Non-executive Director and Associate Non-executive Director, Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust

We are recruiting a Non-executive Director and Associate Non-executive Director for Buckinghamshire Healthcare 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.

The opportunity

Ref: S1952

There are vacancies for a Non-executive Director (NED) and an Associate NED at Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust. 

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.

Essential criteria

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

  • Recent, relevant finance experience ideally with a financial qualification. An understanding of NHS finances would be an advantage. 
  • Clinical and patient safety expertise gained from medical, nursing, allied disciplines or social care experience at a senior level in an academic, research, regulatory or clinically focused role.

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 Buckinghamshire.

Please note that the closing date has been extended to 13 June 2019 at 11.00 am. 

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 .

Application documents

Information pack (S1952) PDF, 241.0 KB

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

Monitoring form (S1952) DOCX, 267.3 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.

Monitoring form RTF (S1952) RTF, 3.0 MB

This is an alternate version of the monitoring form in rich text format.

Key dates

Closing date for receipt of applications* 13 June 2019 at 11am
Preliminary interview mid-June 2019
Interview dates 10 July 2019 for clinical candidates and 11 July 2019 for finance candidates
Proposed start date July/August 2019

* Read the information pack to find out how to apply and forward your completed application to

Our recruitment processes are conducted in accordance with the Government’s Principles of Public Appointments and Governance Code and are made on merit after a fair and open process so that the best people, from the widest possible pool of candidates, are appointed. This appointment is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments

Find out more

Hunter Healthcare are helping us to identify potential candidates, if you would like a confidential discussion about the roles, please contact Rhiannon Smith, Executive Search Director on 020 7935 4570 or email

The Trust - We strongly recommend an informal and confidential discussion with Hattie Llewelyn-Davies the Chair of the trust. Please contact Elisabeth Jones on 01296 418186 

NHS Improvement – for general enquiries contact Miriam Walker on 0300 123 2059 or by emailing

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