Our Chair, Maria Prior
Chair of HWLincs,
Dr Maria Prior
"Most of my varied career has involved working with the NHS. Initially, 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."
Dr Brian Wookey
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."
Pauline Mountain MBE
Chair of the PEC Committee
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.
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
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. Clive had a consultancy business for 6 years which he has now shut down as he was keen to start early retirement. Clive has been a volunteer with Healthwatch Lincolnshire for the past 3 years 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.
David A Gaskell
Member of the Board
David is a qualified Social Worker, registered with the Health and Care Professions Council. He has previously worked in both Adults and Children’s Local Authority provision [Lincolnshire , Greater Manchester and Derbyshire ].
For a period of 9 years he was employed in Corporate Project Management and Commissioning in the Social Services Sector Lincolnshire [Procedures and Guidance] whilst he also has experience of Residential Services in the Charitable Third Sector.
In addition to his Healthwatch role, David is presently a Postgraduate Co-researcher at the University of Lincoln based in the School of Health and Social Care.