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Institute of Health Visiting appoints new chair

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A former cancer charity boss has been appointed as the new chair of the Institute of Health Visiting.

Pamela Goldberg will take over the role at the community nursing organisation, following the retirement of Sally Russell.

After a career as a business analyst and management consultant, Ms Goldberg spent 16 years as chief executive of the Breast Cancer Campaign charity.

She has also served on the board of the UK International Women’s Forum and as a member of the Human Tissue Authority.

The institute’s board of trustees said it would like to thank former chair Ms Russell for her dedication and hard work in helping to establish the organisation and looked forward to strengthening it as the professional body for health visitors.

Dr Cheryll Adams, executive director of the Institute of Health Visiting, said she was delighted with Ms Goldberg’s appointment.

“She brings a wealth of experience to the role and joins at a time to help further develop our strategy and partnership working- and continue the great work that Sally Russell began,” she said.

Institute of Health Visiting

Institute of Health Visiting appoints new chair

Pamela Goldberg

“I look forward to working with Pamela to ensure that the Institute continues from strength to strength, making a real difference to the lives of children, their families and communities,” she added.

Ms Goldberg said: “In only a few years the Institute of Health Visiting has achieved a reputation for integrity and excellence, and has enhanced the professionalism of health visitors.

“I look forward to supporting Cheryll and the board to develop this further and ensure that the essential role of the health visitor, at a critical stage in family life, is recognised and valued,” she added.


Pamela Goldberg

Pamela Goldberg was chief executive of Breast Cancer Campaign from 1995 until 2011, previously having a career as a business analyst and management consultant.

She was elected and served on the board of International Women’s Forum UK from 2013–2016.

She was a lay member of the General Advisory Committee for Food Standards Agency from 2007-16 and also a co-chair to its Consumer Advisory Panel.

She has also held various board and director roles at the Human Tissue Authority, the National Cancer Research Institute, the Council of the Association of Medical Research Charities, Barnet Family Health Service Authority, and the Moorfields Eye Charity.

She was awarded the OBE in June 2013 for her services to Breast Cancer Campaign and the General Advisory Committee on Science of the Food Standards Agency.

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