Sep 092019

Non-Executive Director - East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust

We are recruiting a Non-executive Director to join the board of East Lancashire Hospitals NHS Trust (ELHT). This is an exceptional opportunity to share your talents and expertise to make a positive difference to the lives of people in your community.

The opportunity


We are seeking candidates who are able to challenge constructively to think and deliver differently and stretch every NHS pound for maximum reach on behalf of local communities and citizens. There are three key aspects to the role; setting the culture, strategic direction and sharing the vision; ensuring the appropriate governance is in place to safeguard patients, staff and standards; and holding the board and executives to account for delivery.

We invite you to bring your insight, experience and entrepreneurial approach to assimilate and analyse complex information and use findings to influence, shape, transform services in unconventional ways, meet challenges, resolve issues and have the courage and confidence to speak out to challenge the status quo.

Your values really matter to ELHT too; if you support and value public service, share their values and behaviours, believe you can champion the standards of public life and can show you have influenced beyond the sphere of your role, the Chair would value a discussion. ELHT would like to add to their Board leadership team the following knowledge, skills and life experiences, including:

  • If you are a woman or younger person
  • Are open about faith, have an understanding of or have experienced social deprivation and used this to influence positively
  • Live with a disability
  • Are openly L/G/B or T
  • Know from experience the most effective leaders retain accountability, although ‘give away’ power to gain momentum, progress and wider impact
  • Have a socially responsible role that would add value beyond that in the existing Board team
  • Have worked at the forefront of digital innovation and sector transformation or have commercial experience

Essential criteria

You will need to have a genuine commitment to patients and the promotion of excellent health care services. We are particularly keen to meet you if you can:

  • Demonstrate an entrepreneurial approach, having worked in a transformed or transforming sectors/markets
  • Bring insight and experience to digital change and/or bring a commercial background
  • Whatever your background, we are interested in your ability to add to the existing board members’ life experience and bring personal insights into one or more of the following:
    • The experience of gender and women’s issues
    • Younger People
    • Those who are open about their faith
    • The lives of people from socially deprived backgrounds
    • Those who live with a disability
    • Those who are openly L/G/B/ or T

The Trust is committed to having a Board that represents the communities that they serve. We particularly welcome applications from people from the local black and minority ethnic communities, and disabled people who we know are under- represented in non-executive roles.

You will also be required to:

  • Inspire confidence of the public, patients and our staff through compliance with the ‘fit and proper persons’ checklist
  • Demonstrate a genuine commitment to improving services for our patients
  • Proactively contribute to the values based culture of our organisation

You will need to be able to demonstrate you can use your experience to:

  • work alongside other non-executives and executive colleagues as an equal member of the board
  • bring independence, external perspectives, skills and challenge to strategy development
  • hold the executive to account by providing purposeful, constructive scrutiny and challenge
  • shape and actively support a healthy culture for the trust

All non-executive directors must champion the standards of public life – by upholding the highest standards of conduct and displaying the principles of selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty, and leadership.

As a future NHS leader, the successful candidate will be able to demonstrate the range of behaviours required to contribute effectively in this board level role. These are outlined in the NHS Leadership Academy’s Healthcare Leadership Model.

Applicants should live in or have strong connections with East Lancashire.

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.

Application documents

  • Information pack (N2027)
    PDF, 262.5 KB
    This is a comprehensive information pack for candidates, which explains the requirements to undertake the role, as well as details of how to apply and information about the trust.
  • Monitoring form (N2027)
    DOCX, 267.1 KB
    We like to monitor information to establish who applies for our roles and to ensure no group is treated unfairly. Your answers will be treated confidentially and will not be shared with the selection panel unless explicitly stated. Please let us know if you require either a RTF or MAC form.

Key dates

  • Closing date for receipt of applications* 14 October 2019 at 11am
  • Preliminary interviews mid-late October 2019. Long-listed candidates will be invited for a preliminary interview with Robin Staveley MBE, Partner from Gatenby Sanderson. To facilitate this, we will share your application with Gatenby Sanderson. Feedback from these interviews will be given to the panel.
  • Interview date 19 November 2019
  • Proposed start date TBC

*Read the information pack to find out how to apply and forward your completed application to

Our recruitment processes are conducted in accordance with the Government’s Principles of Public Appointments and Governance Code and are made on merit after a fair and open process so that the best people, from the widest possible pool of candidates, are appointed. This appointment is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointment.

Find out more

  • Gatenby Sanderson are helping us to identify potential candidates, if you would like a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Robin Staveley MBE, Partner on 0113 205 6090
  • The Trust - we strongly recommend an informal and confidential discussion about the role with Professor Eileen Fairhurst, the Chair of the Trust. To arrange this please contact Michelle Connolly on 01254 732801
  • NHS Improvement – for general enquiries contact Miriam Walker on 0300 123 2059 or by emailing

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