Engagement Assurance Committee

The Engagement Assurance Committee is a committee of the Governing Body and provides advice and assurance on patient engagement.  It is chaired by the Lay Member for Patient and Public Involvement and membership includes the Clinical Lead for Engagement, Healthwatch, the Assistant Director of Engagement and two local members from each borough, following an open recruitment process in September and October 2020.

There is further background information below including the role outline of members and the terms of reference.

Membership of the Engagement Assurance Committee

Joy ElleryLay Member for Patient and Public Involvement, EAC chair

Dr Faruk MajidGP Lead for Engagement

Folake SegunDirector south east London Healthwatch

Folake works with the six local Healthwatch in South East London and represents Healthwatch on the Engagement Assurance Committee as well as the Governing Body, Equality Committee and Primary Care Commissioning Committee.  Folake presents Healthwatch, patient and public views to the CCG to support their commissioning, review and monitoring of services.  Folake has extensive experience in leadership, management, public involvement, engagement and community development

Rosemary Watts – Assistant Director of Engagement (non-voting)

Public Members from the following boroughs:   

Claire Mayes

Bexley resident for 17 years. Claire has worked as a counsellor in the NHS in the field of sexual health, women’s health, and HIV for nearly 30 years. She is on the committee, manage the social media account and facilitated sessions as part of the peer transplant support group for Kings College Hospital, LISTEN at Kings. Claire also supports the Shielding community and is part of a team that have set up peer support for NHS staff shielding due to being Clinically Extremely vulnerable to Covid 19. Claire has a keen interest and a lifelong commitment to reducing health inequalities, supporting diversity and improving access within health care.

Orla Penruddocke

Bromley resident; Mother of three children; School Governor, Secretary of PPG; Catechist. Previous roles include Clinical Trials Researcher (Cancer), Chartered Health Psychologist working in Sickle Cell Disease and Communications Manager for Mental Health Research Network.

Samantha Ross-Harding

Bromley resident; Samantha works for one for the largest housing associations in the country, bridging social and economic programmes, to decrease levels of vulnerability, create a sense of place and improve social mobility. In her current role she is also a member of Spectrum, a LGBT+ network, actively championing and demonstrating how we draw strength from out differences.

Helen Laker

Greenwich resident and committed to community development through engagement with underrepresented groups, including the No longer invisible Latin American recognition campaign. Founder board member of Greenwich and Bexley Credit Union, member of the Nationwide Community Board 2020/21, Member Governor of Shooters Hill Sixth Form College.

Marc Goblot

Branch chair of National Autistic Society in Greenwich and a service user / carer governor for Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust representing service user and carer members who use adult services in Greenwich.

Livia La Camera

Lambeth resident and a Registered Dietitian who has worked in the acute setting and in public health. Livia currently works for Greenwich Cooperative Development Agency in community health development. Livia works in partnership on community initiatives and programmes to find innovative and effective ways to empower communities to live healthier lives. Her current role is aligned with her ideals and values around supporting diversity and social inclusion.

Stephanie Correia

Lambeth resident for 20 years and actively involved in patient and public involvement. Stephanie works in the charity sector in Lambeth and Southwark, working with people with serious mental health problems.

Neville Fernandes

Lewisham resident and born in Nairobi. Neville grew up in his native Goa before moving to London. Neville has learnt and experienced first-hand medical, cultural and lifestyle issues in the tropical regions of the world and in the west. Neville holds two postgraduates and has mostly worked in the Local Government IT Sector since 1998, (including at London Borough of Lewisham). Neville previously volunteered in the Public Representative Group for Lewisham CCG and the Third Thursday Time that provides Mental Support to the Community in and around Catford.  Neville is also active as a Special Minister at Holy Cross Church, Catford and a member of Bromley Council Christian Forum and speaks five languages.

Shirley Hamilton

A Lewisham resident with an in-depth knowledge of the demographics and potential needs of the community. Shirley is also a leader in one of the local Churches, having been involved with this community for over 30 years.  Shirley has worked as a Curriculum Development Manager for an Adult Education College and have a degree in Modern Foreign Languages with International Studies, Post Graduate qualifications in Education and in Management. Shirley qualified as a teacher in the Post 16 Sector and has worked in Lewisham’s Housing Department and in the Unemployment Benefit Service. Shirley has significant experience in training, having trained for range of statutory and voluntary organisations including National Agencies such as the former Basic Skills Agency.

Winnie Baffoe

Southwark resident and a community organiser with tenacious drive to enable social inclusion through best practice, innovation and values. Winnie’s logic leans towards an operational community which reflects the engagement and needs of all its stakeholders.

Kike Byie

Southwark resident and media relations specialist for government, charities and the NHS. English grammar expert. Steering group member on Herne Hill GP Practice Patient Participation Group.


Dates of previous meetings are:

Dates of future meetings – held bi-monthly 6:00 – 8:00 pm are: