Healthwatch Portsmouth Advisory Board

Healthwatch Portsmouth is governed by a Board who meet in public at least quarterly to manage the organisation’s priorities and workload. This page has details of the members of the Healthwatch Portsmouth Board together with information on the Advisors to the board from our partner organisations.   Here is the Healthwatch Portsmouth Governance Terms of Reference

FINAL Updated Healthwatch Portsmouth Governance Terms of Reference -Sept 21 v3


Each Board profile includes a Declaration of Interest form. Papers from Board meetings can be viewed in the Publications section.

Healthwatch Portsmouth Advisory Board Members

Roger has over 30 years experience of working in the NHS in Portsmouth. He has been a local Magistrate and for a period was seconded to the Department of Health. He left full time NHS work in 2013 having suffered ill health, and in the same year he was first appointed then elected to the Healthwatch Portsmouth Board. His peers on the Healthwatch Portsmouth Board elected him Vice Chairperson and then in June 2019 he was elected Chairperson.

Whilst an NHS employee he managed mental health services and substance misuse services. These days Roger accesses local health services so he has an intimate knowledge both as a health service provider and a health service user.

Declaration of  Interest – R. Batterbury (February 2022)

I am a former Royal Navy Warfare Officer with 28  years-service. I have expertise in front-line operations and major international projects as a PRINCE2 trained Project Manager. I have worked abroad in Canada and Italy. I hold five campaign medals and was awarded an MBE in the Queen’s 2003 New Year’s Honours list.

Since military retirement in 2008, I have retrained for a second career in Psychology. I hold qualifications in Mindfulness, Mindset, Positive Psychology, and I am an Advanced Practitioner with the General Hypnotherapy Register. I have been awarded an Order of Merit for International Humanitarian support during Covid-19 and have been made a Knight of the Order of St. Joachim for my charity work, which stretches back over 45 years. 

I am registered disabled and have first-hand patient experience of NHS Surgical, Physiotherapy and Psychological services. I look to bring my skills and experience to Healthwatch Portsmouth as a way to help and assist those in my local community, with a specialist focus on veteran’s mental health.

Declaration of Interest – A. Knight (May 2022)

I have lived in Portsmouth for over twenty-five years. I am semi-retired and an unpaid carer. I have more than thirty years’ experience working for local government, housing associations, care and support providers, and the voluntary and community sector as a senior manager, independent consultant, board member of three housing associations, school governor (Vice Chair) and charity trustee. I was also previously a committee member of Portsmouth LINKS.

I have significant experience of governance at board level and have successfully managed social housing and care services at a senior level. My work includes undertaking housing and care service reviews, strategy, policy and procedures development; a wide range of local residents and community engagement work; and equality and diversity reviews.

I am excited to join Healthwatch Portsmouth. I would like to use my experience and skills to benefit Portsmouth residents and to help improve local NHS and care services. My interests include tackling homelessness, improving services for older people and meeting the needs of the BAME communities.

Declaration of Interest – S. Ahmed (March 2022)

I am a retired public health specialist with professional experience in managing health promotion teams in the NHS then local authorities. I developed local healthy city and borough plans working across both statutory and non-statutory sectors. My interests are in inter-agency collaboration and community development to reduce inequalities in health and well-being.

I led the Masters Degree in Health Promotion at Sheffield Hallam University and was part of two working parties to Bosnia to develop older people’s services for the World Health Organisation. I was the older people’s lead at Borough Council level and developed the Live Long and Better Plan by involving local residents. I was awarded Fellow of the Faculty of Public Health. I continue my interests in evidence-based practice and research into health and well-being, in particular older people.

I have lived, studied and worked in Portsmouth and hope to contribute to the city further through the work of the Board.

Declaration of Interest – M.Amos (May 2022)

My background spans thirty-one years of extensive experience at executive and senior levels in both the public and private sectors.

I am an inclusive leader who is resilient, an effective communicator and team player who has often positively impacted the organisations I have had the privilege to serve.

I believe in making a difference and influencing change for the better. I have the ability to build sustainable relationships, drive growth and change which I have repeatedly achieved in my workplace both for fellow work colleagues and those we serve which have included both the public and in the healthcare setting our patients.

I am committed to making a difference to others, by being the catalyst for change through listening to those who know and understand the healthcare services and then act by influencing the healthcare system. This is why I support the important agenda of Healthwatch.

Ram Jassi – Declaration of interests – March 2019

I have over 15 years of experience in the private sector as a Co-ordinator in personnel management and customer services. Since retiring I have chaired three 3 local Charities – the Somerstown Community, the Community Development Foundation and the Neighbour Agreement. 0These charities help the local community with community development, neighbour relations, improvement and development of access to health assistance.

I am someone who is naturally interested in the care and improvement of the community’s general wellbeing. I’m always enthusiastic to be involved and look forward to contributing to Healthwatch Portsmouth.

Graham Keeping – Declaration of interests – March 2019

I joined The Advocacy People in 2006.  Since then I have delivered, developed and managed a range of statutory and non-statutory advocacy services.   As a member of the Senior Leadership Team I have responsibility for ensuring our staff are empowered to deliver quality advocacy to our clients making sure they remain at the heart of what we do, and that they are given every opportunity to have their voices heard.

I went back to “school” as a mature student,  achieving a Law Degree and Postgraduate Diploma in Law.  Throughout my career, I have mostly worked in the voluntary sector and spent some time as a volunteer worker at my local Citizens Advice Bureau.

Declaration of Interest – C. Noble (February 2022)

I have always maintained a strong interest in health and social care provision within my home town of Portsmouth.  Since 2000 I worked as a qualified teacher/lecturer in Further Education, Sixth Form Colleges and a Secondary School; retiring from the profession in 2014.  Subjects included Health & Social Care, Sociology, Psychology, Citizenship, Equality and Diversity and Access to Education.    From 2006 to date I am an OCR examiner, specialising in Health & Social Care scripts on quality care provision.

I have also been employed by Portsmouth NHS Trusts, in various departments including Mental Health, Child Behaviour and Renal, through which I have gained an insight into NHS workings.  Since 2015 I volunteer annually as a PLACE (Patient-Led Assessments of the Care Environment) Assessor for PHFT and Solent NHS Trust.  Currently I am employed on a bank staff basis by Solent NHS Trust as a Serious Incident Investigator; in which I have increased my knowledge of NHS standard operating procedures, accountability and protocol.

Declaration of Interest – J. Dixon (March 2022)

I am a retired health professional whose employment and life interests have evolved around specialised areas of care and teaching – ranging from pharmaceuticals through to mental health care and related brain injury services.

My historic employment within the pharmaceutical industry involved operations management of hip and knee replacement with specialism in new care options.

My later nursing employment was with mental health care and brain injury related issues along with professional teaching – working both in the NHS, Private and Charitable services.

I have held posts from ward management, operations management through specialised acute care at emergency departments – all of which have involved networking with social services, disability care, safeguarding and subsequent budget awareness.

I hold a BSc in Physiology and Anatomy, a Masters in Clinical Neuro-psychiatry (Honours with Merit) along with a Post Graduate Diploma in Mental Health Nursing.

I have taught Health and Care Sciences at Graduate level, holding a Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching. As a trained health and social services mentor, I have aided and taught many university level students moving to nursing and social services posts throughout my long career.

My own volunteer work remains within healthcare and teaching – working both historically and currently with such services such as, Mensline, PETA, AgeUK, Disability Awareness, Patient Participation Groups through to co-production development of improving health care within Portsmouth.

Declaration of Interest – P. Izard (January 2022)



Where Healthwatch Portsmouth focuses its time and energy is influenced by its members, the general public, local organisations and is overseen by a board of elected and co-opted volunteers.      FINAL Updated Healthwatch Portsmouth Governance Terms of Reference -Sept 21 v3

The Board make decisions about the priorities of Healthwatch Portsmouth and the main projects it will work on each year. They also work to represent local people and make sure that they are at the heart of local services.

The board is made up of a variety of people from different backgrounds, with a range of skills and experience to support the staff team. There are members selected from the general membership and wider public, Advisors from the University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth City Council and our service provider organisation provide advice and take part in the board meetings.

For more information please contact us or come along to one of our public face to face board meetings held approximately every 3 months at different venues around Portsmouth. There is also an option to join the meeting virtually too.

Healthwatch Portsmouth Advisory Board Meetings 2022/23

21st  June 2022 – venue to be confirmed ( joining online will remain an option)

19th  October 2022 – venue to be confirmed ( joining online will remain an option)

5th December 2022 – venue to be confirmed ( joining online will remain an option)

16th March 2023 – venue to be confirmed ( joining online will remain an option)