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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 27 years’ experience in health and care. Originally an NHS graduate management trainee, the early part of her career was in acute hospitals in Norfolk, Derbyshire, and Tyne and Wear.

    Between 1999 and 2005 she worked as a senior health care consultant at PricewaterhouseCoopers, and then abroad, as the Executive Director for the Massachusetts Psychiatric Society, where she was appointed as Chair of the American Psychiatric Association’s Executive Director’s Network.

    Returning to the UK public sector, she was appointed as an NHS Board Director with portfolios spanning strategy and policy, commissioning, and business development.

    Since 2011 she has led joint work operating across NHS and Local Authority organisations in Leicestershire, with an advisory role for Health and Wellbeing Boards and the implementation of the Better Care Fund, across the East Midlands.

    In January 2014, she was appointed Leicestershire’s Director of Health and Care Integration, leading the planning and implementation of the Leicestershire Better Care Fund, a multiagency transformation programme across health, care and housing, with a pooled budget of £52m.

    Cheryl lives in Leicestershire and has a BA (University of East Anglia) and MA (University of Leicester), both in English Literature. She is an honorary research fellow at De Montfort University and a member of the External Advisory Board for the University of Leicester’s School of Business.

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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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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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Richard Smeeton

Health and Care Integration Project Manager, Leicestershire County Council

Richard Smeeton

Health and Care Integration Project Manager, Leicestershire County Council

  • 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, Leicestershire County Council

Mala Razak

Children and Families Partnership Manager, Leicestershire County Council

  • 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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Katy Griffith

Project Manager - Assistive Technology, Leicestershire County Council

Katy Griffith

Project Manager - Assistive Technology, Leicestershire County Council

  • Katy has recently joined the team as a project manager and is currently working on the assistive technology project. Prior to this, she worked on two large scale integration programmes in Leicestershire: Help to Live at Home; which is a joint service between the Council and the local Clinical Commissioning Groups that provides care to people at home and Home First; which is working across LLR to integrate and improve step up and step down services.

    Katy first joined the Council in 1993 as a newly qualified social worker. She was promoted to team manager in 2000 and has managed both hospital and locality social care teams. She moved into a project management role in 2010 and has delivered a variety of projects within Adults and Communities, including the eligibility threshold change and the implementation of the Care Act 2014.

    Katy studied History at the University of Sheffield before completing an MSc in Social Policy and Social Work at the London School of Economics in 1993.

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Pritesh Patel

Lead Analyst - Health and Social Care Integration, Leicestershire County Council

Pritesh Patel

Lead Analyst - Health and Social Care Integration, Leicestershire County Council

  • Pritesh joined Leicestershire County Council in April 2018 on a secondment from University Hospitals of Leicester.

    He studied BSc (Hons) in Information Systems with Management at De Montfort University in 2004 and his first job was within local government analysing and reporting on social care and schools data.

    Pritesh was part of the local e-government project team and has worked in partnership with numerous multinational software organisations.

    Pritesh worked in the private sector (and abroad) before joining the NHS as an Information Analyst. He has held a number of positions across the NHS performing analytics, business intelligence and reporting writing.

    As the lead analyst within the team, Pritesh has a key role to provide an intelligence-led performance and service, tailored to the requirements of the Better Care Fund and Health and Social Care integration. This includes working across local health and care agencies, local authorities and partner agencies whilst providing expert support across all stakeholders.

    With a technical and business background spanning over 15 years and working with vast amounts of data, Pritesh's expertise is a core part of the team.

    Outside of work, Pritesh enjoys football, keeping fit and loves travelling abroad whilst embracing different cultures and people.

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Lorna Dellow

Senior Communications Officer, Leicestershire County Council

Lorna Dellow

Senior Communications Officer, Leicestershire County Council

  • Lorna has been working for Leicestershire County Council since 2006, initially in a marketing role in the Environment & Transport department, before joining the Corporate Communications Unit in 2012, where she has delivered communications work on behalf of a number of departments.

    Currently covering for a colleague on maternity leave, Lorna leads on the communications work for the Health and Care Integration Team as well as the Adult Social Care and Public Health departments.

    Prior to that Lorna spent four years working at the Leicester Mercury, initially as a Telesales Executive before being promoted to Retail Sales Manager.

    Lorna graduated with a BA (Hons) in Media Studies in 2000, at University College, Worcester.

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