We are looking for a new Chair and volunteer Executive Directors / Trustees

Are you passionate about how health and social care services are delivered in Cornwall?   If you believe that the voice of service users has a vital role to play in shaping how services are delivered and can improve, think about what you could achieve through one of these roles.

Healthwatch Cornwall, the independent people’s champion for health and social care, are looking to recruit new Directors to the Healthwatch Cornwall Board, and new Trustees to our new associated charity, Trestadow. 

Healthwatch Cornwall is an independent, publicly funded organisation with statutory duties and remit to ensure health and social care services in Cornwall are the best they can be. 


We are keen to ensure that our strategic leaders are representative of all sections of the community and the people of Cornwall, and we especially welcome applications from those from a black and minority ethnic background, those with a physical disability or are neuro-diverse, and working age people as we are currently under-represented in these areas.

We are currently recruiting for a new Chair and Directors for our Board, and Trustees for our new charity, Trestadow


This is likely to involve a commitment of approximately 3 days per month and has an honorarium attached of £5,000 pa in recognition of this time.

In addition to the normal duties of a Director, the Chair will supervise the CEO to ensure communication flow between the operational team and the board of directors and ensure strategic direction.

The role will involve representing Healthwatch Cornwall at public events, while also explaining Healthwatch England goals and direction to local organisations via contribution to networks and seminars.

An awareness of financial statements and budgets is crucial.  The chair role also acts as Chair of the Finance Sub-Committee.

Directors – Healthwatch Cornwall

To be involved in the strategic planning and direction of Healthwatch Cornwall, in line with agreed objectives and the Department of Health and Healthwatch England requirements, through good governance and effective strategic planning.

Applicants should have experience of working collaboratively with partners at Board level, with the ability to influence others through persuasion, tact, diplomacy and reasoning, as well as experience of leading an organisation as a member of a management board, committee or senior management team.

They will need a good understanding of health, social care and wellbeing policy and issues/challenges facing the NHS, Local Authorities and the Care sector across Cornwall.

Trustees – Trestadow

Trestadow is the newly formed charity associated with Healthwatch Cornwall and sharing its aims, objectives and values.  Trestadow will bid for grants and commissioned work outside of the scope of the core contract that Healthwatch Cornwall holds with Cornwall Council, but that are aligned to its core objectives, and will increase the public voice to shape and improve health and social care provision within Cornwall.

In addition to the qualities outlined above, this is an exciting opportunity to be part of developing Trestadow which will also be forming strong links with community and voluntary organisations as well as health and social care service commissioners and providers.

Closing date: 9am 31st January 2022

Interviews: week commencing 7th February 2022

JDPS for Chair
JDPS for Director
JDPS for Trustee
Information for applicants