Ben Greenwood - Vice Chair
Ben was born and bred in Rochdale and has lived in the borough all his life. He went to Oulder Hill School and Sixth Form before going to University of Manchester to study politics and philosophy.
Trained as a journalist, Ben now works for Blackburn with Darwen Council as the deputy head of service for Communications and Strategy. As part of his role, he works on major health and care transformation programme in the borough.
Ben, who developed epilepsy at 27, has a deep interest in and is passionate about improving all services.
He has been part of Healthwatch Rochdale since its inception and got involved in Healthwatch’s predecessor LINKS.
David Bradshaw - Treasurer
As the owner of Home Instead Rochdale, my focus is on the service first and the business second as I want to provide a quality service that I would be happy to use for myself and my family.
I have a daughter who used to live with me in Hebden Bridge but she has now flown the nest. When I am not dedicating my time to Home Instead, I enjoy hill walking- especially in the Lake District, spending time in my vegetable garden and looking after my chickens. I also love cooking, but it is really just an excuse to listen to football on the radio and to drink red wine!
Melanie has lived in Rochdale for most of her life and attended Oulder Hill High School, Rochdale College and Manchester University.
Melanie is retired from a long career as a Children's Social Worker, Manager and Senior Manager in a neighbouring authority. She is keen to champion inclusion for all and joined the Healthwatch Board to support fair access and inclusion to health and social care services.
Stephen has lived in Rochdale all his life educated at Greenhill Upper School, which is now Falinge Park. After leaving school in 1975, he has worked in Engineering Roles within the Aircraft Sector.
Over the last 30 years involved in Business Improvement and Management System Design within his company, he has worked with the UK Ministry of Defence and Suppliers to the Defence industry.
His roles in Engineering have been varied and across all sectors of Defence Prime Contracting to the UK Ministry of Defence including Healthcare, Service Delivery, Design, logistics, Customer Acceptance and Training. In 2019 Stephen has semi-retired from his role in Engineering however has carried out management Training in other Organisations.
He is a trained auditor in Quality Management Systems including software related product security Stephen has gained a Diploma in Management as well as many awards from industry in improving deliverables to Customers across the world.
He is married with three children all grown up and is a proud Grandfather