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Your spotlight on local services

Meet the board


The regulations laid before parliament require new Healthwatch organisations – designed to champion the rights of local people – to be social enterprises.

The agreed model of governance for City of London Healthwatch, developed through the co-design process, is that the board should be small, lean and strategic.

The board has responsibility for overseeing the delivery of priorities and focus that will be set by the wider community. All board members are authorised Enter and View representatives and can be contacted on healthwatchcityoflondon@ageuklondon.org.uk or 020 7820 6787. 

Board Members

Glyn Kyle - Chair

Glyn Kyle is Chair of the Greater London Authority Strategic Access Panel and an independent board member and accessibility champion of London TravelWatch, which seeks to further the interests of all London's travellers. He has a long-standing involvement in older peoples' interests and is currently a trustee of Age UK East London. He is the Chair of the Operations Committee of Orbit East & South housing association and an independent committee member of Swan housing association. Glyn joined the board in October 2014. 



David Simpson - Vice Chair

David Simpson is also Chair of Age Concern City of London, Chair of the Board of Age UK London and Chair of the London Region. David joined the board in October 2013 and was re-elected in March 2017.




 Gail Beer

Gail is an independent healthcare consultant working primarily in hospitals within the NHS. She specialises in transforming services for patients though working with clinical teams; encouraging change through exploring the patient experience, and the impact of systems and process on outcomes for patients is an important part of her work.  Formerly Director of Operations at 2020health, a Think Tank specializing in health, their Mission ‘Making Health Personal’ reflects Gail’s own commitment to ensuring that the public and patients are at the heart of planning and delivering care.  Gail worked in the NHS for over 30 years latterly as an Executive Director at Barts and the London NHS Trust. She trained as a general nurse at St Bartholomew’s Hospital before undertaking a course in Renal Nursing at the Royal Free Hospital. After a number of senior nursing posts within London she moved into management taking a Masters in Health Management at City University, before becoming Director of Operations at BLT. Since leaving Barts and the London NHS Trust she has worked as an independent consultant in healthcare, undertaking a number of projects. Gail ‘s main interests are in creating a society that values the contribution older people make, compassion in caring and preventing disease caused by poor lifestyle choices. Gail joined the board in April 2015. 

Dr Prakash Kakoty

Dr Prakash C Kakoty MBE is a part time general practitioner. He had been a fund holder and ex chairman of primary care group and professional executive committee. Prakash joined the board in November 2013 and was re-elected in March 2017.



Reno Marcello

Reno is a technologist with a deep interest in the ways that data and technology may be harnessed to shape and improve the patient experience and is currently exploring how patients and their carers can be included as key contributors at all levels in the processes driving healthcare technology innovation and healthcare service improvement.

He is a public and patient representative on the NHS Health and Social Care Record IT Enabler programme covering City & Hackney (aligned to the Hackney Devolution Pilot) and is currently standing in as interim Chair of the Patient Panel at St Bartholomew’s Hospital.

Reno has been a resident of the City’s Farringdon Without ward since 2001. Reno joined the board in September 2016.

Geoffrey Rivett

Geoffrey Rivett was educated at Manchester Grammar School, Brasenose College Oxford, and University College Hospital.  After working as a GP both in the military and at a practice in Buckinghamshire, Geoffrey entered the Department of Health and worked in three fields closely connected with the NHS.  These were the introduction of computers into medicine (1972-1976), the planning and management of health services in London and the south-east (1976-1985), and the refashioning of the contractual and quality framework of general practice and primary health care at the time of the NHS reforms (1985-1992).  As a civil servant it was his task to argue in turn for NHS reorganisation, planning and co-terminosity (1974); restructuring on a district basis (1982); the general management function (1984); and the Conservatives' NHS reforms (1989).

While at the Department of Health he wrote his first book, The Development of the London Hospital System 1823-1982, (King's Fund 1986) on the evolution and systematisation of the hospital service in London.  In retirement he returned to contemporary medical history writing  From Cradle to Grave: fifty years of the NHS, published by the King's Fund in 1998. This history combines the clinical developments in the major specialties since 1948, the concurrent changes in primary health care and the hospital service and the political and financial background. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of General Practitioners, a member of the RSM, and a liveryman of the Apothecaries and Barbers.  His interests include photography (he is an Associate of the Royal Photographic Society) and web-authoring. He lives in the Barbican in the City of London. Geoffrey joined the board in April 2015.

Elizabeth Sparrow

Elizabeth Sparrow worked in the IT industry for thirty years. She was President of BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT between 2009 and 2011, focusing on a series of award-winning, high profile public engagement programmes aimed at increasing public confidence in IT, helping everyone make better use of information in their lives and helping people become more active participants in the information society.

From 2011 until 2013 Elizabeth served on the Board of AbilityNet, a national charity that helps disabled adults and children use computers and the internet by adapting and adjusting their technology. Today Elizabeth continues her pro bono work as Chair of the Open University Department of Computing & Communications Industrial Advisory Board. She is a Liveryman and Charity Trustee at the Worshipful Company of Information Technologists and a Trustee at Barts Guild, the League of Friends at Barts Hospital. She is also an active member of the WaterAid Speaker Network. Elizabeth joined the board in Novmber 2015.

 Steve Stevenson

Steve Stevenson has been a City Resident from 1988 to date and a Member of Common Council from 1994 to 2009. Steve sat on the Community Services Committee (covered Housing, Social Services and Health) from 1997 to 2009 and the Community Health Council from 1994 to its close.
He was a member of Link until 2011 and Health Scrutiny from inception to 2012. Steve was the sole carer for his wife (who suffered from Alzheimer's) from 2000 to 2014. Steve joined the board in October 2014.