East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Chair

Body: NHS Improvement
Appointing Department: NHS Improvement
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Health and Social Care
Location: Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £35,000 per annum
Time Requirements: 2 to 3 days a week


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

NHS Improvement is pleased to announce the appointment of Nicola Scrivings as Chair of East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust from 18 November 2019 to 17 November 2022. She has no declared political activity and will receive a remuneration of £35,000 per annum.

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    15/08/2019 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Stakeholder engagement


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

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East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) provides a range of urgent, non urgent and training services, but are best known for their 999 emergency services provided across the six counties of Bedfordshire, Hertfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Essex. With a dedicated and skilled workforce of 4,000, they make sure patients receive the best possible care 365 days per year. Their diverse area is spread over about 7,500 square miles, from Watford to Wisbech and Cromer to Canvey Island, and contains rural, coastal and urban areas.

Covering this large area there are approximately 60 MPs, c 5.8 million population and 6 STPs. The new Chair would play an initial role in developing relationships with a wide range of stakeholders.

EEAST has faced a number of challenges in recent times, some of which have attracted negative publicity. The Board is now in the process of being refreshed and has greater clarity about its transformation and improvement plans.  The successful candidate will therefore have the enviable opportunity of shaping and influencing the future Board, ensuring the Trust can deliver:

  • An exciting transformation programme of its Estate and Fleet
  • The innovation of Safety Huddles and improved staff engagement
  • A sustained approach to staff recruitment, training, personal development and retention, resulting in improved staff and patient experience

Person Specification

This will be a complex, but highly rewarding role in which you will play a critical role in the organisation’s development as it influences how service integration is affected in local communities within the 6 Sustainability and Transformation Partnership / Independent Care System footprints.  This will be achieved through designing and delivering innovative early intervention services to help keep patients at home, whilst sharing clinical triaging expertise to support the right resource to be sent to the right patients at the right time – every time.  With this in mind, a new Chair is required to lead the Trust into its next phase of evolution.  In this role you will:

  • Lead the board in developing its new vision, strategy and clear objectives that sets direction and delivers clear organisational purpose and performance that exceeds statutory and local standards.
  • Ensure the board understands its own accountability for governing the organisation through its board committees which support accountability and are properly constituted.
  • Provide visible leadership in developing a healthy, well led, dynamic and inclusive culture for the organisation, modelling this through your own and the board’s behaviour and decision-making processes.
  • Be the organisation’s ambassador, building strong partnerships with patients and public, all staff, key partners and regulators.
  • Ensure that the Board, and the organisation, observe the Secretary of State’s policies and priorities, including the personal behaviours, values, technical competence and business practices.

We are particularly keen to talk to candidates offering experience within workforce, leadership and well led CQC domains gained from within large, complex health, public service or related organisations, combined with a commercial outlook and genuine interest in the local and national health agenda.  Ideally, you will offer specific skill sets gained through undertaking other non-executive / chair roles previously.  We welcome candidates from diverse backgrounds who can apply their experience from different sectors, as well as from the health service to this demanding role.

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. 

How to Apply

For further information, details on how to apply and eligibility criteria, please visit www.veredus.co.uk using reference 931281 and read the information pack, or for an informal discussion, please contact our retained consultant, Simon Potts on 07889 736 071 E simon.potts@veredus.co.uk or, Reece D’Alanno on 07711 779022 E Reece.D’Alanno@veredus.co.uk

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

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