Non-executive Director x2, Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust

We are seeking two exceptionally committed, motivated and inspiring Non-executive Directors for Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust. This is a unique opportunity to help shape the future of local services and making a positive difference to the communities served by the Trust.

The opportunity


NHS Improvement has a specific role in appointing and supporting NHS trust chairs and Non-executive Directors (NEDs). We are looking for two NEDs at Hertfordshire Community NHS Trust (HCT). This is a unique opportunity to help deliver the NHS 10 year plan and shape the future of local services by sharing your talents and expertise to help transform community services, working with local partners to deliver the Hertfordshire and west Essex STP strategy and to making a positive difference to the health and wellbeing of the communities served by the Trust.

The successful candidates will chair either the Audit Committee or the Healthcare Governance/Quality Committee.

Essential criteria

We are looking for candidates who have the energy, skills and leadership experience to help drive the delivery of sustainable healthcare services for the people of Hertfordshire and west Essex. You will need to have a genuine commitment to patients and the promotion of excellent health care services and will have senior experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • A strong commercial and financial background
  • Strong credentials in a clinical or scientific role at a senior level
  • Information management and technology expertise with a focus on digital services. Experience of implementing digital transformation would be an advantage
  • Strong track record in complex partnership working across a range of stakeholders and sectors

The Trust provides services to diverse social, economic and cultural groups. Either lived or learned experience of this diversity is highly desirable. You will have a good understanding of the needs of the different sectors of the community, especially those of the black and minority ethnic communities served in the area.

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 Hertfordshire.

We value, celebrate and promote diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity for all. We believe that the best boards are those that reflect the communities they serve.

We particularly welcome applications from those who have a lived experience of our services, 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

Candidate Information Pack (M2113) PDF, 654.9 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 (M2113) RTF, 925.9 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.

Key dates

Closing date for receipt of applications* 4 February 2020 at 11am
Shortlisting date: 10 February 2020
Interview date: 24 February 2020. This will include the opportunity to meet with board members of the Trust.
Proposed start date: 1 April 2020

* 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

  • We strongly recommend an informal and confidential discussion with Lesley-Anne Alexander CBE, the Chair of the Trust. Please contact Marina Sweatman on 01707 388020
  • NHS Improvement – for general enquiries contact Miriam Walker on 0300 123 2059 or by emailing

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