The Wiltshire Involvement Network (WIN), an independent body which gives local people the chance to influence the way health and social care services are run, has elected a new chairman.
WIN’s former vice chair Phil Matthews, from Wilton, near Salisbury, has taken over from Dr Peter Biggs, who has stepped down after six years at the helm of the Wiltshire Patient and Public Involvement Forum (PPI) and the launch of the WIN.
Mr Matthews is well-known in Wilton, where he serves as a town councillor and is chair of the Cemetery and Parks Committee. He also represents Wilton Town Council on the South West Wiltshire Area Board.
As WIN chairman, he will be supported by three vice chairs: Jill Tompkins, from Melksham, Rodney Haverson, from Collingbourne Ducis, near Tidworth and Anna Farquhar, from Devizes, who not only provide a strong geographical representation of the county but will each focus on WIN’s chosen fields of interest: Social Care, Community Groups and Health.
The chairs head up a 16-strong Core Group, who act as decision-makers for the work and activities the WIN takes on.
Mr Matthews said: “I hope we can all work together in the interests of the people of Wiltshire in making sure that the health and social care delivered across the county is of the high standard which they rightly expect.”
For more information about WIN, visit www.wiltshire-in.org.uk