Our Chair, Sir Robert Francis QC
Sir Robert has been a barrister since 1973 and became a Queen’s Counsel in 1992. He is a Recorder (part time Crown Court judge) and authorised to sit as a Deputy High Court Judge.
He specialises in medical law, including medical and mental health treatment and capacity issues, clinical negligence and professional discipline.
He has chaired several health-related inquiries, including two inquiries into the care provided by Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust and the Freedom to Speak Up Review into the treatment of NHS staff who raise concerns.
He is the honorary President of the Patients Association, a trustee of the Point of Care Foundation and the Prostate Cancer Research Centre and Honorary Fellow of the Royal College of Anaesthetists.
Philip Huggon, Vice Chair
Philip is Chair for the NHS Transformation Unit in Manchester. He advises the NHS about service change in Greater Manchester and the North West.
He is also involved as Chair or Non-Executive Director at several other organisations, including Liverpool Women’s Hospital, RCU and the Potato Council. Philip’s area of expertise is marketing and transformation.
Lee is the Independent Chair of the Sheffield Equality Network and has a strong background in community development and public health, with a career spanning 40 years in education, the NHS and local government.
Lee has been a senior manager for much of her career, including being CEO of a large District Council, Deputy CEO of Sheffield City Council and Director of Public Health in Leeds. She was also the National Chair for the Society of Health Education and Promotion Specialists, Vice Chair of the Public Health Alliance, and has been a Trustee for two domestic violence charities in Sheffield.
Amy has worked in communications for over 20 years, developing integrated communications strategies for leading global brands as well as multinational organisations and national associations.
She has extensive experience in profile raising and running campaigns that promote awareness of social and economic issues. She has led successful campaigns for charities, such as the Royal National Institute for Deaf People, and managed the communications for companies including Southern Cross Healthcare.
Andrew is a freelance consultant in health and social care policy and charity governance. He was previously Chief Executive of the Picker Institute Europe, an independent European health and social care charity.
He has Board level experience in both the voluntary and public sector, including as the Chair of Mental Health Media, a small communications charity which promoted the patient’s voice in mental health services. Andrew has contributed to many national and international publications, including The Health Service Journal and Mental Health Review Journal.
Sir John Oldham
A GP by background, Sir John worked in inner-city Manchester and Derbyshire before retiring from clinical practice. He is Adjunct Professor at the Institute of Global Health at Imperial College and was the Chair of the Independent Commission on Whole Person Care.
Sir John was previously a Senior Independent Director at the Care Quality Commission, a member of the National Quality Board for the NHS in England, and National Clinical Lead for Quality and Productivity at the Department of Health and Social Care.
Danielle has a wealth of experience in designing, commissioning and leading services, building teams, and developing staff.
She is Chair for Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust and Family Optima Local Stakeholder Board and a member of Wrekin Housing group. Previously Danielle designed and led the Learning Hub with University Hospital Birmingham, engaging over 2,000 unemployed people and employers in healthcare and construction opportunities across the West Midlands.
Until recently Helen was Deputy CEO of Which? and, before that, held the roles of Policy Director and Editorial Director.
She has also served on the Fundraising Standards Board, and has a strong background in championing people’s rights. As well as experience in communications, consumer research and policy, Helen has played a key role in delivering digital content and solutions which meet people’s needs. She is also a non-executive Director of the Financial Services Compensation Scheme.
Past Committee papers
We make the papers for our public Committee meetings available on-line. We also publish a summary of what was discussed. Check out our past Committee events to read more.
Declarations of interests for our Chair and Committee
We have detailed the declarations of interests for the Healthwatch England Chair and Committee. For example, connection with a voluntary or other body or position in a political party.