East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, Non-executive Director and Associate Non-Executive Director

Body: NHS Improvement
Appointing Department: NHS Improvement
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Health and Social Care
Location: East Sussex
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.


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

NHS Improvement is pleased to announce the appointment of Karen Manson from 1 September 2018 to 30 August 2021 as Non-executive Director of East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust. She is entitled to receive a remuneration of £6,157 per annum. The Trust has also appointed Nicola Webber as an Associate Non-executive Director.

Date: 20/09/2018

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    16/07/2018 at 11:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


An information evening for those interested in the roles is due to take place on 3 July from 6pm at Manor Barn, 4 De La Warr Road, Bexhill on Sea, TN40 2JA. To confirm your attendance please contact Alison Prout on 01323 435653.

Vacancy Description

There is a vacancy for a Non-executive director and an Associate Non-executive director at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.  This is an exceptional opportunity to share your talents and expertise to make a positive difference to the lives of people in your community.

The Non-executive director and Associate Non-executive director will provide additional support to the Board and will contribute to a range of Board committees including the Audit Committee, Finance and Performance Committee and Quality and Safety Committee.

The Associate Non-executive director role is used successfully in the NHS to support Board succession strategy and achieving a balance of Board level skills. Associate Non-executive directors cannot participate in any formal vote at Board.

The successful candidate for the Associate role will be appointed by the Trust but may also be considered for appointment as a Non-executive director of the Board in future, should a vacancy arise and they have the appropriate skills.

Person Specification

You will need to have a genuine commitment to patients and the promotion of excellent health care services.  You will have senior or board level experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • recent finance experience ideally with a recognised financial qualification
  • commercial experience gained at a senior level; for example bringing sales, marketing, customer focus, company growth, and business development expertise
  • strong track record in partnership working across a range of stakeholders
  • legal expertise, ideally gained working in a corporate or commercial environment
  • a healthcare background with experience of NHS

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 East Sussex or the surrounding area.

  • on average this role will require the equivalent to 2 to 3 days a month
  • the remuneration payable for this role is £6,157 pa

Given the significant public profile and responsibility members of NHS Boards hold, it is vital that those appointed inspire confidence of the public, patients and NHS staff at all times. NHS Improvement makes a number of specific background checks to ensure that those we appoint are “fit and proper” people to hold these important roles. More information can be found on our website.

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

An information evening for those interested in the roles is due to take place on 3 July from 6pm at Manor Barn, 4 De La Warr Road, Bexhill on Sea, TN40 2JA. To confirm your attendance please contact Alison Prout on 01323 435653.

For an informal and confidential discussion with David Clayton-Smith, the Chair of the trust, please contact Peter Palmer, Assistant Company Secretary on 07976 793249 or by emailing peterpalmer@nhs.net 

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


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 may 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 public.appointments@nhs.net

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