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Your spotlight on local services

Meet the team

Dave Curtis: Healthwatch Merton Manager

Dave's role is to oversee the development and establishment of Healthwatch Merton to ensure local people have a voice in shaping and improving health and social care services. Members of the public, patients, carers and service users alike will be encouraged to work in partnership with Healthwatch to achieve the best quality care and more choice in the borough. A quote that has always stuck with Dave and reflects what he believe is “if you want to know how the shoe fits, ask the person who is wearing it, not the one who made it”.

T 020 8685 2282
E dave@healthwatchmerton.co.uk

Nana Apprey-Abraham: Healthwatch Merton Project Officer

Nana’s role is to lead on the delivery of various projects and has a significant role in collaborating with key partner organisations and stakeholders; research, community engagement and gathering intelligence from children, young people and adults. Nana will use the evidence to provide written and verbal reports based on an informed representation of views presented, and bring the voice and influence of local people to impact on changes and improvements to care and services. Nana’s additional responsibilities include organising and facilitating public meetings, events and conferences.

T 020 8685 2282
E nana@healthwatchmerton.co.uk

Erin Cowhig Croft: Information and Outreach Officer 

Erins role is to gather and represent local people’s views and experiences of health and social care services in the borough, and to promote successful patient and public engagement. She will be active in the community and will work with local people and stakeholders to identify health and social care needs and gaps in local services. The team will communicate feedback to the services and commissioners to help them develop health and social care services that meet the needs of the people.

T 020 8685 2282
E erin@healthwatchmerton.co.uk

Clara Jones: Community Navigator

Clara helps people to access local activities, services and support in order to improve their health and wellbeing. Clara works primarily from the Nelson Health Centre and in particular as part of the Holistic Assessment and Rapid Investigation (HARI) team. One aim of community navigation is to build a more supportive, inclusive and resilient community with strong, collaborative relationships and connections between a range of statutory and voluntary services in the borough.

T 020 8685 2282
E clara@healthwatchmertonc.co.uk

Bec Yusuf: Associate

Bec is currently assisting the Healthwatch Merton team to complete an in-depth evaluation of the Community Navigator service. Bec is also supporting the team with some other aspects of the project.

T 020 8685 2282
E bec@healthwatchmertonc.co.uk

Healthwatch Merton Operational Committee

Brian Dillon: Chair of Healthwatch Merton

Brian is a widely experienced finance and business manager. From 1990 until his retirement in 2012 he ran his own business providing consultancy advice and interim management services to local authorities, housing associations and businesses trading in the public services marketplace. He is widely experienced in governance matters and has been a non-Executive member of a number of company boards. He was Chair of Croydon Churches Housing Association from 2000 until September 2013.

Cypren Edmunds: Merton Resident Representative

Cypren is a qualified athletics coach (Sprints and Jumps) having competed as an athlete. He lives on the High Path estate and Chairs the residents’ group, The High Path Community Association. Other current voluntary roles include: Duke of Edinburgh Award - Merton, Chair of Safer Neighbourhood Panel for the Abbey ward, Chair of Colliers Wood PPG, member of Circle Housing Merton Priory’s local Board and governor of Merton Abbey Primary School.

Barbara Price: MVSC Trustee Representative

Barbara brings a wealth of experience in health and social care issues. She has had careers in nursing and the voluntary sector and was previously the Chief Executive of South Thames Crossroads. Barbara was previously an independent Chair of the LINks.

Khadiru Mahdi: MVSC CEO, HWMOC Advisor Position (without voting rights)

Khadiru was appointed CEO of MVSC in January 2015 and is responsible for the overall strategic direction and leadership of the organisation while playing an active role in supporting Merton’s voluntary sector. Khadiru is excited to be to be part of a vibrant voluntary and community sector and is committed to working closely with other local infrastructure and front line organisations to strengthen the sector and improve its resilience while building on MVSC’s strategic relationships with the public sector.

Patrick Lyster-Todd: Voluntary, Community and Faith Organisation Representative

Patrick Lyster-Todd has lived in Merton for over 14 years and has a diverse background including 20 years as an officer in the Royal Navy, management positions in the television and hospitality sectors and, more recently, in welfare support for Veterans. He has also been keenly involved in the charity sector for nearly 30 years, including as a successful campaigner and chair, trustee or director for numerous charities and voluntary groups. Currently he is the director of community engagement for Pride in London, secretary of Merton’s LGBT+ Forum and a member of Haig Housing’s management committee.

Chelliah Lohendran: Vice Chair of the CCG's Patient Engagement Group 

Logie was previously a project manager for London Underground on the Jubilee Line extension and Metronet, retiring in 2006. In 2010 Logie was elected as a councillor for Cannon Hill ward. During his four year term he was on the Licencing Planning committee and was the Chair for the HCOP Scrutiny Committee in 2011. He is currently Chair of Merton Seniors Forum, Vice Chair for Merton’s Voluntary Sector Mental Health Forum, Chair for Central Road Medical Practice Patient Participation Group, Member of CCG Patient Engagement Group and Dignity in Care representative (authorised to carry out care home inspections and report to the CQC).

Sue Hubbert: Voluntary, Community and Faith Organisation Representative

Sue is a representative of Adults First (a project of Merton Mencap). She had a career in theatre education and teacher training before she retired. Her adult son has Downs syndrome and her husband stayed at home for many years to care for him and his younger brother, as well as Sue’s mother (who has disabilities). She has been attending the Partnership Board for Learning Disabilities and its carers’ group from the start, and is also a member of the St. Georges panel which assists the learning disability liaison nurses there. Her son has been in supported living for about twenty five years but always comes home for weekends and holidays. He is regaining the use of his legs after several operations, has gout, hearing problems and has suffered a version of MRSA picked up during one of his operations.

Nick Pizey: Voluntary, Community and Faith Organisation Representative

Nick has over 20 years of experience with national disability organisations and is involved with local healthcare organisations.

Healthwatch Merton Volunteers

Lisa: Reporting and Research Volunteer

Lisa has been key in helping to analyse data from our GP report and will be continuing to help us work towards improving GP services in the borough. Do read our GP report which is on our website. 



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