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Advisory Group

What does the Advisory Group do?

Our Advisory Group works alongside the local team to play an important role in setting and maintaining the strategic direction of Healthwatch West Berkshire. It has a significant role to play, ensuring that Healthwatch West Berkshire adheres to its principles and purpose and operates in a moral and ethical way in the service of the local community.

The role includes:

  • Formulating strategy and workplans with the local Manager

  • Ensuring accountability for quality delivery of the strategy and workplan

  • Shaping a positive culture

  • Providing accountability to local people

The Advisory Group is formed of volunteers and lay people and is not responsible for the day to day running of Healthwatch West Berkshire. This is done by a small team of paid staff.


Most of the Advisory Group’s meetings are held in public, with an opportunity to ask questions at the discretion of the chairman; these are not public meetings.

There are certain decisions – who we represent and engage with, for example – which have to be taken in a meeting in public. The Advisory Group may hold some meetings in private, if there are confidential issues to discuss, or as briefings to develop our strategy. At other times, the Advisory Group may hold open meetings to capture the experiences of local people who use health or care service

Click on a meeting below to open/download a pdf version of meeting agenda/minutes.

Board Agenda

Date of meeting

12 October 2022

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Board Minutes

Date of meeting

28 March 2022

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Board Minutes

Date of meeting

20 December 2021

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Reports can be found on our News & Reports page.

Our Advisory Group members

Mike Fereday


Martha Vickers

Advisory Group Member

Adrian Barker

Advisory Group Member

Karen Swaffield

Advisory Group Member

Julie Nihouarn-Sigurdardottir

Advisory Group Member

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