Chief Executive - Cathy Turland
Cathy’s previous work has included project management for a Disabled People’s organisation in Essex; management of residential care homes for older people and people with learning difficulties and research and development of respite schemes for carers within Suffolk.
In 2001, she began developing training courses in response to user involvement in the field of Social Worker training. In 2009, she qualified as a disability equality trainer and completed a Post Graduate Certificate in disability equality practice. In 2011; working with Race on the Agenda, she qualified to develop training based on the Equality Act 2010.
Cathy was also a Director of a Community Gateway Housing Association and chaired their equality and diversity steering group as well as supporting the development of the company’s older people’s strategy.
Miranda Peers: Volunteer Coordinator
Having volunteered for 18 months after leaving University, Miranda recognises the value in volunteering as it enabled her to try out different roles, gain experience and it led to her first full-time job coordinating a family interpreting service. Miranda worked in the homelessness sector for over 14 years. During this time, she coordinated a supported volunteering programme, training homeless and former homeless people in preparation for their voluntary work. This involved supporting them through their volunteer placement and then on into further volunteering, training or employment. In 2009 she completed a PGCE in Adult and Community Education.
Prior to joining Healthwatch Redbridge Miranda worked in further education as a pastoral tutor for two years, supporting students with welfare issues and their studies.
Miranda is the Healthwatch Redbridge Volunteer Coordinator. If you would like to find out about volunteering...
Nat Cato: Communications Officer
Nat has been using his creative skills in the voluntary sector for over 20 years. He has a design background and enjoys working for organisations that are passionate about enabling people to thrive holistically.
He has worked for Amnesty International, and award-winning-charity St Giles Trust, advocating for disadvantaged people and those alienated from their communities, to find housing and healthcare. While volunteering as a Communications Officer for a Westminster charity, he initiated a meeting with Westminster Chapel, resulting in the charity becoming an official Foodbank referrer.
Prior to joining Healthwatch Redbridge, he worked for an Inclusive Cycling charity, promoting health and wellbeing, enabling people with disabilities and those recovering from illness, to enjoy the benefits of cycling.
Dawn Hobson – Projects Officer
Dawn is a nurse by training and also a researcher, enjoying combining both skills to represent the views of users of health services so that they are clearly heard and understood. She recently helped to evaluate the impact of a leadership training programme for care home managers in North West London, aimed at promoting quality of life and delivering positive change for older people in care homes. She has also been involved in a community engagement project which sought to promote links between care homes and their local communities. She has a PhD in Nursing, studying ethical decision-making at the end of life, and is keen to be involved in ensuring the voices of local communities are presented faithfully to service leaders and commissioners. Please do email me with any feedback, ideas or suggestions of how we can best hear your views.