Non-executive Director, North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust

We are looking for a new Non-executive Director with senior or board level experience in delivering quality improvement at a strategic level and a background in medical, nursing, clinical or social care.


The opportunity

North West Ambulance Service NHS Trust (NWAS) provides 24 hour, 365 days a year urgent and emergency care and patient transport services to those in need. Their highly skilled staff provide life-saving care and clinical advice to patients in the community and take people to hospital or a place of care if needed.

We are looking for a new Non-executive Director (NED) to share their talents and expertise to help transform NWAS and make a positive difference to the lives of people in their community.

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, with a demonstrable track record of delivering quality improvement at a strategic level. You will also have experience in the health and social care sectors and be from a medical, nursing, clinical or social care background (preferably in accident and emergency care).

An understanding of the current quality agenda in the NHS and the assurance processes needed to deliver effective clinical governance would also be an advantage. The successful candidate will chair the Trust’s Quality Committee.

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 the North West.

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 (N1638) PDF, 383.4 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 (N1638) DOCX, 174.4 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: 11am on 20 February 2018*
interview date: 5 March 2018. On the interview day shortlisted candidates will also have the opportunity to have a 15 minute meet and greet with the Trust’s Medical Director and Quality Director
proposed start date: March/April 2018

* 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 Wyn Dignan, the Chair of the Trust, please contact the NWAS Corporate Governance team on 01204 498413

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

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