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.

Liz Sayce OBE

Liz is Chief Executive of Disability Rights UK and a member of the Social Security Advisory Committee. Liz has a background in disability and mental health policy, with previous roles including Director of Policy and Communications at the Disability Rights Commission and Policy Director of Mind. Liz was awarded an OBE in 2008 in recognition of services to disabled people.

She has led an independent review on disabled people's employment, a formal investigation into health inequalities experienced by disabled people and a 'disability agenda', setting new policy directions in disability rights.  Liz has published widely on mental health, disability and social inclusion, including From Psychiatric Patient to Citizen Revisited (Palgrave Macmillan 2016). Liz is also a Trustee of the Equality and Diversity Forum. 


Andrew Barnett

Andrew is Director of the UK Branch of the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and has a background working in policy and communications.

A strong believer in the value of collaboration, Andrew has played a major role in the establishment of the Making Every Adult Matter (MEAM) Coalition, the Campaign to End Loneliness and is a founder director of Social Innovation Exchange (SIX) and founding council member of Collaborate CIC. He is chair of trustees for the Church Urban Fund, a director of the Forces in Mind Trust and previously served as chair of DV8 Physical Theatre, group chair of People Can, and a trustee of Addaction among other roles.


Helen Horne

Chair of Healthwatch Cumbria. Helen’s background is in education. Since taking early retirement she spent eight years as a County Councillor, sitting on several Scrutiny Committees. This gave her a sound knowledge of the structures and procedures of political life. Helen was a Non Executive Director on the Board of North Cumbria Primary Care Trust where she chaired the Patient Advice and Liaison Service steering group as well as the Patient and Public Involvement Steering group.

Helen has, for many years, been a volunteer with a variety of organisations, including Cumbria Alcohol and Drug Advisory Service where she was chair, Cumbria CVS as Vice Chair and many school governing bodies including The Richard Rose Academies’ School Improvement Board.


Lee Adams

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.


Philip Huggon

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.


Amy Kroviak

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 McCulloch

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.


Danielle Oum

Chair of Healthwatch Birmingham, Danielle has a wealth of experience in designing, commissioning and leading services, building teams, and developing staff.

She is also 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.


Helen Parker

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.


Ruchir Rodrigues

Ruchir is a senior business leader with over 20 years’ experience in the digital industry and currently serves as the Head of Digital for Barclays Bank. He has won several awards for his work in digital transformation and holds patents for product and business innovation.

Ruchir is very well versed in digital and data technology and its importance in engaging with people. He has previously served on both UK and US boards.


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.

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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.

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