Our Interim Chair, Ben Greenwood
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 engagement. 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!
Rosemary retired from a long career in education in 2012. Having worked in several primary schools with children who have SEND and also for the Rochdale Education Department in an advisory role Rosemary appreciates the problems associated with accessing services for children. She has continued with her interest in education and is the Chair of the Governing Board of a local primary school.
More recently Rosemary has become involved with the adult care system and the services available for people living with dementia and their families and carers and the difficulties that they experience.
Margaret retired from a long career in the public sector working in senior management and management positions in the education and social care sectors of both Manchester and Kirklees Councils.
Since retiring Margaret has become familiar with a range of health and social care services, particularly in relation to dementia, cancer and heart complaints. This experience has reignited her strong interest in challenging and influencing the delivery of services to improve the experience for the communities they serve.
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
Public Board Questions
Members of the public are invited to submit questions in advance to be asked at our Public Board Meeting.
Public questions that our board can answer are specific to the work being carried out or completed by the Healthwatch Rochdale team.
If you question cover the wider remit of health and social care then please contact Rochdale Borough Council or HMR CCG who are the local commissioners of services.
You can submit your question by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
These questions will be answered in line with our Public Questions to the Board Process, a copy of which you can download below.