Alex Mendoza is a retired civil engineer with a history of involvement in health matters. He joined the East Herts Community Health council in 2000, and subsequently was elected as chair of the CHC's successor organisation - the local Health Forum. He maintains an interest in the provider side of the NHS as a member of his GP surgery's patient group and as a member Herts Urgent Care's Stakeholder Council. In 2006, the University of Hertfordshire established a Public Involvement in Research Group (PIR group) within its Centre for Research in Primary and Community Care (CRIPACC) and he became one of its founder members. Members play an active role in the University's health and social care research projects at all stages of the INVOLVE research cycle, including 'hands on' participation and dissemination. His PPI work with CRIPACC led to his appointment to several regional health research bodies within the East of England:- - The Research for Patient Benefit Regional Advisory Committee (grant funding body) where he served for six years. - The regional Primary Care Research Network. - The regional Research Design Service Board. During his three-year term, he played a part in the establishment of INSPIRE - the Cambridgeshire and Bedfordshire PPI group. He is a lay peer reviewer for RfPB, SDO, SAPC and HSandDR.