Meet the newly elected Healtwatch Committee Members

Healthwatch Wandsworth is proud to welcome the three new committee members that were elected at the Healthwatch Assembly on Thursday 5 March.

Our newly elected members are:

  • Penny Oakley
  • Sarah Forester
  • Charlotte Langley

We look forward to working with them soon. Read their statements below:

Charlotte Langley

“I am excited to have been elected to the Committee of Healthwatch Wandsworth and hope to bring my vast experience of working as a fundraiser in health and social care to the work of the organisation as well as my significant experience as a service user.

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"I am putting myself forward for election as I am passionate about health, have worked at two NHS Foundation Trusts, Guy’s and St. Thomas’ and The Royal Surrey County Hospital and lived in Wandsworth for many years.

My recent journey of recovery from catastrophic physical and mental health issues has meant that I have had to use the services of St. George’s and of the South West London and St. George’s Mental Health NHS Trust. I want to serve as a member of the Healthwatch Committee as a result of this experience and that of living in a One Housing Hostel.

I am a seasoned fundraising, communications and marketing professional with over 30 years experience mostly at a managerial or directorial level. My career has been in health and social care (Muscular Dystrophy, Leonard Cheshire Disability, Elizabeth Finn Care and Parkinson’s UK) as well as in the NHS, higher education, international development and the arts.

My work at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ saw me completing the funding required to open the Evelina London, the first new children’s hospital in London since 1869 with a £12 million campaign.

I am strong on governance and whilst at The Royal Surrey was de facto in charge of its charity. I am a strategist with great energy, drive, determination, resourcefulness, resilience, persistence and tenacity.

I believe I would be a great asset to Healthwatch Wandsworth in addition to doing the work I am doing for the local mental health trust."

Declaration of interests:

I have been employed by Guy’s and St. Thomas’ Charity and by The Royal Surrey County Hospital NHS Foundation Trust.

I am a paid member of the Involvement Group of the South West London and St. George’s Mental Health NHS Trust.

I am a voluntary member of the One Housing Customer Panel.

My supporting statement lists all those voluntary sector for which I have worked.

Penny Oakley

"I am looking forward to being part of the Healthwatch committee and a big thank you to the members who voted for me."