Your Independent Health & Social Care Champion

Meet The Board

  • Peter Pinfield


    Peter Pinfield, Chairman of Healthwatch Worcestershire has been involved both publically and strategically in Worcestershire’s health and social care for over thirty years. He has previously been a Chairman of the County’s Social Services Committee; Champion for Older Peoples Services; Chairman of the Health Scrutiny Committee; a Non-executive Director of NHS Worcestershire PCT where he led on patient and public involvement and has also been a chairman of Worcestershire’s Older People and Carers Joint Consultation Committees. He is a Mental Health Associate Manager and a member of the Learning Disability Partnership Board. Now retired, he was a professionally qualified Social Work Manager and has worked across all client and service groups. He participates on NHS Leadership Academy Board as a representative for patients and service users, he is also a member of the Nuffield Trust Leaders panel and makes regular contributions and comments on Health and Social Care policy. He has recently been appointed to the West Midlands Clinical Senate representing the views and concerns of patients and Carers.


    Declaration of Interests:


    Margaret Westwood Charity – Chairman

    Droitwich Spa Medical Practice – Member of Patient and Public Engagement Committee

    Community Mental Health Trust – Associate Hospital Manager, Mental Health Appeals Panel


  • John Taylor

    John has worked in the Voluntary and Community Sector in Worcestershire since 2004, most recently as a Business Consultant in Health, Wellbeing and Social Care for a sub-regional infrastructure charity. During his career he has worked in the public, private and voluntary sectors, with both children and adult services. He trained initially as a Social Worker, working in both residential and fieldwork settings, prior to specialising in health and social care regulation for about 17 years. His main role in registration and inspection was as Chief Inspector of the County Inspectorate in Herefordshire and Worcestershire, and then as Area Manager for the National Care Standards Commission (one of the predecessors of the Care Quality Commission) when responsibility for this element of work moved from local authorities to a national agency. He has a strong interest in quality issues, standards of care and user/patient engagement, and maintains links with training of the health and social care workforce through his role as an Associate Lecturer at the University of Worcester.


    Declaration of Interests


    Community First – Business Consultant, Employed Part time

    Worcester City Mission – Volunteer

    Worcestershire County Council – Wife employed as a teacher


  • Jo Ringshall

    Jo Ringshall qualified as a chartered accountant with KPMG London and has worked in a variety of roles in the private sector. She has worked in the voluntary sector in the county as Chief Executive of Relate Worcestershire and is currently a volunteer Generalist Adviser with the Citizens Advice Bureau in Worcester.


  • Jane Stanley

    Jane Stanley is a qualified nurse and midwife who worked in a range of roles in hospital and on the district in London and Lancashire before moving into Further Education in Worcestershire. For over twenty years she worked for Kidderminster College as a lecturer on Early Years and Health and Social Care courses before becoming Head of Department, Care Studies, Hair and Beauty.

    She has a wide range of knowledge and experience of working with Health and Social Care and Early Years service stakeholders in the Wyre Forest area and has a keen interest in quality assurance issues.


  • Martin Gallagher

    Martin has worked in the Voluntary Sector since 1980. He was The Director of Services and Campaigning  for a major National Charity and for many years worked closely with Worcestershire County Council and local carers in promoting and delivering services in the county. He has also been the CEO of a Housing with Care Provider.  In addition to working with Local Authority Social Care Departments he has been a member and Chair of a Community Health Council and served on the management committee of a Health Authority. For many years he was an Independent Observer on the West Midlands Regional Health Authority Appointments Board.  He has a strong interest in Mental Health, Learning Disability Carer’s Welfare and the continued development of Community Care.