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Locality Commissioning Group (LCG) patient representatives

Pam Jones
Black Country LCG

Pam trained in Occupational Therapy at Cardiff before working for over thirty years in the health service, the last 18 years managing the Occupational Therapy Service in Sandwell. 

Since retiring she has become involved in a number of voluntary roles. She is a Trustee of British Polio and for the last six years has been the National Chairman; she was involved in Sandwell Local Involvement Network and now with Healthwatch Sandwell where she is currently Chairman; she is a member of her GP Patients' Participation Group; she is a magistrate in Sandwell and a Churchwarden. Within the Clinical Commissioning Group Pam is the lay representative on the Black Country Local Commissioning Group covering Rowley Regis and Tipton. 

Pam has a wide knowledge of the health service both as a provider and user of services. Having been disabled since childhood she has found that she has needed to use a variety of primary and secondary care services. 

Trevor Fossey
Black Country LCG

Biography to follow

Mr Ghataro
Pioneers for Health LCG

Biography to follow

Ms Deogan
Pioneers for Health LCG

Biography to follow

To be confirmed....
Healthworks LCG

Biography to follow

Deska Howe
Sandwell Health Alliance LCG

Deska currently manages a range of health, social care, physical activity and catering services targeting primarily but not exclusively African Caribbean adults, older people and carers at the West Bromwich African Caribbean Resource Centre, where Deska has worked for over 18 years.  Part of Deska’s role is to represent the organisation and other third sector organisations on local, regional and national strategic boards  and ensure that local people help redesign services that are culturally and religiously appropriate and they are accessible to people with disabilities in the areas and neighbours where they live.  Deska believes we should celebrate the rich diversity within in our communities, at the same time we need to be inclusive and transparent in everything we do so that services are accessible for everyone. 

Previously Deska was the Chairman of the African Caribbean Health Improvement Service from November 2003 – October 2007, later in that year Deska became the Vice Chairman of Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations in 2007 – 2008.  Primarily Deska represented the voluntary, community and third sector strategic boards at a local, regional and national level. Deska re-joined the Board in 2010 as a Director, and continued to support the sector and staff until 2012.

Graham Price
Sandwell Health Alliance LCG

Biography to follow

Chris Vaughan
Intelligent Commissioning Federation LCG

Chris Vaughan is retired with a grown up family and a lot of community experience. Among his current community activities Chris chairs the Ladywood and Winson Green Patient Network and sits on the Board of his Local Commissioning Group, ICoF. He chairs the Summerfield Residents’ Association, Friends of Edgbaston Reservoir, the Ladywood Community First Panel, Urban Archive CIC and sits on the Ladywood Police Advisory Board. 


Parnership representatives

Mark Davis, Sandwell Council of Voluntary Organisations (SCVO)
Representative- Partnerships Committee

Mark draws on nearly twenty years experience within charities and social enterprises in leading SCVO, the umbrella body for Sandwell’s Voluntary and Community Sector. He has worked at both a local and national charity level, developing community initiatives and volunteering programmes, including an NGO stint in sub-Saharan Africa supporting resident-led development of health and education services.

Mark joined SCVO in 2003, in a capacity building support role, and has been Chief Executive since 2008.  SCVO works strategically on behalf of its 650-strong membership, of which over one third deliver health and social care services, to develop and sustain a strong locally-rooted community sector for Sandwell.


Geoff Foster, CARES
Strategic Commissioning and Redesign Committee

Geoff was born in Liverpool where he attended the Liverpool Collegiate Grammar School for Boys. After School he went to the University of Leeds and gained a BA (Joint Honours) in Economics and Geography and then to Westhill College, Birmingham where he obtained a post graduate certificate in Community and Youth Work and met his wife, Janet.

They have lived in Wolverhampton since 1978, and he has worked in social and community work since that time. Firstly, as a Playleader then as a Community Worker, and since 1993 as the Chief Executive Officer of CARES in Sandwell.

Geoff has a wide range of experience in project development, representation and management, serving on Wolverhampton Voluntary Sector Council from 1980 to 1994 (he was Chair of the organisation from 1990 to 1993), the Wolverhampton Law Centre and Wolverhampton Community Health Council amongst others.

Since he has worked in Sandwell, he has represented CARES on many groups and committees, most notably SCVO where he has served as a Board Member for over 10 years in total. He is currently Chair of the Sandwell Voluntary Sector Health & Social Forum and a Trustee of Sandwell Young Carers. The organisation works in partnership with a range of health and social care organisations and seeks to make a real difference to the lives of carers in Sandwell.

Outside of work, Geoff has over 25 years experience as a School Governor at both primary and secondary level and has spent many hours advising voluntary and community groups in both Sandwell and Wolverhampton. He was an elected member of the national executive of my Trade Union, CYWU for seven years from 1986.

Geoff served for 13 years as an elected member of Wolverhampton City Council, representing the ward in which he lives. Geoff was Chair/Vice Chair of Social Services Committee between 1996 and 2003, Cabinet Member for Schools in 2006 and Cabinet Member for Adult Social Care in 2007.