Surrey and Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust, Associate Non-executive Director x2

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

This is not a ministerial appointment.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    01/07/2022 at 11:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

Surrey & Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust (SASH) is recruiting two Associate Non-executive Directors (NED) to serve as members of the Trust Board. These are exceptional opportunities to share your talents and expertise to make a positive difference to the lives of people in your community. This is a time of widespread and  far reaching strategic change for the Health and Social Care sectors, this opportunity  represents a fantastic opportunity for you to use your skills and broaden your experience.

SASH has a dynamic and stable leadership team at both executive and non-executive levels, but is now  entering a period of transition: a new Chief Executive and a new Chief Operating Officer were appointed last autumn, while some NEDs are nearing the end of their terms. These new appointments of two Associate NEDs will play a key role in ensuring a smooth transition and supporting the continued success of this Trust, which is rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.

The vacancies for two Associate NEDS at SASH arise following the appointment of the previous Associate to a full NED role, and in anticipation of the retirement of one of our NEDs in December, after eight years of service. The successful candidates will be considered for appointment as voting NEDs of the Board, as vacancies arise over the next two years.

The Associate NED role is used successfully in the NHS to support Board succession planning and ensure a balance of Board level skills. Although formally a non-voting NED, the Associates will play a full part in the leadership of the Trust, participating in Trust Board meetings and Board Sub-committee meetings. The roles will be remunerated in the same way as a voting NED.

Person Specification

We are looking for two exceptional candidates to join a high performing Board of Directors. Successful candidates will contribute to the development of strategy and culture, and will bring independent and constructive challenge to the Board and the wider organisation.


The successful candidates must have experience gained at a senior or Board level to be able to contribute to the effectiveness of the board and the wider organisation. The Trust is seeking candidates with a genuine commitment to patients and the provision of excellent health care services.

In order to complement the existing skill mix of the Board, we are looking for candidates with experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Experience within health and social care, with a broad clinical perspective and understanding of the current challenges and opportunities facing the sector. Experience could be gained from medical, nursing, allied disciplines, social care or other community setting, at a senior level in an academic, research, regulatory or clinically focused role.
  • Strategic leadership experience in other public, private or voluntary sector organisations with experience of workforce development, strategic planning, business or service development

We encourage applications from candidates who live in or have connections with the area served by the Trust, and also from candidates who will help the Trust Board to reflect the cultural diversity of the local population.

Equality and Diversity

The Trust is keen to attract applicants who have a personal interest in equality, diversity and inclusion, and can demonstrate a track record at a senior level on this important issue. The Trust serves a very diverse population and seeks applications from all parts of its community. The Trust is working hard on a range of diversity issues and is making great progress. However, it acknowledges that there is still much to do and the successful applicants together with the Board, will contribute to providing leadership and support to the Trust to address these challenges.

One Team values

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

Public Life

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.

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 Dr Richard Shaw, the Chair of the Trust. Please contact Lisa Holland on 01737 768 511

NHS England / NHS Improvement – for general enquiries contact Miriam Walker by emailing

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