Healthwatch Chair, Val Moore, paid tribute to the three, explaining that our Directors can only be appointed for a maximum of six years. And that Directors Graham Jagger and Sue Westward-Bate have both completed the second of their three-year terms.
Sadly, Healthwatch will also be saying goodbye to Frances Dewhurst who is leaving to take up a new job.
Of Graham, she said, “It’s great to have a workforce specialist, a people specialist on our Board. You’ve been passionate about patient and public engagement all along, and a shining example of that for us, and a source of corporate guidance.”
Of Sue, she talked about how good it was to have, “a public health specialist, consummate team player, and a champion for the evidence base and the environment and all things to do with inclusion” on the Board. Adding, “You light up our Board room and we will truly miss you too.”
Of Frances, Val said, “How good it is to have a lawyer on the board. Both for your knowledge and your clarity of position. Thank you for championing the sensory impairment issue which affects so many people in this patch. And unfinished business – we do hope that you come back to us in the future.”
As the three Directors had “put in some welly for Healthwatch over the years”, they were virtually presented with some ceramic wellington boots for their gardens, as well as a bottle of champagne each. These will be delivered by Val over the next few days.