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Up to two Associate Non-executive Directors - Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust

We are recruiting up to two Associate Non-executive Directors for Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust. These are exceptional opportunities to share your talents and expertise to make a positive difference to the lives of people in your community.


The opportunity

Maidstone and Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust is a large acute hospital trust in the south east of England. The Trust was legally established on 14 February 2000, and provides a full range of general hospital services and some areas of specialist complex care to around 560,000 people living in the south of West Kent and the north of East Sussex.

The Associate NED role is used successfully in the NHS to support Board succession planning and achieving a balance of Board level skills. Although not legally a member of the Board and does not participate in any formal vote, the individual is an integral member of the wider Board team comprising executive and non-executive roles and attending Board and key committee meetings as required.

The successful candidates will be appointed by the Trust but may also be considered for appointments as a NED of the Board in future, should vacancies 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 level experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Organisational change management expertise gained at a strategic level
  • A portfolio of high level governance and organisational skills including strategic planning, financial management, risk management, performance management and service development
  • Commercial management experience gained in a major contracting environment ideally with a recognised professional qualification and experience of managing significant budgets

You will also 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 ideally live in Maidstone or have strong connections with the 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.   

Application documents

Information pack (S1665) PDF, 455.4 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 (S1665) RTF, 1.9 MB

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.

Application process

Closing date for receipt of applications * 11 May 2018 at 11am
Interview date 25 May 2018
Proposed start date To be confirmed

* Please forward your completed application to public.appointments@nhs.net

This appointment is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments

Find out more

For an informal and confidential discussion with David Highton, the Chair of the trust, please contact Kevin Rowan on 01622 228 698 extension 28698

NHS Improvement – for general enquiries contact Miriam Walker on 0300 123 2059 or by emailing miriam.walker@nhs.net

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