Our Board

Healthwatch Hull has an Advisory Board to contribute to the planning and development of our future work. Board members are volunteers, often with vast experience of working in the third sector, health and social care in Hull.

If you are interested in becoming a member of the Healthwatch Hull Advisory Board or have any questions you would like to put to us, please contact Gail Baines on 01482 499038 or email healthwatchenquiries@nbforum.org.uk

You will find minutes of previous Board meetings here

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Helena Spencer – Chair

Helena worked as a local government officer at Hull City Council from 1983 until her early retirement in 2010. Prior to 1980 she worked for the then Midland Bank (now HSBC). In 1980 she came to Hull to study at the University and fell in love with the City which has become home to Helena and her family.

In 2010 Helena became an Independent Member of the Humberside Police Authority as well as a Governor at 3 local Hull schools. In 2012, she was elected as Councillor for Newington Ward in the west of the City.

From 2013 – 2018 she was responsible (at various times) for Prevention & Safeguarding with responsibility for Children, Young People and Adult Services; Public Health; Corporate Services & Procurement; and Equalities, Diversity & Community Cohesion. In 2018 she retired from the Council.

As well as being the Chair of Healthwatch Hull, Helena is currently a trustee at Emmaus H&ER and a trustee of the Older Peoples Partnership Board.

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Jim Chase

Jim has lived in Hull with his family for over 30 years and is now semi-retired from a career in technology and business leadership. Jim brings to the advisory board an in-depth experience of NHS and Social Care IT delivery, many years of board level leadership across a wide range of organisations and 14 years experience as a foster carer to many young people.

Jim’s role is to support the Healthwatch Hull team as it helps commissioners and providers understand the impact of their service design, delivery and behaviours through the experience of patients, service users and their families.

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Jeanne Carlin

Jeanne sits on the Healthwatch Board as a member of the public. She has been a carer for her daughter for 37 years. Jeanne is also involved at both a local and national level in campaigning for better services for adults with profound and multiple disabilities and complex health needs. Jeanne has an interest in research and is a member of the reference group for the School of Social Care Reesearch based at LSE.  She is also involved in the LeDeR programme which monitors the premature deaths of people with a learning disability.

Jeanne has lived and worked in Hull since 1981.  She came here as an immigrant and has brought up her family in the city so is familiar with both health and social care services. She is now retired but previously worked as a social worker and then a disability consultant.

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Dianne Hamilton

Dianne Hamilton has worked for Goodwin Development Trust, a local Hull charity, for almost 20 years.  Dianne has a background in early years, adult education, management and leadership  and leads on the children, young people and well-being project areas as part of a small senior management team. 

Dianne is involved in an operational and strategic capacity within Goodwin and through partnerships delivering services in these areas.   Dianne is also a Hull resident.  Dianne brings local knowledge of communities and an understanding of the sector and service area along with a passion for improving the quality of life for people to the Healthwatch Hull Board.

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