Dame Josephine 'Jo' Williams, DBE, DL (born 8 July 1948, Fishpool, Bury, Lancashire) was the chief executive of Mencap until 1 November 2008. She was chairman of the Care Quality Commission between 2010 and 2012.
An article in The Independent accuses Williams of using her authority as head of the CQC to carry out a campaign to smear fellow board member and whistle-blower Kay Sheldon, including commissioning a taxpayer funded psychiatric evaluation of Sheldon.
On 7 September 2012, Dame Jo Williams announced her resignation as Chair of CQC.
The CQC chair was forced to apologise to MPs after she reiterated her allegations about Sheldon before a Health Select Committee reviewing CQC accountability.
- Care Quality Commission - About us - Our people - Commissioners
- "New Year honours in the voluntary and public sectors". The Guardian. 2006-12-30. Retrieved 2008-11-17.
- "NHS watchdog claimed that whistleblower Kay Sheldon was 'mentally ill'". The Independent. 2012-08-15. Retrieved 2012-08-15.
- "Dame Jo Williams announces her resignation as Chair of CQC". Care Quality Commission. 7 September 2012.
- "Former care chief 'sorry' for attack on whistleblower". The Independent. 2012-09-12. Retrieved 2012-09-12.
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