New Chair for Healthwatch Coventry

Stuart Linnell MBE has been appointed as the new Chair of Healthwatch Coventry following an open application process. Our Chair has the important role of

• Championing the public’s interests
• Influence decision makers
• Chairing the Healthwatch Steering Group

Stuart has lived in Coventry for nearly 40 years and has had a long and distinguished career in radio and television.

The role of Healthwatch Chair enables Stuart to build on his keen interest in health and care issues developed through his coverage of health issues on radio and television and his membership of his local GP practice participation group.

He worked at Mercia Sound for 15 years, becoming the station’s Programme Controller and Managing Director. On television he has been a reporter for Sky Sports News, and he has presented news and political programmes on BBC TV.

Whilst at Mercia Sound, he was a founder of the Charity Snowball, which saw the radio station join forces with the Coventry Telegraph newspaper to raise funds for the benefit of chronically sick and disabled children.

Stuart was also Chair of the Coventry branch of the Coventry and Warwickshire Chamber of Commerce for two years

He was made MBE for services to broadcasting in 1995. Stuart’s work in the community in Coventry and Warwickshire was recognised by the award of an Honorary MA degree from Coventry University in 1999.

For the past ten years he has presented a daily show for BBC Radio Northampton, but he is now scaling back his broadcasting work to focus on Healthwatch.

Ruth Light Healthwatch Chief Officer said “we are delighted that Stuart is joining us as Chair as he brings many skills to the role. This is a volunteer role and Stuart joins our team of over 40 volunteers working to make sure patients, family carers, local people are at the centre of their health and care services.”

Ruth light continues: “Thank you to our previous Chair John Mason who held the role for 5 years and was really committed to Healthwatch. His knowledge and insight was invaluable”.