INVOLVE and Forums - representatives


VCS - strategic representation in borough structures

INVOLVE and the Forums help the community and voluntary sector in Merton ensure the needs and preferences of service users, carers and the wider community are at the centre of the planning and delivery of services in Merton.

MVSC facilitates this through its stewardship of INVOLVE.

INVOLVE and the Forums are part of a wider partnership structure in Merton, which is the Community Engagement Network for the borough.

The voluntary and community sector representation in these groups is set out below.

INVOLVE representatives

Merton Partnership Executive Board

Andrew Whittingdon - CEO, Merton Mencap

Children's Trust Board

Tracy Weight - CEO, Carers Support Merton

Safer and Stronger Communities (Safer Neighbourhood Board)

Hayley Rea, Principal, Aim High Dance Company

Andrew Whittingdon - CEO, Merton Mencap

Sustainable Communities and Transport

Fitzroy Dawson - CEO, Merton Community Transport

Naomi Martin - Director, Commonside Community Development Trust

Compact Board  

Hannah Neale and Edward Maliki (as reps of BAME Voice)         

Roy Benjamin

Economic Wellbeing Board                     Jackie Watkins (as chair of Training, Employment and Enterprise Forum)
Transport sub-group Fitzroy Dawson



Other Boards and Committees with CEN Reps


Healthwatch Merton Operational Committee                                 
  • Patrick Lyster Todd
  • Patsy Ferreira
Adult Services Task Group
  • Emma Aldridge
  • Rob Clarke
  • Rebecca Stockman
  • Fitzroy Dawson


Thematic Forums of INVOLVE

MVSC also run a range of thematic forums of the INVOLVE Network who meet regularly to discuss their particular areas of work. Each Forum elects a Chair and Vice Chair.

Mental Health Forum
  • Chair - David Hobbs
  • Vice Chair - Logie Lohendran                                                  
Small Groups Forum 
  • Chair - Patricia Hewitt
  • Vice Chair - Patsy Ferreira
Employment, Training and Enterprise Forum                              
  • Chair - Jackie Watkins
  • Vice Chair - Hajara Hajiah
Health and Social Care Forum
  • Chair - Rob Clarke