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Non-Executive Director outline job description

The Non-Executive Directors of our Board bring their expertise and experience, as well as their particular knowledge as a member of the community to the work of the Board.

Your role will be to use your skills and your personal experience as a member of your community to:

  • promote the success of the Trust to maximise the benefits for members and for the public;
  • commit to working to, and encouraging within the Trust, the highest standards of probity, integrity and governance, and contribute to ensuring that the Trust’s internal governance arrangements conform to best practice and statutory requirements;
  • provide independent judgement and advice on issues of strategy, vision, performance, resources and standards of conduct and constructively challenge, influence and help the Executive Management Team develop proposals on such strategies;
  • assist fellow Directors in setting the Trust’s strategic aims, ensuring that the necessary financial and human resources are in place for the Trust to meet its objectives, and that performance is effectively monitored and reviewed;
  • assist fellow Directors in providing entrepreneurial leadership to the Trust within a framework of prudent and effective controls, which enable risk to be assessed and managed;
  • assist fellow Directors in setting the Trust’s values and standards and ensure that its obligations to its stakeholders and the wider community are understood and fairly balanced at all times;
  • engage positively and collaboratively in board discussion of agenda items and act as an ambassador for the Trust in engagement with stakeholders including the local community, dealing with the media when appropriate;
  • monitor the performance and conduct of management in meeting agreed on goals and objectives and statutory responsibilities, including the preparation of annual reports and annual accounts and other statutory duties;
  • obtain comfort that financial information is accurate and that financial controls and risk management systems are robust and defensible;
  • contribute to the determination of appropriate levels of remuneration for executive directors;
  • participate in and in some cases Chair Committees as required;
  • attend and contribute to Members’ Council meetings;
  • bring independent judgement and experience based on commercial, financial, legal or governance expertise from outside the Trust and apply this to the benefit of the trust, its stakeholders and its wider community;
  • undertake responsibilities and duties under the Mental Health Act; and
  • on occasion participate as Chair of the interview panel in the selection of medical consultant staff and Chair appeals.

Person specification

 The Trust has identified the following skills/expertise for this appointment:

  • A financial qualification (CCAB registered accountant), with senior-level financial management experience, is essential.


  • Experience of working in or with large complex organisations
  • Strong relationship management and influencing skills
  • Committed to quality and delivering excellence
  • Ability to engage positively and collaboratively in Board discussions
  • Ability to act as an ambassador for the Trust
  • Strong commitment to promoting equality, inclusion and diversity

In addition to the expertise detailed above, all candidates selected for an interview will need to show that they have the competencies required to be effective in a board-level role.  They are:

Patient and community focus A high level of commitment to patients, carers and the community, especially to disadvantaged groups, and the values of the Trust
Strategic direction The ability to think and plan ahead, balancing needs and constraints.
Holding to account The ability to accept accountability and probe and challenge constructively.
Effective influencing and communication Be able to influence and persuade others.
Team working Be committed to working as a team member.
Self-belief and drive The motivation to improve NHS performance and confidence to take on challenges.
Intellectual flexibility The ability to think clearly and creatively.



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