Our Chair, Stewart Francis

Stewart is a former broadcaster and was previously Managing Director of Mid Anglia Radio PLC and Chair of the Association of Independent Radio Companies. He also Chaired Norfolk, Suffolk and Cambridgeshire Strategic Health Authority and The Rail Passengers Council/Passenger Focus and was a member of the Commission for Integrated Transport. More recently, he was Chair of Vivacity Culture and Leisure in Peterborough.

Our Board

Philippa Brice – Deputy Chair

Philippa works for a policy think tank concerned with helping the NHS make the most of new science and technology for people and populations. A trained scientist and experienced medical charity trustee, she is an expert in health policy, communications and public affairs, with an interest in personalised medicine. She sits on the steering committee of the UK Pharmacogenetics and Stratified Medicine Network.


Ellie Addison – Director

A former Army nurse serving in Iraq, Belize and Northern Ireland and in the NHS, Ellie has also specialised as an operating theatre scrub nurse. She has worked for Cambridgeshire and Peterborough Clinical Commissioning Group as Lead Nurse for Care Homes. Ellie now works for the NHS Supply Chain clinical team, which ensures the clinical quality and safety of products bought for the health service.


Laura Beer - Director

Laura currently works in the pensions sector but studied genetics at the University of Leicester. Her background is in medical research in the UK and Australia where she worked for the Australian Institute of Medical Scientists. Her work has explored cancer, HIV drugs and stem cells.


Nadia Emmony – Director

Nadia looked after children with special needs before starting her nursing training and becoming a neurosurgical ward Sister. She has lectured for the Multiple Sclerosis Society and run a health promotion unit in East London. Before retiring, she worked as a practice manager in Shropshire and Bedfordshire. She brings a decade of experience with Healthwatch Milton Keynes.


Johnny Hebron - Director

Johnny works in sales, logistics and data management and is waiting to start a politics degree at Durham University in 2022.  He volunteers for charity Power2Inspire, which encourages more inclusion through sport. He’s passionate about young people, mental health and wellbeing.


Chelsia Lake – Director

Chelsia is a University of York Social Policy graduate who is passionate about young people and mental health. She has been volunteering for St John Ambulance since the age of 10 and is a First Aider and Youth Leader.  She joined Healthwatch as a Volunteer in July 2020 and helps us champion young people's voices, particularly around mental health.


Chris Palmer – Director

Before retiring from paid work, Chris worked in the public sector for over 40 years including the NHS across the East of England. He also worked for the Ministry of Defence and the United Nations in Cyprus in a non-military capacity. He is a Trustee of Citizens Advice Rural Cambridgeshire and has a Master’s Degree in Business Management.


Saqib Rehman – Director

Saqib is an active member of the Peterborough community and runs a care company providing care and support services for children and adults.  He is passionate about community needs and helped set up Children of Adam, a local and national aid and development organisation aiming to alleviate poverty and human suffering around the world.


Jonathan Wells – Director

Jonathan is a mental health professional with more than 30 years’ experience, who remains deeply committed to the best possible mental health care for those who might need it (now and in the future), and their families.  A qualified social worker, he has worked in child and adolescent and adult mental health and is a former lead of local authority commissioning and NHS Trust practice governance. 

Board papers

Our Board meets in public four times a year. These meetings are another opportunity for you to find out about the work we are doing, share your experiences of health or social care services, and get involved. 

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Register of Directors' interests

We keep a record of our Directors' involvement in health, social care and political organisations so we can manage any potential conflicts of interest. 

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