The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust, Non-executive Director

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


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

NHS Improvement is pleased to announce the appointment of Colin McCready as Non-executive Director of The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust from 1 February 2022 to 31 January 2025. He is entitled to receive a remuneration of £13,000 per annum and has declared no political activity in the last five years.

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Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    22/12/2021 at 12:00

  • Preliminary interviews

    Long-listed candidates will be invited for a preliminary interview with Thomas Patterson or Johnny Townson at Alumni Harvey Nash. To facilitate this, we will share your application with them. Feedback from these interviews will be given to the panel

  • Panel Sift


  • Virtual Stakeholder event

    14 January 2022 (afternoon). Shortlisted candidates will be invited to meet groups of the Trust’s key stakeholders

  • Final Interview Date

    18 January 2022 (afternoon) in Harlow. Interviews may take place in person or virtually depending on government advice at the time

  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

We are looking for a Non-executive Director (NED) at The Princess Alexandra Hospital NHS Trust (PAHT). This is a unique opportunity to help shape the future of local services contributing to the shared responsibility for improving the health of PAHT’s population by sharing your talents and expertise to help transform the hospital deepening the collaborative working essential to make a positive difference to their local community.

Person Specification

You will need to have a genuine commitment to patients and the promotion of excellent health care services. You will have recent, relevant finance experience in a large and complex organisation with a recognised financial qualification. We welcome applications from candidates with NHS or other experience.

The Trust is taking positive action to increase the diversity of their board members and reflect the diverse population they serve. 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.

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 Essex.

Additional Information

Find out more

  • Alumni Harvey Nash are helping us to identify potential candidates, if you would like a confidential discussion about the role contact Thomas Patterson, director at or Beth Stickney, principal researcher at or by calling 07703 821996. Please also visit their microsite.
  • We strongly recommend an informal and confidential discussion with Hattie Llewelyn-Davies, the Chair of PAHT. Please contact her executive assistant: Natalie Howard 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

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