University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust - 2 Non-executive directors

Body: NHS Improvement
Appointing Department: NHS Improvement
Sectors: Charity & Public Sector, Health and Social Care
Location: Coventry and Warwickshire
Number of Vacancies: 2
Remuneration: £10,000 per annum
Time Requirements: On average this role will require the equivalent to 2 to 3 days a month, however the time commitment may vary and a flexible approach should be taken.


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

NHS Improvement is pleased to announce the appointments of Afzal Ismail and Carole Mills as Non-executive Directors of University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust from 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2023. They are entitled to receive a remuneration of £11,500 per annum each and have declared no political activity in the last five years. Further information may be available at

Campaign Timeline

  • Competition Launched


  • Closed for Applications

    10/02/2020 at 11:00

  • Panel Sift


  • Final Interview Date


  • Announcement

    01/04/2020 at 12:00

Vacancy Description

There are vacancies for two non-executive directors at University Hospitals Coventry and Warwickshire 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.

Person Specification

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

We are seeking to appoint two non-executive board members and are particularly interested in candidates who can evidence expertise in one or more of the following areas:

  • Experience from working in different sectors including the third sector especially at ‘grassroots’ and community level;
  • Close links with and an understanding of the local communities we serve and actively engaged and well connected regionally;
  • Specialist professional skills such as an accountancy qualification or evidence of financial leadership gained at or near board level. Previous experience in health can be useful but is not essential.

Additional Skills and Competencies

Candidates will need to demonstrate the ability 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

Personal Qualities

Candidates will need to have:

  • Excellent communication skills – an ‘active’ listener and able to communicate effectively on a wide social spectrum
  • Strong interpersonal skills with empathy and compassion
  • Able to influence to effect change and transformation through diplomacy, tenacity and communicating a compelling vision
  • Proven governance, organisational and financial skills, including those relating to strategic planning, risk management and organisation-wide performance management
  • An understanding of the challenges facing healthcare providers and UHCW in particular, in delivering high quality, safe services to patients that are clinically and financially sustainable
  • An understanding of and commitment to the principles of equality and diversity
  • An ability to demonstrate and role model at all times the Trust’s values and behaviours in their own behaviours and in relation to others.

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 are balanced and reflect the communities they serve. We particularly welcome applications from people from the local black and minority ethnic communities and/or people with disabilities who are able to make a real contribution to this organisation and who can contribute to shaping our strategic direction.

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 more information or to arrange an informal discussion about the opportunities, please contact Peter Mason at Odgers Berndtson on 020 7518 2612 or email:

NHS Improvement – for general enquiries contact Leslie Horn on 0300 123 2057 or by emailing

How to Apply

If you wish to be considered for this role please provide:

  • A CV that includes your address and contact details, highlighting and explaining any gaps in your employment or experience history
  • A supporting statement that highlights your motivation for applying and your understanding of the NHS and the role. You should outline your personal responsibility and achievement within previous roles and how your experience matches the person specification
  • The names, positions, organisations and contact details for three referees. References should be from someone who is familiar with your involvement in organisational activity whether via line management, trustee-ship, board membership in any sector including community activity. Your references may be taken prior to interview and may be shared with the selection panel
  • Please complete and return the monitoring information form which accompanies this pack and is available for download on the NHS Improvement website
  • Tell us about any dates when you will not be available

Please forward your completed application to

20200114 M2100 Information Pack
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