Community Representatives

Community Representatives

The Eastern Locality has appointed Community Representatives to the four sub-localities of Exeter, Wakley, Mid Devon and Woodbury, Exmouth and Budleigh (WEB).  

These representatives will work with the sub-localities to ensure that there is patient representation and a public voice throughout the decision-making process.  

Our Community Representatives are passionate about health improvement and will help us to establish local priorities for healthcare, taking a broad view across the Eastern Locality area.


Christine Buswell

Community Representative, Exeter sub-locality

Christine’s background is mainly in higher education as a medical sociologist researcher in child health, disability, care of the elderly, health inequalities and lay perceptions of health care and as a lecturer in social sciences, sociology of health and illness, mental health, social problems and social welfare.

She graduated from Exeter University in 1977 and after four years as a postgraduate at Warwick University returned to Exeter where she and her family have now lived since 1981.

Christine lectured/researched in the FE/HE Sector for 30 years until retiring in July 2011. She has always been fully committed to voluntary roles, founding a parent group for disabled children, committee member of Devon Deaf Children’s Society, local politics, St Thomas community health forum and as a long standing governor of St Luke’s High School, where she was chair of governors for 15 years.

She now hopes to bring this commitment to the lay member role which will also be informed by her strong knowledge of and background in a wide range of health and health related areas. Christine cares very much about the future direction of our health services continuing to provide excellent quality health care available equally to all which remain fully patient-centered.

Margaret Peat

Community Representative, Exeter sub-locality

Margaret’s background is in the Devon Probation Service, as Principal of St Loye’s College Exeter, in Remploy and, more recently, teaching adult literacy with Exeter College. She is currently undertaking postgraduate studies at Exeter University and is a Trustee at the West of England School and College. Her past experience includes membership of the Radio Devon Advisory Council, which she also chaired for four years.

Her experience in probation, where she was assistant chief officer (administration) and latterly secretary to the Probation Board, and at St Loye’s have given her an awareness of the ways in which health, social care, probation and education intersect for ex-offenders, people with disabilities and those discharged from the Armed Forces.

Her recent teaching experience with these groups and with organisations such as Sure Start have reinforced her commitment as lay member of the Exeter Clinical Cabinet to giving a voice to patients, especially to under-represented groups, in the provision of health and social care services.

Wakley (Axminster, Ottery St Mary, Sidmouth, Seaton and Honiton)

Elli Pang

Community Representative, Wakley sub-locality

Elli came to England from Austria in 1961 to learn English. She has been involved in her family business for approximately 30 years and then trained and worked for a number of years as a Humanistic Psychotherapist.

Since moving to Devon about 25 years ago, Elli has become involved in community activities including public and patient involvement. This has always been in a strictly independent and unpaid (voluntary) capacity.

Elli considers herself an interested and reasonably well informed member of society. She is currently serving as a Town Councillor, is trustee of the local stake park, which was established on her initiative together with other members of the community, is secretary and executive member of an independent health and social care forum (Devon Health and Social Care Forum) and is an active lay member in a number of NHS committees for patients and public locally, regionally and nationally.

Elli’s aim is to understand issues and matters both at a local, applied level, as well as the governing and legislative background and theories that influence these, and to reach and manage a balanced, objective and independent position, as best she can.

Roger Trapani

Community Representative, Wakley sub-locality

Roger was a civil servant working within the field of social security until he retired. He started his career working on the front line dealing with people who were in stressful circumstances, moving on to be a Customer Service Manager and eventually a Management Consultant. He has worked for the last 30 years as a volunteer for various charities and community organisations. Initially this was for Citizens Advice where he was the Chair of Trustees of two Bureaux and Chair of the South Western Regional Committee. He was a founder member of Devon Senior Voice - Seaton Branch and for the last few years has been involved in a wide variety of health groups including setting up Seaton Locality Health and Care Forum, part of the CCG’s engagement process. His particular interest is in enabling patients and the public to have meaningful information on health and care services so that they can make informed comments and decisions about future provision.

Woodbury, Exmouth and Budleigh (WEB)

David Bassett

Community Representative, WEB sub-locality

David worked for SWEB and Connect South West in electrical contracting for 30 years, then spent a further 10 years as managing director of a training company in Exeter. He retired in 2010.

David is an Exmothian and lives in the town. He has been married to Gerry, for nearly 40 years, who was a nurse for many years in the WEB area.

David is chair of the Haldon House Surgery Patient Participation Group (PPG), vice chair for the WEB health and social care reference group and also a member of the WEB LCG management team.

David has been a lay member for 18 months and his interests include governance, quality and community services. David has also been part of the ongoing engagement process in the WEB area and is also part of the discussions around the future of Budleigh hospital.

David will be regularly updating a blog about his experience as a Community Representative in the Woodbury, Exmouth and Budleigh (WEB) area, along with useful updates about meetings he has attended. You can read the blog here.

Mid Devon (Crediton, Tiverton, Okehampton, Cullompton, Moretonhampstead)

James Bradley

Community Representative - Mid Devon sub-locality

James left the Army in 1982 following completion of his contract, having been posted to various locations around the world. During the next decade he was employed in both an enforcement and managerial role holding positions that included principal environmental health officer, NHS manager and head of occupational health.

He lists among his qualifications a Master of Science, five Diplomas, British Standard 5750 quality assurance lead assessor, train the trainer with 26 accredited courses, Suzy Lamplugh personal safety trainer and approximately a dozen associated short courses.

James has been involved with residential homes as an enforcement officer and as a consultant with private nursing homes, private and PFI hospitals in England, Scotland and Wales. He was a PLACE assessor earlier this year at the RD&E NHS Trust and is vice chair of the Okehampton Medical Centre PPG.

The main driver for James is the need to ensure transparency of services and to ensure that the patient always remains at the heart of health and social care. He re-affirms his role as that of the critical friend and seeks to always present the views of the people he represents, to achieve the best outcomes.

Sue Foster,

Community Representative - Mid Devon sub-locality

Sue moved to Devon as a child with her parents, where she has spent many a happy year. Sue lives near to Okehampton and is an active member of her local Patient Participation Group (PPG). Sue's career started as a riding instructor as her love is for horses and the countryside. She then decided she wanted to work in healthcare and spent a few years working in a nursing home. Whilst bringing her three children up, Sue graduated from Marjon's University in Plymouth with a BA Honors degree in Business Management and Information Technology. For the last twenty years, Sue has worked, and is still working, full time as a Regional Healthcare Development Manager, as a valued partner to the NHS working as a project manager, developing patient pathways/service redesign. Sue is passionate about patients having a voice, (no decision about me without me) this is a very challenging concept, so she is hoping she can bring her negotiation skills to the table to help patients engage with the commissioner/provider health and social care community so that patients are centric to the decisions being made.


If you wish to make contact with the Community Representative for your area with feedback or questions, please do so through the Eastern Locality address or telephone 01392 267680 or write to:

Eastern Locality 
Newcourt House
Old Rydon Lane 

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