2 Associate Non-executive Directors, Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust are recruiting two Associate Non-executive Directors. This is an exceptional opportunity to share your talents and expertise to make a positive difference to the lives of people in your community.

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The opportunity

We are recruiting two associate non-executive directors for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust. This is an exceptional opportunity to share your talents and expertise to make a positive difference to the lives of people in your community.

One associate non-executive director will shadow the Chair of the Audit and Assurance Committee and on that person’s retirement the role will become a substantive non-executive director and chair the Audit and Assurance Committee from 1 January 2018.

The second will support the board with their extensive strategic knowledge of HR which will have been gained within a large complex public or private sector organisation.

The Associate non-executive director role is used successfully in the NHS to support Board succession strategy and achieving a balance of Board level skills. Although not legally a member of the Board and does not participate in any formal vote, the individual is an integral member of the wider Board team-comprising executive and non-executive roles and attending Board and key committee meetings as required.


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. 

Essential criteria

You will need to have a genuine commitment to patients and the promotion of excellent health care services.  You will have senior or board level experience in one or more of the following areas:  

  • Finance – you should have a current financial qualification and experience of managing finances in a large and complex organisation.
  • Human Resources/organisational development – you will have extensive experience gained within a large complex public or private sector organisation

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 Worcestershire.

Application documents

Information pack (M1379) PDF, 424.0 KB

This is a comprehensive information pack for candidates, which explains the requirements to undertake the role, as well as details of how to apply and information about the trust.

Monitoring Form (M1379) DOCX, 176.0 KB

We like to monitor information to establish who applies for our roles and to ensure no group is treated unfairly. Your answers will be treated confidentially and will not be shared with the selection panel unless explicitly stated.

Application process

Closing date for receipt of applications: 27 September 2017 at 11.00am
Interview date: 16 October 2017
Proposed start date: To be confirmed

Find out more

For an informal and confidential discussion with Caragh Merrick, the Chair of the trust, please contact her PA Donna Wark on 01905 733960.

With NHS Improvement – for general enquiries contact Sharon Davies on 0300 123 2068 or by emailing Sharon.davies19@nhs.net

* Please forward your completed application to public.appointments@nhs.net

This appointment is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments

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