Our staff

Laurie Hurn

Manager and Company Secretary

Laurie is based in the office at Gadsby Street and is responsible for providing a full range of administrative support services for the Directors. His work also includes keeping the Healthwatch Bedford Borough website up to date with information and news.


Emma Freda

Communications & Public Engagement Officer

Emma joined the Healthwatch Bedford Borough team in 2014, with 15 years experience working for the NHS at local level. Her role is to continue to support some of the most vulnerable and disadvantaged families in Bedford Borough. Within her capacity in the area of Communications & Public Engagement, she is making sure that these patients are given a voice, those patients who are often not heard, enabling them to have real influence over shaping local Health and Social Care provision.

If you would like to speak to Emma about her attending your Public Engagement event or have a social media or press enquiry, please contact her on


Jennifer Foley

Signposting and Insight Officer

Jennifer can provide up-to-date information on local health and social care services. Her role is to signpost the way, whether you need further information on local services or you would like to comment on the service you have received. She joined Healthwatch Bedford Borough with experience in the Public Sector in Communications and Public Relations. 


Faiza Al-Abri

Service Development Officer

Faiza joined Healthwatch Islington as a volunteer in 2014 whilst completing her degree in Public Health and social care. Faiza won young volunteer of the year 2016 at Healthwatch Islington.

Faiza is the Service Development Officer. She is passionate about the work Healthwatch undertakes and hopes to continue giving local people a powerful voice as well as helping them get the best service from their local health and social care.


 Shanice Dadhria

Administrative Assistant

Shanice completed her Apprenticeship with Healthwatch Bedford Borough and gained a Level 2 NVQ in Business and Administration studies. She has worked in various Administration roles within the NHS and now provides administrative support alongside the Company Secretary.