Andy Cave - CEO Healthwatch Birmingham and Healthwatch Solihull

Andy is our Chief Executive Officer. His role is to lead Healthwatch Solihull strategically and operationally, on behalf of the Healthwatch Birmingham and Solihull Board.

Andy has a depth of experience in the Voluntary and Community Sector working in a health and social care setting. Working as CEO and senior management team roles has built specialist knowledge in tackling inequality, community development, engagement and public involvement, creating flexible innovative services and quality assurance.

Natalie - Healthwatch Solihull Manager

Natalie worked within health and social care for 6 years before joining Healthwatch in 2017.

Previously working within primary care, mental health services, and social care.
Natalie studied Psychology and Sociology and has a particular interest in mental health.

Natalie furthered her knowledge of mental health within children and gained a diploma in children's mental health studies.

Natalie’s role is to manage the Healthwatch Solihull staff, raise the profile of Healthwatch Solihull and ensure that the public and patients views are heard by key stakeholders, regulators and providers.


Jane - Head of Operations Healthwatch Birmingham and Healthwatch Solihull

Jane is in charge of the smooth running of Healthwatch Birmingham and Solihull. She is accountable for our people, operations, budgets, and project delivery; ensuring these support the CEO’s vision. A key responsibility is to make sure that our staff members have everything they need to complete their roles, are operating efficiently and are happy at work.

Jane joined the team in 2015. She has previously worked in a wide variety of health-related research settings including major teaching hospitals, Education for Health, Brunel University, and the University of Birmingham.


Georgina - Volunteer Coordinator


Georgina graduated in BA (Hons) Business and Advertising.

Georginas role is to engage with the Solihull Community and she is passionate about ensuring the public’s voices are heard.

Georginas role also involves recruiting and supporting our volunteers.

She has previously worked for Birmingham City Council and enjoys helping people and listening to their thoughts and experiences.


Jack - Information & Social Media Officer

Jack has previously worked for Healthwatch in Derby as well as within adult social care.
He has worked in and around the health and social care services for a couple of years.
Jack's main area of expertise is IT, and using it to improve organisations.
Jack studied Business Systems and Technology at Newman University.
He holds both a higher national diploma in enterprise information systems
and a degree in business systems and technology.
Jack has a goal to use his expertise to aid people, by making systems more
Jack's role is to provide information and to signpost residents, as well as managing our social media platforms.


Jayne - Community Engagement Officer

Jayne graduated in BA (Hons) Social Justice Studies in 2022. As part of her degree Jayne undertook a work placement with Healthwatch Solihull and joined our team of volunteers in 2020.

Jayne is passionate about empowering people and through her role as a community engagement officer is working to ensure that the views and experiences of people in Solihull are listened to and used to bring positive change, and improve health and care services across the borough.
Jaynes previous roles include working in secretarial and administrative posts, and more recently working with vulnerable young people in the community.


Adam - Research and Data Officer

Adam graduated with a BSc (Hons) in psychology in 2022 and has previously spent time working as a research assistant on a number of health and wellbeing focused research projects.

He aims to use his research skills to identify key issues affecting the public to inform change in the care they are receiving.


Di - Office Co-ordinator (PA to the CEO and Secretary to the Board)

Di is Office Co-ordinator (PA to the CEO and Secretary to the Board). Her role is to co-ordinate the office ensuring all team members have the resources they need to fulfil their roles in a safe and effective environment and ensure the efficient and smooth running and governance of Healthwatch Birmingham. Di works closely with the CEO and the Board, helping them to perform their roles effectively and is the first point of contact for enquiries. Di ensures that the CEO’s time is prioritised, negotiating meetings and appointments accordingly and provides secretariat support to the quarterly board meetings.

Di has worked in administration roles throughout her working life and has predominantly worked in the Third Sector. In previous roles she has worked for multiple managers and worked closely with the CEO and provided Board support in a Birmingham Charity. Di is passionate about working for organisations that play a major part in making a positive difference to people’s lives.

Healthwatch Board


Richard Burden - Chair

Richard was previously Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield from 1992 to 2019. He served as a Shadow Minister and on several Select Committees including chairing the Commons Committee set up to scrutinise West Midlands affairs.

An experienced community leader, Richard drove initiatives to build community resilience in South West Birmingham during a time of deep social and economic challenges, including those related to the loss of car manufacturing at Longbridge.

Richard brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise to the role and a passion for helping the people of Birmingham and Solihull.


Jasbir Rai - Company Secretary

Jas is responsible for the efficient administration of Healthwatch, ensuring compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements and for ensuring that decisions of directors are implemented.

Jas is the Deputy CEO of BVSC and has worked in the sector for 17 years and has been company secretary for BVSC for over 10 years. Jas has been involved with Healthwatch Birmingham from when it was first set-up and has a wealth of experience in supporting boards and in strategic financial management.


Dr Peter Rookes - Non-Executive Director

Dr Peter Rookes is an experienced health service manager, educator and researcher, who has worked extensively in both the state and non-state sectors in the UK and overseas.

Peter most recently researched relationships between faith-based health providers and governments in developing countries. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the Ramblers, with a special interest in the Walking for Health Programme.

Dr Rookes is a Non-Executive Director for Birmingham Voluntary Service Council and County International and Faiths Advisor for Birmingham Scouts. As Secretary for Birmingham Council of Faiths, he works to achieve cohesion between people of different faiths and promote the involvement of people of faith in civil society.

With the assistance of colleagues, Peter coordinates the annual Faiths for Fun for children, the twice yearly Faiths, Health and Wellbeing Seminars, and the Birmingham programme for National Interfaith Week.

Having worked in several developing countries, Peter is passionate that comprehensive healthcare should be available according to clinical need and free at the point of delivery, and there should be public involvement in making decisions about health service priorities


Dr John James – Non-Executive Director

John was born in West Bromwich, graduated from University of Birmingham and has spent his working career in Staffordshire, living in Lichfield.

John currently works as the Medical Director for Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent STP. Prior to this he was a GP in Lichfield for 33 years, and held roles including Chair of South East Staffordshire and Seisdon Peninsular CCG, honorary lecturer at the University of Birmingham, examiner for The Royal College of GPs and civilian advisor to the Tri Services General Practice Education Committee

John has always been committed to the development of future health professionals, through his involvement with the training of undergraduates, postgraduates, GP Registrars, Advanced Nurse Practitioners and Allied Health Professionals

In his roles he has always championed the involvement of the citizen in decisions as regards their health care, be that with the individual or the wider population.

John is passionate about ensuring the citizen and patient voice is central to the planning, commissioning and delivery of health care. John set up his practice’s first patient participation group in the early 1980s, developed a citizen and patient council for the CCG he chaired and has worked closely with Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent Healthwatch in his role of STP Medical Director.


Ranjeet Bhupla – Non-Executive Director

Ranjeet was born in Birmingham and is currently living in Birmingham. He is a husband and father of two children.Ranjeet is a highly experienced Senior IT Leader with a strong track record of managing and delivering ICT services, programmes and solutions in demanding and fast paced environments in the public, private, and third sector. Driven and self-reliant, he sets targets and leads by example, demonstrating collective leadership and collaboration with strong values and good interpersonal skills to engage, motivate and encourage others through change.Ranjeet has recently obtained a Masters in Leadership from the University of Birmingham. Having worked in the NHS for a period of 3 years, Ranjeet is passionate about the delivery of health and social care in Birmingham and Solihull, meeting the needs of the diverse communities that exist within.Ranjeet currently works at Teach First as their Director of Technology, striving to improve the outcomes of children in schools and their families in disadvantaged communities.


Rosi Sexton – Non-Executive Director

Rosi studied maths at Cambridge and obtained a PhD in Computer Science from Manchester in 2003. Following a period of competing in professional sport, she developed an interest in healthcare leading to a change of career. She is currently working as an osteopath in Solihull.
Rosi was also a local councillor in Solihull from 2019 to 2023 and deputy chair of the Local Government Association’s Community Wellbeing Board from 2021 to 2023. During this period she focused on the challenges currently facing our health and social care services, the need to address health inequalities and the importance of the patient voice in shaping how those services are delivered.  She has a particular interest in mental health care, and has contributed to BSMHFT’s Experts by Experience programme and Solihull’s mental health strategy.


Ruby Dillon – Non-Executive Director

Ruby grew up in Tipton and studied Human Nutrition at Oxford Brookes University, followed by a role as a community health worker in Bradford, and then came to Birmingham as a researcher for the British Association of Social Workers before her first job as a health promotion officer in the NHS  in 1989.

Ruby worked in varying roles in public health in the West Midlands for 25 years. In 2014, Ruby left the NHS to work in the voluntary sector in Birmingham gaining 5 years experience in commissioning and contract managing services with and for people with multiple complex needs.

More recently, Ruby returned to public health within a local authority initially as a Commissioner for Drugs, Alcohol and Smoking.  Currently working as a Public Health Practitioner, she is active in implementing post covid recovery plans, supporting interventions targeting the cost of living crisis and ensuring the reduction of health inequalities and inequity is embedded into practice.

Ruby is dedicated and committed to supporting the reduction of inequalities and inequity within our health and social care systems and is delighted to be a Non-Executive Director of the Healthwatch Board where she will strive to ensure local people in Birmingham and Solihull have their voices heard.


Marcus Parsons – Non-Executive Director

Marcus is an experienced leader within the health and social care sector and brings 25 years’ experience of tackling health and social care inequality through the provision of high-quality and compassionate service delivery.


Starting his career as a volunteer, he has worked across statutory and third sector organisations mostly within the substance misuse sector. His passion is re-thinking how organisations deliver care through service user involvement and leadership. He has set up award-winning partnership services at a local and national level and advised the Norwegian and Swedish Health Ministries on developing similar treatment system models. As Deputy Director for a UK wide charity, he has advised the Home Office on tackling Child Sexual Exploitation and driven whole treatment system redesigns, characterised by genuine co-production with service users.


More recently he has worked within the private and third sector to help organisations show their wider societal impact.


A Birmingham resident, Marcus is delighted to bring his experience to the role of Non-Executive Director of the Healthwatch Board to ensure the voice of Birmingham and Solihull residents is at the forefront of tackling healthcare inequality at a time where the sector faces significant challenges.


Dennis Wilkes – Non-Executive Director

Dennis has lived in Solihull and worked as a Public Health Specialist in the West Midlands NHS and Local Authorities for 30 years. In his retirement from General Practice and Public Health he wants to re-invest his experience and expertise in the use of evidence to improve the outcomes of health and social care service provision for local people. 

Services should not be judged only on their professionally technical excellence. They should be responsive to the needs and decisions of the individual they are serving. It is, therefore, important that the patient/user/client/public voice is heard in evaluating the quality of service provision. This will make measuring that quality more difficult but that is a challenge well worth taking up. 


Dr Janet Bailey - Non-Executive Director

Janet was born in Birmingham and currently lives in Hamstead, which straddles Birmingham and Sandwell.

Janet is a highly skilled practitioner, educator, and researcher. She has been a Registered Nurse for over forty years with practice experience across adult, learning disability and mental health, and holds a strong record for teaching and innovative curriculum development particularly to support practice learning for student nurses.

Janet brings to Healthwatch her experience of partnership working at clinical, operational, and strategic level across health, social care, public services, independent, and voluntary services for which she has received commendations for outstanding organisational and leadership skills.

She has always been enthusiastic about the ‘patient voice’ so is delighted to able to bring her experience to the role of Non-Executive Director at Healthwatch Birmingham

Jenny Newman - Volunteer Board Representative

coming soon..


Tim Phillips - Volunteer Board Representative

Tim Joined Birmingham City Council Older Adults section in 1994 post qualification as a Social Worker and spent 23 years as a practitioner and Assistant Manager leaving the council in December 2017. In the years of being a practitioner with the City Tim has been able to build a wealth of experience in terms of statutory service delivery and is familiar with some of the real and perceived barriers citizens hold of the role of social workers and the assessment process.

Tim has experience in the voluntary sector as chair of the Disability Resource Centre since 2004 and has been able to understand the difficulties disabled people have to overcome in all aspects community engagement and access to health, education, and employment and training. Recognising disabled citizens of Birmingham and wider West Midlands ongoing struggle for equality of access to all aspects of community engagement Tim has also broadened his voluntary activities in the community.

Some of Tim’s other voluntary activities include, Birmingham City Council’s Citizens Voice, Healthwatch Birmingham, Birmingham University Hospitals NHS trust which includes membership of Heartlands hospital site action group. Also membership of DMR company’s Children’s services as a Lay person on their fostering panel.