Our Chair, Lloyd Cooke
Chair of the Healthwatch Advisory Board, Lloyd brings considerable experience to his role from his involvement with health and social care across Stoke-on-Trent and as CEO of Saltbox a charity supporting faith groups, older people, ex-offenders, mental health, and substance misuse challenges.
A founding, and Board member of the Link. He is Chairman of the Community Health Voice, a patient involvement group, in the City and surrounds. Mike has been active for 10 years in the City's community infrastructure, including Meir Park Resident's Association. His activities and associations will complement the work of Healthwatch.
Ruby is a 74-year-old retired lecturer. Originally from Guyana, South America, she has lived in Stoke-on-Trent for the last twenty years. Ruby came to Britain in 1968 to pursue a career in Nursing. She lived in London, where she became married and had 4 children. In 1981 Ruby switched careers to facilitate her growing family with whom she moved to Trinidad and Tobago. Ruby completed post-graduate education at the Universities of The West Indies, Exeter, and Keele. She specialised in Reproductive Health and started lecturing firstly at the School of Nursing and then at the University of the West Indies. Family dictates saw her return to the UK in the 1990’s when she became a lecturer at Cardiff University. In 2001, she transferred to Keele University.
On retirement, Ruby started volunteering in the community. Healthwatch was one of the organisations to which she contributed, joining the team for ‘Enter and View’ visits, and attending various communities’ forums. In 2021 a vacancy on the Healthwatch Advisory Board of this organisation arose. Ruby was invited to join this board. She accepted the chance to further contribute to the organisation at a decision-making level. Ruby continues to volunteer for ‘Enter and View’ visits and other communities’ forums.