Meet the team

Mukesh Barot | Chief Officer


Telephone: 07732 683452

Mukesh joins the team with an extensive and varied background in local authority youth and community development as well as arts and community services management across Leicester.

He progressed onto the Arts Council of England taking on responsibilities for... more

Gemma Barrow | Deputy Manager


Telephone: 07732 683462

Gemma has over 10 years’ experience working in local Healthwatch and the Local Involvement Network (LINks).

Gemma has extensive knowledge working in partnership with statutory, voluntary and community sector organisations and has established close relationships with Health &... more

Gillian Jillett | Community Outreach Lead – City


Telephone: 07732 683454

Gillian has 8 years’ experience with Healthwatch Leicester and Healthwatch Leicestershire as an Adviser and Executive Assistant. Gillian also worked for 11 years at E.ON UK as Customer Service Advisor, Lead representative and negotiator for Unison in E.ON and also... more

Ashleigh Theobald | Community Outreach Lead


Telephone: 07732 683499

After finishing my degree, I worked in the tourism industry year-round, moving between hot and cold climates for 4 years. It’s not long after moving to Leicester 2017, I secured my role with Leicester Tigers, trying to tackle health and... more

Holli Yuille | Community Outreach Lead


Telephone: 07732 683494

A passion for supporting others to achieve has been the driving force behind my career to date.

I spent 10 years progressing in the education and training sector and service user advocacy, along with previous experience in mental... more

Shirin Shahid | Community Outreach Lead (BAME & Hidden Voices)


Telephone: 07885 214565

Shirin has worked with many different community organisations and individuals from different walks of life for 34 years. She has worked for local authorities, the voluntary sector and gained extensive experience in community engagement in Leicester and Leicestershire.

Being... more

Harsha Kotecha - Chair

Lead work areas - Young People. Volunteering including Enter and View.

The Board will offer a wealth of expertise and insight into health and social care, each bringing a... more

Mark Farmer

Lead work area - Mental Health.

Mark has lived all over Leicestershire and Leicester, bringing insight into urban and rural health challenges. With a varied professional life across the... more

Joe Johal

Lead work area - Social Care.

Joe Johal has previously led the Board of Directors of a County Health Authority in the USA, been trained in health procurement, and... more

Kash Bhayani

Lead work area - Safeguarding & Carers.

My motivation to join Healthwatch is from my keen interest in the cultural heritage of Leicestershire. I’m proud of having been... more

Alexandra Partner

Alexandra has worked clinically as a Diagnostic Radiographer in acute settings for five years and has worked as an academic in healthcare higher education for the past ten years. ... more