A warm welcome to Rikki, our Interim CEO

Introducing Rikki

A warm welcome to our new interim CEO, Rikki Garcia who has recently joined the team as interim CEO. Rikki says:

“I’m delighted to join Healthwatch Central West London and I’m looking forward to working with the team to continue with the great projects already underway in Westminster, Kensington & Chelsea, and Enfield.

How do you feel since you’ve joined the team?
In the few weeks since I’ve joined the team, I’ve been amazed by the sheer breadth of work the team undertakes on a daily basis, linking up with local partners, gathering feedback from patients and the public, amplifying local voices, and using the information gathered to shape a huge number of strategies and delivery plans across health and adult social care in Westminster, Kensington and Chelsea, Enfield and beyond.

Over the coming months I will be supporting the team with their projects and participate in strategic and operational meetings with partners across North West and North Central London. I’m working directly with the Board of Trustees to ensure the organisation is well run, financially stable, and achieving our primary objective to amplify the voices of local people, patients, and service users to decision makers and service providers.

Most recently, I am a director for a social enterprise supporting the voluntary sector, and leading on public sector work. Prior to that I was Chief Executive of Healthwatch Greenwich, Director of Commercial Services for vInspired, and Head of Commissioning at NCS Trust. The majority of my working career has been spent leading services in the public and voluntary sectors, specialising in service design, co-production and public engagement, change and programme management, and business development.

In my spare time I am a trustee of a charity providing care homes to older people and Chair of the Healthwatch Bexley Advisory Board. The rest of my time is spent making a mess with, then tidying up after, my nine-year-old.”

If you would like to get in touch with Rikki, you can email him at Rikki.Garcia@healthwatchcentralwestlondon.org