The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust, Non-executive Directors and Associate Non-executive Directors

Body: NHS Improvement
Appointing Department: NHS Improvement
Sectors: Communities, Health and Social Care
Location: Applicants should live in or have strong connections with the Black Country, Walsall and/or Wolverhampton areas.
Number of Vacancies: up to 8
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 Lisa Cowley as Non-Executive Director of The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust and the appointment of Dawn Brathwaite as Non-executive Director of Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust. They have both been appointed from 1/02/2022 until 31/01/2024 and will each receive remuneration of £13,000 per annum. They have not declared any political activity in the last five years. Further information may be available at and

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    11/11/2021 at 11:00

  • Panel Sift

    w/c 15 November 2021

  • Final Interview Date

    29 November (pm) and 1 December 2021

  • Announcement


Vacancy Description

There are vacancies for two Non-executive Directors (NED) and two Associate NEDs at The Royal Wolverhampton NHS Trust (RWT) and one NED and two Associate NEDs at Walsall Healthcare NHS Trust (WHT). There is also a vacancy for a NED in Common to join both boards.

This is an exceptional opportunity to share your talents and expertise to make a positive difference to the lives of people served by the Trusts.

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 candidates for the Associate roles 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

For all roles candidates will have a genuine commitment to patients and the promotion of excellent health care services. You will also have recent, relevant senior level experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Background and experience that reflects the diverse nature of the local population in the Black Country, Walsall and/or Wolverhampton.
  • Clinical and patient safety expertise gained from medical, nursing, allied health disciplines or social care experience at a senior level in an academic, research, regulatory or clinically focused role
  • Knowledge of the populations needs of Primary Care Networks structures and systems for the Black Country, Walsall and/or Wolverhampton
  • Knowledge and experience of using and making the most of clinical data and information for the benefit of patients and local populations
  • Ability from knowledge, skills and experience to contribute to the development of the Trust strategy including goals, business plans and objectives
  • Recent, relevant finance experience in a large and complex organisation with the capacity to Chair the Audit Committee, preferably with a financial qualification
  • Business and/or entrepreneurial experience (including inside and/or outside of the public sector)

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.

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 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

Find out more

  • We strongly recommend an informal and confidential discussion with Professor Steve Field, the Chair of the trusts. Please contact Keith Wilshere, Company Secretary on 01902 307999 x84294 if you would like to arrange a discussion.
  • 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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M2493 NHS NED Info Pack
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