Meet the board

Meet your local Healthwatch Board Members.

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Peter Gordon - Independent Non-Executive Director and Chair

Peter is a non executive director and consultant with particular expertise in strategy, change management and marketing gained in a variety of sectors, markets and cultures.

Following a successful business career, Peter has for some years focused his efforts... more

Jason Davies - Independent Non-Executive Director and Vice-chair

Jason worked for over 20 years in The City as an infrastructure and finance lawyer and as a partner in a leading law firm, working on +60 large projects in sectors such as hospitals, care homes, schools, social housing, police... more

Kary Backhouse - Independent Non-Executive Director

Kary has had a business and marketing career spanning four decades, working across diverse sectors from hospitality to cultural industries. After some years working in economic development and inward investment marketing, Kary moved from the North West to take... more

Lynne Omar - Independent Non-Executive Director

Lynne worked for 18 years as a Therapeutic Radiographer delivering radiotherapy treatment as well as being involved in research and clinical trials, in several London Hospitals. She then worked for 5 years as part of a research team within the... more

Wanda Jay - Independent Non-Executive Director

As an academic and industrial pharmacist spanning over three decades Wanda M Jay has a wealth of experiences within the areas of medicinal chemistry to include research, formulation, production, analytical troubleshooting, regulatory compliance.

As a Q.P. under EU Directive... more

Deborah Mechaneck - Independent Non-Executive Director

Deborah is an MBA with over 30 years’ experience in the pharmaceutical, medical aesthetic, medical devices and health related not-for-profit sectors. She has worked for companies such as Glaxo Wellcome, Pfizer and Bristol-Myers Squibb. Deborah’s career has included management... more

Richard Davy - Executive Director appointed by Surrey Independent Living Council (SILC)

Richard Davy has been involved in health and social care for 30 years. In this time he has worked for a number of local authorities and voluntary sector organisations including generic social work teams, support services and residential care. He... more

Mark Sharman - Executive Director appointed by Help and Care

Mark is the Chief Executive of Help and Care, having joined as a part-time worker in 1985 when it was a three month pilot project. Over the years Mark has held a number of local, regional and national advisory roles... more

Laurence Oates - Executive Director appointed by Citizens Advice Surrey (CAS)

Laurence’s professional career was spent mainly as a lawyer in Government service. Between 1999 and 2006 he was appointed the Official Solicitor to the Supreme Court, in which role he represented in legal proceedings people without the mental capacity to... more