The PPG Committee comprises patient representatives from The Simpson Centre and Penn Surgery and includes people with skills in education, health work, medical research, communications, public affairs, and management. There are currently 8 members of the Committee including the Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer.
Paul Henry (Chairman)
With a background in Marketing and Business Improvement, I bring experience as a patient involvement advocate, gained as Lead Governor of at Heatherwood & Wexham Park NHS Foundation Trust and now at Frimley Health NHS Foundation Trust, a client involvement role at Chiltern Clinical Commissioning Group and as a Patient Leader with NHS England.
A long-time resident of Beaconsfield, previous Town Mayor and client of the Simpson Centre for over 25 years I am passionate about both the NHS and the role of clients/patients in the development of services within an NHS context.
I hope to contribute the already successful operation of the Simpson Centre and Penn Surgery through the further development of services, the inclusion of the Client Voice in decision making and constant improvement in communication with and from clients.
I have lived, together with my husband Richard, in the village for 46 years and am generally known round and about for my (our) involvement for the past 29 years, with the Iain Rennie Hospice at Home. More recently helped set up the Wycombe Winter Night Shelter (now Wycombe Homeless Connection). Fund-raising being a big part of the Nisbet world for these charities. Our son went to the village schools and he, together with his wife and two sons, lives in the village, so you could say we are a local family.
We do not attend a local church, as we have been members of Union Baptist Church, High Wycombe, since moving from Sussex to Buckinghamshire in 1959. Three years ago a new Morning WI started in the village and I am the present President of that happy and thriving institute. I happily served on the village Jubilee Committee and the two village WIs’ organised and ran at “Tea Dance” which was greatly appreciated by all who attended. I am often identified by the fact that I walk two Shelties (dogs) around the area. It is a privilege to be part of the P.P.G and I look forward to meeting more village people through that organisation.
I have lived in Penn for the last thirty years and my family have been patients of Penn Surgery for many of those years. It’s now time to give something back to the village and supporting the work of the surgeries will give me an opportunity to use my specific skills.
I have specialised in noise and hearing for most of my career, being director of a research group at the Institute of Sound and Vibration Research at Southampton University, director of Racal Acoustics, based in Buckinghamshire, then Professor of Applied Acoustics and Pro-Vice Chancellor at Salford University.
I was able to provide advice to the MOD, and my noise-cancelling headsets are in use in the RAF and Army.
Locally, I have been chairman of the trustees of the British Tinnitus Association and Chairman of the Chepping Wycombe Parish Council. At the same time advisor to, and former President of, my professional institution – the Institute of Acoustics, based in St Albans.
I am very much looking forward to working with the patient group in Penn and Beaconsfield.
Tony Glynn (Treasurer)
After leaving the NHS in the north of England, I moved to the local area and commenced a career in the Medical Equipment Industry.
Initially in Sales and Marketing with Johnson and Johnson, and then in General Management, with geographic responsibility in the UK and abroad, working for international innovative companies at the forefront of investigative techniques.
I was fortunate to be involved in the introduction of many new products and procedures in the UK and overseas.
My responsibilities involved liaising with clinical, technical and commercial personnel in the fields of general medicine and surgery, Cardiology, Urology, Sterilisation methods, (Gamma ray, Ethylene oxide gas, steam autoclaves etc), devices for ambulatory monitoring (e.g. heart, blood pressure, respiration etc) and surgical dressings and IV equipment.
As well as with Government officials in Europe, the Middle East, South America and the Far East.
A long time resident in the Beaconsfield area and on the patient register of both Penn and the Simpson Centre surgeries for over 40 years, I have always had a keen interest in matters of health and hope as a member of the PPG committee team, to make a contribution which will benefit all.
I have a long history growing up in a family who practiced medicine. My father was a GP, my mother a Nurse and my elder brother is the Professor of General Practice at the University of Cambridge, also the Director of the MRC Epidemiology Unit and the CEDAR research institute.
After graduating from Portsmouth University with a degree in Geography, I myself embarked on a career within IT and Marketing in the City, before beginning the rewarding career of bringing up three children, who are 14, 11 and 8 and my lovely golden retriever Monty, who is 4. Each child is unique and I love supporting them through all that growing up brings.
Having now lived in the village for over 12 years with my husband Martin, it was time to become more active in the community and I am really excited to join the PPG where I can offer my experience in Communications, Marketing, IT and Motherhood to make an ongoing contribution.
In my spare time hobbies include yoga, tennis and chauffeur for my three children.
After graduating in English Literature, I spent 25 years in London as a print and broadcast journalist, specialising in the creative and media industries. But I always had a deep interest in health, nutrition and wellbeing, and while working as a journalist, I also ran my own PR consultancy with clients including the Royal Brompton Hospital and Marie Curie Cancer Care.
In 1998, I moved back to this area to care for my mother who had developed a serious long-term illness; and some ten years later, after my son left school, I began a new career, initially as a Registrar in Beaconsfield and, more recently, as an Independent Funeral Celebrant.
It is a role that I love, one that combines the journalistic skills of listening, communicating, writing and presenting. I spend alarming amounts of time at local crematoria and cemeteries…but still manage to indulge my leisure activities – bridge, the theatre, keeping fit and socialising with friends. I live with my husband Martin in Hazlemere and we are registered at Penn Surgery.
Having only lived in Penn for the past 10 years, I am clearly the ‘youngest’ of the current members of the Patient Participation Group (PPG)! However, having made double figures, I hope my credibility to participate in this group as a local interested patient is not in doubt? Additional interest comes not only from growing up within a medical family, but also from a career within Social Work and GP Counselling. And family values of Christian care and concern for those less privileged in this world further adds to my desire to support those of our community in their move towards improved ‘health’, in the widest sense of that term. A full time employed wife and a teenage daughter not only frees me up to become involved in the PPG, alongside active involvement within the Penn and Tylers Green’s ‘Village Care’ charity and the ‘Lighthouse’ children’s summer week, but also challenges me to keep up to date with current cultural trends…and not only within the health arena!
My career was spent in the Pharmaceutical Industry, working in a variety of sales, marketing and management roles and then heading up a Learning and Development department, when I delivered numerous leadership and management personal development programmes and plenaries.
In 2003, I started my own business and applied my executive coaching experience across a variety of other business sectors, including the NHS, Business Analytics, IT and Architecture.
More recently, I’ve worked on a consultancy basis to develop business and people development strategies.
I’ve been a volunteer for The Prince’s Trust for 7 years. I enjoy several roles there, including mentoring young people and fundraising. I find volunteering an exceptionally rewarding experience and so I decided to contribute something else locally.
Since I moved to Beaconsfield in 1985, my family have always had excellent treatment at The Simpson Centre, so I wanted to put something back into the practice and this year I joined the PPG.
My passions outside work are family (with 9 of my 10 grandchildren living within a 5 mile radius, childcare and school runs are still a big part of my life!) also friends, travel and tennis!