Who We Are

Rosemary Davies

National Institute for Health Research Collaborations for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care West, Research Fellow (Patient and Public Involvement)

Rosemary has been involved in health research as a mental health service user for over 12 years, including user-led research. She is just completing a PhD at the University of the West of England (UWE) on public involvement in health research. She is a member of INVOLVE, the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) national advisory group on public involvement in health research; a service user advisor and co-applicant on the NIHR suicide prevention programme with the School for Social and Community Medicine at Bristol University, and a member of the Research and Development Committee of the local mental health NHS Trust.  Rosemary conducted the scoping study in 2009-10 at UWE which led to the creation of People and Research West of England. She is the Research Fellow (Patient and Public Involvement) in the joint involvement team, and is linked to the CLAHRC West (Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care).

Andy Gibson

University of the West of England, Associate Professor Patient and Public Involvement, Academic Lead for People in Health West of England

Andy has just joined the Department of Health and Social Sciences at the University of the West of England as an Associate Professor in Patient and Public Involvement. Before this he led the development of patient and public involvement in the Peninsula Collaboration for Leadership in Applied Health Research and Care (PenCLAHRC). The main aim of Andy’s work was to embed meaningful patient and public involvement throughout the research carried out by PenCLAHRC. This included involving the public as both users and producers of research knowledge. He delivered this work in close collaboration with PenCLAHRC’s PPI team and PenPIG (Peninsula Public Involvement Group), a user led advisory group, made up of members of the public, service users and carers. Andy was also a member of the team that developed the Medical Research Council funded Public Impact Assessment Framework (PiiAF).

Julie Hapeshi

Co-Chair / Deputy Director and PPI Lead, Research Design Service South West

Julie has a clinical background in nursing and midwifery but is no longer a practising clinician. She was the Gloucestershire Research and Development Support Unit (RDSU) Co-ordinator for ten years and has managed the Gloucester office of the Research Design Service South West (which superseded the RDSUs) since October 2008. Apart from supporting study design and grant applications in half of her time, the other half of her present role includes managing research delivery and research management and governance for the NHS organisations in Gloucestershire. She is also currently managing a multi-centre study on the surveillance of patients with Barrett’s oesophagus (BOSS) funded by the National Institute for Health Research (NIHR) Health Technology Assessment programme.

Jo Osorio

Healthwatch Swindon

Like everyone connected with Healthwatch, Jo is committed to making sure local people are heard and that they influence health & care services effectively.  Jo has been living and working in Swindon for twenty seven years.  He was director of Age Concern from 1987 to 2009 and with Swindon Local Involvement Network until 2013.  Prior to that Jo was a community worker in Lambeth and in Peterborough between 1972 and 1987.  He has experience as a trustee of national, regional and local charities and as a member of an NHS primary care trust professional executive committee.

David Watson, Public Contributor

Dave Rea, National Institute for Health Research Clinical Research Network West of England

Sara Nelson, Evolving Communities (Healthwatch Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire)

Are new members of the group, more details to follow.

Louise Ting

Public Contributor

Louise is a researcher with a background in psychology and was first introduced to the field of PPI after a series of negative experiences in health services. She hopes that by drawing on these, she can help to shape future services in a way that allows anyone to have a say about the quality of the care that they are receiving and for this to be respected, listened to and acted upon.
Louise has been an active volunteer in various roles for over ten years, including but not limited to mentoring disabled children, teaching IT skills to the elderly, campaigning on societal issues, and advocacy for vulnerable people and their carers. Such work has informed the way she views the world as well as opened her eyes to the wealth of knowledge, experience and skills that the public can bring to what was traditionally seen as a professionals-only domain. This led to Louise being involved at length with Bristol Clinical Commissioning Group’s Modernising Mental Health programme, from a service user perspective.
She has also worked with Bristol City Council in the past and is currently conducting a National Institute for Health Research-funded study on service development for those with autism and additional health needs.

Sandra Tweddell

Public Contributor

Sandra’s career in education started as a teacher before moving onto leadership posts and finally lead inspector to Ofsted and trainer of inspectors. For the last 15 years she combined this with working as an International Education Consultant in countries such as Abu Dhabi, Uganda and the United States.  The work involved advising local, national and international governments on improving education through the evaluation of institutions and the management of change.


Sandra has lived with Type 1 diabetes since 1961 and is very conscious of varying levels of diabetes care across the country. As a result, she wanted to work to ensure that people with diabetes receive the best possible care to enable them to understand and manage their condition. Moving to Bristol, she found no local support groups so was instrumental in developing the structure of the Bristol Diabetes Support Network, which included a Strategy group involving members of the Bristol CCG and Bristol Community Health. This provided a forum for two-way communication of people’s experiences of diabetes care and developments in diabetes care. She is currently a public contributor to the WEAHSN working with the Digital Diabetes Coach initiative.