Meet the Board

Healthwatch Birmingham Board

For details of upcoming Board meetings visit our Events page here. For Board minutes click here.

Richard Burden - Chair

Richard was previously Member of Parliament for Birmingham Northfield from 1992 to 2019. He served as a Shadow Minister and on several Select Committees including chairing the Commons Committee set up to scrutinise West Midlands affairs.

An experienced community... more

Fiona Taylor - Non-Executive Director

Fiona has worked in a range of health and social care charities including Macmillan Cancer Support, Leonard Cheshire, Anchor Trust and Motor Neurone Disease Association - both in education and service improvement roles. She is passionate about reducing health inequality... more

Jasbir Rai - Company Secretary

Jas is responsible for the efficient administration of Healthwatch, ensuring compliance with statutory and regulatory requirements and for ensuring that decisions of directors are implemented.

Jas is the Deputy CEO of BVSC and has worked in the sector for... more

Neelam Heera - Non-Executive Director

Neelam Heera is the founder of Cysters, a grassroots organisation dedicated to supporting women with reproductive and mental health issues. Cysters work with marginalised communities and remain culturally sensitive despite challenging topics around these health concerns. The group work with... more

Dr Peter Rookes - Non-Executive Director

Dr Peter Rookes is an experienced health service manager, educator and researcher, who has worked extensively in both the state and non-state sectors in the UK and overseas.

Peter most recently researched relationships between faith-based health providers and... more

Dr John James – Non-Executive Director

John was born in West Bromwich, graduated from University of Birmingham and has spent his working career in Staffordshire, living in Lichfield.

John currently works as the Medical Director for Staffordshire and Stoke on Trent STP. Prior to this... more

Tony Green - Non-Executive Director

Tony’s been Director of Human Resources for a company of 5,000 staff, General Manager of a professional institute, and Director of HR Strategy during the creation of the Environment Agency from 85 smaller organisations. He also lectured in management... more

Tim Phillips - Volunteer Board Representative

Tim Joined Birmingham City Council Older Adults section in 1994 post qualification as a Social Worker and spent 23 years as a practitioner and Assistant Manager leaving the council in December 2017. In the years of being a practitioner with... more