Appointment of new Chair for Healthwatch Worcestershire

The Board of Directors of Healthwatch Worcestershire have unanimously appointed Jo Ringshall, a serving Director, and the current Vice-Chair of the company as the new Chair of Healthwatch Worcestershire, following the sad and untimely death of Peter Pinfield.

Jo, an accountant, whose professional career has included working for KPMG London and as the CEO of Relate Worcestershire has served as a Director on the Board of Healthwatch Worcestershire since 2013 and has been Healthwatch’s lead for several NHS services including Primary and Urgent and Emergency Care.

Following her appointment Jo said: “It is a privilege to Chair Healthwatch Worcestershire – although in very sad circumstances. Healthwatch Worcestershire and the wider community have suffered a great loss in the death of Peter Pinfield and one that we are still coming to terms with.

I have been a Director of Healthwatch Worcestershire for over 7 years now and have learnt a great deal about health and social care and the delivery of services but most crucially over those years I have learnt the importance of allowing people to have a say in those services and the key role of Healthwatch plays in enabling this.

My job at Healthwatch Worcestershire will be to build on Peter’s legacy and ensure that as we go forward the County Council and the NHS put people, patients, and carers at the heart of Worcestershire’s health and care services.”

Jo will chair Healthwatch Worcestershire’s Public Board Meeting which takes place at 10am on Thursday 18th May 2021 on Zoom.