Colin Pill, Non Executive Director – Chair
Colin started his working life in the NHS and became involved in the trade union movement as branch secretary. The position involved recruitment of new members and representing staff at all levels with regards’ to disciplinary disputes. Colin worked as an Electrical Engineer in the NHS for 13 years in the days when we had so many hospitals in the area.
Since retirement Colin has held a number of volunteer roles with CHC’s (Community Health Councils), PPIF (Patient & Public Involvement Forums), LINKs (Local Involvement Networks) and NHS Berkshire East’s Health Panel. In each of these organisations he has worked with one goal in mind, to improve the patient pathway, to raise the voices of the people that would not normally be heard and to act as a champion for Health & Social Care for the people of Slough.
Dolly Bhaskaran – Non-Executive Director
Dolly has worked as a registered nurse in NHS nearly 22 years. She is now retired. During her working life she worked as a Learning Representative for nursing staff & NVQ assessor, trainer and verifier for health and social care . She promoted lifelong learning and encouraged staff development.
Dolly feels there is a great need for peer support groups to promote self care. Dolly set up a group called Living in Harmony for those with long term conditions. She believes in positive health by promoting a positive physical and mental health & that mind, body and soul in balance one can lead a healthy, happy life.
Dolly was a Slough Governor for Berkshire Health Care Foundation Trust until 2013. Her ambition is to make the local community a safe and healthy place to live so that people can enjoy the freedom and better health.
Mike Connolly – Lay Member for the Clinical Commissioning Group (CCG)
Mike Connolly is the Slough CCG Board Member with Patient and Public Involvement (PPI). He is a retired Senior Probation Officer and served previously as a Non-Executive Director on Slough PCT. He worked with Mentally Disordered Offenders for six years in HMP Wormwood Scrubs and maintains a lively interest in matters of Mental Health.
Mike is keen for the CCG to promote and improve its overall services to Diabetics. He believes that Diabetics and other health-related challenges in Slough will be improved by encouraging patients to become more involved in the Patient Participation Groups in their practices and surgeries. This is an important way of making sure that their views and voices are heard and that they as patients are firmly kept centre stage in responding to Slough’s Health needs.
Emma Leatherbarrow, Executive Director
Emma is the Director of Partnerships for Help and Care. She brings experience from wide ranging roles in the public and third sectors which have helped her to develop an excellent knowledge base across the breadth of public policy, from waste to welfare.
She has set up successful initiatives ranging from farmers markets and youth forums to the first joint Health and Wellbeing Board in England. Particular achievements include leading the development of a successful programme to turn around the lives of families with complex problems and working in partnership to help victims of domestic abuse. She believes that putting people at the heart of policy development is the best way to achieve successful outcomes.
Shahid Latif – Non Executive Director -Finance
Shahid has an impressive career in finance. He retired as Chief Financial Officer of AKA Group Limited, a West End based live entertainment promotion and marketing business after 12 years during which time this U.K. Based business grew into an international group of companies promoting live entertainment and films in USA and Australia. Prior to AKA Shahid held senior board directorships in finance and management with Mecca Leisure Group PLC and Rank Group PLC . These groups owned and operated brands like Rank Bingo, Mecca Bingo, Hard Rock Cafes, Odean cinemas, Night Clubs, Casinos, Butlins, Havens and Warners. Shahid was MD/FD of the company engaging live entertainment and managing brand merchandising across the whole estate both in the U.K. And abroad.
Shahid is a professional accountant with master degree (MBA) in financial management and holds fellowships with the Institute of Financial Accountants,UK and Institute of Public Accountants, Australia
Halima Yusuf, Non Executive Director
My name is Halima Yusuf, I am a biology student as well as an active citizen. I have been involved in many voluntary experiences both abroad and in the local community which have helped me see the passion I have for engaging with my community and help make a difference to the people around me.
My life moto is give a little, gain a lot. I believe during my time volunteering, whilst I wanted to I wanted to make real difference for others, I also gained a lot of experience too. This opened my eyes of how the dynamic interaction with different people makes a positive change to everyone. I joined Healthwatch Slough to contribute to positive changes in health and social care in Slough. I am passionate about the NHS and committed to the local community.
Man Mohan – Non Executive Director
Man retired from active working life in 2015 after spending 36 years in various managerial roles with HMRC. Since his retirement Man has devoted his time to a number of voluntary projects all with the sole purpose of ensuring that the needs of local people are met and society as a whole benefits. Having lived in Slough for 40 years, Man is determined to ensure that the people of Slough get the health service that they deserve. Man is the current Patient Participation Chairman (PPG) at his local surgery and is the leading figure to hear and act upon the feedback from patients.