Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust, Non-executive Director

Body: NHS Improvement
Appointing Department: NHS Improvement
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Health and Social Care
Location: Applicants should live in or have strong connections with Cornwall.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £10,000 per annum
Time Requirements: On average this role will require an absolute minimum of 3 days a month, however the time commitment may vary and a flexible approach should be taken.


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

NHS Improvement is pleased to announce the appointments of two Non-executive Directors of Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust. Richard Stephenson has been appointed from 17 February 2020 to 16 February 2022 and Sarah Newton has been appointed from 16 March 2020 to 15 March 2022 . They are entitled to receive a remuneration of £10,000 per annum each. Mrs Newton declared political activities in the last five years on behalf of the Conservative Party. Further information may be available at

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    20/12/2019 at 11:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    30/03/2020 at 12:00

Vacancy Description


There is a vacancy for a Non-executive Director at Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust. This is an exceptional opportunity to share your talents and expertise to make a positive difference to the lives of people in your community.

Person Specification

You will need to have a genuine commitment to patients and the promotion of excellent health care services. You will commercial experience at a senior level ideally in a business based in Cornwall.

The Trust is committed to having a Board that represents the communities they serve. We particularly welcome applications from people from the local black and minority ethnic communities, and disabled people who we know are under-represented in Chair and NED roles. RCHT are keen to diversify their Board in every way.

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
  • Board level or equivalent experience

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.

Additional Information

Find out more

  • We strongly recommend an informal and confidential discussion with Mairi Mclean the Chairwoman of the Trust, please contact Lynsey Neave on 01872 256343
  • NHS Improvement – for general enquiries contact Miriam Walker on 0300 123 2059 or by emailing

How to Apply

Read the information pack to find out how to apply and forward your completed application to

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