Sep 072018

Chair - The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust

non-executive directorThis is a unique opportunity to share your talents and expertise to lead The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust and make a positive difference to the lives of people in your community.


The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust was established in April 1995. It is a small to medium-size hospital with an annual income of circa £225million. It comprises 413 general and acute beds and provides a full range of general acute services, including a 24/7 emergency department, an intensive care unit, a maternity unit and a level II neonatal intensive care unit (NICU).

The Trust currently employs over 3,000 people and operates outpatient and diagnostic services from the Herts and Essex Hospital, Bishop’s Stortford, St Margaret’s Hospital in Epping and the Cheshunt Community Hospital. The Breast Unit at St Margaret’s Hospital is one of the largest breast cancer clinical trials facilities in Hertfordshire, Essex and North London.

The Trust serves a core population of about 350,000 and is the natural hospital of choice for people living in West Essex and East Hertfordshire, with a core population which is centred on the M11 corridor and the towns of Harlow, Bishop’s Stortford and Epping. Its extended catchment area (radius of 11 to 13 miles) incorporates a population of up to 500,000 and includes the areas of Hoddesdon, Cheshunt and Broxbourne in Hertfordshire, together with the south of the M25 in Essex being potential areas for growth.

We are looking for candidates who want to use their energy, skills and experience to help drive the delivery of sustainable healthcare services for the people of West Essex and East and North Hertfordshire.  We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds who can apply their experience from different sectors, as well as from health, to this demanding role.

For more information, you can get in touch with:

  • The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust - for an informal and confidential discussion with Lance McCarthy, Chief Executive please contact his Executive Assistant, Sandra Middlehurst on 01279 827080 or email 
  • NHS Improvement – to request a chair information pack and for general enquiries contact Leslie Horn on 0300 123 2057 or by emailing

The closing date for receipt of applications is 25 October 2018 at noon.

The shortlisted candidates will invited to the trust to meet the Chief Executive and key stakeholders in the morning of 14 November 2018 and interviews will be held in the afternoon the same day.

We value and promote diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity for all and appointments made on merit. We believe that the best boards are those that reflect the communities they serve.

We particularly welcome applications from women, people from the local black and minority ethnic communities, and disabled people who we know are under-represented in chair and non-executive roles.  

Our recruitment processes are conducted in accordance with the Code of Governance to ensure that they are made on merit after a fair and open process so that the best people, from the widest possible pool of candidates, are appointed.

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