National Voices Appoints Four New Trustees

National Voices, the health and social care charity coalition, has appointed four new trustees:

Renata Drinkwater – Chief Executive, Expert Patients Programme
Sophie Corlett – Director of External Relations, Mind
Caroline Hacker – Head of Policy & Service Improvement, Parkinson’s UK
Ruth Bravery – Director of Volunteering & Patient Engagement, Marie Curie Cancer Care

The trustees were elected by National Voices members from 16 nominees. National Voices’ chair, Jeremy Hughes, who is also chief executive of the Alzheimer’s Society, said:

“The members and staff of National Voices are extremely grateful for the work of our outgoing trustees, Mike O’Donovan, David Congdon, Ros Meek, Steven Fisher and Darryl Gibbings-Isaac. In four years they have helped guide a new charity to its current position as a champion of patients and, in the words of the Health Service Journal, ‘the leading health and social care charity coalition’.

“We are delighted to welcome on board Renata Drinkwater, Sophie Corlett, Caroline Hacker and Ruth Bravery. These are challenging times in health and social care but there are also many opportunities and we have an outstanding team to lead National Voices in its campaign and policy work on vital issues such as the need for coordinated care. We also thank all the candidates, who were all of an exceptionally high calibre.”

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National Voices’ Board of Trustees

Ruth Bravery, Marie Curie Cancer Care (member organisation)
Sophie Corlett, Mind (member organisation)
Angela Coulter, Angela is an independent consultant and expert in patient and public involvement (independent)
Renata Drinkwater, Expert Patients Programme (member organisation)
Caroline Hacker, Parkinson’s UK (member organisation)
Jeremy Hughes, Alzheimer's Society Chair (member organisation)
Robert Johnstone, Access Matters (member organisation)
Zoё Matthews, Friends, Families and Travellers (member organisation)
Mike Mercer, Treasurer, Mike is a retired Treasury civil servant.   (independent)
Julia Oliver, Odgers Berndtson (independent)

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About National Voices
National Voices is the national coalition of health and social care charities in England. We work together to strengthen the voice of patients, service users, carers, their families and the voluntary organisations that work for them. We have more than 150 members with 130 charity members and 20 professional and associate members.
Our broad membership, rooted in people’s experience, represents millions of people, and covers a diverse range of health conditions and communities.