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Your spotlight on local services

Meet the board

On 1 April 2018, the Healthwatch City of London contract was awarded to Healthwatch Hackney, a Community Interest Company.  Healthwatch City of London has its own board comprising City residents and workers.

Gail Beer - Chair

Gail is an independent healthcare consultant working primarily in the NHS. She specialises in transforming services for patients, working with clinical teams to encourage change through patient experience.  Gail is a former director of operations at the think tank 2020 Health, a former Barts and the London NHS Trust executive director and a trained nurse. She holds a Masters in Health Management. Gail joined the board in April 2015.

Reno Marcello

Reno is a technologist with a deep interest in the ways data and technology can be harnessed to shape and improve the patient experience. He is particularly interested in how patients and their carers can contribute at all levels of healthcare technology innovation and healthcare service improvement. Reno is a public representative on the City and Hackney NHS IT enabler programme board. Reno has lived in the Farringdon Without ward since 2001. He joined the board in September 2016.

Steve Stevenson

Steve has been a City resident since 1988. He was a member of the City of London's Common Council from 1994 to 2009, serving on the community services committee covering housing, social services and health. Steve has considerable experience of patient engagement and involvement first as a member of the Community Health Council and then at Links. He has been a member of the City of London's health and social care scrutiny committee since 2012. Steve was the sole carer for his wife who had Alzheimer's from 2000 to 2014. Steve joined the board in October 2014

Renu Gupta

Renu has lived and worked in the City of London since 1997, initially as a banking lawyer for 15 years and now as a property manager. She has wide ranging experience of NHS facilities as a patient, carer, advocate and visitor, and appreciates the health needs of City residents and workers, including older people. She is keen to ensure the continued success and improvement of local NHS facilities, and that City residents & workers have access to, and an ability to shape, high quality public services. Renu joined the board in September 2018.


 Veran Patel

Veran moved to the City of London several years ago with his wife and son. He is a Governor of The Garden School in Hackney which is a specialist autism school where his son is a pupil. He is as a qualified accountant and a former Head of Audit working primarily with NHS organisations to help improve the way in which they work. He is a member of the Worshipful Company of Security Professionals and is currently studying Corporate Governance at the University of London. Veran is passionate that City residents and workers receive the best integrated health and social care and that our services are innovative in keeping with the City of London’s progressive ethos.


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