Our Operational Committee enables us to involve local people in the running of the organisation and make our proceedings more transparent and accountable.

Want to be involved? We are seeking local residents and representatives from the voluntary sector with an interest in health and/or social care to join us and make a difference.

Merton’s voluntary, community and faith organisations: Nomination applications are invited from people who are members of a Merton based voluntary, community and faith organisations. Application will be by CV to include covering letter from voluntary, community and faith organisations to confirm they are nominating you on their behalf plus an accompanying statement (no more than 2 A4 sides) explaining your interest, motivation in applying and demonstrating how you meet the eligibility and person specification.

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 Benedicto
Merton Mencap Adults First Representative

Alfredo has 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 is a member of the Steering Committee of Adults First, a programme of Merton Mencap to support adults with a Learning Disability and their carers . 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 18 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 in support of Veterans in need. He has been keenly involved in the charity sector for over 30 years, including as a successful campaigner and chair, trustee or director for numerous charities and voluntary groups including as a founding director of Pride in London. Currently he heads communications and fundraising at Haig Housing in Morden, the UK's main Veterans housing charity, is the co-chair of the new Veterans LGBT+ charity, Fighting With Pride, secretary of Merton’s LGBT+ Forum and a director of Merton Pride CIC which aims to put on Merton's first Pride event in 2020 at Merton Abbey Mills. 

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 Licensing 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).

Douglas Guerrero
Resident Representative