May 162019

Two associate Non-Executive Directors - East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust

We are recruiting two Associate Non-executive Directors for East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. 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

Ref: S2016

There are two vacancies for Associate Non-executive Directors (NEDs) at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

Associate NEDs provide additional support the Board and contribute to a range of Board committees including the Audit Committee, Finance and Investment Committee, People and Organisational Development Committee and Quality and Safety Committee.

The Associate NED role is used successfully in the NHS to support Board succession strategy and achieving a balance of Board level skills. Associate NEDs cannot participate in any formal vote at Board.

The successful candidates will be appointed by the Trust but may also be considered for appointment as a NED of the Board in future, should a vacancy arise and they have the appropriate skills.

Essential criteria

You will need to have a genuine commitment to patients and the promotion of excellent health care services. You will have senior or board level experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • recent finance experience ideally with a recognised financial qualification
  • commercial experience gained at a senior level; for example, bringing sales, marketing, customer focus, company growth, and business development expertise
  • strong track record in partnership working across a range of stakeholders
  • legal expertise ideally gained working in a corporate or commercial environment
  • a healthcare background with experience of the NHS

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 Sussex or the surrounding area.

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 (S2016)
    PDF, 161.5 KB
    This is a comprehensive information pack for candidates, which explains the requirements to undertake the roles, as well as details of how to apply and information about the trust.
  • Monitoring form (S2016)
    DOCX, 267.7 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.
  • Monitoring form RTF (S2016)
    RTF, 3.0 MB
    This is an alternate version of the monitoring form in rich text format.

Key dates

  • Closing date for receipt of applications* 13 June 2019 at 11am
  • Information evening
    An information evening for those interested in the roles is due to take place on Thursday 6 June at 5pm at Bexhill Health Centre, Bexhill Hospital, Holliers Hill, TN40 2DZ. To confirm your attendance please contact Peter Palmer on 07976 793249 or email
  • Interview date 25 June 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 Appointments

Find out more

  • The Trust - we strongly recommend an informal and confidential discussion with Steve Phoenix, the Chair of the Trust, please contact Kelly Porter on 01323 435653
  • NHS Improvement – for general enquiries contact Miriam Walker on 0300 123 2059 or by emailing

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