Our Steering Group has 9 places for local people as volunteers and 3 places for representatives of voluntary and community groups. People are recruited to some of the places every year through an open application process. This group is at the heart of Healthwatch Coventry.

The decisions the Steering Group can make are set out in our Decision making policy.

The group meets every other month. Our next meeting is scheduled for 7 December 2021.

Find details of this meeting on its event page

Could you help our work in improving health and social care? We are currently recruiting to a range of volunteering roles, which includes being a member of our Steering Group.

Visit our volunteering page for more information

Our Chair, Stuart Linnell (MBE)

Stuart has lived in Coventry for nearly 40 years and has had a long and distinguished career in radio and television including; 15 years at Mercia Sound; reporting for Sky Sports news; and presenting news and political programmes on BBC TV.

His 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. 

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.

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.

The role of Healthwatch Coventry Chair is a volunteer role.


Our Steering Group members

  • Hakeem Adedoja, Lay Member
  • Tervinder Bhangal, Lay Member
  • Apollo Economedes, Lay Member
  • Stuart Linnell (Healthwatch Chair)
  • Sue Ogle, (Voluntary Action Coventry)
  • Dennis Saunders, Lay Member
  • Christine McNaught, (FWT A Centre for Women)
  • David Spurgeon, Lay Member
  • Catherine Smith, Lay Member

Edward DeVane, Co-opted member

Steven Hill, Coventry and Warwickshire MIND, Co-opted member

Sonja Woodhouse, Carers Trust Heart of England, Co-opted member

Steering Group minutes

Steering Group meetings are held in public and we make the minutes available on this site. Check out our past meetings to read more.

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