Meet our new Chief Executive Helen Wright

June 28, 2018

We are pleased to announce that Helen Wright will take on the role of Chief Executive for Healthwatch in Kirklees & Calderdale from 16th July 2018. Helen was part of the team that established Healthwatch in Kirklees in 2013, and spent 3 years working to establish the original organisation. In 2016 Helen left to become Director at Healthwatch Calderdale, again developing a new service, and building a reputation as a system leader who understands the wider integration agenda, whilst maintaining a clear focus on compassionate care for patients.

Helen was recruited following an open external recruitment process. Chair of Trustees Paul Bridges said

“We were impressed by Helen’s grasp of the whole health and care system in Kirklees and Calderdale, and by her vision for how Healthwatch can evolve to add value in a changing world. Helen’s appointment means that we can build on our strong foundations, and ensures that our core values will be maintained as our leadership changes.”

Helen replaces Rory Deighton who leaves Healthwatch after 5 years to take on a new role with NHS Confederation on 20th July 2018.

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