Background

Non-Executive Directors (NEDs) play a crucial role in bringing an independent perspective to the boardroom, in addition to any specific knowledge and skills they may have. They have a duty to uphold the highest standards of integrity and probity and to foster good relations in the boardroom, and in their interaction with the Council of Governors, Trust employees and the Trust’s stakeholders.

Using their experience, specific knowledge and judgement, NEDs are expected to thoroughly scrutinise the Executive management’s performance and to be persistent in ensuring that issues raised are dealt with satisfactorily. They are required to gain a sufficient understanding of the Trust’s operations as to be able to provide assurance that patient care and performance against key targets are as published in the Trust’s reports. In the event that a NED believes that the Trust will fall short of its statutory duties or risk its financial viability, it is their responsibility to ensure that this potential shortfall has been raised with the Council of Governors and the statutory authorities.

Board committees are integral to the Trust’s assurance process and to its efficient management. Each has a NED as chair. These committees allow a greater level of scrutiny on individual issues than is possible at a Board meeting. They also provide a forum for mentoring Executive and senior management. In addition to their Board role NEDs are expected to participate fully as members of the board committees to which they are appointed and to be effective committee chairs, where appointed.

The Trust is committed to equality of opportunity of all staff. We welcome applications from individuals regardless of age, any disability, sex, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, The Trust aspires to reflect the diversity of our community in our workforce and guarantees an interview to candidates with disability who meet the essential criteria specified. We particularly encourage applications from black, Asian, ethnic minority, and disabled applicants and those from other under-represented groups.

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