Jenny Westaway

Jenny Westaway
Chair of PatientsVoices@RCoA

Jenny started her career in communications, working in local newspapers; charity policy and campaigns on issues such as gender equality and homelessness; in public involvement engagement to enable people to influence decision makers. Jenny moved into the health and care sector through working on media and public understanding of how data can be used to improve health, care and services in ways that are safe, in line with public expectation and demonstrably trustworthy.

This led her to work for the National Data Guardian for Health and Social Care, where she headed up the office supporting this statutory post until 2021. Jenny has also worked for the Department of Health and Social Care leading on strategy and ethics for its information risk management directorate.

Jenny is currently an independent member of NHS England’s interim data advisory group, a lay advisor to Health Education England, a member of the National Data Guardian’s advisory panel, and an associate of a commercial cyber security resilience consultancy.

Jenny lives in Leeds with her husband, two children and a scruffy dog and enjoys triathlon and cooking.

Register of interests

  • Independent member of NHS England’s Advisory Group on Data
  • Member of the National Data Guardian’s Panel
  • Lay representative to Health Education England
  • Associate of Templar Executives