Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust - Chair

Body: NHS Improvement
Appointing Department: NHS Improvement
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Health and Social Care
Location: London
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: The remuneration for this role is expected to be £40,000 per annum and more may be available for the right candidate.
Time Requirements: Approximately 2 days per week


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

NHS Improvement is pleased to announce the appointment of Paula Vennells CBE as chair of Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust from 1 April 2019 to 31 March 2023. Mrs Vennells has no declared political activity and will receive a remuneration of £60,000 per annum. Further information is available on the trust website.

Date: 18/02/2019

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    10/07/2018 at 12:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Vacancy Description


We are looking for an exceptional leader to Chair the Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust

Person Specification

One of the largest NHS Trusts, with close to 11,000 staff serving over one million patients a year, Imperial College Healthcare provides a wide range of acute and specialist care for its patient population in north west London and beyond.  Its five hospitals have a long track record in providing high quality health care, undertaking world leading research and education, and 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 and has been recognised as one of the NHS’s global digital exemplars.

The Trust has a challenging agenda. Through internal changes as well as a major service reconfiguration programme for north west London, the Trust is responding to the rise in demand for urgent and emergency services. There is still more to be done; the Trust has challenging targets to continue to reduce its financial deficit. At the same time, the Trust must move forward with an ambitious estates redevelopment strategy to modernise its hospitals which will reduce a significant backlog of maintenance liability – the largest in the NHS.

The in-coming Chair will lead the Board to develop the Trust’s strategy and vision, enhancing its ability to deliver its ambitious goals of providing excellent care and outstanding clinical services within a modern estate.  They will have the opportunity to harness the huge potential of the skilled and committed workforce, capitalising on rising staff engagement and strong clinical leadership. The Chair will develop the Board by providing inspirational and discerning strategic leadership to the new Chief Executive and Board colleagues. The successful candidate will also grow the increasingly important relationships with the Trust’s many partners and stakeholders.  Candidates will have outstanding strategic skills and a track record of non-executive and/or executive leadership experience gained in large and complex organisations, ideally ones which have undergone successful turnarounds.

The successful candidate will be passionate about patient care and public service, and will bring commercial experience that proves a deep familiarity with strong governance and robust financial management. They will have the confidence, credibility and sensitivity to engage with a wide range of audiences both inside and outside the organisation. The time commitment is 2-3 days per week and is remunerated competitively.

Additional Information

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to NHS Improvement on this appointment.  For further information about the role, including details about how to apply, please visit using reference L1629.  Alternatively email or telephone +44 (0)20 7227 0880 (during office hours).

How to Apply

Applications should be received by noon on 10 July 2018.

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