Our Chair, Stephen Whittle

Stephen lives in Bermondsey and is a Trustee of Time and Talents, based in Rotherhithe.

He worked at the BBC where we was Controller of Editorial Policy. Since he retired he has regulated both doctors and lawyers. He has also chaired a home for people with learning disabilities in Kent.

With the NHS and the social care system facing significant challenges, he wants Healthwatch Southwark to be a place where the experience of patients and service users can be used to make a difference. Stephen represents Healthwatch Southwark on Southwark CCG Governing Body. 

Our Advisory Group


David Stock - Representative from Southwark Disablement Association (SDA)

David joined the Healthwatch Southwark Advisory Group in December 2015. He has lived and worked in Southwark for over 25 years and has used a range of health services in the area. He is currently CEO of Southwark Disablement Association (SDA), a user-led organisation which supports Deaf and disabled people to live independently through choice and self-determination. David is interested in how social care and health services work together.

Liz Day - Southwark resident

Liz has lived in Southwark for thirty years. She has worked in social services and in mental health. She has a particular interest in the mental wellbeing of children and young people and their families. She has been a carer for her mother who had dementia and her partner who has cancer.

Ola Afuwape - Southwark resident

Ola is a Social Care Worker with seven years of experience in various care settings. She is passionate about providing person-centred care and support to vulnerable adults and the elderly, taking into consideration their dignity, respect and choice, promoting their independence and ensuring they and their environment are safe at all times. Ola has lived in Southwark for over ten years. She joined the Advisory Group as a volunteer to influence the improvement of health and social care services.

Karin Woodley - Representative from Cambridge House

Karin Woodley joined Cambridge House as Chief Executive in April 2013. With over 25 years of third sector experience in community empowerment, arts and culture, education, diversity and equality, and criminal justice, Karin is passionately committed to addressing the complex needs faced by some of the most vulnerable people in our society. Karin has been appointed by the Secretary of State to the Economic and Social Research Council, attended the Global Social Economy Forum, and won the Lifetime Achiever Award at the 2016 Excellence in Diversity Awards.

Verinder Mander - Representative from Southwark Carers

Verinder is the Chief Executive of Southwark Carers and is responsible for leading the charity and liaising with the Council to ensure that carers continue to be at the centre of the agenda. She has been involved with Healthwatch Southwark since the very beginning.

Marcela Vielman - Representative from Pembroke House

Marcela has worked in Southwark for 7 years. Her work has been around mental health services, particularly those delivered in community settings and engagement with communities that find it difficult to access them. She is currently working for the South London and Maudsley Trust delivering a pilot on community engagement in partnership with Pembroke House. She joined Healthwatch Southwark in 2016.

Rozi Premji - Southwark resident