undertakes peer reviews and is involved with Macmillan.  All of this to represent patients interests.

David’s concern is with defending and improving patient care and treatment. As such, he hopes to play a part in Healthwatch Oldham achieving this.

Jacquie Wood

Jacquie is registered nurse and nurse teacher and also a qualified Human Resources practitioner. She has worked extensively with several different NHS and care organisations for over 30 years at local and regional level. Jacquie’s main expertise lies in developing organisations and their people to meet new challenges and make the changes needed to develop services.

Jacquie has experience of working with local hospitals, community organisations, GP practices, health care commissioners and voluntary organisations with a view to improving patient services and supporting staff through change. Jacquie is now semi retired but still works part time with some local organisations on request.

Jacquie is passionate about the NHS, the quality of its services and about good patient care for all age groups in all care settings. She is very much looking forward working as part of the Healthwatch Oldham Board to help meet their key role in giving a voice to local people on care services.

Stephanie Doherty

Stephanie has lived in Oldham for 37 years.  For almost 10 years she has been the owner and joint Managing Director of Caremark, a home-care provider working in people’s homes and within the community.  This role brings her in touch with the health and wellbeing needs of older people; adults; children and young people.  Working closely in partnership with health and social care professionals to provide support to clients to enable them to live happy, independent, healthy lives. 

As a result of working in the care sector Stephanie has a keen interest in Dementia and has been Chair of Oldham Dementia Action Alliance for almost 5 years; is a member of the Oldham Dementia Strategy Group working with various commissioners; agencies and communities across Oldham to have a direct influence on the policies and programmes affecting those living with dementia and their carers.

Stephanie had 20 years’ experience in the education service working with children and young people from challenging backgrounds at risk of social exclusion and improving their life chances; was a Justice of the Peace (Magistrate) in Oldham for 7 years.

Due to her personal experiences in care, from a care provider and user of services perspective, she is keen to be involved in improving the quality of provision in health and social care for the community of Oldham.

Lorna Philip

Lorna is a retired Assistant Principal and has worked in Oldham for 37 years. Lorna has a wealth of experience working in education with children and young people from a wide range of backgrounds and her most recent role was Assistant Principle at The Hathershaw College in Oldham.

Lorna continues to be very active within the community supporting a wide range of children and young people’s activities and networks. Currently she co-ordinates the school sport activities for West Oldham schools, provides management support to The Hathershaw Sports Centre and is a trustee of the West Oldham Trust.

Lorna also co-ordinates The Oldham Pledge which provides a range of health, wellbeing and developmental opportunities for children in Oldham from 4-19 and links with Oldham Businesses. The Oldham Pledge is now in its second year and takes the form of a record of achievement for each child directly linking with the work of the Oldham Partnership.

Mary Edwards

Mary’s professional life has revolved around advocating for adults with a learning disability/difficulty.  However, it was the very hands on involvement of looking after her Mother and Father throughout their later years that made Mary want to give something back to the NHS.

Being part of Healthwatch Oldham, Mary felt she could be part of positive change in difficult times from both a professional and personal stand.  With knowledge and understanding of the complexities of care packages and legislation as well as her personal experiences of challenges faced by carers, Mary feels she can be a valuable asset to the Healthwatch Oldham Board.