Our Chair, Gail Beer
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 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.
Lynn managed the first Healthwatch City of London contract and offers a wealth of knowledge and understanding of Healthwatch. She also has experience and knowledge of the NHS, Social Services and Older Peoples Charities, having worked in these sectors for several years. Lynn has been part of the London Ambulance Service Patients Forum for many years and is a member of the Executive Committee and on the End of Life Care Steering Group. She is also a member of the Patient Involvement Collaborative at Kingston Hospital.
Malcolm Waters retired in 2019 after 41 years in practice at the Chancery Bar in London. He was appointed a QC in 1997. In his professional life, he specialised in retail financial services and mutual institutions, taking a particular interest in the law relating to unfair contract terms and the various ways in which consumers can obtain redress if they have been treated unfairly by financial institutions. He lives with his wife in the Barbican and is a patient of the Neaman Practice. He is a member of the PCC at St Giles' Cripplegate.
Janet Porter - Board Associate
Stuart Mackenzie - Board Associate