Judging Panel

The Judging Panel for the 2017 National Service User Awards is made up of a mixture of guest and service user judges.

Head of Service User Judging Panel

Wayne Saville – Expert by Experience
I consider it an honour to be selected by my peers as we (the judges) work together to recognize and showcase the fantastic work undertaken by service users throughout England.

Community Social and Vocational Award

Mick Burns – Senior Mental Health Supplier Manager, NHS England North of England Specialised Commissioning Team
This is the first time I have been asked to act as a judge for the National Service User Awards. I am really excited to see what new ground breaking schemes come through in this year’s nominations.

Kirsty – Roseberry Park
Being part of the judging panel will boost my self confidence. It gives me joy to take part in making someone else feel happy for their achievements.

Robert – Cygnet Hospital Bury
I value this role in this position and is of personal great value to myself.

Jon – Humber Centre
It gives me a sense of pride and responsibility to be chosen and shows that my thoughts and own pieces of work are valued. Thank you for this opportunity.

Health and Wellbeing Award

Rosie Ayub – Patient and Public Partnerships Account Manager, Patient and Public Voice Team, NHS England
This is my fifth year as a judge on the National Service User Awards and what an honour and privilege it is to be part of this fantastic event. It never ceases to amaze me the drive and motivation people have, often in very difficult circumstances, to want to improve services for other people.

Alec – Ansell Clinic
Great to be a judge and feel privileged that I get to do this again.

Glyn – Rampton Hospital
It means I have a voice in how my opinions can be heard. I feel proud of being selected.

Michael – Rampton Hospital
As a patient my life can be very depressive, so getting to be involved in such a positive project has made me incredibly happy and I’m very proud to have been selected as a judge thank you.

Breaking Down Barriers & Tackling Stigma Award

Anne Beales – Director of Service User Involvement, Together for Mental Wellbeing
I see it as a privilege to be a judge looking at such great and important innovation, led by people who use services. The experience itself of being so distressed, troubled often being in trouble is not something you want anyone to go through. However the fact people use that experience to benefit others is takes courage is generous, insightful and shows great leadership.

Ron – Kemple View
It means a great deal to me I love sitting though applications and it makes me feel part of the awards process.

Neil – Ashworth Hospital
I am delighted once again to represent high secure services at the NSUA I am so looking forward to looking at the wonderful entries that we get to judge I just know it will be another fruitful year good luck to all.

Recovery & the Arts

Ashley Power – Motivational Speaker on Recovery
I think it is great that these awards recognize what people do towards bettering the lives of others through different programmes and events. Recovery has been vital part of my life which is why I now help others in their recovery. I look forward to looking at the entries and meeting the people involved. I hope that as many service users as possible can be supported to be involved.

Steven – Douglas House Project
Being appointed as a service user judge means that I will have the opportunity to discover more about the best service user initiatives. It will inspire me to take forward service user involvement in my own area.

Robert – Chadwick Lodge
I value this role in this position and of personal great value to myself.

Outstanding Service User or Team Award


Ian Callaghan – Recovery and Outcomes Manager, Rethink Mental Illness

I’m delighted to be on the judging panel again for this year’s National Service User Awards.

Carmel – Cygnet Hospital Beckton
I feel privileged and excited about how other service users have improved their lives and the lives of others. With even greater involvement this year of our service user judging panel, I can’t wait to read what I’m sure will be an even higher standard of entries than in previous years.

Jon – Chadwick Lodge
It gives me a sense of pride and responsibility to be chosen and shows that my thoughts on peers work is valued. Thank you for this opportunity.