Become a trustee for Healthwatch MK CIO: the local champion for people using health and social care in Milton Keynes.

Become a trustee for Healthwatch MK CIO: the local champion for people using health and social care in Milton Keynes.

At a glance


  • Financial management
  • Business development / Sales
  • Governance
  • Strategic development and planning
  • Legal
  • Change management


Milton Keynes, MK14 6GD
Mainly at home
Travel limit? Applicants must be a resident, or actively working/volunteering in Milton Keynes.


Mostly during office hours Estimate of time needed:
1-3 hours / week

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Welcome to Reach Volunteering. We are a community and registered charity that connects people, skills and good causes.

To apply for this role, and any other on our platform, you need to be based in the UK, have at least three years of experience using the skills you wish to volunteer in a professional capacity or have lived experience (for trustee roles). Read more about our criteria.

Do you want to help ensure that the people of Milton Keynes have a say in the way health and social care services are designed and delivered, influencing service change for the better?  

What will you be doing?

The Board is currently looking to fill a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 6 spaces this year.

You may live in Milton Keynes, have an interest in or experiences of health and social care services, or you may be an active member of your community with the passion to make a difference. As well as having a key role in maintaining our role as the independent champion for people using local health and social care services, your experience, expertise and guardianship will support our strategic journey to be more than a local Healthwatch and sustain our charity into the future.

We are currently in the second year of our 2022-25 strategy and a key objective is to increase our financial sustainability. We are doing this by exploring the potential for our organisation to deliver services and support to the community beyond and separate to the local Healthwatch service. This ambitious journey will need trustees with a broad interest in voluntary sector services as well as a passion for upholding residents’ rights to receive high quality health and social care services.

Our Board are keen to hear from people who are creative, skilled in governance, legal, organisational transformation and change programmes.  The Board would also like to establish more robust succession plans for the Chairperson and Treasurer and would welcome such ambitions and skills in new members.

Our organisation represents all people in Milton Keynes, so it is really important to us that our Board is representative of our diverse community. We encourage people of any gender, gender identity, faith and age group, ethnicity and people with disabilities and people from the LGBTQ+ community to apply. Your lived experience will support to play a key role in ensuring our whole community has equal representation and reach.

What are we looking for?


  •  Good communicator, capable of playing an active role at meetings and contribute to informing policy decisions
  • Good analytical skills and awareness and understanding of research, in order to identify gaps in feedback and the provision and quality of local care services
  • Analytical intellect and financial awareness to guide decision making in determining strategic approaches and how the organisation’s budget is spent
  • Takes account of a range of views and to represent the views of others
  • Computer literacy, practical skills in office-based software (e.g., Microsoft Office Suite) and a proactive approach to picking up new IT skills


  • Understanding of good governance principles
  • Understanding of what is expected from a position of civic responsibility
  • Understanding of equality legislation, its relevance and application
  • Understanding of NHS and social care commissioning
  • Safeguarding children and vulnerable adults
  • Community engagement, outreach and representing the views of others
  • Understanding of health and social care issues and policy, and an understanding of the importance of public involvement in these issues


  • Representing the views of others and influencing the planning, commissioning and provision of services, including health and social care
  • Working or volunteering in a voluntary organisation or community group
  • Project management, oversight of projects and shaping projects


  • Open-minded and inclusive, able to act as a representative of the entire spectrum of the local population
  • Interest in how public involvement can shape health and social care services and a desire to promote it
  • A commitment to growing an organisation that promotes better health and social care outcomes for all
  • Commitment to the aims, objectives and values of Healthwatch MK CIO.
  • Commitment to promoting awareness of Healthwatch MK CIO
  • Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to the organisation.
  • Has credibility, integrity and honesty, with a commitment to probity and to be independent of any special interest
  • Commitment to adhering to the Seven Principles of Public Life, known as the Nolan Principles

What difference will you make?

As part of our board you will support and shape our work and strategic direction, as well as help us achieve our purpose to ensure that people’s lived experiences are used to design and improve health and social care services. 

Being a Trustee at Healthwatch MK CIO is a rewarding, interesting and challenging role. As a Trustee you play an important part in the development of the organisation, working with the Chief Executive to deliver a high quality and effective local Healthwatch. With sustainability strategies being developed, and opportunities to diversify our organisation’s profile beyond our Healthwatch remit available, this is a role that will provide value to trustees supporting the Charity in its future development.

It truly is an exciting time to join our Board and help us realise our strategic objectives across the years ahead. Healthwatch is a small organisation with a large and challenging role, ambitions for diversification and growth.  Our success as an organisation relies heavily on the vision, commitment, and positive relationships of our Trustees.

Before you apply

Please apply through Reach in the first instance. Interviews to take place between the 9th and 16th September, in person or on Teams. 

Please provide a cover letter detailing why you are interested in this role and your relevant experience.

Please contact us via Reach with any questions. 

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