The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, Associate Non-executive Director

Body: The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust
Appointing Department: NHS Improvement
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Health and Social Care
Location: Applicants should live in, or, have strong connections with the area served by the Trust, which includes West Essex, East and North Hertfordshire.  We particularly encourage applicants who have strong connections with Harlow to apply.
Number of Vacancies: 1
Remuneration: £11,500 per annum
Time Requirements: 2 - 3 days per month

This is not a ministerial appointment.

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    11/01/2021 at 17:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

There is a vacancy for an Associate Non-executive Director (NED) at The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust.

The Trust is taking positive action to increase the diversity of its Board members and reflect the diverse population it serves. Applications from people from the local black and minority ethnic communities, women and disabled people who we know are under-represented in chair and non-executive roles will be particularly welcome. The Trust values and promotes diversity and is committed to equality of opportunity for all and appointments made on merit.

This is an exceptional opportunity to share your talents and make a positive difference to the lives of people in your community. The Trust wishes to ensure that the voices of all its diverse communities are heard and seeks to appoint strong team players with excellent interpersonal skills, along with the ability to challenge conventional thinking and champion inclusivity and equality.

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

You will need to have a genuine commitment to patients and the promotion of excellent health care services.

Lived experience

Personally, you will bring a range of professional expertise as well as community understanding and experience. Your life experience and personal motivation will add valuable personal insights such as: a patient or carer of a service user; engaging with diverse ethnic, cultural, social and economic and cultural groups and communities; experience of gender and women’s issues; experiences and challenges of younger people; and those with lived experience of mental health issues and/or living with physical disability. We are actively working towards a diverse and representative workforce and welcome and encourage applications from all parts of our communities.

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, championing inclusivity and equality, change and innovation using a collaborative and engaging leadership style
  • bring the voice of the local population in to the Board discussions through well-established links with the local community.
  • encourage continuous improvement in outcomes for patients and service users alongside clinical excellence and value for money

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

  • For an informal and confidential discussion with Steve Clarke, the Chair of the trust, please contact Heather Schultz on 01279 444455 extension 2555 or
  • NHS England / NHS Improvement – for general enquiries contact Miriam Walker on 0300 123 2059 or by emailing
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