National Voices is looking for a new Chair of Trustees

Tue, 22 September 2020

Read on for further information on how to apply for this important role guiding our work on person-centred care

After six significant years Hilary Newiss is stepping down as Chair of National Voices – we thank her for her unwavering commitment and wish her all the best for the future.

And this means that we are looking for a new Chair of Trustees to oversee and support the next part of the National Voices journey.

National Voices has been highly influential in shifting national policy to a person-centred approach and we are committed to continuing to shine a light on this important area.

Since last year, with new leadership, a new team and a new strategy, National Voices has reaffirmed its role in supporting the users of health and care services in their pursuit of more say in services and support they receive.

We are a membership organisation, a coalition of diverse small and large charities working in health and care who together are stronger, and whose work raises people’s voices. Our members view us as an important place from which to advocate and have praised our “invaluable leadership role” during the COVID-19 pandemic.

We maintain strong relationships with the broadest possible range of stakeholders and are proud to take a principled and authentic approach to the work that we do.

Our recent work, around remote and digital appointments, social prescribing, and the Our COVID Voices platform, exemplifies our commitment to empowering people. Important work on foregrounding the experiences of service users and patient groups, on waiting times, on collaboration, and on emotional support is all just round the corner. We are committed to keeping the inexcusable inequalities shaping people’s experiences of health front and centre in everything we do.

We are now looking for someone who can see the value of, and believes in, this work and who can help us move people, including those whose voices are often not heard, to a position of influence when it comes to their own care as well as having a focus on broader policy.

We represent people and communities, we influence at the highest levels and we want to keep developing the ways we do this in these difficult times. We believe that the problems we need to solve require us to be able to reach and understand people from all walks of life, so we are keen to hear from diverse people, including people from black and minority ethnic backgrounds, and people with experience of life with impairment or ill health.

If you feel you or someone you know would fit the bill, please find the recruitment pack download below. We look forward to making more progress on behalf of people who need better health and care to lead their best lives. 

If you would like to discuss the role in more detail, please feel free to contact Rick Borges, the Chair of our Nominations Committee ( ) or outgoing Chair Hilary Newiss ( to arrange a call.