Jul 152021
North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust – Non-Executive Directors

Non-Executive Directors - North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust


This is a very exciting time for North East Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, with the retaining of a ‘Good’ rating following the Trust’s Care Quality Commission inspection in 2018, and the development of a number of new service offerings. The Trust operates across Northumberland, Tyne and Wear, County Durham, Darlington and Teesside. We provide an Unscheduled Care service to respond to 999 calls (the emergency element of our services), and a Scheduled Care service which provides pre-planned non-emergency transport for patients in the region (our patient transport service). We also operate the NHS 111 and Integrated Urgent Care services for the region. These services enables us to seamlessly ensure that patients receive the most appropriate response for their condition. Even in the most challenging situations we strive to perform to the highest professional standards in a spirit of collaboration and teamwork. Caring for and treating more patients closer to home is at the heart of our plans, and our committed, compassionate and caring staff are critical to our success.

We are now looking to appoint two Non-Executive Directors to our Board to provide support, oversight, governance and leadership in the pursuit of our strategy. As a new Non-Executive Director, you will be joining a strong and high-performing Board comprised of individuals with a wide range of professional backgrounds and lived experience. Utilising your experience from your chosen profession, whether private, public or voluntary sector, you will bring support, challenge and independent judgement to a complex, fast-paced, regulated environment.

The successful candidate will have proven senior leadership skills and a strong commitment to the values of the NHS. Previous Non-Executive Director experience would be advantageous but is not essential – rather, the ability to challenge constructively through solid knowledge and understanding is a critical component of the role. For one of the two roles, leadership experience of a large, dispersed workforce will be critical, and for the other, either recent senior financial experience or significant financial literacy because of the management of large budgets will be important. The ability to hold others to account and delivering strategy will be important requirements for both roles.

We are committed to and actively promote equality of opportunity for all staff and applications from individuals from all areas of the community who meet the specific criteria are encouraged regardless of age, disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief and marriage/civil partnerships. We want our Board of Directors to reflect the diversity of the population we serve and we welcome all applications, especially from under-represented groups, including people from Black, Asian and minority ethnic communities.

The appointment is for an initial term of 3 years with a time commitment of on average 3 days per month. At the end of their term Non-Executive Directors are eligible a second term of 3 years.

You must be a resident of the North East to be eligible.

To view the job description and person specification, please visit https://neasappointments.com/

Further info

If you are interested in the role and would like to have a confidential conversation, please contact Robin Staveley, Mark Bate or Peter Guilder on 07545 441127 or at peter.guilder@gatenbysanderson.com

How to apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, completed fit and proper person form, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.

Recruitment timetable

  • Virtual open evening Thursday 5th August 17.00 – 18.00
  • Closing date 9AM Monday 9th August 2021
  • Preliminary Interviews w/c 16th & 23rd August 2021
  • Final Panel Interviews Friday 10th September 2021
Jul 122021
Advanced Research and Invention Agency (ARIA) – Chair

Chair - Advanced Research and Invention Agency (ARIA)

Job Reference: QAPASA
Closing Date: Monday 02 Aug 2021

The Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy are looking for a visionary leader as the first Chair of ARIA, the Advanced Research and Invention Agency. Modelled after the ARPAs in the United States, ARIA’s mission is to pursue high-risk, high-payoff research in breakthrough technologies that create a strategic advantage for the United Kingdom.

The agency will have a high degree of freedom and autonomy from central Government, minimal bureaucracy, and maximal financial flexibility. The Government is committed to providing at least £800m in funding for the agency over the course of this parliament, and we are currently legislating to gain explicit parliamentary consent for the body’s unique characteristics to be protected for the long term.

The Chair is a key figurehead for ARIA and will be integral to shaping the new organisation and ensuring its success and the UK’s continued leadership globally on research and innovation. They will work with the CEO and other Board members, leading ARIA in pursuit of its objectives. The Chair will act as custodian for ARIA’s mission and objectives and be responsible for supporting overall direction and management, ensuring that the Board takes an effective governance role.

The successful candidate will be an experienced board member, with a good understanding of governance and other governing body management issues such as an understanding of compliance and probity as these relate to a publicly funded organisation. An inquisitive and intuitive thinker, they will be able to remain objective in scrutinising ARIA’s executive and holding it to account. They will be able to balance the competing and conflicting strategic pressures from central Government, inside ARIA, and from external stakeholders.

The Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy is committed to the principle of public appointments on merit with independent assessment, openness, and fairness of process and to providing equal opportunities for all. Applications are welcome from all, but we particularly encourage applications from women, people from an ethnic minority, people with disabilities and other underrepresented groups.

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to the Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy on this appointment. For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit www.saxbam.com/appointments using reference QAPASA. Alternatively telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours). Applications should be received by noon on 2nd August 2021.

ARIA’s mission is to pursue high-risk, high-payoff research in breakthrough technologies that create a strategic advantage for the United Kingdom.

Jul 072021
The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust – Non-Executive Director

Non-Executive Director - The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust

The Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust has a rich history of providing healthcare to the people of Reading, West Berkshire and South Oxfordshire, touching the lives of more than half a million of our residents every year. We are committed to innovation, always looking ahead to the challenges of the future, the health and wellbeing of the people we serve and developing and investing in our amazing staff.

This is a challenging time to be working in the NHS, but it is also one rich in opportunity and we know that we are in a strong position to deliver on our vision of working together to provide outstanding care for our community.

To support us on our journey and help us to build on our success as a digital exemplar, we are looking for a new Non-Executive Director. The ideal candidates will have well-developed leadership skills gained at a senior management/Board level, ideally in both an executive and non-executive capacity. S/he will also bring a strong background in/understanding of the digital agenda and have a clear alignment with our CARE values. Beyond this, candidates will need to demonstrate experience of working inclusively with diverse populations, good communication and interpersonal skills and the ability to think independently, challenge appropriately and work effectively as part of a team.

Please note, candidates must live in one of the Trust’s constituent areas and Interviews have been scheduled for TBC.

Please see the information pack provided: Royal Berkshire

All applications should be sent to: applications@hunter-healthcare.com

All applications will be acknowledged.

  • Application Deadline 1 Aug 2021
  • Shortlisting w/c 23 Aug 2021
  • Stakeholder Engagement w/c 13 Sept 2021
  • Selection Event w/c 13 Sept 2021

To learn more please contact our recruitment consultants Rhiannon Smith and Jenny Adrian at Hunter Healthcare on jadrian@hunter-healthcare.com or phone: 07939 250362.

Jul 022021
Homes England Board – Up to 3 Non-Executive Directors

Up to 3 Non-Executive Directors - Homes England Board

Body: Homes England
Appointing Department: Department for Communities & Local Government
Sector: Communities
Location: National
Skills required: Audit and Risk, Business / Commercial
Number of Vacancies: Up to 3
Remuneration: £24,984 per annum
Time Requirements: Maximum 3 days per month
Closed for Applications: 12/08/2021

Vacancy Description

Non-Executive Directors have corporate responsibility for ensuring that Homes England fulfils the overall aims and objectives set out in legislation as well as the mission and objectives it has been set by the Secretary of State. Non-Executive Directors also have responsibility for ensuring that Homes England complies with any statutory or administrative requirements for the use of public funds and assets. Non-Executive Directors responsibilities include:

  • ensure that Homes England delivers its Strategic Objectives within the policy and resources parameters set by the Secretary of State;​
  • hold the Chief Executive to account for the effective and efficient delivery of the strategic and annual business plans and for the day-to-day management, delivery and performance of Homes England;​
  • ensure that effective arrangements are in place to provide assurance to the Board and MHCLG on risk management, governance and internal control;​
  • ensure that any statutory or administrative requirements for the use of public funds are complied with; that the Board operates within the limits of its statutory authority and any delegated authority agreed with MHCLG, and in accordance with any other conditions relating to the use of public funds;​
  • approve Homes England’s Annual Report and Accounts; ​
  • oversee production and retain oversight of Homes England’s Risk Appetite Statement and Risk Management Framework;​
  • set performance objectives and remuneration terms linked to these objectives for the Chief Executive, which give due weight to the proper management, use and utilisation of public resources; ​
  • act as a champion for the work and role of Homes England at public events and meetings, taking on a specific champion role for priority topics as required and advise on the effective wider management of stakeholders.

Person Specification

We are looking for up to 3 candidates who have credibility and stature as a strategic leader – former Chairs, Chief Executive Officers, Group Finance Directors or equivalent senior level – in organisations of scale and complexity. ​

All candidates must demonstrate, in their CV and supporting letter, how they meet the selection criteria for the roles, through their knowledge, skills and experience. ​

​Essential Criteria:​

  • Prior non-executive experience is not a requisite, but you must bring a demonstrable record at a senior level, where there has been significant exposure to a non-executive board. ​
  • An excellent understanding of governance particularly in relation to the role of the Board in overseeing the performance of organisations, and holding the executive to account for meeting its strategic objectives. You will have credibility and stature as a strategic leader in organisations of scale and complexity. ​
  • Excellent commercial acumen and strong analytical skills, gained from leading organisations in these sectors. ​
  • A passion and enthusiasm for working with Government in meeting the challenges of the housing market.​​

We are looking to appoint up to 3 posts. You must have experience in one of the following areas:

  • Experience of leading in the housebuilding/developer sectors. You will have gained a strong understanding and experience of corporate governance as either Chair of an Audit Committee or as a Chief Financial Officer, or an equivalent role and level; OR
  • Experience of the challenges involved in affordable housing and delivering the Government’s ambition to ‘level up’, gained from leading in either the local government or affordable housing sectors; OR
  • Experience gained in a major construction company or major firm of engineers / project managers / consultants that support the construction sector.

Additional Information

Homes England is a ‘non-departmental public body’ sponsored by the Ministry of Housing, Communities and Local Government. ​

Homes England is an agile, commercial organisation that can collaborate in a unique way between Government and the public and private sectors. We’re unified by our determination to embrace this crucial opportunity to help solve one of the country’s most intractable domestic policy issues. ​

Just as the agency has built its capabilities and expertise to meet the challenges it was created to address new priorities have come to the fore – from design quality to net zero to the future of our towns and cities. It is paramount for the agency to show leadership and work collaboratively with industry and Whitehall to ensure homes and communities are built to address the challenges the country will face in the 21st Century.

How to Apply

Please complete this application form and diversity monitoring form:

Please submit the required documentation to public.appointments@communities.gov.uk by Thursday 12th August 2021.​

If not provided your application will not be taken forward. Late applications will not be considered. ​

Please ensure you include ‘Homes England – Non-Executive Director’ as the subject line of your email. ​

Please note: it is your responsibility to ensure we receive all parts of your application by the closing date.

  • Curriculum Vitae (maximum 2 pages) include your education, professional qualifications and full employment history. In the same document please submit a Supporting Letter (maximum 2 pages). Please tailor, setting out your suitability for the role(s) and how you meet the Selection Criteria. We suggest you use specific examples to demonstrate how you meet the Criteria. ​
  • Application Form and Diversity Information. This is an online form. You should declare any potential issues including conflicts of interest (perceived, potential or actual), this includes your personal or professional history that could, if you were appointed, be misconstrued, cause embarrassment to the Homes England/MHCLG or HM Government, or cause public confidence in the appointment to be jeopardised. The Panel will explore your declarations during the interview process. Failure to disclose such information could result in an appointment either not being made or being terminated. ​​

Candidates should note that ‘due diligence’ will be carried out as part of the assessment process and will be shared with the Panel and Ministers. You should expect this to include searches of previous public statements on social media, blogs and/or other publicly available information. ​

​You will receive an automated acknowledgement of your application. ​

Please note that your application will not be considered if all documents are not provided.


This post is regulated by The Commissioner for Public Appointments

Jul 012021
RICS – Audit Committee Chair

Audit Committee Chair - RICS

Recruiter: RICS
Location: London and Birmingham
Salary: £7,500 per annum (under review) for 1-2 days per month
Posted: 29 Jun 2021
Closes: 02 Aug 2021
Job Function: Chair
Industry: Public

As a globally recognised professional body, everything RICS does is designed to effect positive change in the built and natural environments. Through its respected global standards, leading professional progression and trusted data and insight, it promotes and enforces the highest professional standards in the development and management of land, real estate, construction and infrastructure. RICS’s work with others provides a foundation for confident markets, pioneers better places to live and work, and is a force for positive social impact.

At a pivotal time in the organisation’s development, we’re looking for an experienced chair to lead the Audit Committee through a critical phase of change and development. You will be involved in reviewing the role, Terms of Reference and ways of working of the Audit Committee to ensure RICS has a committee that is fit for purpose, poised to anticipate a broad range of risks, and that the organisation meets its legal, regulatory and other obligations. You will also be part of a dedicated team working to influence the ongoing development of RICS and its culture.

This Committee reports directly to Governing Council which is the Institution’s governing body. This appointment is made outside the RICS membership and is fully independent. In addition to an appropriate professional qualification, you will have deep personal experience of audit and risk and the judgement and confidence required to recommend and implement solutions. We’re looking for a credible and resilient senior professional with maturity of judgement and a diplomatic style. Ideally you will have held a similar role within another large and complex organisation and will see this role as a significant opportunity to help shape the future of a pioneering global brand.

To find out more and apply for the role please visit https://starfishsearch.com/jobs/rics-audit-com-chair/

Closing date: Monday 2nd August 2021

Jul 012021
Financial Ombudsman Service – Non-Executive Director

Non-Executive Director - Financial Ombudsman Service

Recruiter: Financial Ombudsman Service
Location: London
Salary: Fixed annual fee of £24,500
Posted: 29 Jun 2021
Closes: 25 Jul 2021
Ref: 83343
Job Function: Non-Executive Director
Industry: Business Services, Finance

The Financial Ombudsman Service (the Ombudsman) is the statutory dispute resolution scheme for the financial services industry. A public body, the Ombudsman is independent and impartial. It considers complaints about a vast range of money matters from payday loans, mortgages and pensions to pet insurance, spread betting and payment protection. Its remit also extends to larger SMEs and claims management companies.

The Ombudsman plays a vital role in protecting the public interest. Its importance has been reinforced by the events of the last year; a period which has seen an increase in the number of vulnerable consumers and complaints. With a commitment to providing an operationally excellent service with fairness at its heart, the delivery of a forward looking and transformative organisational strategy is underway.

The board is looking to appoint two non-executive directors. This is an exciting time to join an evolving, strong and capable board which benefits from a diversity of skills and experience. The work of the Ombudsman is highly varied and engages with people and firms throughout the UK: it is important the board seeks to continue to reflect diversity in its composition.

The roles

The board plays a crucial role in helping to ensure the Ombudsman can remain dynamic and responsive and develop innovative strategies that allow the organisation to adapt to a changing and uncertain landscape and evolving consumer and business needs. It ensures the Ombudsman is properly resourced and able to carry out its work effectively and independently.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Agreeing the strategic direction of the Ombudsman and its organisational objectives
  • Scrutinising performance in meeting agreed goals, to include the successful transformation of processes and an enhanced customer experience to set the standard for modern, efficient, accessible dispute resolution
  • Safeguarding and promoting the Ombudsman’s independence as an impartial, decision-making body.
  • Ensuring appropriate policies are in place to manage risks and to ensure a sound system of governance and financial controls

The individuals

Successful candidates will have a high level of integrity and effective communication and influencing skills.

They will ideally bring experience in one or more of the following areas: finance/audit (with the ability to contribute to and/or chair the Audit Committee); organisational transformation and design and its impact on people, processes, and culture (with the ability to contribute to and/or chair the Remuneration Committee); and consumer advocacy. This experience may have been gained in the public or private sector. Beyond this, all candidates will bring:

  • Proven ability to contribute effectively at board level, shaping strategy and monitoring performance.
  • Ability to grasp complex issues quickly and to contribute outside their direct area(s) of expertise.
  • A genuine commitment to representing the public interest, and strong alignment with the culture and values of the Ombudsman and its commitment to fairness.

The time commitment is approximately two days per month, for which there is a fixed annual fee of £24,500, with an additional £5,000 for those with a committee chair responsibility.

These appointments will be made by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA).

The application deadline is midnight, Sunday 25th July 2021. For further information, or to apply, please visit: www.odgers.com/83343

Jun 282021
The Independent Funeral Standards Organisation (IFSO) – Lay Board Member

Lay Board Member - The Independent Funeral Standards Organisation (IFSO)

Recruiter: The Independent Funeral Standards Organisation (IFSO)
Location: Homeworking, Solihull West Midlands, London Greater
Salary: £5k Per annum
Posted: 23 Jun 2021
Closes: 23 Jul 2021
Job Function: Board Member
Industry: Public, Central Government
Time Commitment: c. 10 days per annum (In the initial stages of the appointment more days may be required)


This is an exciting opportunity to join the Board of a new regulatory body (IFSO) to oversee the work of the funeral directors throughout the UK to implement a system of proportionate risk-based inspection and regulation.

In its Final Report to the Funeral Market Investigation, the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) recommended to the UK Government, and the devolved administrations in Wales and Northern Ireland, that an inspection and registration regime be established to monitor the quality of funeral director services and facilities, with a focus on ‘back of house’ facilities. IFSO has been established in response to these recommendations.

IFSO is seeking board members to work with the Chair, the Rt Hon David Heath, to oversee regulatory activities, with the majority of the board not holding any current or prior connection with the funeral sector (i.e., ‘lay members’ of the Board). As a board member you will ensure that IFSO fulfils its core task of promoting and upholding the highest professional standards of funeral directing.

Key Responsibilities

  • Work closely with fellow board members and the Director of Regulation, to set the strategy and budget for IFSO, and approve its key policies and procedures.
  • Work with the Director of Regulation and Chair to provide support with regards to external communications.
  • Work with fellow board members to fulfil responsibility for regulatory activities.
  • Regularly review major risks and associated opportunities and ensure that systems are in place to take advantage of those opportunities whilst managing and mitigating any risks.
  • Develop and monitor the financial health of the organisation, with systems in place to ensure financial accountability.
  • Engage in the best, long-term interests of IFSO and takes ownership of decisions made.
  • Hold the Director of Regulation to account for the implementation of board policies
  • Establish and build a strong, effective and a constructive working relationship with the Director of Regulation and Chair of the Board.
  • Ensure regular contact with the Chair and other board members and develop and maintain an open and supportive relationships within which each can speak openly about concerns, worries and challenges.
  • Liaise with the Director of Regulation to maintain an overview of the organisation’s affairs and provide support, as necessary.

Personal Qualities

  • Demonstrate a strong and visible passion and commitment to IFSO, its strategic objectives and cause.
  • Exhibit strong inter-personal and relationship building abilities.
  • Demonstrate tact and diplomacy, with the ability to listen and engage effectively.
  • Strong networking capabilities that can be utilised for the benefit of IFSO.
  • Ability to foster and promote a collaborative team environment.
  • An ability to empathise with the views of the regulated community in delivering cost effective and proportionate outcomes-focussed regulation.
  • Demonstrable evidence and understanding of and a personal commitment to diversity and inclusion.
  • Ability to commit time to conduct the role well, including travel and attending events.


  • Experience of operating at a senior level within an organisation.
  • Experience of Change Management.
  • Successful track record of achievement through their career.
  • Thorough understanding of complex governance arrangements and evidence of willingness to uphold them.
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills with evidence of ability to engage and influence stakeholders, including governmental and political stakeholders at the highest level.

Knowledge and skills

  • Good understanding of governance issues for not-for-profit organisations.
  • Understanding of the nature of the role of devolved governments.


The Board Member will serve a four-year term and will be eligible for re-appointment for one additional term. The time commitment is anticipated to be approximately 10 days per year, which may vary depending on workload pressures and particularly in the initial stages of the organisation’s operation. The Member will be expected to be in regular contact with the Director of Regulation, attend board meetings (at least 4 per year), and any other meetings and events as required. Remuneration is £5K per annum.

To apply for this position, please click on this link;

Jun 242021
Plymouth City Council – Board Member

Board Member - Plymouth City Council

Business / Organisation Name: Plymouth City Council
Business / Organisation Sector: Public
Business / Organisation Website: https://www.plymouth.gov.uk/
Business / Organisation Type: Other
Role Title: Board Member
Remuneration: Expenses only

Role Description

Plymouth City Council wishes to appoint two independent members to fill vacancies on its Audit and Governance Committee. Appointments are for a period of four years, subject to annual review.

As an independent member, you would be expected to have a finance, accountancy, corporate governance, risk management or audit background. You must be able to analyse and discuss complex information and act impartially at all times. You would be expected to attend meetings of the Audit and Governance Committee (approximately four a year) in a non-voting capacity, and be able to provide advice, experience and insight.

The Audit and Governance Committee provides a key source of assurance on the Council’s audit and corporate governance arrangements. Specifically, the Committee is responsible for the council’s internal and external audit activity, risk management, maintaining an effective control environment, treasury management, financial accounts and wider corporate governance and civic matters.

The Audit and Governance Committee comprises up to three independent members (non-voting) and six elected members of the City Council. You will be required to attend up to four meetings a year; training will be provided and travel expenses will be paid for meetings you attend.

We are looking for individuals who share our values, have a commitment to continuous improvement and a desire to deliver better outcomes for all of our residents. Anyone wishing to put themselves forward for this role should be able to demonstrate a commitment to good governance in the public sector, and preferably have some knowledge of local government or other public bodies.

Anyone who wishes to be considered for the role must not:

  • be current or former councillors or officers of Plymouth City Council, or a close friend or relative of such a person
  • have any criminal conviction
  • be an undischarged bankrupt
  • have any significant business dealings with the Council
  • be currently actively engaged in politics or be a member of a political party

Closing dates for applications: 7 July 2021

Informal discussions with shortlisted applicants to be held: 12/13 July 2021

The scheduled meetings of Audit and Governance Committee for 2021/22 are:

  • 26 July 2021
  • 20 September 2021
  • 29 November 2021
  • 28 March 2022
  • The committee usually meets from 3 – 5pm.
  • Please contact Andrew Loton, Head of Governance Performance and Risk on Andrew.Loton@plymouth.gov.uk for further information or an informal discussion about the role.

How to apply

Please send a CV and covering letter which addresses how you meet the skills outlined in the attached role profile to democraticsupport@plymouth.gov.uk

Role profile


  • As an independent member, you would be expected to have finance, accountancy, corporate governance, risk management or audit background. You must be able to analyse and discuss complex information and act impartially at all times.

Time commitment

  • Approximately six days per year, including meeting preparation and attendance.

Skills and experience

  • We are particularly interested in people who can demonstrate the following skills and experience:


  • Ability to remain independent in thinking and consider matters without regard to personal political views
  • Ability to analyse information, ask pertinent questions, reach rational conclusions and maintain confidentiality
  • A professional qualification or background in accountancy, risk management, law, governance or general management
  • An understanding of local government and/or the public sector more broadly
  • Broad understanding of and commitment to the ‘7 Principles of Public Life’
  • An understanding of governance and ethical standards
  • Independent members of Audit and Governance Committee are expected to abide by the Council’s Members Code of Conduct and the Nolan Principles of Public Life (see Appendix A below).


  • Experience of dealing with Local Government or a similar public sector or voluntary organisation
  • Experience of acting as an independent member/non-executive director or a trustee on a Board or Committee
  • Knowledge of Local Government and an understanding of the role of Council and Councillors
  • Recent senior management experience within a complex organisation

Appendix A – Members’ Code of Conduct

Application Details

How to apply: Please send a CV and covering letter which addresses how you meet the skills outlined in the attached role profile to democraticsupport@plymouth.gov.uk

Closing Date: 07/07/2021
Contact Name: Andrew Loton
Contact Telephone: 01752307309
Contact Email: Andrew.loton@Plymouth.gov.uk

Jun 222021
South-West Academic Health Science Network – Chair

Chair - South-West Academic Health Science Network

Recruiter: South-West Academic Health Science Network
Location: Exeter base with National Profile
Salary: Remunerated
Posted: 04 Jun 2021
Closes: 28 Jun 2021
Ref: 83099
Job Function: Chair
Industry: Health, Science / Environment

The SW Academic Health Science Network (AHSN) is one of 15 AHSNs in England, established by NHS England in 2013 to spread innovation at pace and scale – improving health and generating economic growth. Based in Exeter and working across Devon, Somerset, Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, we support the health and care system to adopt innovation, build the capability to innovate and evaluate the impact of improvements. Working in collaboration with the AHSNs across England, our work transforms lives through innovation. In the last few years alone, our work as a network of AHSNs has benefited over 479,000 people and leveraged over £322m investment into the health and life science sector.

The Opportunity

Building on the excellent progress made over the recent years, we are seeking to appoint an outstanding new Chair to lead our Board through the next phase of our development and growth. We have progressed to become one of the highest performing AHSNs nationally and play an influential role in the national AHSN Network. We have also established deep networks and relationship in our local health and care systems and become recognised for the unique role we play in accelerating the adoption and spread of innovation across our region.

Our new strategy is informed by a belief that we can build on these foundations and increase our impact if we bring greater focus to our work. During the last year we’ve worked with our team, network members and our Board to identify the overarching theme that will provide that focus – health equity. We are looking for a Chair who is passionate about improving health equity and brings demonstrable experience of leadership at the interface of public, commercial, academic and community sectors.

To find out more about this exciting opportunity, please see the candidate brief containing application instructions, or contact Odgers Berndtson on 0207 518 2612 quoting the reference 83099.

Closing date for applications is: 9am Monday 28th June 2021

Jun 222021
Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust – Non-Executive Directors

Non-Executive Directors - Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

Blackpool Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust are seeking two Non-executive Directors to join their board

Blackpool Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust provides hospital services to the population of the Fylde Coast and community and specialist healthcare services more widely across Lancashire and South Cumbria, supporting a diverse population of 1.7 million. The Trust also hosts the National Artificial Eye Service, providing services across England. It has approximately 7,200 staff and an annual turnover of c.£457m.

The Trust is working towards exceptional standards of health and care across the local population and is working in close partnership with the Trust’s health and care partners across the Fylde Coast, Lancashire and South Cumbria. The Trust is part of the Fylde Coast Integrated Care Partnership which brings NHS and Council organisations together to improve health and care for people living in the area. Although there are challenges, the Trust is in an exciting position to work towards its ambitious vision to be a high performing Trust, operating as part of an integrated care system, providing high quality, safe and effective care across its communities.

Given the impact and importance of the Trust’s responsibility within the Integrated Care System, this is an exciting time of change and a unique chance for individuals to join their Board as Non-Executive Directors, and have the opportunity to represent the Trust locally, regionally and nationally, as well as having a fundamental impact on improving the health and lives of people in the area.

We seek to appoint two people. Someone who brings substantial experience of clinical practice, leadership and system working and another person who has held a financial / audit or business leadership position, with experience in budget management, and can demonstrate the highest standards of integrity and governance.

Non-Executive Directors will need to be highly collaborative, partnerships and values led and able to both support and challenge the Board. The role will involve collaboration with stakeholders such as peers, Governors, and the wider Board. We seek individuals who will be passionate about healthcare; will show a strong commitment to the local community and working with a range of partners; and have a strong focus on the best interests of all patients and the wellbeing of all staff.

Experience of working within the NHS is not essential although we will expect you to demonstrate a developing knowledge and understanding of the NHS, its regulation and governance throughout the recruitment process. It will be your duty to ensure effective governance, consistent with the Nolan principles and NHS values, alongside assistance in developing a long-term vision and strategy for the Trust.

We value and promote diversity and appreciate the best leadership teams reflect the communities they serve. We strongly encourage applications from people across groups that are underrepresented. Most importantly, we recognise that skills and experience can be lived as well as learnt. The Trust is accredited as a Disability Confident employer and we will ensure that people with disabilities are afforded equal opportunity.

Non-Executive Directors are appointed for an initial period of 3 years by the Council of Governors and this may be renewed for a second three-year term depending on performance. The time commitment is on average 4 days per month.

  • Closing date for applications: Monday 5th July 2021
  • Preliminary interviews: w/c 5th July 2021
  • Final interview Date: w/c 26th July 2021

To apply and for further information please visit:


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