Meet the Board
Mr Phil Davies
Miss Victoria Adlard
Linda was born in Wirral, educated in Wirral and Liverpool and spent most of her working life in the North West. She is now retired from a career in health and social services, including working as a specialist mental health social worker, service development manager, university lecturer and tutor.
Linda has senior management experience in both the NHS and LAs, most recently in the development of appropriate women’s’ services in hospitals and in the community. Since retirement, she has contributed to the work of Tomorrow’s Women Wirral as a volunteer Trustee. Alongside her full time posts she was, for 19 years a Mental Health Act Commissioner and, latterly, a CQC specialist mental health Inspector.
Linda’s experience with the Social Care sector includes her role as a Carer for her adult son, who is autistic. This includes negotiating and advocating with service managers, providers, finance departments and, not least, the DWP. The journey continues.
Linda has supported the achievement of clear professional standards and performance evaluation. Linda now welcomes the opportunity to contribute to Healthwatch Wirral.
Bill is a Durham graduate (Philosophy & Politics) who later qualified as an Arabic interpreter. He spent 17 years in the British Army as a military intelligence officer, serving in Hong Kong, Cyprus, Oman, N Ireland and other locations, before leaving to follow a career in security, risk and counter-terrorism. He has held 4 senior corporate security positions in the oil industry and the finance sector in the UK and the Middle East, including 4 years as Chief Security Adviser to the Governor of the Bank of England. He has also operated as a consultant (and, in some cases lived) in more than 40 countries worldwide, and continues to provide security advice to a number of clients, specialising in the Middle East. He is a Chartered Security Professional and a founder & Chairman Emeritus of The Security Institute. Bill lives in Wallasey with his wife, Annette, who is a local dentist, and he is currently Lead Governor of the Wirral Community Health & Care NHS Foundation Trust.
Prof. James Kingsland
Unique as a clinician who is also a policy advisor, educator, writer, presenter, speaker and broadcaster. James is an honorary clinical professor in the School of Medicine at the University of Central Lancashire and until recently was the Senior Partner in a nationally renowned, award winning general practice Wallasey. He has twice served as a government advisor at the English Department of Health and has also held advisory positions with NICE, CQC and NHSI. James has also served on the Board of 3 different hospitals in the Wirral and Liverpool over a 12 year period. He was appointed an OBE in the Queen’s 2012 Diamond Jubilee New Year Honours’ List for services to medicine and to healthcare. Currently he is the longest serving doctor contracted as a presenter with the BBC. Most recently he has been appointed as the Independent Advisor to the Isle of Man Government to support their health and care transformation programme. He is the co-creator of possibly the largest reform programme for primary care provision in generation, the Primary Care Home, which has led to the development of Primary Care Networks nationally in England. He is also the author of the national programme to develop demonstrator sites to address health inequalities in England, chairs the UK Digital Clinical Excellence Forum (DiCE) and has recently been appointed to the Board of the Institute of General Practice Management (IGPM). He remains the Primary Care Lead for the Faculty of Disaster Medicine in India and Nepal. Married to Sarah, an NHS nurse with over 42 years’ service, they have 2 daughters and live in the Wirral.