Meet Our Team

Our Executive Team

Julie Dearing

Delivery Manager

Julie, joined the team in December 2019 as the Delivery Manager.


As the delivery manager I am here to oversee all aspects of Healthwatch in the East Riding and support the team to carry out their work to capture the views and opinions of our local community; this information can then be used to bring about change or share good practice.


“I have spent more than 20 years working in the voluntary and local authority sectors.  I moved back to the East Riding in 2009 after spending more than 20 years in Devon, where I worked for a charity helping combat rural isolation and loneliness, working in partnership with Health care professionals and Local Authorities.”


More recently Julie worked for Age UK in both Hull and East Riding, helping people combat issues effecting those in later life.

Caroline Frost

Volunteer Coordinator

Caroline, our Volunteer Coordinator has been working in the voluntary sector for over 10 years.  As Volunteer Coordinator, her role is to ensure that Healthwatch East Riding’s volunteers gain the best volunteering experience and feel part of the Healthwatch Team. Getting involved in helping to shape and develop Health and Social Care services in our community and ensuring that the voices of patients, service users and their friends and relatives are heard.


“Whatever their role, I want to give our volunteers the best opportunity to get involved and feel part of the team.  Helping Healthwatch to ensure that the voices the public are heard in order to develop and improve health and social care services at a local and national level.”

Emily Hotchkin

Patient Experience Officer

Emily, our Patient Experience Officer is here to gain the experiences and insights of both patients and the public, ensuring their voices are heard and listened to. Collecting this feedback helps to identify key patterns and trends, and will contribute to various reports made to highlight patient’s experience of local health services. Emily also works with the team on engagement activities and help with various projects.


“Coming from a social science background, I have a Sociology BSc degree and a great interest in the use of research methods to gain in-depth individual experience. I’m excited to use this passion to collect, identify and highlight experiences of health care across an individual, regional and national level.”

Alexandria Hanson

Communications and Engagement Officer

Alexandria, our Communications and Engagement Officer’ leads on engagement activity, ensuring that residents across all demographic groups have accessible ways to engage with Healthwatch and providing effective promotion of Healthwatch through the coordination of communications activity.  


“With a Marketing BSc (Hons) degree and a great interest in the use of communications, I’m excited to use this passion to build and maintain trusted relationships with the both the public and stakeholders – whilst driving growth and awareness, to maximise public feedback and ensure appropriate help is allocated to all.”

Rosie Willis

Youth and Community Outreach Officer

“Hi, I’m Rosie! I’m the Youth and Community Outreach Officer for Healthwatch East Riding.


Since starting in April I have made it my mission to find out young people’s views and experiences of Health and Social Care Services in our area. I want to make sure Young people’s voices are heard and valued. Young Healthwatch have been having fun attending different Youth Events and we have some more coming up too. I’m also very excited to welcome our new young volunteer, Beth to the team!


In my spare time I love to walk my three dogs and enjoy watching History Documentaries.”

Gemma Elsaadany

Community and Inclusion Officer

Gemma is our Community Inclusion and Wellbeing Officer, her main role is to engage with people from different minority communities, in order to learn from their experiences and ensure that their voices are heard amongst the health and social care sector. She is passionate about promoting equality and diversity and wants to ensure that nobody is discriminated against based on their race, religion, ethnicity or cultural differences.


“I’m excited to join the Healthwatch team and super enthusiastic about being able to give a voice to communities who are often unheard and underrepresented, so that we can work to improve their overall experiences in health and social care.”

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