Health watchdog appoints new members

By a County Press reporter

Wednesday, March 26, 2014


HEALTHWATCH Isle of Wight, the health and social care watchdog, has appointed two new board members.

Isle of Wight Council officer Zoryna O'Donnell, and former officer Janet Newton, have joined the board as non-executive directors.

Zoryna, lead officer on the council's strengthening families project, has more than 25 years' senior management experience, gained working in the public, private and voluntary sectors. She will be responsible for equality, diversity and community outreach at Healthwatch.

Janet, the council's former deputy director for schools and education services, will be responsible for finance and performance improvement.

She left the authority last year following delays to the Cowes Enterprise College project, but was later cleared of any wrongdoing.

A Healthwatch spokeswoman said: "Zoryna is passionate about fairness, equality, inclusion and participation. She strongly believes that all people on the Island have a key role to play in improving and shaping our local health and care services.

"Janet has thirty years’ experience in the public sector. She has worked with many deprived, socially and ethnically divided communities and considers securing the best services, particularly for vulnerable people who would otherwise be without a voice or representation, is key to ensuring people have the best opportunities in life."

The duo will join non-executive director Chris Orchin and directors Dominic Crouch, Janet Parry, Sara Mousley and Caryl Morrison.


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