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Healthwatch Croydon announces new board

Press release: 13 May 2019

  • New Local Leadership Board selected to ensure the health and social care champion meets the needs of Croydon residents.
  • Edwina Morris becomes Chair with Martin Faiers as Deputy Chair
  • Board members come from a range of backgrounds and experience of health and social care services.



Healthwatch Croydon is pleased to confirm that its Local Leadership Board of Croydon residents has been confirmed. Edwina Morris becomes Chair with Martin Faiers as Deputy Chair with Pat Knight, Brian Matthews, Anantha Ramaswamy and Tariq Salim completing the new board.

You can find out more about the new board members here:

All board members were recruited through an advertised role and were selected by a panel that included two Croydon community representatives.

Emma Leatherbarrow, Help and Care’s Director of Partnerships will continue to attend board meetings representing the contract holder, as will Gordon Kay, Healthwatch Croydon Manager who is responsible for the operational delivery of the service.

Edwina Morris said: “I am really pleased to have been selected as a member of Healthwatch Croydon’s Local Leadership Board, and honoured to hold the position of Chair of the Board.  As a recently retired qualified social worker, I have held senior management positions in several London local authorities, mainly in adult social care, and have worked closely with elected members, council and health colleagues. I am looking forward to working with staff, volunteers, Board members and local residents to ensure that Healthwatch Croydon influences local health and care services in order to improve the experiences of and outcomes for local people.”

Gordon Kay said: “It is good to have a local leadership board that understand the challenges and opportunities of shifting and rapidly changing health and social care landscape for Croydon. The delivery team welcome their contribution to ensure that we meet the key strategic objectives we set ourselves, which is to be an effective service for Croydon. I am very pleased to see that five board members are already active volunteers with us, with one other having had Healthwatch volunteer experience in another borough. Their focus and commitment will help drive us forward to make a difference to Croydon residents and local health and care services.”

Editor’s notes

Healthwatch Croydon is here to improve the experience that Croydon people have when they need to use health and social care services. We believe that the best way to do this is by listening to patients and service users.

There is a local Healthwatch in every local authority area in England.

Our role is to make sure that that local health and social care services, and the local decision makers, put the experiences of people at the heart of their care.

We are a statutory body – this means that we have a legal status to exist within the Health and Social Care Act 2012. This means decision-makers should listen to us when we give them feedback and make suggestions.

For more information, please contact Mondays to Thursdays: Jeet Sandhu, Communications Lead, 020 8663 5632

On Fridays, please call 020 8663 5649 or email

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