East and North Hertfordshire NHS Trust, Non-executive director and a Designate Non-executive director

Body: NHS Improvement
Appointing Department: NHS Improvement
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Health and Social Care
Location: Applicants should live in or have strong connections with the Hertfordshire area or within the surrounding areas
Skills required: Accountancy
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £6,157 per annum
Time Requirements: On average this role will require the equivalent to 2 to 3 days a month
Closing Date: 31/07/2017 11:00
Interviews: To be confirmed

Vacancy Description

We are recruiting at least a Non-executive director and a Designate Non-executive director for East and North Hertfordshire 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. Specifically, we are seeking to recruit to the following opportunities:

  • Non-executive director and Chair of the Finance and Performance Committee

This role will be a full voting member of the Board and will chair one of the key Sub Committees, the Finance and Performance Committee.

  • Designate Non-executive director and future Chair of the Audit Committee

This role will initially be a designate Non-executive director, sitting on key committees and an integral member of the Board but on a non-voting basis.  They will be expected to become Chair of the Trust’s Audit Committee and a full voting member of the Board when the current Audit Committee Chair steps down in January 2018.

Successful appointees to these roles will also be expected to sit on other committees and carry out various roles in the Trust to be discussed with the Chair after appointment.

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.  

Person Specification

These are key appointments for the Trust and candidates will need to have a genuine commitment to patients and the promotion of excellent health care services. We are seeking the following experience:

Experience required for Non-executive director and Chair of Finance and Performance Committee

  • Experience of managing businesses of a comparable size to the Trust and in financially constrained environments
  • Experience of delivering cultural change within organisations with a track-record of embedding efficiency and best practice in comparable sized organisations
  • Evidence of developing financial strategy for an organisation

Experience required for Designate Non-executive director and future Chair of the Audit Committee

  • Relevant financial qualifications with recent finance experience to chair an Audit Committee in an organisation of a comparable size and complexity to the Trust
  • Knowledge and experience of risk management and assurance
  • Experience of dealing with both internal and external audit matters

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.

Additional Information

For information about the Trust, such as business plans, annual reports, and services, visit their website

Getting in touch

  • with the Trust – for an informal and confidential discussion with Ellen Schroder, the Chair of the trust, please contact Sharon Nahal, Executive Assistant on 01438 284049.
  • Odgers Berndtson are helping us to identify potential candidates. If you would like a confidential discussion about the role contact Carmel Gibbons on 020 7529 1128 or Peter Mason on 020 7518 2641.
  • with NHS Improvement – for general enquiries contact Sharon Davies on 0300 123 2068 or by emailing davies19@nhs.co.uk

How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for this role please provide:

  • a CV that includes your address and contact details, highlighting and explaining any gaps in your employment history
  • a supporting statement that highlights your motivation for applying and your understanding of the NHS and the role. You should outline your personal responsibility and achievement within previous roles and how your experience matches the person specification
  • the names, positions, organisations and contact details for three referees. Your referees should be individuals in a line management capacity, and cover your most recent employer, any regulated health or social care activity or where roles involved children or vulnerable adults.  Your references will be taken prior to interview and may be shared with the selection panel
  • please complete and return the monitoring information form which accompanies this pack and is available for download
  • tell us about any dates when you will not be available

Please forward your completed application to appointments@nhs.net

M1491 Monitoring Form (doc 108kb)
M1491 Information pack v2 (pdf 452kb)
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