Our Chair, Jane Tilly
Tony Raine - Vice Chair & Treasurer
I was born and educated in Hartlepool. His interest in healthcare first became apparent when he was asked to join the Community Health Council. He later gained elderly care experience when he was appointed as sole administer for the Victoria, Jubilee and Coronation Almshouses. He later gained experience in social conditions as deputy chairman of Housing Hartlepool over an 11 year period from its very beginning to its merger into the 13 Group.
I am also a trustee of the Citizens Advice Bureau and a Magistrate for the Cleveland area. In what spare time he has, he is company secretary of a resource centre in Owton Manor and treasurer of West Hartlepool Grammar School Old Boys Association as well as auditing various bodies and organisations. Tony was a bank manager and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Bankers.
I was born and brought up in the Town and completed my nurse training at local hospitals in the 1960's. In the 1970's I did my Occupational Health training and in the 80's I completed another year at New College Durham to gain my Health Visitor's Diploma.
After working for five years as a Health Visitor, I became Deputy Matron at a local Nursing Home, and then went on to become Matron at a newly opened Nursing Home in the Town.
My voluntary work started in the mid-nineties and I have to date completed almost twenty-two years for our local Hartlepool and District Hospice.
I have been involved with Healthwatch Hartlepool since it's inception, and before that when we were LINks and PPI.
I am also chair of the Healthwatch Hartlepool Volunteer Steering Group.
I was visiting my Aunt in hospital then a care home for 7 years following a very bad stroke. She was paralysed on the left side, lost speech and was unable to swallow for several months. Then the paralysis lasted for the rest of her life . I watched them leave her in wet pads , the room smelling sometimes, very bad . They also served what they called corporate food and had no chef there for several months. I went and spent time with her every day and though some showed extreme care, others were lacking in any compassion at all. I decided I wanted to help bring the negatives to account and decided joining Local involvement Network. ( Link ) in 2007.