Non-executive Director x 2, Barts Health NHS Trust

We are recruiting two non-executive directors for Barts Health 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.


The Barts Health group of hospitals provides a huge range of clinical services to people in east London and beyond.  The trust operates from four major hospital sites and a number of community locations.  Around 2.5 million people living in east London look to the trust’s services to provide them with the healthcare they need.

The trust’s group of five hospitals has been working together since 2012.  The trust is internationally known for their excellence and innovation, and each of their hospitals celebrates a rich and varied history.  The trust is very proud of the part their hospitals have played in improving lives for people in this part of east London over hundreds of years, and in their ability to overcome challenges, coming out stronger and continuing to improve.

Today, each hospital retains its unique character and the trust works together with the common vision to provide safe and compassionate care to 2.5 million patients in east London and beyond.

We are recruiting two non-executive directors for Barts Health 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. 

You will need to have a genuine commitment to patients and the promotion of excellent health care services.  You will have senior Board level experience in a large and complex organisation ideally with local connections.  You will be expected to take part in one of the board committees as a minimum

Essential criteria

Post one

Barts Health has two critical £0.5 billion+ property developments and various other estates challenges/opportunities, as well as Private Finance Initiative (PFI) and balance sheet financing challenges. We are therefore looking to recruit an individual with related experience.

You will have experience in corporate finance and / or as Finance Director in the property development sector, ideally commercial property, including specific experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Property development
  • Finance raising and restructuring
  • Joint Ventures / Special Purpose Vehicles
  • Planning applications and consents

Post two

To reflect the scale of workforce transformation needed and its criticality to both the quality and financial turnaround of Barts we are looking to recruit an individual with relevant human resources (HR), organisational development (OD) and leadership experience.

You will have broad experience of of HR Director or OD professional responsibilities within a large people-based and/or service organisation.  You will also have experience of leading and overseeing successful transformation including the introduction of new ways of working, organisational models, cultural change, efficiency and quality improvement. You will also be financially literate and have an interest in diversity and inclusivity.

Both posts

As a minimum you will have experience of operating at Divisional level in a large and complex organisation; if you have non-executive or other board experience it will be an advantage.

You will need to have a genuine commitment to patients and the promotion of excellent health care services with interest in London/east London. 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.

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 (L1417) PDF, 514.1 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 (L1417) DOCX, 173.9 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 16 October 2017 at 11.00am
Interview date 14 November 2017
Start date To be confirmed
* Please forward your completed application to


This appointment is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments

Find out more

Russell Reynolds Associates is supporting this recruitment.  For a confidential discussion with Patrick Johnson about the role, please contact

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

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