Jan Heijne den Bak


Jan is Chair and Treasurer of Voice. He also represents Voice with the UCLan's West Cumberland Medical Education Centre and on the West Cumbria Community Forum.

He studied medicine in The Netherlands, following his wife to Whitehaven in 1983. He worked in West Cumberland Hospital and, after GP training, became a GP partner with the Beech House Practice in Egremont until 2008.

He was the course/scheme organiser of the West Cumbria Vocational Training Scheme for General Practice. from 1990 until 1996,  Chairman of the West Cumbria Primary Care Group from 1999-2001 and also worked as an assessor for the National Clinical Assessment Service and the Care Qualiy Commission until retiring in 2011. 

Jan firmly believes that West Cumbria needs a fully functioning hospital.

Liz Clegg

VOICE Secretary

Liz is Secretary for Voice and represents the group in Action for Health.  She has lived in rural West Cumbria for nearly fifty years and, after bring up four children, works in the voluntary sector organising the Muncaster Microbus, a voluntary community bus company.  She is passionate about fairness and equality, especially for rural residents.  She has worked as a community representative with the NHS for several years and was a member of the Governing Body of the statutory Cumbria Local Involvement Network - the predecessor to Healthwatch.  She was the LINK representative on the Cumbria PCT Board and Cumbria Health and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee.  She believes that the professionals and the users can develop a healthcare system that works - but they must work together.

Keith Amey

Keith is a Public Governor for Copeland with the Cumbria Partnership Foundation Trust. He chairs both the Trust governance group and their finance group and  serves on the Copeland & Allerdale locality groups. He is also involved in the pharmacy tender team and is on the panel for external auditor selection.

Keith is a Chartered Engineer and Company Director with a background in hi-tech innovation, company trouble shooting and change management. He has worked for British Rail, British Aerospace, Thorn, Department of Trade & Industry and Sellafield.

Keith has lived and worked in Cumbria since 2002 and plans to stay as he and his wife love the local people and beautiful countryside. He plays an active role in a variety of community activities.

Guy Broome

Guy was a Consultant Orthopeadic Surgeon with North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust from 1992 to 2014 and  Co-Chair of the Medical Staff Committee (responsible for professional needs of colleagues) from 2011 to 2013.

He was the National NICE lead for Hip Fracture Care and Royal College National co-lead for Nerve Injuries.

Currently he is an invited Panel Member for Committee for Rural Proofing of Success Regime Vision for Cumbria

Ellen Cullen

Ellen trained as a Registered Nurse at West Cumberland Hospital.  She did further training in Newcastle and Morpeth, returning to work at WCH and stayed in the NHS until retirement aged 65. For a further ten years she worked in the independent sector.  She has always been an active Royal College of Nursing member and is currently an ambassador for the RCN for Cumbria and the North East.  She has been involved in patient participation work since retirement and feels passionately about patient care and especially for the future of the health service here in West Cumbria.

Mahesh Dhebar

Mahesh trained in general Orthopaedics and Trauma Surgery at Belfast, Edinburgh, Leeds, and Newcastle.

He settled in West Cumbria because it was "a fantastic place to bring up the family and to stay once retired".  He worked at West Cumberland Hospital from 1992 until his retirement in 2013. Since then Mahesh has been a leading light in the fight to maintain quality health and care services in West Cumbria.

Anne Glazebrook

Christine Kitchen

Viv Stucke

Viv spent her early career in hospitals in London and Yorkshire, working as a staff nurse, ward sister and then specialising in infection control. She spent 16 years as an infection control and tissue viability specialist at West Cumberland Hospital.

After retirement Viv was a lay representative on the Cumbria CCG/North Cumbria University Hospitals Trust Quality Review Group until 2017.

Viv is a member of the Copeland Community Stroke Prevention Project, a group of people and organisations working to raise awareness of, and prevent strokes in our communities.

Eileen Turner

Eileen is a retired communications professional. She manages the Voice website and provides communications support to the group

Jon Ward

After graduating in Biological Sciences and spending a brief time in research, Jon spent 30 years in the reinsurance and wholesale insurance industry. Most of this was in the field of medical expense insurance, mainly for the USA market. This has given him a great understanding of the value of the NHS, as opposed to other systems. 

The experience of detailed and numerically based negotiation of (re)insurance contracts, together with Jon's scientific background, has helped in developing, presenting and arguing some of Voice's opinions on the consultation options put forward in West, North and East Cumbria. Jon also has experience with implementing new compliance regimes, and user input into design of computer based business systems.

Jon has had family links with West Cumbria for roughly 40 years and moved here permanently in 2008.

Mary Watters

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