Non-executive Director, East Cheshire NHS Trust

This is an opportunity to become part of the Board that sets the culture and future vision for an exciting period of new and transformational change. We are seeking someone who is able to challenge constructively and to think and deliver differently on behalf of local communities.

The opportunity


East Cheshire NHS Trust is proud to provide safe, effective and personal care to their patients. They are a community and acute trust serving a large population and their vision is to deliver the best care in the right place. They have over 2,500 staff who work across their community settings and their three hospital sites. You have the opportunity to become part of the Board that sets the Trust’s culture and future vision for an exciting period of new and transformational change. 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.

We are seeking a new Non-executive Director appointment to the Board. There are three key aspects to the role:

  1. setting direction and sharing the vision
  2. ensuring the appropriate governance is in place to safeguard patients, staff and standards
  3. holding ourselves and executives to account for delivery

As a Board member the role will require you to:

  • challenge the Board collaboratively to find different ways of thinking and doing
  • assimilate board information, analyse it and use to shape services
  • solve problems in unconventional ways
  • demonstrate how you have had a wider sphere of influence and impact
  • demonstrate citizenship values and behaviours and your belief in public service and services
  • have the courage and confidence to speak out against the status quo

Essential criteria

You will need to have a genuine commitment to patients and the promotion of excellent health care services. We are particularly keen to meet you if you:

  • Have a clinical health or social care background or experience in the charitable sector
  • Can add to the existing board members’ life experience through one or more of the following; if you can bring insights into:
    • The experience of women
    • Younger People
    • Those who are open about their faith
    • The lives of people from socially deprived backgrounds
    • Those who live with a disability or are openly LGBorT

You will also be required to:

  • Inspire confidence of the public, patients and our staff through compliance with the ‘fit and proper persons’ checklist
  • Demonstrate a genuine commitment to improving services for patients
  • Proactively contribute to the values based culture of the organisation
  • Able to commit on average two to four days per month in support of trust business

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, support 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 ideally be based within a reasonable commuting distance from the Trust (c. up to 1.5 hours).

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 (N2099) PDF, 246.9 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 (N2099) DOCX, 266.3 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. Please let us know if you require either a RTF or MAC form.

Key dates

Closing date for receipt of applications* 29 October 2019 at 11am
Information evening An information evening for those interested in the roles is due to take place on Tuesday 22 October at 6pm in Board Room 2, New Alderley House, MDGH, Victoria Road, Macclesfield, SK10 3BL. To confirm your attendance please contact Fiona Baker on 01625 661501 or email
Interview date 20 November 2019 at New Alderley House
Proposed start date to be confirmed

*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 Appointment.

Find out more

  • We strongly recommend an informal and confidential discussion about the roles with the Chair of the Trust, Lynn McGill. Please contact her PA Fiona Baker on 01625 661501 prior to the closing date to make arrangements for this.
  • NHS Improvement – for general enquiries contact Miriam Walker on 0300 123 2059 or by emailing

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