Solent NHS Trust

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


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

NHS Improvement is pleased to announce the appointment of Vanessa Avlonitis as Non-executive Director of Solent NHS Trust from 1 July 2022 to 30 June 2025. She is entitled to receive a remuneration of £13,000 per annum and has declared no political activity in the last five years. Further information may be available at

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    06/01/2022 at 11:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date

    26 January 2022. Shortlisted candidates will also be invited to meet groups of the Trust’s key stakeholders

  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

There is a vacancy for a Non-executive Director (NED) at Solent NHS Trust. 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 candidate will be responsible for chairing the Quality Assurance Committee and Mental Health Act Scrutiny Committee.

Person Specification

You will need to be a values-driven leader and have a genuine commitment to patients and the promotion of excellent health care services. You will have senior level relevant clinical and patient safety expertise gained from primary care, medical, nursing, dentistry, allied disciplines or social care experience.

Solent NHS Trust is committed to building a diverse Board and would welcome perspectives from those who will complement their existing Board members.

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 Southampton, Portsmouth or wider Hampshire.

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 Catherine Mason the Chair of the Trust. Please contact Rachel Cheal on 02381 032 305 to make arrangements.
  • Odgers Berndtson is helping us to identify potential candidates. If you would like a  confidential  discussion  about  the  role, contact Carmel Gibbons at or Ruth Lewis at
  • 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

S2500 Monitoring Form
S2500 NHS NED Info Pack
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