North West Ambulance Service 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: Cumbria, Lancashire, Greater Manchester, Merseyside, Cheshire
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £11,500
Time Requirements: 2 - 3 days per month


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

NHS England / NHS Improvement is pleased to announce the appointment of Professor Aneez Esmail as Non-executive Director of North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust from 1 April 2021 to 31 March 2023. He 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

    08/01/2021 at 11:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

There are vacancies for a Non-executive Director (NED) and an Associate NED at North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS). 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 – Clinical

In addition to being a member of the Board, the successful applicant will play a key role on the Trust’s Quality and Performance Committee, ensuring the highest standards of clinical governance, which includes the scrutiny of clinical audits and performance. The role will challenge and support the Executive in relation to all clinical matters and champion the development of policy and process relating to the trusts central role in Urgent and Emergency Care and its interface with the primary and acute sectors.

Associated Non-Executive Director – Digital

The successful applicant will be a member of the Board and also a member of the Resources Committee, having a key role in the advancement of the Trust’s digital transformation journey and supporting the Trust in its continued implementation of major digital programmes. They will use their significant leadership and operational experience to support the Trust on how to effectively use digital information to improve effectiveness and efficiency as well as further enhancing patient centred care.

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.

Person Specification

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. We are actively working towards a diverse and representative workforce and welcome and encourage applications from all parts of our communities. The Trust is working hard on a range of diversity issues and is making great progress, however we 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 have a genuine commitment to patients and the promotion of excellent health care services. You will have senior level experience in one of the following areas:

NED post (clinical): A practicing clinician (or very recently), could be a doctor or senior nurse, with experience of urgent and emergency care.

Desirable (NED post): Experience of working within a primary and/or acute setting and involvement in the interface between primary/acute care and the ambulance service. Strategic involvement in developing and working in local systems to build non emergency pathways.

Associate NED post (digital): Commercial or public sector strategic experience of developing and implementing digital systems to transform geographically wide spread organisations. This includes knowledge of the use of data and information to support business development and engaging customer/patients and staff voice to support collaboratively change. Experience of working within a highly regulated sector where the balance between innovation and safety is essential.

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

  • 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


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