Meet Our Volunteers

Meet our current volunteers, and learn about why they decided to give up their time to help us!
Barbara and Maureen

Dr. Ian Holtby

Ian’s previous positions as a GP and within Public Health provide a valuable insight into healthcare services. He has provided healthcare as a junior hospital doctor in Leeds, Nigeria and Middlesbrough, as a GP in Redcar and then as a consultant in Public Health, and this experience allows him to offer a different perspective, weighing up the differences in the supervision of services.

His input is recognised across our different activities and he especially enjoys getting involved in the things that link with his previous work and that he knows a lot about. This was the case with our Enter and View at the Audiology Department of James Cook University Hospital, whereby Ian collected both patient and staff experiences, linking to one of his previous roles within Community Child Health. We can always rely on him to offer his intelligence, often being the first to respond to our requests!

Anyone with previous working experience in the health and social care field, if you want to make use of that past working life, then this is a really good way to do it. That insider knowledge could be of benefit!
— Dr. Ian Holtby

Maureen O'Neill

Maureen O’Neill joined us in September 2014. Maureen has a wealth of knowledge and experience gained from working in the health and social care sector for a number of years. She has worked as a Nurse in the Army, a District Nurse in Durham, Redcar and Cleveland and also as a Practice Nurse specialising in hypertension and coronary heart disease until retirement. Maureen’s working background and experiences have led her to become a valued volunteer.

Maureen heard about us from a colleague and found the work very interesting, which led her to enquire about getting involved. Maureen particularly enjoys finding out about how the NHS has changed and developed over the years and, finding out about new plans and initiatives which are helping to shape the local health and social care services in Middlesbrough and Redcar & Cleveland.

Barbara Smith

Barbara had an extremely rewarding career, spending 40 years working in the NHS. She started off as a medical secretary in Changi Hospital in Singapore for three years and joined the Stephen & McLean General Practice on returning home.

Barbara was previously a Board Member for Healthwatch Redcar and Cleveland and looks forward to continuing her voluntary work with us!