" Diana Whitworth was a member of the ESRC's Strategic Research Board where she chaired the NGPA commissioning group. She has a background in the voluntary and consumer sectors.
"She is currently co-director of a small charity, Grandparents Plus, that aims to raise awareness of the role of grandparents and the extended family in the development of children. She was chief executive of Carers UK for five years, was director of communications for the National Consumer Council for ten years, and worked for Citizens Advice for eight years. She is currently a trustee of Odyssey Trust, a charity which provides crisis and rehabilitation services for drug users in London.
"Diana is committed to improving the experience of people using health and social services and chaired the External Reference Group that developed the National Service Framework for Long-term Conditions. She is a member of the NHS Service Delivery and Organisation R and D Programme Board, sits on the Connecting for Health Implementation Board as the patient and public representative, and chairs the Skills for Health Workforce Group for long term neurological conditions.