Our Board

Our Chair, Barry Parnaby

Barry joined Healthwatch after a long career in social care, both as a practicing social worker and Divisional Service Coordinator Day Care services. He was also a Senior Team Manager in Ofsted and a member of the National Compliance Investigation and Enforcement Team. He has extensive experience in local government and multi-agency work at Senior Officer level and has served as a District Councillor for ten years, which brought him into contact with numerous voluntary and statutory groups.
Since retirement, Barry has been involved in the Carers Partnership Board and a member of the Healthwatch Telford and Wrekin board. He is also committed to ensuring that the NHS and Local Council continue to provide and maintain the the highest standards of care and services for the people of Telford and Wrekin.

David Bell

Vice Chair of the Board

Born and educated in Hertfordshire and in Durham, Davids work has included teaching and lecturing in Cambridgeshire and London, working for charities and community bodies and with local authorities in London and Shropshire. He is a Trustee of Age UK Shropshire and Telford and of A4U working with Autism and disabilities. He lives in Madeley and interests include the Theatre, travel and writing. His voluntary work has included visits to Care Homes and engagement at community events. David loves meeting people and listening to their experiences of health and care services.

“Healthwatch exists to listen to local views and to use this evidence to fight for impovements”

Janet O'Loughlin

In the past Janet has worked mainly with children in social care settings, including children with disabilities, and has also worked in a Mental Health hospital in Lincoln for a couple of years. Additionally, Janet and her family have fostered short-term, children and also provided over a 2-year period, respite care for a family with a disabled young daughter. Also, Janet has volunteered for a charity for several years where she made many long-term friends.

“I’ve always been a people’s person, so volunteering was a natural thing for me to do. A  volunteer for Healthwatch for 9 years, I like to take an active role, as it provides the opportunity to use both the professionals skills and the life skills that I’ve gained. I’m passionate about ensuring that the patient’s voice is heard in every element of health and social care thus ensuring the promise of equality for all.”

David O'Loughlin 

Born in Ashford, Middlesex, David moved to a rural village in Westmorland (now Cumbria). By age 11 he and his family emigrated to South Australia for 2 years and later returned to Westmorland and left school at age 16 in July 1986. Having struggled at school in his early years and finishing school with little qualifications he decided to join the RAF.

“I completed a 2-year apprenticeship and qualified as an Avionics Technician and left the RAF in February 2007 with a Maths degree, Qualified Teacher and Level 4 Apprenticeship Manager status. I ran the London Marathon in my early 60s in under 3 and a half hours and continue to run regularly - less seriously - with my 2-years old Cockapoo named Brandy.”

Jan Suckling

Jan has worked for over 30 years in health and social care as a residential care manager. She was brought up with an armed services background. She has family links to the Army and her husband has served in the RAF.

Jan has lived in Shropshire for 33 years. She previously worked for Healthwatch Telford & Wrekin as a volunteer for four years before stepping up to board level. She has interest in health and social care, with a particular interest in dementia. She has three children and four grandchildren.

Past Board papers

We make the papers for our public Board meetings available online. We also publish a summary of what was discussed. Check out our past meetings to read more.

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