Include Me WM

Include Me Citizens Panel Champions

As a Panel Champion you will be able to understand the needs of disabled people and those with long term health conditions

The following advert has been posted on behalf of the West Midlands Combined Authority.

Job Title

Include Me WM Citizens Panel Champion

Salary range

£50 per meeting (Quarterly)


4 -5 meetings per year, meeting length will vary depending on need & will be shaped in consultation with the Panel.


About the Role

We are currently developing a Citizens Network to place disabled people and those with long term health conditions at the heart of the conversation. We want to create a representative voice that can influence and shape future policy and practice. There will be up to 11 Citizens Panel Champions who will work together to understand, interpret and make recommendations / endorsements based on the views and ideas of the wider network to present a collective voice at an organisational / local / regional level.

Who we need? 

We are looking for a disabled person or someone with lived experience with an understanding of equality, diversity and inclusion. You will have the ability to step away from your own impairment / lived experience and make an informed and representative decision based on the supporting evidence from the Citizens Network, while also drawing on your own empathy and experiences.

As a Panel Champion you will be able to understand the needs of disabled people and those with long term health conditions, understand differences across the Region and the way to positively challenge to support change. 

You will be able to work with other panel members to formulate a collective response to report to appropriate regional board / Local Authority / organisation. You might be required to present at these groups but will be supported to do this if necessary.

It is essential that you are an advocate of Include Me and promote all strands of the work.

What is Include Me?

Include Me was launched in June 2019 to work towards making the West Midlands as good as it can be at getting disabled people and those with long term health conditions to be physically active. The Citizens Network, which the panel sits within are key to ensuring the voice of disabled people is heard in a positive solution-based way.

The Process

We want this process to be a learning experience for applicants. We will provide a training workshop to a long list of applicants. This training will give you some of the necessary skills to conduct the role. During the workshop you will be observed and then as a follow up we will have a separate meeting to review your learning, experience and future opportunities. 

It is hoped that even if you are not selected for this role, the training will help develop you for future opportunities.

Applications will be accepted in a variety of formats to allow you to choose the medium most suitable for you to be able to express yourself. 

Applications will be accepted in a written, audio or video format and you will be shortlisted based on your responses to 4 questions: 

Application Questions

1. Why do you want to be a Citizens Panel Champion?
2. Why do you think having a Citizens Panel and Citizens Network is important?
3. What skills, knowledge and experiences would you bring to the panel?
4. What are the areas where we could support you to flourish in this role further?

Please submit these along with:

Contact details 
Any other supporting information that you feel would strengthen your application.
Inform us of any reasonable adjustments you may need at application / workshop / individual meeting stage by contacting us using one of the methods below.

There will be two workshops delivered. These will either both be online or, if restrictions allow, we may make one a physical session. Both will be delivered with the same content and there is no pressure to attend a physical session if you do not feel happy and safe to do so.

Closing Date:

5pm Friday 2 July 2021 

Submitting Application

Please submit your application using one of the methods below:


Text / WhatsApp : 07764291670

Post: You can submit an application by post. If you wish to do this, please phone / text / WhatsApp / email Mark Fosbrook using the details above. 

This is a remote working opportunity until a date is agreed for the WMCA workforce to return to our usual place of work at 16 Summer Lane, Birmingham.

Our priority is to keep all our employees safe and well during this time. We will be working remotely for the foreseeable future, and we are doing everything we can to ensure all our employees can enjoy a comfortable remote working space.