Our Board

Jana Witt, Chair

Jana works as a Programme Manager in the healthcare sector, with expertise in quality improvement, patient involvement, cancer, and end of life care. Jana has a strong interest in promoting patient choice, as well as public health and well-being, and is passionate about improving health and social care services to ensure they meet the needs of service users.

Judi Byrne

Judi is an experienced Chief Executive who has spent her professional career within healthcare settings in both the NHS and charity sector.  Her area of focus is palliative and end of life care services in NHS and hospice settings. She has had operational roles in two NHS Trusts, followed by a post as an NHS Senior Clinical Commissioner and two roles as a hospice Chief Executive. She is keen to use her experience to support the Healthwatch board and local people.

Ros Davies

Ros has recently retired from an international development role, and has many years of experience working for and with charities. She believes that good health is the foundation of wellbeing, and got involved with Healthwatch to help ensure everyone in the borough gets quality services which meet their varied needs. She is particularly interested in our focus on community participation and empowerment.

Ralph Hughes

Ralph has worked as a Health Economist and a Research Manager. He has spent ten years working to improve access to medicines and healthcare though policy development. He has joined Healthwatch to continue this work in a more direct way, at the point where individual patients interact with the health system. He wants to help improve the wellbeing of the local community.

Elena Miranda

Elena is the Healthwatch Islington Treasurer. Elena has a background in Biotechnology. She is currently responsible for the administration and financial management of the Biobank at UCL Cancer Institute.

Annie Pannelay

Both as a healthcare professional, and a mother who has lived in four different countries, Annie is aware how the quality of health services can vary. Having originally trained as a pharmacist, much of Annie's professional experience has involved evaluating the effectiveness of healthcare systems and health policy. Annie has joined Healthwatch to help improve the quality of care for everyone in the borough, and to learn more about local initiatives.