Meet the Board

Linda Gabriel

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Linda was appointed the Chair of Community Waves in July 2013. As Chair, Linda is responsible for giving the public a powerful voice to influence health and social care services. Linda was Senior Partner at Thackray Williams Solicitors in Bromley until March 2014.

Linda has a clear commitment to working for positive change in the community, being the current Chair of Bromley Mind and a member of the committee of Bromley Community Fund.

Leslie Marks

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Leslie as well as being Vice Chair of the Community Waves Trustee Board, is the Chair of the HW Bromley Workplan Committee.

Leslie has been actively involved as a volunteer in the voluntary sector for some 50 years since the birth of her son with learning disabilities. She has much experience as a Trustee as she has served with Bromley Mencap and Community Links Bromley, and as a founder trustee with Bromley Association for the Handicapped, Bromley Learning Disabilities Forum, Bromley Council on Ageing and Bromley Mind. Leslie’s professional life in the voluntary sector has included considerable experience working at the interface between health and social care and between statutory and voluntary organisations.

Leslie has always worked in partnership with others to promote the needs of patients and service users and believes she can offer commitment and insight into the development of Healthwatch Bromley.

Dr Magna Aidoo

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Magna recently joined as a Trustee member in December 2015. Magna has been working with the Commonwealth Secretariat as a Head of Health with strategic lead for pan-Commonwealth Health programme across the 54 Commonwealth Countries.

Prior to her international position, Magna worked as public health specialist in Lewisham, Greenwich and Lambeth PCTs. For several years Magna has been a visiting lecturer at Goldsmith's University on their Community and Youth work course

Nigel Bowness

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Nigel has worked at a senior level in local government in human resources and facilities management. Nigel has an interest and expertise in procurement and outsourcing.

Nigel is involved with Greenwich University providing service user input into their under and post graduate Social Work Degrees. He has a particular interest in sexual health and LGBT issues and in the broader social justice agenda

Geraldine Richards

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n her current role, Geraldine has a clear understanding of strategic objectives and plans, and the ability to provide leadership and management skills to coordinate a range of complex activities. This includes the analysis and evaluate information from different sources to identify key priorities, plan workload, monitor, review and facilitate progress to meet strategic and operational objectives, and provide information to a range stakeholders, individuals and groups. Through the quality assurances system, performance and outcomes are captured in our Self - Assessment Report which feeds into the strategic plan on a cyclical basis.

Geraldine grew up and went to school in Lewisham, and has for the past twelve years worked at Lewisham College as the Care and Childcare Manager. Has experience of working with, and visiting staff & service users in a range of care homes, hospitals, schools and nurseries as part of her role in the college. Central to her role as Care & Childcare Manager and teacher is the ability to communicate with diverse range of individuals and groups both internally, within the college and with external partners to implement the college’s strategic plan

Bev Tanner

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Bev has retired from a career as a qualified accountant working mainly in local government. He spent a number of years as a financial manager in Social Services Departments and has retained an interest in the areas of Health and Social Care. Bev is also the treasurer of West Wickham and Shirley Baptist Church, which takes up a good deal of his time, and also of Acorns2Oaks, a childcare provider in West Croydon

Margaret Whittington

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Margaret is a partner in an independent social care and health consultancy and has many years’ experience as a Social Worker and Social Services Manager in both acute hospital settings and community based services.

Margaret was a Social Services representative on the former Bromley Primary Care Group, is a Trustee of CarePlus Bromley, and is on the Advisory Group of a project in the National Nursing Research Unit at Kings College London and Guys Hospital, researching the supportive care needs of older people in acute hospital wards.

Margaret is committed to ensuring that the experience and views of service users and carers are heard and used in the development, implementation and review of local health and social care services.


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