Meet our new Chair of the Board

We welcome a new chair to our board this month.

Peter Standfield of Morpeth takes over from former chair David Thompson who has stood down following six years in post.

Peter has had a varied career which includes 20 years of military service, over 14 years in the NHS and ten years in the private sector, where he has experience as both a Chief Executive and Management Consultant.

He says “David and the team have established an impressive reputation for Healthwatch Northumberland over recent years. I’m looking forward to working closely with a wide range of partners to continue enabling improvement in local health and social care services, for the people of Northumberland.”

Healthwatch Northumberland, which is delivered by Hexham-based charity Adapt (NE) and one of 152 local Healthwatch organisations in England, is in its eleventh year of operation. With the power to ensure that people’s voices are heard by the government and those running services, Healthwatch listens to what people have to say about services and shares their views to make change happen.

Peter adds “These may be challenging times for health and social care nationally, but we are lucky that the picture in Northumberland is generally very good. Of course, there is always room for further improvement, and local communities can be assured that we at Healthwatch Northumberland will continue to do everything we can to work positively with our health and social care partners to ensure that residents of Northumberland are at the heart of the services provided.”

Peter will represent Healthwatch Northumberland at high-level meetings across health and social care in the region.

Healthwatch Northumberland Board Chair recruitment

Chair of the Board vacancy

We’re recruiting for a new Chair

Healthwatch Northumberland is the independent champion for health and social care across the county. We’re looking for someone to become the new Chair of the Healthwatch Northumberland Board.

Health and social care are never far from the news and it’s an area that affects all of us. It’s an important time to be involved with Healthwatch and this is a great opportunity for someone who wants to champion the patient voice in how the county’s health and social care services are planned and delivered.

Our new Chair will lead the board in setting and overseeing our strategy and chair our quarterly board meetings. They will also attend high-level external meetings, such as the Health and Wellbeing Board, and act as an ambassador for Healthwatch Northumberland.

The role involves a minimum of three working days per month, plus occasional weekend and evening work, and is therefore remunerated at £9000 per year plus out-of-pocket expenses.

Want to know more?

Read all the details of this opportunity, including the person specification in the Chair Recruitment Information Pack.

Watch Project Coordinator Derry Nugent explain more about this opportunity.

How do I apply and what happens then?

Complete the online application form addressing the person specification but really say why you want to join us. Applications will be shortlisted based on these criteria.

All applications must be received by 9.00am on 4 May 2023.

If a written application is not appropriate for you, an interview-only assessment may be carried out. Please contact Derry Nugent: to arrange.

Invitations to interview will be emailed to shortlisted candidates. Interviews will be held on Tuesday 23 May 2023.

The interviews will be in person at the Adapt (NE) offices in Hexham.

This opportunity has now closed