Connected Together Community Interest Company (CTCIC) is a social enterprise and a partnership between the University of Northampton and Voluntary Impact Northamptonshire.
The CTCIC was originally commissioned by Northamptonshire County Council to deliver the role and functions of Healthwatch in Northamptonshire. Healthwatch Northamptonshire and Healthwatch Rutland will remain key contracts for CTCIC, with additional contracts running alongside this. CTCIC will operate as the organisational hub behind these contracts, enabling joint working and access to knowledge and resources.
To be a sustainable independent and professionally run organisation that is first for community engagement across Northamptonshire and beyond, delivering projects for communities that have a positive impact on their wellbeing.
How this will be achieved
- By using our expertise and experience in delivering community engagement programmes.
- To establish strategic relationships and partnerships with other community-focused organisations.
- To investigate corporate partnerships with organisations that share our values for the benefit of the community.
Connected Together CIC
Chief Executive Officer
Kate has both Institute of Management and Chartered Institute of Marketing qualifications. She has had a diverse working background, most recently in banking commercial services. Prior to this Kate was the Business Manager for the Peer Clearing House at the Improvement and Development Agency (IDeA)and Chief Officer of Huntingdon Community Health Council, monitoring the NHS on behalf of the public.
Business Development Manager
With 25 years’ experience of working in the public sector, Mary’s key skills are in organisational development, bid writing and contract compliance. Prior to joining Connected Together, Mary worked as a consultant specialising in governance, engagement and business development for a range of local and national voluntary organisations and public sector agencies, as well as with international aid agencies such as UNICEF and the World Development Movement. Mary is experienced at finding solutions to challenging situations, whilst embedding equality of opportunity to ensure marginalised voices are heard.
Julie is the Personal Assistant to Kate Holt and Mary Clarke for Connected Together CIC. She has had a longstanding interest within the health and social care sector and has held various administrative positions which include working at Northampton General Hospital, a local GP surgery, Northamptonshire Primary Care Trust, and Northamptonshire County Council for the Safeguarding and Care Planning Team. Prior to joining CTCIC, Julie worked for a number of years within the mental health sector as a Mental Health Act Administrator at a local mental health rehabilitation hospital and also at St Andrew’s Healthcare Northampton as Clinical Secretary.
PhD, CMRS – Research, Reporting and Intelligence
Jo leads CTCIC’s research into the patient, service user, carer and general public experiences and views of the health and social care sector in the county and ensures that this research is reported and shared so that it contributes to improving health and social care. She also oversees Healthwatch’s monitoring of services, the collection of intelligence from other sources and communications. Jo is a Certified Member of the Market Research Society.
MSc – Research, Reporting and Intelligence Assistant
As Research, Reporting and Intelligence Assistant for Healthwatch, Natasha assists the team to collect, analyse and report on the views and experiences of patients, services users, carers and the public. Natasha holds a degree in Psychology and an MSc in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. Prior to joining Connected Together CIC, Natasha worked for Connexions – a youth service that provided information, advice and support to young people, aiming to reduce youth unemployment. Natasha has also worked as a Research Assistant at The Centre for Children and Youth (The University of Northampton) following graduation from her Master’s Degree, where there was the opportunity to support the team with a number of projects and contribute to publications. Projects she was involved in examined volunteering experiences, youth clubs and An Equality Impact Assessment.
As a Communications Assistant, Bruna Tomsic deals with promoting CTCIC work by drafting press releases, managing social media and website posts, creating media campaigns, as well as publishing monthly newsletters. She has a passion for health stories because she feels like they can really make a difference in someone’s life. If you have a story which you think might be of interest to Healthwatch Northamptonshire, please don’t hesitate to get in touch, we want your voice heard. Besides that, Bruna is currently studying BA Multimedia Journalism at the University of Northampton. With a wide range of work experience obtained, such as the BBC Radio Leicester and NHS Confederation Press Office, she is dedicated to informing people about what is going on in their communities and beyond. As a result, with the help of her University colleagues, she created the “Glass of Joy” positive news website, where she was a Health & Wellbeing Editor.
Projects, Consultations and Engagement
Esther is the lead Healthwatch officer for projects and engagement in Northamptonshire. Esther trained with the National Childbirth Trust to become a Pregnancy Birth and Beyond Practitioner and has been involved in healthcare in Northamptonshire for a number of years. She was previously the Co-Chair of Northamptonshire Breastfeeding Alliance (NBA). While in this role she has attended many meetings regarding children and families in the county and helped to raise funds to keep vital services open. Esther has also previously worked as a Youth Worker in rural Northamptonshire.
PhD, CMRS – Projects, Consultations and Engagement
Becky is also leading for projects and engagement in Northamptonshire. She holds responsibility for supporting volunteers in Healthwatch and contributes to a range of Healthwatch projects. Becky has a long-standing interest in community and wellbeing. Prior to joining Healthwatch Northamptonshire Becky worked for a voluntary organisation, co-ordinating befriending and social support activities for isolated older people. She has experience in community development work and led a community garden project for parents with young children. Becky has a PhD in social policy and worked as a Research Fellow in the Centre for Social Work at the University of Nottingham, researching the issue of whistleblowing in services for adults with learning disabilities. She also has experience as a social worker and care homes inspector and taught on health and social care courses for the Open University for 10 years.
Healthwatch Rutland Manager
Tracy’s working background has been very varied, ranging from project and team management roles in large computing and telecommunications corporations to setting up and running small internet-based businesses. As office manager in a small Healthwatch, she pretty much gets involved in every activity from communication and marketing through events planning, signposting, general office support and helping people to access local health and social care services. Do you have feedback on your experience of local health and social care services? Would you like to become a member of Healthwatch Rutland and receive regular information updates to your inbox? She’d love to hear from you!