Meet the team

Meet the team responsible for delivering Healthwatch Staffordshire.

In delivering Healthwatch Staffordshire, the ECS Board are advised by a Healthwatch Advisory Board drawn from members of the public. This group provides advice on:

  • Healthwatch priorities
  • The Enter and View programme to monitor the quality of care
  • Identifying key public concerns
  • Community engagement activity

They act as the voice of the people and make sure that Healthwatch Staffordshire adheres to the core principles of confidentiality, respect, feedback, transparency and influence.

Simon Fogell | Chief Executive Officer


Simon Fogell has had 25 years’ experience in local government ranging from management in children’s residential homes to Policy Manager for both children’s and adult social care. Simon led the communications and engagement for the introduction of personalisation within adult... more

Carol Hewitt | Engagement & Information Lead


Carol joined Engaging Communities in 2017 after a move to Staffordshire and a career change. Carol had spent many years working in London, with nearly 20 years working in the minor metals industry which involved establishing good working relationships... more

Karren Winters-Cavalot | Information, Communications and Projects Officer


Karren qualified as a Registered General Nurse working at a large hospital for several years in Emergency Medicine before becoming a Ward Sister and then Operational Bed Manager. Karren then moved on to be a Fertility Nurse Specialist supporting patients... more

Dave Bassett | Community Outreach Lead


Dave has been involved with Health and Social Care since 1972, working for Cumbria, Derbyshire and Staffordshire Social Services. He has also held senior management roles in the NHS in Leicestershire and North Staffordshire both as a provider and a... more

Emma Ford | Community Outreach Lead.


Emma has a law degree, legal practice certificate, and 15 years’ experience of working in the voluntary sector, including as a Volunteer Generalist Advisor at Stoke Citizen’s Advice Bureau (latterly specialising in Debt Work), and as the Media Bureau Co-ordinator... more

Morag Heggie | Community Outreach Lead.


A Registered Nurse in Mental Health whose long career has been spent working in the NHS, the Private and the Charitable sectors. A special interest in psychological trauma within the Ex-Service population highlighted the need to not only offer appropriate... more

Sarah Gorton | Community Outreach Lead.


Sarah worked for the NHS for 30 years as a Registered General Nurse in both clinical and non-clinical roles. She has a BSc in Specialist Nursing practice from the University of Staffordshire. As a clinical nurse she worked in a... more

Lloyd Cooke | Healthwatch Advisory Board Chair.

Chair of the Healthwatch Advisory Board, Lloyd brings considerable experience to his role from his involvement with health and social care across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent and as CEO of Saltbox... more

Derek Hoey | Healthwatch Advisory Board Member

I am 66 years old, married with two sons and two granddaughters. I have lived in Tamworth for the past 38 years, although I am of proud Scottish heritage, having... more