Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, Non-executive Directors

Body: Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust
Appointing Department: NHS Improvement
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Health and Social Care
Location: Avon and Wiltshire
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £13,000 pa
Time Requirements: 2 - 3 days per month


An announcement has been made on the outcome of this appointment.

NHS England is pleased to announce the appointments of Ela Pathak-Sen, Sue Porto and Paul Spencer as Non-executive Directors of Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust each for terms of three years. Mr Spencer has been appointed from 3 November 2022, Ms Porto has been appointed from 1 February 2023 and Ms Pathak-Sen has been appointed from 1 March 2023. Mr Spencer and Ms Porto have declared no political activity in the last 5years. Ms Pathak-Sen has declared activity on behalf of the Labour Party within the last 5 years. They will each receive remuneration of £13,000 per annum. Further information may be available at http://www.awp.nhs.uk/

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    05/09/2022 at 11:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    3 and 5 October 2022

  • Announcement

    November 2022

Vacancy Description

There are two Non-executive Director (NED) vacancies at Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP). This is an exceptional opportunity to share your talents and expertise to make a positive difference to the lives of people served by the Trust.

Person Specification

You will need to have a genuine commitment to patients and the promotion of excellent health care services and particularly mental healthcare. You will have senior leadership experience of developing and delivering strategy within a large complex organisation, with specific knowledge and expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Finance
  • Digital transformation
  • Estates management
  • Organisational development
  • Clinical governance
  • Partnership working in a complex stakeholder environment

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 the area served by the Trust; Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Bath, Swindon and Wiltshire.

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.

Additional Information

Getting in touch

  • GatenbySanderson are helping us to identify potential candidates, if you would like a confidential discussion about the role contact Melanie Shearer, Partner on 07785 616 548 or melanie.shearer@gatenbysanderson.com

  • NHS England – for general enquiries contact Miriam Walker on 0113 825 0009 by emailing miriam.walker@nhs.net

How to Apply

Please read the candidate information pack to find out how to apply and forward your completed application to england.chairsandneds@nhs.net quoting reference S2629

AWP NHS NED Info Pack S2629
AWP Monitoring Form S2629
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