Hilda is a recognised expert in the field of communication, patient participation and community involvement. She worked in the NHS until the spring of 2016 when she decided to leave and establish H2A with her two partners. Hilda’s background is in Public Health and she specialises in community engagement and facilitating empowerment, adopting enabling methodologies (Experience Based Research Design and Asset Based Community Development) to promote individual and collective responsibility for health. She is a proactive advocate of shared decision making and co-production and has previously supported the development of national policy and guidance on the emergent agenda pertaining to transparency and participation as a catalyst which equals ‘knowledge for all’. Hilda happily wears the badge of ‘disruptive innovator’ and is a champion for ‘shifting the balance of power’ within the public sector towards a more reciprocal model of health and wellbeing and community involvement. Hilda believes that a digital revolution in health and social care is a long time coming, especially as a tool to improve health literacy, to support patient and carer autonomy, to decrease demand on unplanned care as a result of avoidable complications of long term conditions, and to support social prescribing.
Hilda is a Liverpool born girl and proud, but now resides in Cheshire. She has two grown up children, who still take up a lot of her time and fill her life with laughter, love and mischief. Outside of her family she has a wonderful group of friends whom she loves to spend time with as much as possible. Hilda also enjoys dining out in lots of different restaurants, taking pleasure in trying a diverse range of cultural delicacies from around the world. And to get some peace she loves to spend time walking with her two dogs along the Wirral beaches and dreaming of warmer climates.
Initially qualifying and working as a PA, Helen has gone on to gain considerable and varied working experience over the three sectors; private, public and voluntary. With a desire for personal enhancement, Helen has amassed a total of forty years of knowledge and skills in both small enterprises and corporate organisations, culminating in a position as Administration Manager within the NHS. Acknowledging the desire and need for personal development over the years, Helen has undertaken a range of part-time study including qualifying as a Supervisory Manager and, more recently, qualifying as a Registered PRINCE 2 Practitioner. Having always enjoyed ‘customer focussed’ roles, it was working as a Project Officer in the Engagement and Patient Involvement Team within the Cheshire and Merseyside (subsequently North West) CSU that introduced Helen to Hilda, and the rest is history.
On a personal level Helen’s family and friends are extremely important to her; they are an essential part of her life and she treasures them all and with the arrival of grandchildren the Kavanagh family continues to expand. Helen is also fortunate enough to have a large circle of friends; “make new friends but keep the old, one is silver, the other gold!” is a fond saying of Helen’s having been quoted to her by a Great Aunt. Helen loves dance of all kinds and gets immense pleasure from going to watch productions in their various forms. Equally, she has a wide taste in music, thoroughly enjoying pop concerts, but with a particular love for classical, thanks to her parents who introduced her to it at an early age.
Throughout her ten years’ experience Amy has worked in a multitude of sectors including public, third, commercial and hospitality. Amy completed her BSc in Anatomical Sciences and furthered her education to attain a MSc in Medical Humanities both obtained at The University of Manchester. Having carried out extensive studies throughout her Masters around women’s health and sexual health Amy has extensive experience engaging people. Amy has consequently been working in the organisation, management and running of engagement events for several years, working in face-to-face engagement, capturing insights and experience. She is also our go to person for establishing an online presence, facilitating social media activity in communications and campaign management. She is also a keen advocate for mentoring young women, aiming to empower confidence, self-belief, resilience and a positive self-image. She hopes to give them insight in to career aspirations, dealing with failure and building and maintaining meaningful relationships.
Most weekends, you’ll find Amy on the side-lines of Wirral Rugby Club rain or shine. She annually looks forward to the month of February with the beginning of the RBS Six Nations Competition and she plans to travel to Japan in 2019 for the Rugby World Cup. To relax Amy loves to bake and read. Her library is expansive from classical fiction to feminist literature and her Chocolate Guinness Cake is an often-requested bake for any special occasion. Her greatest love however is being a proud owner of two German Shorthaired Pointers who fill her life with love, laughter, mess and mayhem.
At H2A we provide a solution focussed approach to transformational change delivered with integrity, transparency and reliability. We offer a valued service in patient and public engagement, citizen empowerment, campaign development and management, all aspects of communications and disruptive organisational development.