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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

Erin Cowhig Croft: Information and Outreach Officer (Presently on maternity leave)

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

Bec Yusuf: Information and Outreach Officer

Bec is currently covering Healthwatch Merton Information and Outreach Officer maternity leave.

T 020 8685 2282
E bec@healthwatchmerton.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.

Alfredo - Adults First Represeentative (a project of Merton Mencap) that supports carers of adults with Learning Disabilities. He had a long international career in Marketing, Travel and Financial Services before he retired. 

He has been attending the Merton Learning Disabilities Board, the Direct Payments Forum, Improving Healthcare Together Stakeholders Reference Group and he is currently the appointed governor on behalf of Healthwatch Merton to the St George’s University Hospitals Foundation Trust. 

He has a Down syndrome daughter currently completing a Hospitality and Catering programme at NESCOT. Originally from Spain he has lived in  Merton for the last 25 years.

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).

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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MVSC is delighted to have been awarded this contract and we are pleased we will continue our work with health and social care services within the borough. We work successfully in partnership across all sectors and are looking forward to delivering the best possible service we can for local people.