Our Chair, Jane Jackson
Jane retired from a senior management position in the NHS in 2013 and joined Healthwatch Rochdale as a volunteer in 2014. She joined the Board and became Chair when the new management arrangement came into place.
Ben Greenwood - Vice Chair
Ben is a communications professional currently working for a Lancashire local authority. In that role, he works across Lancashire especially working with local NHS partners. He is also chair of the council’s Unison branch.
He’s passionate about the improving public services and strongly believes in the power of local government to make the areas they serve better.
He is a father of two, one boy and one girl, and has lived in Rochdale all his life. He does suffer from epilepsy and has campaigned to raise more awareness of the condition.
He has been vice chair of Healthwatch Rochdale for 5 years.
Taufeeq Rauf - Treasurer
Rachel took the long way round to her position as PossAbilities first Chief Executive, and it’s a route that she wouldn’t change for the world.
Without a great deal of thought she found herself working as a Care Assistant looking after people with learning disabilities and found that she had stumbled upon something that she loved.
More than twenty years later she has worked in practically every position from Care Assistant to Chief Executive, giving her an understanding of the detail, which enabled her to restructure local authority services significantly, before moving them out to the social enterprise sector to create PossAbilities CIC.
Rachel’s achievements in setting PossAbilities CIC in 2014 and its subsequent transformational growth, were recognised when she was inducted into the inaugural NATWEST WISE 100.
In her spare time, she has developed an urban farm and £150,000 wellbeing garden for the whole community and established The Monkey Town Trail, featuring nine giant ape artworks and recruiting over 1000 people to create them, along with professional artists.