1. 0 ROLE DESCRIPTION
To take corporate, team and personal responsibility as a Board member;
To support the chairman and chief executive whilst exercising personal responsibility
To strengthen connections with the local community, patients and stakeholders and
represent the Trust externally;
Share responsibility for communicating the decisions of the Board;
To promote equality of opportunity in employment and service delivery;
To contribute to strategic planning and structured decision-making;
To contribute to the process of establishing the values and vision of the Trust;
To offer constructive criticism and challenge to the Executive Management Team;
To bring support to bear a clear and wide view of external environment;
To join and in some cases chair Board sub-committees and panels;
To fufill a time commitment of at least 21/2 days per month.
2.0 PERSON SPECIFICATION
2.1 Skills and experience - desirable
Has relevant experience which might include:-
- previous work in the voluntary sector, particularly in an organisation working
in health issues;
- having already served the local community in local government or some other
- experience of management in the public, private or voluntary sectors;
- experience of decision making at a senior level.
2.2 Qualities - essential
A strong personal commitment to the NHS;
Able to understand the needs and aspirations of under-represented sections of
Commitment to the public service values of accountability, probity, openness and
equality of opportunity;
Commitment to the needs of the public and patients served by the Trust;
Understanding of the components of a complex organisation and the processes
of planning, financial control, performance management and assurance that
deliver its objectives;
Excellent communication skills and - through their use - the ability to relate to and
understand the staff and service partners who provide services and the patients
and carers who receive them;
Able to work as an effective member of a unitary Board all of whose members are
equally and jointly responsible for its decisions.
2.3 Specific skills - essential
In addition to the general skills, experience and qualities required (outlined above)
further and more specific skills and experience will be essential to complement those
already represented on the Board and to equip the Board to meet the Trust’s exciting
and demanding future agenda.
There are a whole range of profiles that would equally be appropriate.
The Trust emphasises that, to make an effective contribution to the already very
impressive Board of a successful and ambitious organisation, the candidate
appointed will need to demonstrate exceptional qualities and experience.
There must be evidence of having carried substantial levels of decision making
responsibility at senior levels in organisations and sectors of the nature and scale to
provided transferable insights and experience of relevance and value to the Trust.
The candidate will have worked in an organisation delivering high quality and efficient
services meeting “client” demands – whilst satisfying a range of stakeholders – in a
competitive, uncertain and yet highly regulated environment.
Such experience will probably have been acquired at senior level in a business
The successful candidate may be able to point to previous corporate links with the
public or charitable sector or personal contribution by their membership of trusts,
social enterprise boards or advisory bodies.
The Trust lays considerable emphasis on diversity at Board level and would
particularly welcome applications from appropriately qualified women who are at
present under represented.
Only a registered member of the public or patient constituency or a person exercising
functions on behalf of the relevant university, is eligible for appointment as a non-
The candidate, if eligible, may submit an application for Trust membership with their
application but will not be eligible for interview or appointment unless and until they
have been added to the register of members.
A person cannot be a non executive director of the Trust if they:-
Are a member of the staff of this Trust;
Have been adjudged bankrupt or their estate has been sequestrated and in either
case and has not been discharged;
Have made a composition or arrangement with, or granted a trust deed for, their
creditors and has not been discharged in respect of it;
Have had within the preceding five years been convicted in the British Islands of
any offence, and a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a
period of three months or more (without the option of a fine) was imposed on
Are disqualified under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986.