Our Chair, Vanessa Barrett
For over 40 years, Vanessa worked as a clinician and in senior management roles in many different NHS organisations, as well as with the Department of Health. She has a passion for improving the quality of care experienced by patients. Vanessa has lived in Bridgnorth since 1991.
David has had a keen interest in health issues since the mid-1980’s when his wife was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis. He has been actively involved in over 10 different local and national bodies. He is a strong advocate for the establishment of local patient groups.
Terry is a recently retired pharmacist. He has worked in various management positions for two national companies, Boots and Tesco. He, his wife and three sons moved to Shropshire over twenty five years ago. Since then he has been involved in a number of local bodies, i.e. Shrewsbury Area Board of the Training and Enterprise Council, Shrewsbury Town Centre Management and as a governor at two schools. Latterly he chaired the Local Pharmaceutical Committee being involved in the changes to the NHS. He now seeks to help ensure those changes work for the benefit of patients in Shropshire.
Steve has been a volunteer with Healthwatch Shropshire since 2014. He spent his professional life in the field of Public Health. His role for the majority of that time was as liaison officer between the Local Authority and the Health Authority, as it was then known.
David was a civil servant in welfare departments for over 30 years. For several years he was a Regional Manager in a Special Health Authority. Since the 1970s he has been involved in local community affairs and was for many years a Parish and District Councillor. David's current community activities include being a Trustee of Shropshire RCC and ACRE (Action with Communities in Rural England), Chairman of the Bridgnorth District of CPRE (Campaign to Protect Rural England), and Management/Holding Trustee of Alveley Parish Memorial Hall. As a leisure pleasure he plays boules and is the Chairman of Severn Valley Petanque League.
Dee has worked in the NHS for over 40 years primarily in Primary Care managing a variety of General Practices and Clinics including Walk in Centres. She has also worked within Clinical Governance and was Head of Information Governance for NHS Gloucestershire. Dee has a passion for improving quality of care and accessibility to health care. She has a safeguarding role with in the local PCC. Born in Shropshire Dee has recently returned here following her retirement.
Bob worked as a social worker becoming District Director of Adult Social Services in Birmingham before moving to the Social Services Inspectorate of the Department of Health. He has since worked as a an Independent Social Care Consultant. For the last 9 years, he has served on Church Stretton Town Council; for 6 years chairing the local Health & Social Care Partnership.
Anne was an English teacher before joining the charity sector as a campaigner and education specialist. She has been a Board member of several national and international charities including Cruse and the RSPCA, where she was Vice-Chair. She works with a number of local charities and is currently Chair of Age UK Shropshire.
All of our board meetings are held in public. You would be very welcome if you would like to come along.
Past Board papers
We make the papers for our public Board meetings available online. We also publish a summary of what was discussed. Check out our past meetings to read more.