Hertfordshire Community 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: Hertfordshire
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £13,000 pa
Time Requirements: 2 - 3 days per month

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    06/05/2021 at 11:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Stakeholder panel date


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

We are looking for one Non-executive Director (NED) and one Associate NED for Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust (HCT). This is a unique opportunity to shape the future of local services by sharing your talents and expertise to make a positive difference to the health and wellbeing of the communities served by the Trust.

The Associate NED role is used successfully in the NHS to support Board succession strategy and achieving a balance of Board level skills. Associate NEDs 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 NED of the Board in future, should a vacancy arise and they have the appropriate skills.

Following a discussion about their specific needs, the successful candidates will be fully supported with an induction programme by the trust, planned to meet those needs.

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.

Person Specification

We are looking for candidates who have the energy, skills and leadership experience to help drive the delivery of sustainable healthcare services for the people of Hertfordshire and surrounding areas.

You will need to have a genuine commitment to patients and the promotion of excellent health care services, with the ability to work with local partners across the Hertfordshire and West Essex (HWE) Integrated Care System (ICS) to transform community services.  As part of the ICS non-executive directors will work with the wider community including elected members of county and district councils and the voluntary sector. It is important to recognise and consider inequalities in health and in healthcare in all areas of work.

You will have senior level experience, along with:

  • Significant experience engaging with the diverse social, economic and cultural groups served by the organisation, and an ability to bring cultural insights particularly from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities
  • An ability to add to the existing board members’ experience through bringing personal, and ideally lived experience of the issues faced by disadvantaged groups accessing the NHS.

Whilst not essential, it would be an additional advantage to have either:

  • Senior level clinical experience gained in either a medical, nursing or allied discipline with a strong service delivery background, or
  • Recent, relevant finance experience in a large and complex organisation, preferably with a financial qualification.

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 Hertfordshire.

Additional Information

Find out more

  • We strongly recommend an informal and confidential discussion with Linda Sheridan, the Chair of the Trust. Please contact Donna Lesmond, Executive Assistant to Chief Executive & Office of the Board, on 01707 388145 or at donna-marie.lesmond@nhs.net
  • NHS England / NHS Improvement – for general enquiries contact Helen Barlow on 0300 123 2038 or by emailing helen.barlow2@nhs.net
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