Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust - Non-executive director

Body: NHS Improvement
Appointing Department: NHS Improvement
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Health and Social Care
Location: London
Skills required: Audit and Risk
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £10,000 per annum
Time Requirements: On average this role will require a time commitment of 2 to 3 days a month, but this may vary and a flexible approach should be taken.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    03/02/2020 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

We are recruiting a new non-executive director for Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust (ICHT), who will chair the Audit Committee. This is an exceptional opportunity to share your talents and expertise to make a positive difference to people’s lives and to support one of the UK’s leading NHS Trusts as it embraces the exciting and life enhancing developments of integrated healthcare for the 21st century.

One of the largest NHS Trusts, Imperial College Healthcare, provides a wide range of acute and specialist care for nearly two million people in London, nationally and internationally. Each of its five hospitals – Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlotte’s & Chelsea, St Mary’s and The Western Eye – has an acclaimed track record in research and education, influencing clinical practice nationally and worldwide. With its academic partner Imperial College, the Trust was one of the UK’s first Academic Health Science Centres.

Person Specification

You will need to have a genuine commitment to patients and the promotion of excellent health care services. You will also demonstrate the relevant and necessary financial audit experience and seniority to chair an audit committee effectively.

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; and
  • shape and actively support a healthy culture for the trust, while adhering to its values.

You will bring the following experience and skills. You will have many of the following skills:

  • senior financial leadership experience and a demonstrable understanding of financial accounting;
  • a deep understanding of internal and external Audit and Risk, governance and assurance as well as experience sitting on or with Audit committees and offering compassionate and constructive challenge;
  • previous experience working with an audit committee;
  • Board level experience in a medium to large complex organisation;
  • experience of organisational transformation and restructure;
  • the credibility to inspire confidence and enthusiasm in executive and non-executive team members; and
  • the ability to inspire a proactive and creative approach to audit and risk.

Desirable criteria:

  • Experience working with regulators or in regulated environments;
  • Prior experience as a CFO or big 4 Audit Partner;
  • Prior non-executive experience in the NHS; and
  • Proven technical ability and understanding of complex systems and processes.

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 Modelopens in a new window.

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

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to Imperial College Healthcare to identify potential candidates. We strongly recommend an informal and confidential discussion with Saxton Bampfylde in the first instance. To arrange a conversation please contact

NHS Improvement – for general enquiries contact Leslie Horn on 0300 123 2057 or by emailing

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