Meet the board
Healthwatch Rochdale Shadow Board members have now been recruited. They are a diverse group with different skills and experiences. Their first task will be to develop a yearly work plan for Healthwatch Rochdale so watch this space!
Jane Jackson (Chair)
Jane has worked for 13 years within the NHS in Facilities Management, retiring as Head of Patient Support Services. Involved in managing all support services and in particular wide experience and knowledge of the PLACE process. Jane lives in Littleborough close to her family. She is a keen photographer and also enjoy walking and craft. Jane is also a member of Norden WI and proud to serve on their committee.
Ben Greenwood (Co-Chair)
Ben Greenwood was born and bred in Rochdale. He was educated at Oulder Hill School before getting a degree in Philosophy and Politics at University of Manchester.
After university, and a short stop at University of Central Lancashire to get his journalism qualifications, Ben joined the Flintshire Evening Leader as a cub reporter.
After a five year stint in journalism, he joined Blackburn with Darwen Council where he is presently employed as a Media and Civic Events Manager.
Ben is involved with a number of community groups including Rochdale and District Play Action Council and the borough’s Fairtrade Family, which he chairs.
He is also treasurer of Friends of Norden Jubilee Park, a community group that aims to put on family fun events on the park off Hutchinson Road.
He was also vice chair of the Rochdale Local Involvement Network before it evolved into Healthwatch Rochdale.
He has recently been elected to be a Unison rep.
Ben is married and has a two and half year old daughter Willow. He enjoys spending time with his family, going to football matches and keeping up to date with current affairs.
Ben said: “I am delighted to be given a chance to help improve health and social care services in Rochdale.
“I was born in the town and am passionate about the area. I want people in Rochdale to be able to access services that are the best they possibly can be.
“Times are tough and money is tight. Healthwatch will play a central role in scrutinising services and holding organisations to account to make sure each penny spent on services is Rochdale is well spent.
“I look forward to working with the Healthwatch staff, my fellow directors and volunteers.”
I am Jo Oldfield and recently joined Healthwatch Rochdale as a Board Member and have been so excited to be part of something that represents the voice of the community to have real changes promoted that people within the Borough are asking for.
I was brought up in Smithy Bridge near to Littleborough and have lived in Rochdale for most of my life, so services and provision within the borough means a lot to me.
I have worked within Health and Social Care for the whole of my career in various roles and mainly supported people with complex needs. I have had leadership roles but always enjoyed the work directly with people, and started teaching within this area too.
I co-own a successful Training and Consultancy Company with my Business partner providing training and empowerment support in the area of Health and Social Care, and in the commercial market. We strive to train people to offer support to be the best they can be providing services, and also reach their own potential.
We are based in the Rochdale area and have key stakeholders in Borough, so have some good solid working knowledge of the issues faced within the community.
I work on a strategic level, source funding and develop an innovative approach to make a successful business.
When I am not working I love to be with my family and have as many new adventures as possible creating some amazing memories together.
I have a beautiful son who has his own complex needs, which has given me insight into not only delivering services but receiving them and giving me the energy and inspiration to overcome barriers and obstacles that inevitably come with challenges.
I have many interests and love to study and always eager to challenge myself in many areas and vocations.
Sheila is a registered nurse and trained at Rochdale School of Nursing then worked across the Borough, initially at Birch Hill Hospital, then in the community based in Middleton and in the private sector.
Sheila lived in Rochdale for many years and has 2 children who both attended schools in Rochdale. Sheila now lives in Longridge near Preston but continues to work in Rochdale as Director of Clinical Services at Springhill Hospice.
Sheila has a wide range of knowledge relating to the current health economy and has an awareness of the challenges we currently face in respect of health service provision.
Sheila hopes to use her experience and her passion for improvements in Health services to support Healthwatch in giving local people a voice in relation to service improvement and development across the Rochdale Borough.
I am 52, work for Rochdale council and am passionate about good health for all.
I have worked in the past in a support to voluntary sector organisations, and understand the requirements of a voluntary sector board. My job roles have also involved writing reports, preparing data and statistics, and working with decision making officers and bodies. I am organised and methodical, and good at understanding what is meant, rather than just what is said. I’m nosey, and not frightened to ask if I need clarification, or don’t understand information given to me. I’m also happy to question information and facts if they don’t make sense.
I am also extremely interested in health issues. I have suffered from a few years ill health, but came through it thanks to the excellent care I received. So I am aware of how vital good NHS care is to patients. I’ve also experienced not so good care, and although consider myself assertive, felt vunerable in these situations.
I have used healthwatch to resolve an issue I had. It was resolved to my satisfaction, and returned the good faith I had in the particular service.
My experience of supporting voluntary sector organisations, the skills I have developed over my working life, and the personal experience I have had encouraged me to apply to be a board member of HWR.