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Meet the team

Sarah Fletcher

Chief Executive Officer

I started work for Healthwatch Lincolnshire as Chief Executive Officer on 1st August 2013 and during the past 4 years I have been honoured to be leading such an important organisation for Lincolnshire, which at its heart is driven by the voice of patients, carers and service users. To assist me in my role, previous experience gained in finances, funding, charity & organisational management, system administration, staff management; along with health and care knowledge through supporting a Carers Centre, Learning Disability Advocacy and Direct Payments for disabled people, has been very beneficial.  However, I am still learning everyday about Healthwatch and its required functions. My main responsibilities include day-to-day operational needs of the organisation, overseeing the reporting of health and care experiences, supporting our great staff team, and our board of Directors and working within our Strategic Priorities. What is fantastic about Healthwatch is no 2 days are the same.  


Partnership and Engagement Manager

My name is Nicola and I have been involved with Healthwatch Lincolnshire since its start early in 2013. I will be out and about meeting local people across the South West of the County, so if you live in Sleaford/Grantham or any of the surrounding villages I am keen to hear about your health and social care experiences - those that are positive but also those which you have found more challenging.  Views and experiences could relate to you, a family member or perhaps a neighbour or friend. All information is kept confidential and no names are required.  If you want to speak to me please don't hesitate to contact me.  Alternatively, if you would like me to hold a community drop-in in your local area or attend a local group please contact me and I will be happy to develop this with you.

Oonagh M Quinn

Stakeholder Engagement Officer

I joined Healthwatch Lincolnshire in January 2014 as the Engagement Officer for the East and had additional responsibilities for Communications across the organisation.  Under our restructuring from 1 April 2017, I now hold the position of Stakeholder Engagement Officer for the whole of the county of Lincolnshire. So what will I be doing?  Building opportunities for partnership development and community engagement; work collaboratively with organisations and local businesses to gain support for community involvement; gather information and intelligence to make informed decisions about community engagement; to lead on the engagement of Stakeholder groups through a variety of different methods which will include identification of community groups, employers, organisations and businesses; maintain networks with organisations; organise and manage events. Want to find out more? Available to attend small or large groups to discuss how your organisation / business can support your employees to get involved with Healthwatch Lincolnshire ; informal or formal presentations; support focus groups or develop a HUB within the community.  Look forward to hearing from you!  

Tim Barzycki

Project Officer

After a career in local government, I joined the voluntary and community sector in 1993 working with young people, carers, older people and voluntary groups providing advice, support and information. I am currently Project Officer. This means I pick up specific pieces of work on particular topics and find ways to gather appropriate information. This includes producing surveys, holding focus groups or arranging events. I then contribute to the final  recommendations and outcomes. I also have responsibility for working with children and young people.

Julie Evans

Information Sign-posting & Safeguarding Officer

Prior to joining the team at Healthwatch Lincolnshire in January 2014, I worked for a local private hospital for 9 years. My role as Information Sign-posting & Safeguarding Officer is to give information on how to resolve any health and social care concerns. I will also pass on compliments as requested. Whilst your personal information will be kept confidential, the details of your issue will be recorded and shared with the relevant health and social care bodies. I will also signpost you to other organisations who may also be able to help you further.


Research, Data and Communications Officer

I joined Healthwatch in February 2014.  I have a degree in Psychology with Forensic Psychology and gained a Masters in Forensic Psychology at the University of Lincoln. I look forward to working on new and exciting projects within Healthwatch Lincolnshire.


Board & Membership Secretary and Administrator

My varied career has seen me work in very different organisations, from insurance through to large international companies who were major players in pharmaceuticals and in broadcast equipment.  I have joined Healthwatch from a secretarial role in local community health services and have also worked within a hospital. My role within Healthwatch is information and signposting support worker, which involves helping people find the services they require and assisting them by pointing them in the right direction if they have queries or issues with services they have received or are currently receiving. I am looking forward to the new challenges my new role will bring.

John Bains


Chair of Healthwatch Lincolnshire, Member of the Human Resources Committee and Chair of the Communications Committee

I have recently retired from working as Education Delivery Manager for Parkinson's UK, where I was responsible for a national team of local Education and Training Officers delivering Parkinson's disease awareness training to a wide range of health and social care professionals. I also have previously worked in adult, higher and further education.



Member of the Governance, Finance, Representation and Membership Committees and Chairman of the Enter & View Committee

I am retired following working as a GP in Boston for 35 years and other organisations including as Chairman of East Lincolnshire Primary Care Trust 2002 – 2006, a member of South Lincolnshire Health Authority 1981 – 1989; a member of Lincolnshire Police Authority 2007 – 2012 and as a trustee of UK Anaphylaxis Campaign Charity 2006 – present. My interests include my grandchildren, sport and climbing mountains.  I am passionate about the NHS as a public service.

My Vision for Healthwatch Lincolnshire
Development of Healthwatch into a strong and trusted advocate for the public in Lincolnshire, ensuring the provision of high quality compassionate care throughout the NHS and Social Care System.



Chair of the Finance Committee

I retired in March 2010 from a career, which began in 1971 as an articled clerk, with a major firm of chartered accountants in the City of London and as a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in England and Wales.

I spent 14 years as a compliance manager in the financial services sector with a major stockbroking firm and an investment management and banking group, 11 years in administration and corporate finance, 4 years running his own financial consultancy and retail business and finally 9 years as a director with a leading trade association lobbying the UK government, the European Commission and other international bodies on behalf of members.



Board Member

I have 3 children and 3 grandchildren, led a full and varied working career from a hairdressing apprentice to development manager for a large corporate company before establishing my own catering company.

I’ve walked the rocky road as a carer whilst running my own business and have also been  instrumental in influencing future services to support carers within Lincolnshire which resulted in the Lincolnshire Carers and Young Carers Partnership becoming an independent organisation.

I am the founder and Chair of Hearts Of Positive Energy (HOPE) providing a support network for heart failure patients, carers and their families.  I have chaired a number of health and social care organisations and am currently Deputy Chair of the Excellent Ageing Steering Group and a Carer Governor of the Lincolnshire Partnership Foundation Trust.  I was honoured to receive an MBE for 'services to Carers'.  I consider it a privilege to be contributing to health, social and voluntary organisations locally, regionally and nationally providing constructive and realistic focus from a grassroots aspect.

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Member of the Board

I am retired having practiced as a dentist for 45 years. The majority of my working life was spent as the senior partner in a general dental practice in Boston. Following this I spent five years in the salaried dental service treating special needs patients.  For the last seven years of my career I held the position of Dental Advisor to NHS Lincolnshire.

I am enthusiastic about the NHS and as a Board Member feel I can contribute to the organisation.


David C

Member of the Board

David lives in Wellingore near Lincoln and has been a member of Healthwatch Lincolnshire since April 2013. David has worked in the UK, America, Canada and Australia as a biochemist.  He returned to England in 1980 to manage his family farm near Lincoln. In 1993 he was Chairman of Lincoln Hospitals’ NHS Trust and remained involved up to 1997.  In 1999 he joined St Barnabas Hospice as a Trustee in Lincoln up to 2014.



Member of the Board

Clive lives in Spalding. He has worked in the engineering industry for most of his life having national and international success for companies such as Caterpillar.

At present he has a consultancy business which he is winding down as he is keen to start early retirement. Clive has been a volunteer with Healthwatch Lincolnshire for over a year and has supported us in many ways including community engagement activities; Enter & View visits and Investors in Volunteers.



Member of the Board

Lyndia lives in Boston. She has worked in health-related services for all of her working life, her last post up to 2012 as a MRI radiographer and from 2005 - 2008 as Unit Manager for InHealth which was contracted to Nottingham City Hospital.

Lyndia is well known in the Boston area having been an elected member of Boston Borough Council from 1979 – 1991 and as joint founder of a dental practice in the town.



Member of the Board

Simon lives in Wellingore near Lincoln. He has worked in both the private and public sectors in building and environmental control as well as a surveyor. He has received many public sector quality awards including ISO 9000 quality management systems and customer service excellence.

He currently has his own training and consultancy practice specialising in business strategy and leadership, surveying and health and safety. Simon has a disability of extremely poor eye sight having undergone 19 eye operations, most of which were either in Moorfields and Nottingham Hospitals.

This has given Simon a great deal of experience of NHS services. Simon’s wife is a practice manager at Ingham and his daughter is due to begin a medical placement at Leeds hospital.

David G

Additional Director



Board Member

Most of my varied career has involved working with the NHS. I trained and worked as a Registered General Nurse in the 1980s and 1990s.

I then moved into teaching health related subjects and statistics in Further & Higher Education before commencing a 12 year career in Health Services Research at The University of Aberdeen.

I have a PhD in Public Health and much of my research involved: listening to and presenting the views and experiences of patients and members of the public; identifying NHS priorities for improvement; exploring barriers to improving healthcare for patients.

I retired from my research role in 2014, but remain passionate about our NHS and have served as a Public Representative on a number of NHS committees. My husband and I moved back from Scotland to Lincolnshire in 2016 and it is important to me that I contribute my time, effort and experience to the community in which I live.