Helena Spencer, who has most recently been a local councillor for Hull’s Newington ward, will take up the post with immediate effect. This is a voluntary position and will be responsible for chairing a strategic advisory board and representing Healthwatch Hull at a range of local events and meetings.
Helena worked for Hull City Council until 2010 before becoming a councillor in 2012. She held the position of portfolio holder for Public Health, Prevention and Adult Health & Social Care, where she first became a champion for the work of Healthwatch Hull.
Helena is an experienced Board member, having held positions at Emmaus, Humber Foundation Trust and the Older People’s Partnership Group, as well as a being a school governor for a number of local schools and academies.
Of her appointment to the position of Healthwatch Hull Chair Helena said:
“I am excited to be asked to chair this refreshed and renewed Healthwatch. I am Passionate about ensuring that the people of Hull have access to the best Health and Social Care services available. In order to this we need to listen to local people and their experiences, and bring those findings to the local Health and Social Care sector and ensure that they listen. We are currently recruiting a diverse Board, with representation from all sectors of the community -all we ask is for is a passion and a commitment to improving health and social care services in Hull.”
Jason Stamp, Chief Officer of Forum, the Host Organisation for Healthwatch Hull, said:
“I am pleased that Helena has agreed to take on this new role and her considerable experience of working within the health and social care system in Hull will be a huge factor in ensuring that Healthwatch Hull becomes a strong and credible organisation. Helena’s strong leadership, her willingness to ask difficult questions and her commitment to involve patients and members of the public in health and social care services make her the right person for this role. I look forward to working with her in the future.”