Non-executive Director, Avon & Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust

We are recruiting for a non-executive director for Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust. This is an exceptional opportunities to share your talents and expertise to make a positive difference to the lives of people in your community.


The opportunity

Avon and Wiltshire Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust (AWP) provides specialist mental health services to children, adults and older people in Bath and North East Somerset (BANES), Bristol, North Somerset, South Gloucestershire, Wiltshire and Swindon. It also provides specialist drug and alcohol services and secure mental health services to people living across a wider area.

You will have a genuine commitment to patients and providing high quality services that meet the needs of service users, carers and their families. We are interested in individuals who have an understanding of mental health and learning disability, along with an understanding of the economic, social, and cultural disadvantage as well as discrimination many service users face.  Experience of engaging with diverse social, economic and cultural groups served by an organisation, particularly the black and minority ethnic communities, would be an advantage.

Essential criteria

We are looking for a strategic leader who has significant experience of working at senior or board level in the commercial, public or charitable sector.  We are particularly interested in candidates with experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Business transformation in a complex multi site organisation
  • Contracting and business development expertise involving multiple partnership models and relationships with voluntary/charity sector, social enterprise, community interest, private and public sector organisations;
  • Professional property expertise, in particular in asset management with a mixed estate, including Private Finance Initiative funded assets;
  • Housing association management and strategic development;
  • Strategic stakeholder relationship management.

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 the Avon and Wiltshire areas or their bordering areas.

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.   

Application documents

Information pack (S1570) PDF, 336.7 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 (S1570) DOCX, 173.7 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* 11.00am on 22 November 2017
Interview date 6 December 2017 - (Please note interviews will be held at the new trust headquarters in Bath NHS House, Newbridge Hill, Bath, BA1 3QE)
Proposed start date to be confirmed

* Please forward your completed application to


This appointment is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments

Find out more

For an informal and confidential discussion with Charlotte Hitchings, the Chair of the trust, please contact Sue Cook, Business Manager on 01249 468023.

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

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