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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 has over 40 years' experience in healthcare. A Barts trained nurse, her association with the City goes back a long way.  After working extensively in London Hospitals, including the Royal London, Gail moved into management, becoming an executive director on the board of Barts and the London. Leaving Barts, Gail worked as an indepdendent consultant before moving into 2020health, a Westminster-based think tank. She has returned to the NHS and is currently at Guy's and St Thomas' as a director working on special projects. Gail has numerous publications in her name on a wide range of health-related subjects and has undertaken several TV and radio interviews as an expert commentator. As a long term City resident, she feels strongly that the voice of local residents and workers must be heard and that holding health and social care providers to account is an essential part of the Healthwatch role.

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


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.

Janet Porter - associate board member

Janet Porter has lived in the Barbican for 14 years. She is a business journalist who recently retired as executive editor of Lloyd’s List, and now chairs the shipping publication’s editorial board. Janet was born in London and has an economics degree from London University. As a resident of the City of London, she is keen to ensure that health and social care services in the Square Mile are world class and meet the needs of the local community. Janet is an authorised Enter and View representative.

Stuart Mackenzie - associate board member


Stuart MacKenzie is retired and has been a Barbican resident since 2005. He formerly held principal consultant and senior European marketing roles in leading UK and US management, high technology and product design consultancies. He has had experience in the public sector. Stuart has also conducted studies and held seminars in the medical equipment and biotech industries. He is interested in improving both the user/service provider interface in the NHS and the quality of communications throughout the health and social care sectors. Stuart is an authorised Enter and View representative.




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