Our Chair, Judy Robinson

Judy’s background is in the voluntary and community sector both as a staff member, working with arts, faith and infrastructure organisations, and as a volunteer involved in community activity and as a board member.

She is particularly interested in how local voices and representation help to improve services, tackling inequality and the role of the VCS is promoting well-being.

Judy knows Yorkshire well having been the CEO of the regional VCS organisation, Involve Yorkshire & Humber, until March 2015. She is also Chair of the voluntary sector national organisation: National Association of Voluntary and Community Action.

Our Strategic Advisory Group

Patricia Edney

Patricia trained initially as a nurse then as a doctor and worked as a GP in Pitsmoor for 30 years. She then took the position of Clinical Director for Children's Commissioning for Sheffield CCG. She joined Healthwatch in February 2016 and has particular interests in primary care and general medicine as well as older people's and children's services.

Simon Duffy

Dr Simon Duffy is Director of the Centre for Welfare Reform, a think tank based in Sheffield, he is also secretary to the global cooperative Citizen Network.
He started his career in the NHS and his main focus has been developing practical solutions to advance citizenship and community development.
He was awarded the RSA’s Prince Albert Medal for his work on personalisation in 2008 and the Social Policy Association’s Award for Outstanding Contribution to Social Policy in 2011. He also has a doctorate in Philosophy.

James Lock

James is founder and Managing Director of Opus Independents Ltd, a not-for-profit, independent organisation, working in culture, politics and the arts. Opus works to encourage and support participation, activism and creativity through mediums including in print, online and live events.
James has ten years of experience working in the third sector in a variety of project management and delivery roles. He also has experience in sales, marketing and promotion and a particular knowledge of independent trade, arts and culture sectors within the city.

Verni Tannam

Beth Kyte

Janet Harris

Asma Rabeha

Marim Alfakih


Want to find out more?

Read more about what our SAG members do in the Terms of Reference (last updated March 2021).

You can also submit a question to the SAG by getting in touch with our office:

 0114 253 6688


0741 524 9657