Join our Board! 

Applications are now open for two new members, one of which will take on the role of Deputy Chair of the Board.

If you would like an informal chat about the role with our Manager or one of the current Board members, please email  

To apply for the role, please send your CV and cover letter to our Human Resources team

The closing date for applications is 12pm on 10 March 2022. Interviews will be held on 16 March 2022.

Apply now

Get more information on the Local Leadership Board role here. 

Local Leadership Board advert
Local Leadership Board person specification
Local Leadership Board role description

Our Chair 

Alan Mitchell

Alan was appointed Chair in January 2021 after being Vice Chair for a year. Formerly a civil servant, Alan is now a coach and change management consultant and volunteers for a number of local and national charities. 

He said: "I am interested in the removal of unnecessary barriers between organisations so that the whole system can work for the benefit of citizens. I believe Healthwatch can assist with improvements in this area."

Our Board Members

Vijay Manro

Vijay has held long careers both as a civil engineer and a local magistrate and now, as a Healthwatch Wiltshire Board member, is looking forward to interacting with local people on health and care issues.

He said: "I am now semi-retired and wanted to continue to deliver public service - in this case to ensure the residents of Wiltshire receive excellent health services when they need them."

Hazel Dunnett

Hazel has lived in Wiltshire for over 30 years and has an army and nursing background. She has worked in NHS hospitals, as an agency nurse, and as a school nurse at a boarding school. She has volunteered for Healthwatch Wiltshire since its launch in 2012 and enjoys meeting new people and listening to their feedback. 

She said: “I am proud to be representing Healthwatch Wiltshire. I am very much family orientated and want my family and friends to have the health and social care they expect and need.” 

Irene Kohler

Irene has a background in adult education, specialising in developing and ensuring access to education for adults with physical, sensory and learning disabilities, people with mental health issues and older people. She has also worked in advocacy, supporting older people to get access to services and resources. She is the older people’s champion in Salisbury.

She said: “I view the role of Healthwatch Wiltshire as providing the opportunity to bring about positive change and challenge inequality; ultimately to enhance the experience of people dependent on health and care services.” 

Joanna Wittels

Joanna worked as a personal injury solicitor for 25 years before taking early retirement and working as a volunteer for local charities for the last 10 years. She moved to Wiltshire in 1992 and has developed a broad interest in local issues and services.

She said: “I am very excited to be appointed to the Healthwatch Wiltshire Local Leadership Board and I am looking forward to helping everyone in our community have their say in the way that health and care services are developed and delivered across the county.”

Emma Leatherbarrow

As Director of Partnerships at Help and Care, Emma is responsible for working closely with a wide range of different organisations across south central England to deliver high quality services for people and communities.

She said: “I am delighted to be part of the Healthwatch Wiltshire Local Leadership Board and will be supporting them to influence the way health and care services are delivered in Wiltshire.” 

Board papers

Read the minutes from our Local Leadership Board meetings. 

Find out more