Board Meetings and Past Board papers
We make the papers for our public Board meetings available online. We also publish a summary of what was discussed. Check out our past meetings to read more.
Steven Cooper, Chair
Steven lives in West Sussex and spent his working career in IT running global business divisions for McDonnell Douglas, Northgate IS and the Dell Corporation. On leaving Dell he joined West Sussex County Council as an independent member of their Remunerations Panel and Standards Committee and also joined the South Downs National Park Authority as an independent member of their Standards Committee. Steven is a Governor at Chichester College Group sitting on their Finance and General Purposes committee and chairs the Worthing College Staff committee.
Sally Dartnell, Chief Officer
Sally is responsible for supporting the Board on all matters relating to the governance of the organisation and ensuring that all contractual and statutory obligations are met. Sally has over 25 years of professional business management experience in senior roles in public, private and third sectors. Her corporate background is in Environmental and Business Management and Corporate Responsibility. In the last 10 years her senior roles have covered Health & Wellbeing, Diversity & Disability, Community Impact, Environment & Sustainability, CICs and Social Enterprises. Sally is a member of the West Sussex, Health and Wellbeing Board, a Trustee of a West Sussex Community Group, the District Commissioner for Horsham District Scouts and has been a volunteer Youth Leader for over 25 years. She also sits on the Sussex Cancer Board.
Jeremy Gardner, Vice Chair
Jeremy is a former journalist, working on local newspapers in West Sussex and Portsmouth early in his career, and later a director of communications and engagement in the NHS. He was involved in organising community engagement and consultation on major hospital and primary care changes in London as well as working with local diverse communities and groups to ensure their voice was heard and acted upon by NHS organisations. He worked on NHS contingency plans around the 2012 Olympics and led a series of public health campaigns, working with the community to help east Londoners improve their health and well-being.
Martin Phillips, Independent Director
Martin Phillips BSc (Eng) is a Chartered Electrical Engineer spending over 30 years in industry with the last 15 as a main board director. After taking early retirement he spent 7 years as a non executive Director of Western Sussex NHS Foundation Hospital Trust and was initially involved in the merging of the two general hospitals in West Sussex. He also served as a Magistrate for 10 years and was chair of Relate for Brighton, Hove and Worthing for a number of years. Martin has been a volunteer with Citizens Advice for 14 years with the last 7 as the employment specialist for West Sussex where he represents clients at Employment Tribunals. Currently he is also a volunteer advocate for Impact Advocacy assisting adults with physical and mental disabilities. He is a member of the West Sussex Safeguarding Adults Board where he represents Healthwatch. In this last role he is a member of the Quality and Safeguarding Information sub group.
Linda Cairney, Independent Director
Linda is a business leader at Oracle with over 20 years’ experience introducing IT solutions to clients including government and health in the UK, and internationally across 7 countries including China, India, Australia and USA. She is an advocate for learning and development and presents at UK and international conferences to raise awareness, and drive uptake, of digital innovations. Over the years Linda has supported multiple volunteer organisations including RNLI, and the Tabitha foundation helping vulnerable communities in Cambodia. Linda has studied at universities and business schools in Glasgow, Edinburgh and Hertfordshire and has an MBA, MSc IT and is a fellow of the chartered management institute.
Alan Pickering, Independent Director
Alan is a Finance specialist and Director with over 20 years of experience at Board level. He has successfully developed and led the financial strategy and operational performance at several major NHS organisations. He also has Board level experience for Performance, Risk, Assurance and Support Services.
Helen Goodman, Independent Director
Helen has worked in the Rail Industry for over 24 years and was a Director of The Rail Safety and Standards Board for 8 years where she was responsible for business operations functions including Human Resources, Communications, Information Technology and Finance and Supply Chain. She delivered a number of significant business transformation projects and brings with her a broad range of skills and understanding including risk management, governance, culture change and stakeholder engagement. She is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport and has held a number of operational and business roles working for companies including Network Rail, Railtrack PLC and British Rail. Having previously lived in West Sussex for a number of years, she now lives on the Sussex/Surrey border.
Renée Fickling, Independent Director
Renée qualified as a Solicitor in 1995 and has over 20 years of experience in Human Rights, Immigration and Asylum law. Renée handles decisions at all levels from the First Tier Tribunal up to and including the Supreme Court and has extensive experience of representing the most vulnerable members of society. Renée is passionate about equality and ensuring that the voices of all are heard particularly in relation to access to local services. Renee has been an active volunteer for many years within her local community in West Sussex supporting Neighbourhood planning and taking a lead in youth sport.
Nigel Foulkes, Independent Director
Nigel recently retired from a senior role within the pharmaceutical industry. He has held a number of Country Manager positions involving board level responsibility. This included periods working in several European countries, including Germany, France, and Denmark. During his career, he oversaw the launch of several new drugs and medical devices, with a particular emphasis on cancer treatments and rare diseases. Prior to pharmaceuticals, Nigel enjoyed a successful period in banking and finance, mainly in London. Nigel has worked extensively with the Department of Health and Social Care as well as the devolved UK governments. He has also collaborated, locally and nationally, with patient groups and charities on awareness-raising campaigns in fields as diverse as diabetes prevention, the recognition of possible cancer symptoms and the fight against avoidable sight loss. This work has involved many different NHS organisations, primary, secondary, and tertiary. Much of this has been patient-focused - pathway redesign and patient need at the forefront at all times. He was a ‘Games Maker’ volunteer at the London 2012 Olympics and has worked on local community projects. Nigel is also an active fundraiser for Prostate Cancer UK.
Mark Sharman, Member Director
Mark is the Chief Executive of Help and Care, having joined as a part-time worker in 1985 when it was a three month pilot project. Over the years Mark has held a number of local, regional and national advisory roles relating to innovation in public service delivery, community engagement and organisational leadership. He was awarded the OBE in the New Year Honours list for 2003, and an Honorary Doctorate from Bournemouth University in November 2003. Mark has maintained his commitment to Community Development, with the aspiration that everyone can take part in the issues that affect their lives. He enjoys contributing to Healthwatch West Sussex as a vibrant consumer champion that supports people and communities living the lives they choose.
Emma Leatherbarrow, Member Director
Emma Leatherbarrow is the Director of Partnerships at 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.