Our Chair, Vicky Szulist

Vicky is a Chartered Accountant and audit partner at Crowe Clark Whitehill LLP. She has been involved in the Not for Profit sector throughout her career and acts for a wide range of not for profit organisations, many of whom are involved in the care sector. Vicky regularly presents at sector specific seminars on a range of subjects including risk management and governance. She has also advised on issues ranging from incorporation, trading subsidiaries, group structures, gift aid and corporation tax.

Vicky was treasurer of Manchester Citizens Advice Bureau (MCAB) until December 2013. MCAB won awards for its work on social policy. Vicky became involved in Healthwatch through her role at MCAB. Vicky has joined the board of Manningham Housing Association, a BME housing provider in her home town of Bradford in July 2016.

Our Board

Mina Desai

Mina was born in the city of Ahmedabad in India. She graduated from Gujarat University, India in 1974. After graduating, as a part of her further training in India, she worked in the rural part of India to receive first-hand training on how to control diseases in resource-poor settings. Mina moved to the UK in 1976 to further qualify in Pathology. She obtained MRCPath in 1983. Between 1983 and 1992 she worked part time and raised two children. She was appointed as a consultant cytopathologist in 1992. In June 2002, Mina was appointed as a Clinical Director of the new amalgamated (Christie and MRI) Manchester Cytology Centre. She was also appointed Director of the Northwest Cytology Training Centre. As the Director of this Centre she was extensively involved in teaching and training staff from laboratories, primary care and hospitals from all over the world. Outside Manchester, Mina has been actively involved in raising the awareness of cancer screening in the BME communities in Manchester and other parts of UK and rural communities in the developing world.

Mina retired in March 2013 from the active clinical practice. Since retirement, she became the Chief Editor of the journal ‘Cytopathology’, Chief Examiner of the European cytology examinations, Honorary Senior Lecturer at the Institute of Cancer Sciences at Manchester University and Visiting Professor in the school of Healthcare Sciences at the Manchester Metropolitan University. Recently, she has been elected as a Trustee of the Jo’s Cervical Cancer Trust.

Mina was awarded Commander of the British Empire (CBE) title in 2011 for services to women's health and Erica Wachtel Award from the British Association for Cytopathology. In 2012, she was selected as Torch bearer for the London 2012 Olympics due to her contribution in raising awareness of cervical screening in ethnic minority women in UK and in the developing world.

Anita Kanji

Anita Kanji is the Lead Officer for Health & Wellbeing at the Manchester Deaf Centre.

Circle Steele

Circle Steele is Chief Executive Officer at Wai Yin Society, and a member of various other boards, organisations and trusts. She is consistently championing cultural diversity on behalf of Chinese and other ethnic minorities in Greater Manchester. She was pleased to receive an invitation from Her Majesty to attend a Royal Garden Party at Buckingham Palace in 2008 to acknowledge the contribution she had made to society. Circle is both committed and passionate about the communities she serves and, her extensive experience in the community will allow her to positively contribute to the strategic vision of Healthwatch.

Julie Rigby

Julie has been with Brook since 2010, before this role she worked for First Choice Holidays as a manger in their head office at Salford. She is the Service Manager across the cluster of Manchester, Oldham, Bury and Rochdale.

The management team ensure the services are focused on the needs of young people, by leading and managing the operational service delivery of senior nursing, education, training and administrative staff.

Julie is committed to the evolvement of young people and communities in all levels of decision making, listening to hard-to-reach groups and involving young people in the workings of the organisation.

Along with sitting in the Healthwatch Manchester board Julie is also a board member of the Phoenix GM Steering group (Manchester), CSE Delivery Group (Manchester) and the Teenage Pregnancy and Sexual Health Board (Oldham)

She has worked on a voluntary basis with the Samaritans, providing a listening service to callers during a crisis period in their life; she also helped raise funds for the charity to enable them to carry on with the great work they do.

Julie provided support on the Initial set up of a residents and tenants association, working alongside the landlord to help create a better environment for all tenants and residents, liaising with the landlord on behalf of the tenants on how to improve security, safety and the upkeep of the houses provided.

Fergal McCullough

Fergal is the director of The Men's Room.

Charles Kwaku-Odoi

Charles is the Chief Officer of the Caribbean and African Health Network (CAHN). 

Past Board papers

We make the papers for our public Board meetings available online. We also publish a summary of what was discussed. Check out our past meetings to read more.

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