North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust, Non-Executive Director

Body: NHS Improvement
Appointing Department: NHS Improvement
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Health and Social Care
Location: North West
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £13,000 pa
Time Requirements: 2-3 days a month


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

NHS England / NHS Improvement is pleased to announce the appointment of Catherine Butterworth as Non-executive Director of North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust from 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2024. She is entitled to receive a remuneration of £13,000 per annum and has declared no political activity. Further information may be available at

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    08/02/2022 at 11:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    28/02/2022 (afternoon)

  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

There is a vacancy for a Non-Executive Director (NED) at North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS). As a member of the Trust Board this is a voting post.

This is an exceptional opportunity to share your talents and expertise to make a positive difference to the lives of people served by the Trust.

Non-Executive Director – People

The Trust is seeking a candidate from a People / HR background who has operated at a director level. In addition to being a member of the Board, the successful candidate will play a key role in challenging and supporting the Executive in relation to all workforce matters.

The successful candidate will be appointed the Wellbeing Guardian, focussing on health and wellbeing, Equality, Diversity and Inclusion and health and safety from a staff perspective.

Wellbeing Guardian role

This role originated as an overarching recommendation from the Health Education England ‘Pearson Report’ (NHS Staff and Learners’ Mental Wellbeing Commission 2019) and was adopted in policy through the ‘We are the NHS People Plan for 2020-21 – action for us all’.

This is an assurance role and the NED should challenge their trust to adopt a compassionate approach that prioritises the health and wellbeing of its staff and considers this in every decision.

The role should help embed a more preventative approach, which tackles inequalities. As this becomes routine practice for the board, the requirement for the wellbeing guardian to fulfil this role is expected to reduce over time.

The Guardian community website provides an overview of the role and a range of supporting materials Wellbeing Guardians – Leadership Academy

Person Specification

You will need to have a genuine commitment to patients and the promotion of excellent health care services. You will have significant experience in the following areas:

  • People / HR background operating at a director level
  • Engaging with the diverse social, economic and cultural groups served by the organisation, particularly the black and minority ethnic communities. This may have been gained through links with the voluntary or not for profit sectors, community involvement or business initiatives.

Lived experience

As a regional organisation that delivers services to many communities across the North West, we are keen to attract applicants that have a personal interest in equality, diversity and inclusion, and can demonstrate a track record on this important issue. NWAS is actively working towards a diverse, gender balanced and representative workforce and welcome and encourage applications from all parts of their communities. The Trust is working hard on a range of diversity issues and is making great progress; however they acknowledge that there is still much to do and the successful applicant together with the Board will provide senior leadership and support to the Trust to address the challenges faced by the sector.

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 the North West.

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

Find out more

  • We strongly recommend an informal and confidential discussion with Peter White, the Chair of the Trust. Please contact Pamela Ward on 01204 498404.
  • NHS England / NHS Improvement – for general enquiries contact Miriam Walker on 0300 123 2059 or by emailing

How to Apply

Please read the candidate information pack to find out how to apply and forward your completed application to

NWAS Monitoring Form N2436
NWAS NHS NED Info Pack N2436
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