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.


We have recently completed a recuitment process for new Board members and their details will be posted here in the coming weeks.