Solent 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 Southampton, Portsmouth or wider Hampshire
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £6,157 pa
Time Requirements: 2 to 3 days a month


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

NHS Improvement is pleased to announce the appointment of Gaurav Kumar from 9 October 2019 to 8 October 2022 as Non-executive Director of Solent NHS Trust. He is entitled to receive remuneration of £10,000 per annum and he has declared no political activity. Further infromation may be available at

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    16/08/2019 at 11:00

  • Preliminary interview

    w/c 26 August 2019

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    09/10/2019 at 12:00

Vacancy Description

We are recruiting a Non-executive Director (NED) for Solent NHS Trust. The successful candidate will have a good understanding of the needs of the different sectors of the community and be able to demonstrate the range of skills and behaviours required to contribute effectively in this Board level role.

Established in 2011, Solent NHS Trust is a leading provider of community and mental health services, with a top performing and award winning Academy of Research and Improvement. The 4,900 talented people at the Heart of Solent share an ambitious vision to keep more people healthy, safe and independent at, or close to, home.  

Rated as ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission, with ‘Outstanding’ in caring, Solent NHS Trust has a strong learning and improvement culture and is striving to be an ‘Outstanding’ organisation. The Trust’s clear and ambitious vision and the active role they take in joining up, and shaping, future care were recently cited by the inspection team as examples of ‘outstanding’ practice.

Solent NHS Trust really is a great place to work. For three years in a row, the Trust have seen an improvement in their NHS Staff Survey results, and their 2018 results saw them as ‘best in class’ nationally in the combined Community, Mental Health and Learning Disability trust class. The Trust continues to invest heavily in creating an environment in which everybody counts, where people feel engaged in their work and motivated to deliver the very best care, embedding their HEART values throughout.

Solent NHS Trust believe that the future is one of local, integrated services, working as a care system. The Board place great emphasis on working with other organisations in joining up, and shaping, future care and play an active role in the development of the Hampshire and Isle of Wight Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP), and in the development of the local integrated care partnerships.

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. The successful NED will be responsible for chairing key Board Committee meetings.

Person Specification

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 the following areas:

The Trust provides services to diverse social, economic and cultural groups. Either lived or learned experience of this diversity is highly desirable. You will have a good understanding of the needs of the different sectors of the community, especially those of the black and minority ethnic communities served in the area.

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.

Additional Information

Find out more

  • Odgers Berndtson are helping us to identify potential candidates, if you would like a confidential discussion about the role contact Carmel Gibbons on 020 7529 6314.
  • Solent NHS Trust – following an initial conversation with Odgers Berndtson, the Chair of the Trust, Catherine Mason can be available for an informal discussion if required.
  • 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

Solent NEDs role specification
S2024 Monitoring Form
SolentNEDInfoPack S2024
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