Director of Policy and Public Affairs
Royal Society for Public Health
Since completing her Ph.D. from the University of Warwick, Jyotsna has focussed on improving population health through evidence-based policy and practise changes. At the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health, she raised awareness of the gaps in paediatric care pathways and the high child mortality rates in the UK. Jyotsna then increased her focus on the prevention of ill health when she established and led the Cancer Policy Research Centre (CPRC) at Cancer Research UK. The Center delivered high-quality evidence and influenced national policies to reduce the incidence of preventable cancers. The CPRC gained recognition nationally and internationally and has played a crucial role in influencing junk food marketing restrictions in England. Most recently, Jyotsna has been a consultant at the WHO in Europe, influencing policies to reduce non-communicable diseases.