Deven Pillay, Chief Executive, Harrow Mencap (Partner)
“Harrow Mencap is excited to be involved in this unique partnership, which includes the local voluntary, community, education and business sectors to ensure that the citizens of Harrow are at the heart of the development of their health and social care services. This partnership with its range of networks and years of experience of responding to Harrow residents’ needs is well placed to enable Healthwatch Harrow to be an effective consumer champion.” Harrow Mencap is a local independent Charity, set up by parents and carers in late 1940 and is recognised as the primary campaigning organisation for people with learning disabilities and their families in Harrow. The organisation also provides a range of services including advocacy for children, young people and adults. Deven whilst not residing in the borough has worked in Harrow for over 12 years. He has worked in the Health, Social Care, Housing and charitable Voluntary and Community Sectors for over 35 years, initially as a trained nursing professional.
Avani Modasia, Chief Executive, Age UK Harrow (Partner)
Avani has been in the third sector for over 25 years and has also worked in the statutory sector. She has held many positions as a Trustee and Director of other organisations and comes with a vast level of experience in running projects such as this. PPI which was the first initiative after the Community Health Councils were disbanded was run by Age UK Harrow which Avani was involved in not only in Harrow but also in Hertfordshire. Although a resident in another borough, through her work as the CEO of Age UK Harrow, Avani is well aware of the health and social care needs in Harrow. “Age UK Harrow is pleased to be a partner in Healthwatch as it sees it being the voice for the many older people in Harrow in shaping the health and social care services provided by all in a changing, challenging and uncertain environment that we find ourselves.”
Nigel Long, Executive Director, Harrow Association of Disabled People (HAD)
“Harrow Association of Disabled People (HAD) is delighted to be part of a local consortium of partners who are committed to representing the needs of people they work with in delivering Healthwatch for Harrow. “Some disabled people have specific access needs to healthcare which are very often not addressed well enough, and our participation will allow the voice of local disabled people to be better heard.” Vanessa lives in Harrow, she is the advocacy service manager at HAD and also manages the Harrow Health Advocacy and Children and Young people’s Advocacy Services, which are provided by HAD, Age UK Harrow and Harrow Mencap, working in partnership.
Tony O'Hara, Carramea Co-ordinator (Partner)
Tony O'Hara lives in central Harrow, has lived in Harrow for just under 50 years. Representing an organisation which currently has twenty eight diverse registered user groups, many of which have been involved in health issues for several decades and which currently provide a range of well-being, health and social care services to different communities within Harrow.
Lee Janaway, Head of Department, Business, English, Media & Health Studies
Harrow College is excited to work with such a varied range of healthcare partners. The College has an important role in training and developing the future employees and volunteers in the Health & Social Care Sector. Lee joined Harrow College as a senior manager in 2012, has an MSc in Management and his role includes strategic responsibility for health and well-being programmes within the college, Harrow College takes students from 16 upwards from Harrow and surrounding bor
Julian Maw, Chair of Shaping a Healthier Future, PPRG for NWLondon -Lay Member
Julian Maw is a Harrow resident and was Chair of Patient and Public Involvement in Health from 2003 - 2008, Chair of Harrow LINks from 2008 to 2013 and is currently the Chair of the Shaping a Healthier Future PPRG for North West London.
Marie-Claire Sekely - Lay Member
Marie-Claire is a local resident and worked for the NHS for 45 Years as a Nurse, Midwife, Midwifery Manager and Clinical Audit and Research and Development Lead. Marie-Claire, now retired, was also an Executive Member Harrow LINk. Marie-Claire is currently a Lay member of Harrow HW Delivery Board and a member of the Board of Trustees of Crossroad Care Harrow.