How to be involved with the work of the ICB

Patient Engagement Forum

Our Patient Engagement Forum (PEF) has been developed to ensure that the patient voice is heard by the ICB in line with our policy for working with people and communities

The PEF is an advisory group to the ICB Board. It gives updates to board meetings to provide assurance that patients’ needs, views and experiences of local health and care services are part of decision-making at the ICB.

The members include representatives from patient groups and people with advisory roles from across Hertfordshire and west Essex. The Forum has scheduled meetings every two months.

Forum members are connected to various communities and networks and use their insight into local views and issues to propose items to the ICB board. They also pose questions in the public participation section of board meetings in public.



Patient and community representatives

  • Alan Bellinger (Patient Chair) - ICB Buddy Scheme patient representative
  • Michael Carn - East and North Hertfordshire Community Assembly patient representative
  • Helen Clothier - South and West Hertfordshire patient representative
  • Leighton Colegrave - ICB Primary Care Board patient representative
  • Fiona Corcoran - Deputy Chief Executive Officer, Healthwatch Hertfordshire
  • Joy Das - Primary Care Board citizen representative
  • Rita Dovey - West Essex Carers Network representative and member of The Princess Alexandara Hospital patient panel
  • Sam Glover – Chief Executive Officer, Healthwatch Essex
  • Nila Hibbert - West Essex Citizens panel patient representative
  • Marianne Hiley - Primary Care Board citizen representative
  • Justin Jewitt - Patient Safety Partners and Quality Committee patient representative
  • Rajwant Kaur Singh - West Essex patient representative
  • Ewa Merlo - Policy Manager, Hertfordshire County Council
  • Kevin Minier (Patient Vice Chair) - shared South and West Hertfordshire Health and Care Partnership Co-production Board patient representative
  • Martin Norman - East and North Hertfordshire patient representative
  • Andrew Smith - mental health service user representative
  • Claire Uwins - Patients Association task and finish patient representative
  • John Wigley (Patient Vice Chair) - shared South and West Hertfordshire Health and Care Partnership Co-production Board patient representative

Herts and West Essex Integrated Care Board representatives

  • Michael Watson - Chief of Staff
  • Heather Aylward - Engagement Manager
  • Louise Manders – Deputy Head of Communications and Engagement
  • Lauren Oldershaw - Senior Communications and Engagement Officer

If you would like to contact the Patient Engagement Forum please email