Non-Executive Recruitment

Eligibility

To be eligible for appointment, you must fulfil the requirements of the post role description and demonstrate the experience and qualities in the relevant person specification. In addition you must be a member of the Trust in either the public or service user/carer constituency (see pages 6, 7 and 20 of the Trust constitution – link provided below) and comply with the ‘Fit and Proper Persons’ test and not be disqualified from applying (as detailed below).

You can view the job description in full here.

 The Chair and all non-executive directors must be members of the Trust. To sign up to become a member click here

Appointment and Tenure of Office

Chair of the Board and Council of Governors:

The appointment will be for four years commencing 1st July 2020.

Non-Executive Director (Audit and Risk Committee Chair):

The appointment will be for four years commencing 1st June 2020.

For both roles:

An extension or further term of office may be considered by the Council of Governors who undertake and oversee the appointment and terms and conditions of the Chair and Non-Executive Directors. A further term of office may be approved by the Council of Governors subject to outstanding appraisal and with the approval of 60% of governors present and voting at a meeting. Governors may also choose to undertake an open recruitment process when terms of office come to an end.

As an office-holder, you are neither an employee nor a worker. This appointment does not fall within the jurisdiction of Employment Tribunals, nor is there any entitlement for compensation for loss of office. The Chair of NHS Foundation Trusts holds office under the Constitution of the Trust.

As a Chair or Non-Executive Director you must demonstrate high standards of corporate and personal conduct. Details of what is required of you and the Board of Directors are set out in the Codes of Conduct and accountability enshrined in the Board’s Policies and Procedures.

You should note particularly the requirement to declare any conflict of interest that arises in the course of Board business and the need to declare any relevant business interests, positions of authority or other connections with commercial, public or voluntary bodies.

The Trust will organise appropriate induction and training for the successful candidate.

Criteria for Disqualification

The Trust’s constitution places a number of restrictions on an individual’s ability to become or continue as a director. A person may not become or continue as a director of the Trust if:

You can read our Constitution in full here.

  • they are a director of an NHS body or another NHS foundation trust;
  • they are the spouse, partner, parent or child of a member of the board of directors of the Trust;
  • they have been adjudged bankrupt or their estate has been sequestrated and in either case they have not been discharged;
  • they have made a composition or arrangement with, or granted a Trust deed for, their creditors and have not been discharged in respect of it;
  • they have 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;
  • they are the subject of a disqualification order made under the Company Directors Disqualification Act 1986;
  • in the case of a non-executive director, they are no longer a member of the public constituency;
  • they are a person whose tenure of office as a Chair or as a member or director of a health service body has been terminated on the grounds that their appointment is not in the interests of the health service, for non-attendance at meetings, or for non-disclosure of a pecuniary interest;
  • they have had their name removed, other than by reason of resignation, from any list prepared under sections 91, 106, 123 and 146 of the 2006 Act and have not subsequently had their name included on such a list;
  • they have within the preceding two years been dismissed, otherwise than by reason of redundancy, from any paid employment with a health service body;
  • in the case of a non-executive director they have refused to fulfil any training requirement established by the Board of Directors.

Remuneration and Time Commitment

Chair of the Board of Directors and Council of Governors:

The remuneration for the post is £42,000 per annum for a commitment of c.3 days a week. Some flexibility is required and this will include day and evening meetings. Remuneration is taxable and subject to Class 1 National Insurance Contributions. It is not pensionable. The Chair is also eligible to claim allowances for travel and subsistence costs necessarily incurred on Trust business.

Non-Executive Director (Audit and Risk Committee Chair):

The remuneration for the post is £13,000 per annum and an additional payment of £1,333 to reflect the responsibilities required of the Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee for a commitment of a minimum of 4 days per month. This will comprise a mixture of set commitments (such as regular meetings of the Board of Directors and Board committees) and more flexible days per week/month. Some flexibility is required and this will include day and evening meetings. Remuneration is taxable and subject to Class 1 National Insurance Contributions. It is not pensionable.

Non-Executives Directors are also eligible to claim allowances for travel and subsistence costs necessarily incurred on Trust business.