Jun 122018

Chair - South East Coast Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust

non-executive directorLeading our Board of Directors and Council of Governors, our new Chair will join us at a critical period in our development; ensuring sustainability and success of the Trust at a time of unprecedented change, challenge and opportunity.

The Chair’s main role is to provide leadership to the Board of Directors, playing a full role in the determination and development of the Trust’s strategy, while ensuring the Executive team is held to account for the operation and management of the Trust.

The Chair leads both the Board of Directors and the Council of Governors, and is the Foundation Trust’s lead representative within the local community. The Chair should ensure effective communications with members and other stakeholders, and maintain constructive and appropriate relations with NHS Improvement, the Care Quality Commission, other regulatory or inspection regimes, and NHS organisations.

The Board of Directors is collectively responsible for the success of the Foundation Trust, by directing and supervising its affairs. This includes responsibility to maintain financial viability, using resources effectively within appropriate financial controls, ensuring high levels of probity and value for money and to deliver high standards of governance, ensuring that all relevant standards are met.

We are seeking a Chair with significant experience of working within an organisation of comparable scale and complexity.

The ideal candidate will likely possess both an understanding of the public sector and substantial commercial experience.

Additionally, he/she should have:

  • Knowledge and experience gained at Board level (or equivalent senior level) in large, complex organisations;
  • A proven track record in leading major transformational change, ideally in more than one sector, including effective post-change management and creating a culture of continuous improvement, which could have been gained in a public, private or not-for profit organisation;
  • Chair or Non-Executive Director experience at Board or major Divisional Board level with evidence of success in leading a service driven organisation of comparable scale and complexity, whether within the NHS, wider public or commercial sectors.
  • An excellent track record of building strong team cultures and creating consensus on practical solutions both within the board and in the way the wider organisation does business;
  • The ability to mentor, coach, challenge and guide senior colleagues;
  • The ability to think and plan ahead, balancing needs and constraints and the vision and imagination to help guide the future strategy of the organisation;
  • Expertise in the development of partnerships, alliances and networks with the ability to handle complex inter-relationships and manage ambiguity;
  • The ability to engender respect and to influence and persuade others, combined with strong mentoring, relationship-building and communication skills;
  • First-class communication, negotiation and influencing skills, with a high level of ability to gain support and to influence internal and external stakeholders and manage the media;
  • A strong commitment to the values and purpose of SECAmb and the motivation to improve NHS performance;
  • The ability to think clearly and creatively, remain calm under pressure and at all times to act with integrity and candour, in accordance with the Nolan principles outlined in Annexe 2 of the information pack.

For a confidential discussion, please contact Rhiannon Smith or Jenny Adrian on: 020 7935 4570.

  • Candidate Information Pack PDF, 890.9 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.

Closing date for applications is 28 June 2018.

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