Chief Executive - Sandie Smith

A former Diagnostic Radiographer working in hospitals in London and the South East, Sandie moved from the health service to local government and the voluntary sector. Her roles have included managing hostel services in Lewisham to being CEO of a domestic abuse outreach service. She has also worked at  Cambridgeshire County Council, most recently as Strategic Development Manager working on personalising adult social care. Her community work has spanned being a school governor, Vice-Chair of Medway Racial Equality Council, Treasurer of Greenwich Women’s Aid and she is currently a parish councillor.

Our staff

Business Development team

Jo McHattie - Business Development Manager

Jo looks for funding opportunities and develops our local partnership work, enabling us to do more projects and carry out more activities across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. She previously had a career in retail banking and the voluntary sector including mental health and physical disability charities.

Emma Amez - Project Manager

Emma - who comes from a nursing background - has supported projects including young people’s mental health, and drugs and alcohol use. She started working with us as a volunteer then a sessional project worker before moving onto her current role.

Sarah Beckett - Project Manager

Sarah is managing our Lottery-funded project to improve the health and care of Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. She previously worked at a local secure setting, supporting the care and education of young girls with mental health and behavioural issues. She has a health and social care degree and has been a foster carer for many years.

Janine Newby-Robson - Project Manager

Janine, like Emma above, works on intelligence-led projects for us. She previously worked in engagement for us and has experience in the health service working as a personal health trainer helping patients to make lifestyle changes to improve health.

Communities Team

Caroline Tyrrell-Jones - Communities Programme Manager

Caroline has a background in education and training. She’s worked within local disability organisations and has experience of working with people affected by both physical and learning disabilities, long term health conditions, including mental health issues, and also families caring for disabled children. She has managed contracts in both advocacy and information, advice and guidance.

Sue Allan – Engagement Manager

Sue makes sure that we hear from people in local communities across our area, developing partnerships with voluntary groups and other organisations. She also works to capture views from seldom heard groups. She has many years of experience supporting and counselling young people about sexual health and substance misuse. And is a former CEO at charity Link to Change for children and young people who are at risk or are victims of sexual and criminal exploitation. Sue formerly worked at Everyone Health managing health trainers.

Rebwar Hussein - Engagement Officer

Rebwar spends most of his time out in the community, listening to the health and care experiences of people who are less likely to share their stories. He moved to the UK in 2002, working with fellow members of the Kurdish community in Peterborough, helping them to access local support and services. He has been a community organiser and sexual health outreach worker and has also undertaken research projects for Citizens’ Advice Peterborough and sexual health charity EAST.

Graham Lewis - Partnership Development Manager

Graham supports the work of the Adult Social Care Partnership Boards across Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. These bring together statutory, voluntary and community sector organisations with people of lived experience of disability, older people and carers to help feedback on and improve adult social care services.  He has worked in a variety of settings such as homeless hostels, youth work and supporting victims of crime.

Heather Lord - Volunteer Manager

Heather looks after our volunteers and make sure they have the training and support they need to volunteer with us. She is passionate about equality, and making sure that Healthwatch can harness the skills and interests of people from across the communities of Cambridgeshire and Peterborough. She has over 30 years’ experience of working to enable and empower people.

Melissa Mills – Administration Officer

Melissa supports our regular Health and Care Forums and the five Partnership Boards we run for the local councils.  In the past, she’s worked in customer services and sales support in a variety of different businesses She loves helping people and hearing what they have to say. She’s also a family carer. 

Andrew Vatavu – Digital Engagement Officer

Andrew is developing links in local communities across our area to help people share their experiences and ideas about improving health and social care services. He is a graduate of Southampton Solent University, where he studied advertising. And he previously worked in the Adults’ Health and Care department at Hampshire County Council as part of the Information & Advice team.

Communications Team

Angie Ridley - Communications Manager

Angie's role is to let people know what Healthwatch is up to and make our communications clear and accessible to everyone. She has over 20 years' experience working in the voluntary and community sector in Cambridgeshire. She started as a community fundraiser for national disability charity Vitalise and has worked in charity management, volunteer management, community engagement and communications.

Information Team

Sarah Tingey - Information and Research Manager

Sarah manages our Information and Signposting service, our intelligence records about people's feedback on local services, and our research work. She started her career in outreach and engagement before moving to research-focused roles, and previously worked with local Healthwatch in the Midlands. Sarah has two research-based degrees and is passionate about using patient experience to help improve health and social care outcomes for local people.

Anne Aldred - Information & Signposting Officer

Anne helps run our Information and Signposting service, answering people’s questions about local health and care services and listening to their experiences. Her background is in the NHS as a learning disability nurse specialising in care and services for children and she is a former special needs school nurse.

Office Team

Carole Rose - Office and Finance Manager

Carole makes sure our offices run smoothly and safely, and that the incoming and outgoing expenses are accurate. She comes from a background of working with the Royal Navy, Police, fraud investigations, insurance and aero metals supply bringing a wide range of experience to our team.

Sharon Gunn - Administration Officer

Sharon helps run our offices and supports the Board and staff team in their activities. She has extensive experience in project management, business administration and customer services. She has also worked as an Assistant Teacher in the education sector.