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Cheryl Davenport

Director of Health and Care Integration, Leicestershire County Council

Cheryl Davenport

Director of Health and Care Integration, Leicestershire County Council

  • Cheryl has 26 years’ experience in health and care. Originally an NHS graduate management trainee, her career has involved director level positions covering strategy and policy, commissioning, and business development, as well as regional leadership roles in consultancy and local government.

    Since 2011 she has led joint work operating across NHS and local authority organisations in Leicestershire, setting up Leicestershire’s Health and Wellbeing Board, as one of the Department of Health’s early implementation sites. Between 2013 and 2015 she was also the east midlands regional adviser for local government for Health and Wellbeing Board development.

    Since January 2014, as Leicestershire’s Joint Programme Director for Health and Care Integration, Cheryl has led the planning and implementation of the Leicestershire ‘Better Care Fund’, a multi-agency transformation programme with a pooled budget of £39m.

    Cheryl has lived in Leicestershire since 2005, and has a BA (1990 – University of East Anglia) and MA (2010 – University of Leicester), both in English Literature.

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Lisa Carter

Unified Prevention Design and Performance Manager, Leicestershire County Council

Lisa Carter

Unified Prevention Design and Performance Manager, Leicestershire County Council

  • Lisa has nine years’ performance management experience, four of which have been within health and social care. Originally a graduate in history, Lisa has developed experience over many years with many different roles.

    She spent the year 2001-2002 working for the Australian government dealing with unpaid fines.

    Over the next 6 years, she went on to develop careers in Credit Control, later qualifying in Land registration as a Civil Servant for the Land Registry. It was working for the Land Registry that she took responsibility of Management Accounting for the office. Here she gained knowledge on unit costs and the development of business based on performance.

    From Central Government, she moved to Local Government and a policy and performance orientated role within a District Council; moving to the County Council in 2012. Her portfolio on joining the County Council included health and housing at a time when Health and Social Care Integration was just beginning to take its roots in Local Government. She built new performance frameworks around this emerging area of responsibility and whilst working with Housing partners began the design of a new service called Lightbulb, which she still works on to date.

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Jude Emberson

Health and Care Integration Manager, Leicestershire County Council

Jude Emberson

Health and Care Integration Manager, Leicestershire County Council

  • Jude joined Leicestershire County Council in 2012 to work on the integration programme, initially working on the Health Transfer Funds programme. She continued on to the ‘Better Care Fund’ programme when it was announced in 2013. Jude provides programme management expertise to help deliver the Integration Programme.

    Jude studied BA (Hons) in Business and Finance at University of Sunderland in 1995. She then went on to work in the commercial sector for a number of years before joining the NHS in 1999. Following that, Jude joined the NHS Information Authority, working in both project support and later in project management roles for a different information projects. In 2005, she went on to work at the University of Nottingham, working as a Business Manager for a service which offered training and data analysis to primary care organisations.

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Rosemary Whitelaw

Democratic Services Manager, Leicestershire County Council

Rosemary Whitelaw

Democratic Services Manager, Leicestershire County Council

  • Rosemary has been working for Leicestershire County Council in Democratic Services since 2005, starting her current role as Democratic Services Manager in 2015. She was part of the project team which established the Health and Wellbeing Board in shadow form in 2011 and has provided Democratic and Governance support to it since then. She also supports the Integration Executive.

    Rosemary graduated with a BA (Hons) in English Literature in 2004 and a Master’s Degree in Victorian Studies in 2005, both from the University of Leicester.

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Mark Dewick

Integration Programme Manager, Leicestershire County Council

Mark Dewick

Integration Programme Manager, Leicestershire County Council

  • Mark began his career with the NHS in 1989, taking on a number of clinical roles as a Nurse. In 2001 Mark left nursing and took up various management roles in both the acute and community provider settings.

    Mark's previous position included the responsibility to ensure the Leicestershire Partnership Trust Community Health Services Point of Access ran efficiently.

    Mark was seconded to the Integration Team in August 2016 to be the Programme Manager for the integration of the varied Points of Access within health and social care. In April 2018, he became the Fall Programme Lead. With both his clinical and managerial background, Mark's experience will be a valuable addition in helping to deliver services that are effective, efficient and patient centred.

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Lauren Walton

Personal Assistant to Cheryl Davenport, Director of Health and Care Integration

Lauren Walton

Personal Assistant to Cheryl Davenport, Director of Health and Care Integration

  • Lauren has been working for Leicestershire County Council since January 2017 as a Personal Assistant. Providing general office support and administrative assistance to the Director of Health and Care Integration.

    Prior to this she worked in a similar role as an Executive Assistant, supporting members of the Executive team and Human Resources at Curve Theatre in Leicester.

    Lauren previously completed various administration courses at a Pitman Training centre in Hertfordshire, where she also worked in an administrative role for two years.

    Other roles include working as a Supported Housing Officer for a District Council in Essex, which included assessing the needs of clients in supported housing and in the local community, and putting them in touch with local services.

    Lauren also worked in a large residential care home in Hertfordshire for around five years, supporting adults with many different health conditions, in their everyday lives.

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Jessica Williams

LLR IPOA Change and Project Manager

Jessica Williams

LLR IPOA Change and Project Manager

  • Jessica began her career as a Press Officer, but taking a graduate scheme placement with BT, her career took a new direction.

    Jessica joined BT Plc where she developed skills in mapping customer journeys, implementing organistational change and culture change. Consolidating these skills in a move to PwC Consulting, Jessica focussed on delivering change to local authorities and central government departments. Soon after IBM bought PwC Consulting, Jessica took an opportunity to grow skills in project management alongside change management, delivering back-office change into IBM itself. Most recently, Jessica took an HR based role looking at Workforce Strategy with Northamptonshire County Council.

    Jessica has BA in History and Sociology and an MA in Communications, Cultures and Society, both from the University of London.

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Richard Smeeton

Customer Service Centre Manager Subject Matter Expert Advisor

Richard Smeeton

Customer Service Centre Manager Subject Matter Expert Advisor

  • Richard joined the LLR Single Points of Access Programme in August 2017, bringing 20 years of experience of implementing and managing contact centres.

    Richard began his career in Customer Services with an outsource provider, managing high value contracts for major clients across a range sectors – distribution, ticketing, sports, utilities and magazines.

    In 2005, Richard joined the County Council, to support the implementation of the Environment and Transport Customer Service Centre and latterly the Adult Social Care Customer Service Centre.

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Mala Razak

Children and Families Partnership Manager

Mala Razak

Children and Families Partnership Manager

  • Mala has 17 years’ experience of working within integrated children’s services across Leicester City.

    Mala joined one of the country’s first trailblazer SureStart local programmes in 2000 where she worked with the community to develop a range of preschool settings and early learning services within one of the most deprived areas of the city.

    In 2007 Mala went on to become a 0 – 12 integrated Children’s Centre Leader in the west of the city where she was involved in the early pilot of CAF as part of the Leicester Integrated Services Trial.
    Mala then went on to lead 0-19 Early Help Targeted Services teams, overseeing the delivery of integrated Children’s Centre and Troubled Families services across central and northwest Leicester.

    Mala gained a National Professional Qualification in Integrated Centre Leadership from the National College of School Leadership in 2008 and an MA in Childhood in Society from the University of Warwick in 2011.

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