Advisory Body

Independent Strategic Advisory Body (ISAB)

The Independent Strategic Advisory Body (ISAB) supports the staff team to deliver the statutory functions of Healthwatch East Riding (HWERY). The Advisory Body provide feedback and advice and set the overall strategic direction for the work of Healthwatch. In acting as the independent voice and champion of the public and patients in East Riding, they are a vital part of HWERY’s decision making process.
 
Membership
 
The Healthwatch Advisory Body (ISAB), in line with national guidance, is made up of the Healthwatch Chief Executive, the Healthwatch Delivery Manager, and independent members, who will be selected for their specific skills and experience, in the following areas:

  • Patient and public engagement
  • Marketing and communications
  • Health and Social Care
  • Volunteer management
  • Strategic leadership

Core Responsibilities
 
With information provided by the Healthwatch East Riding of Yorkshire staff team, the Advisory Body takes responsibility for:

  • Developing strategic plans for Healthwatch East Ring and other projects developed under the HWERY initiative that are informed by the needs and experiences of East Riding residents.
  • Reviewing plans for the delivery of Healthwatch East Riding
  • Monitoring progress against Healthwatch East Riding delivery plans and advising on amendments to meet identified need
  • Making recommendations to the management of Meeting New Horizons CIC regarding maintaining and safeguarding the independence, probity and transparency of Healthwatch East Riding of Yorkshire
  • Championing the public and patient views

Meetings
 
The Independent Strategic Advisory Body (ISAB) meets in person four times a year and the meetings are open to the public. The role of these meetings is to set the strategic workplan for Healthwatch East Riding and to check the delivery against that workplan at key stages. The ISAB provides the overview, scrutiny and challenge to the plans and actions of the delivery team. Dates and venues of meetings are published in advance on our website.
 
Click here to find all of the previous ISAB meetings minutes

Ian Dewar – ISAB Chair
 
Ian Dewar has enjoyed almost thirty years in Public Relations, Marketing and Business Management. Post-RAF career he entered the world of publishing working in New York, Boston and here in the United Kingdom. With British Rail he gained first hand experience in sales, marketing and public relations before becoming that company’s first Commercial Officer. As a PR and Marketing consultant he provided services to a blue chip client base at home and abroad. Ian was Vice Chairman of the South West Durham Health Authority for five years and has maintained an active interest in health related matters since. Now retired he describes himself as a neurotic author with a wife and several ailing cats.
Carol Dyas
 
Carol has over 35 years’ experience in Primary Care. Carol has volunteered with Healthwatch East Riding of Yorkshire for a number of years before taking up her new role on the Independent Strategic Advisory Body. She enjoys reading, learning new languages, aqua aerobics and walking.
 
Sally Burns
 
Sally is a highly Experienced Senior Manager with over 35 years strategic and operational workplace experience managing a broad range of local government services delivered in Communities. Extensive experience in financial, and people management and Partnership Working. Track record of effective strategy/ policy development and implementation. Outcome-focused approach, with a proven ability to deliver service improvements in a climate of transformation and reducing resources. Project manager with experience of leading complex multi organisational partnership programmes, Effective motivator and able to work with teams to achieve goals within budget and to tight deadlines.
 
Matthew Kay
 
As our former Research Officer, Matthew knows Healthwatch, and the role it plays in the community, well. Though leaving us to become the Clerk to Cottingham Parish Council, he wishes to continue being a part of the Healthwatch team by becoming both a member of the board and a Healthwatch volunteer.
 
Prior to working with Healthwatch, Matthew spent nine years in Westminster as a Parliamentary Assistant to a Member of Parliament and he is highly experienced in community engagement work.
Ian Dewar – ISAB Chair
 
Ian Dewar has enjoyed almost thirty years in Public Relations, Marketing and Business Management. Post-RAF career he entered the world of publishing working in New York, Boston and here in the United Kingdom. With British Rail he gained first hand experience in sales, marketing and public relations before becoming that company’s first Commercial Officer. As a PR and Marketing consultant he provided services to a blue chip client base at home and abroad. Ian was Vice Chairman of the South West Durham Health Authority for five years and has maintained an active interest in health related matters since. Now retired he describes himself as a neurotic author with a wife and several ailing cats.
 
Carol Dyas
 
Carol has over 35 years’ experience in Primary Care. Carol has volunteered with Healthwatch East Riding of Yorkshire for a number of years before taking up her new role on the Independent Strategic Advisory Body. She enjoys reading, learning new languages, aqua aerobics and walking.
 
Sally Burns
 
Sally is a highly Experienced Senior Manager with over 35 years strategic and operational workplace experience managing a broad range of local government services delivered in Communities. Extensive experience in financial, and people management and Partnership Working. Track record of effective strategy/ policy development and implementation. Outcome-focused approach, with a proven ability to deliver service improvements in a climate of transformation and reducing resources. Project manager with experience of leading complex multi organisational partnership programmes, Effective motivator and able to work with teams to achieve goals within budget and to tight deadlines.
 
Matthew Kay
 
As our former Research Officer, Matthew knows Healthwatch, and the role it plays in the community, well. Though leaving us to become the Clerk to Cottingham Parish Council, he wishes to continue being a part of the Healthwatch team by becoming both a member of the board and a Healthwatch volunteer.
 
Prior to working with Healthwatch, Matthew spent nine years in Westminster as a Parliamentary Assistant to a Member of Parliament and he is highly experienced in community engagement work.