Appointment of a Non-Executive Director


Thank you for expressing an interest in becoming part of something amazing.  We have an exciting opportunity for an exceptional individual to join our Board of Directors at Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust (BWC) as a non-executive director.

BWC is the only trust of its kind in the country, with more than 641,000 visits from patients each year. Every day our UK and globally-respected surgeons, doctors, nurses, midwives and allied healthcare professionals provide some of the most advanced treatments, complex surgical procedures and cutting-edge research, to improve care today and develop even better care for the future.

Our goal is to make BWC the best place to work and be cared for, where research and innovation thrive, creating a global impact.

This goal is underpinned by strategies focused on enhancing care by the use of technology and innovation, delivered in a high quality estate, with research and education embedded throughout our organisation.

We need exceptional, ambitious, passionate and courageous individuals to help us deliver our goals, broadening the diversity of thought, skills and experience on our Board.

If you share our values of ambition, bravery and compassion, and believe you can improve the lives of our women, young people, children and colleagues, now and for the future, then we look forward to receiving your application.


Professor Sir Bruce Keogh & Sarah-Jane Marsh
Chairman & Chief Executive

About us

The future has never been more uncertain but at BWC it has also never been as exciting.

Together we have risen to the challenges of the last 18 months, going to huge lengths to support our women, children and families and be there for them during the pandemic whilst also reaching out to support our colleagues in other parts of the NHS.

Our response has been driven and shaped by our BWC Spirit which we celebrated this year sharing stories of the challenges and achievements. You can hear colleagues share their experiences in their own words here.

We’ve been there for our communities as we emerge from the darkest days of the pandemic and supported children in their return to school with our #Youvebeenmissed campaign with advice for parents and teachers.

We are continuing to lead the way in making things better for our patients by taking part in world leading research in a variety of areas – you can read just one example here and find more on our website.

As an organisation we’ve also gone to great lengths to look after one another and broken new ground in supporting our staff. We are the first Trust in our NHS to offer a unique package of support for staff who experience baby loss, which includes periods of paid leave, as well as for colleagues who have a baby born prematurely. Dozens have been in touch to learn more and follow our lead.

Our commitment to do more on inclusion and diversity is continuing. Our staff networks representing colleagues from minority backgrounds and protected characteristics are continuing to thrive and flourish and we’ve relaunched our Stop.Challenge.Change campaign to reinforce that it’s everyone’s responsibility to call out racist and discriminatory behaviour and be an ally for our colleagues. You can read more about our work on equality and diversity here.

We’re also looking to the future with Big Build, our new hospitals programme which will provide new modern hospitals for our children’s and women’s sites so that the environments are fitting for the high standard of care we provide – you can watch a short video about the Big Build here.

Our Trust

Our Trust is the first of its type in the UK, formed in February 2017 to drive forward our commitment to providing the highest quality, world-class care that women, children and families want and deserve.


Birmingham Children’s Hospital is in the centre of the city and provides children’s A&E, elective, emergency and outpatient care. As well as our main hospital, our newest estate – Waterfall House – is situated at this site, home to the UK’s first pioneering Rare Diseases Centre for children, and a combined inpatient and outpatient Oncology and Haematology Centre.

Birmingham Women’s Hospital, in Edgbaston, is situated adjacent to the Queen Elizabeth Hospital, housing maternity, neonatal, gynaecology, genetics and laboratory services.

Parkview Clinic in Moseley provides child and adolescent inpatient mental health care.

We also have a range of community venues for our Forward Thinking Birmingham services providing community mental health services.

 Mission, Vision and Goal


With more than 641,000 visits from patients each year, we are a busy Trust and pride ourselves on the commitment of our 6,000 strong team, which works tirelessly to provide the very best treatment and support to our women, children and families.

We’re passionate about nurturing and developing the skills of our present and future workforce, along with investing in the very best training and education to foster life-long learning.

We have 63 ‘highly specialised’ and ‘specialised’ services that are commissioned nationally by NHS England. Our 12 highly specialised services include liver disease, liver and small bowel transplants, retinoblastoma, craniofacial surgery, Epidermolysis Bullosa and a number of rare diseases. We lead the way in the treatment of major traumaneonatal and paediatric intensive careburnscancerepilepsy surgerykidney diseasefetal medicinegenetics services and many others.

We play a key role in leading change and innovation in healthcare regionally and nationally:

  • We are leading the ‘children and young people’ and ‘mothers and infants’ workstreams as a key member of the Birmingham and Solihull Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP).
  • Our Chief Executive Sarah-Jane Marsh is Chair of NHS England’s Maternity Transformation Programme Board, which is working to reduce the rate of stillbirths, neonatal and maternal deaths and give women greater control and choice
  • We are playing a critical role in the Birmingham and Solihull Maternity and Newborn Partnership – Bump – which will revolutionise services by empowering women to access consistent, world-class and holistic care that is right for them, their baby and their family.
  • We are leading the way in bereavement care, building the UK’s first purpose built centre for families that have experienced baby loss – Woodland House. And we’re home to the Tommy’s National Early Miscarriage Centre for research into miscarriage, stillbirth and premature birth – the largest centre in Europe.
  • Our Genetics Lab is playing a central role in the West Midlands Genomic Medicine Centre as part of the national 100,000 genome project.
  • We are transforming mental health provision through collaborative initiatives such as Forward Thinking Birmingham.
  • Our research has led to improvements in timely diagnosis of congenital heart defects through pulse oximetry – an approach now used globally.
  • Our research into the use of used real-time diagnostic information, inspired by the world of Formula 1 racing, looks set to save thousands of young cardiac patients’ lives now it is being used in hospitals globally.

There is a range of resources online that will allow you to quickly see some of the fantastic services we provide; for example:

  • Our website:
  • One Born Every Minute: Series 11 episodes 1 – 10 – available on All 4.
  • Forward Thinking Birmingham videos – available on the You Tube Channel.
  • Videos of our clinical and service innovations – available on the You Tube Channel.


Our staff are our greatest source of pride. As a member of the Board you will get to know them and the services they provide, and be amazed at the incredible things they do each day.

Board of Directors

You will be joining a Board of Directors comprising highly regarded individuals and experts in their respective fields in both the public and private sector; from surgery and medicine, research and innovation, policy and leadership to accountancy and audit, organisational change and transformation.

As a team they have achieved service transformation and improvement in the most challenging circumstances, improving Care Quality Commission ratings across the Trust’s services only a short time after two organisational mergers, while maintaining standards of operational and financial performance.

The Board is now very much looking to the future of BWC, with an ambitious strategy to achieve its ambitious world-leading goals focused on technology, innovation and high quality estate with research and education embedded throughout.



The role

Non-Executive Director

Job reference:


Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust has a national and international reputation as one of the leading providers of services for children, young people, women and their families and is a centre of excellence, providing a range of specialist health care services.

The Trust is led by a unitary Board of Directors whose expertise and skills will drive the vision and mission of the organisation.

Accountable to the Council of Governors, the Non-Executive Directors play a pivotal role in the success of the Trust, having responsibility for holding the Executive members of the Board to account and providing independence within the Board of Directors.

The Non-Executive Directors will participate in the Board’s development of the Trust’s vision, strategies and objectives, holding the Executive Board members to account for their delivery.  They will work with their colleagues on the Board of Directors to establish networks and partnerships to support the delivery of the Trust’s strategy and development of the Trust’s role as a key national lead in the delivery of women’s, children’s and young people’s health services.

The Non-Executive Directors will demonstrate and promote high standards of probity, integrity and governance.

The role requires a time commitment, in and outside of business hours, of an average monthly commitment of four days.

Main Duties and Responsibilities

Leadership and Strategy

  • Supporting the chair, chief executive and executive directors in promoting the Trust values.
  • Supporting a positive culture throughout the Trust and adopting behaviours in the boardroom and elsewhere that exemplify that culture.
  • Providing support, advice and guidance for setting the strategic direction of the Trust and holding the executive directors to account for the effective management and delivery of the Trust’s strategic aims and objectives.
  • Demonstrating visible and ethical personal attributes by modelling the highest standards of personal behaviour, safeguarding the Trust’s values and supporting colleagues on the Board of Directors in emulating this example.
  • Building productive working relationships based on candour, trust and mutual respect with executive directors, providing support, guidance and advice to them.
  • Supporting the delivery of the Trust’s obligations to its key stakeholders.
  • Actively contributing to the Board of Directors’ setting of the Trust’s values and standards.
  • Promoting the vision of the Trust to capitalise on the freedoms it enjoys as a result of its status.
  • Promoting an understanding of the role of the Board, the scheme of reservation and delegation, the role of non-executive directors and executive directors.


  • Scrutinising performance of the executive Board members in meeting agreed goals and objectives.
  • Participating in all formal and informal meetings of the Board of Directors and complying with approved procedures.
  • Effectively contributing to the Board of Directors and constructively challenging colleagues before taking significant decisions.
  • Satisfying themselves that the Board of Directors is focused on strategy, performance, quality and accountability.
  • Satisfying themselves that financial and clinical quality controls and systems of risk management and governance are sound and in use.
  • Ensuring that they receive adequate information in the form that they specify and to monitor the reporting of performance.
  • Challenging colleagues to ensure that meeting agendas take full account of the important strategic issues and key risks facing the Trust.
  • Effectively contributing to Board committees of which they may be members or chair.
  • Participating in the Board of Directors’ identification of the key risks faced by the Trust in implementing its strategy, and supporting prudent processes and controls in place to appropriately monitor and manage those risks.
  • Seeking advice from the Company Secretary in their corporate governance role.
  • Seeking external advice as necessary.
  • Complying with the conditions of the Trust’s Licence, the Constitution and any other applicable legislation and regulations, highlighting failures of compliance and monitoring actions taken to address this.

Council of Governors

  • Engage with and give heed to the Council of Governors so that they can be held to account for the performance of the Board by the Council.
  • Attend meetings of the Council of Governors to ensure that they understand the views of the governors in relation to Trust strategy, performance and quality issues and in order to facilitate the Council of Governors’ contribution to strategy development by the Board.
  • Effectively communicate with the Council of Governors in relation to the progress made by the Board in delivering the Trust’s strategic objectives and the high level financial and operational performance of the Trust.
  • Build productive working relationships based on candour, trust and mutual respect with the Council of Governors, providing support, guidance and advice to them.

Appointments, Succession Planning and Development

  • Appointing the executives and chief executive, the latter with the approval of the Council of Governors, through the Trust’s Appointments and Remuneration Committee.
  • Determining appropriate levels of remuneration for the executive directors.
  • Considering succession planning for key executive posts to meet the needs of the Trust and ensuring the continual improvement in quality and calibre of executives.
  • Where necessary, participating in the process for the removal of executive directors.
  • Participating in regular performance evaluations, taking personal responsibility for acting on any results and feedback.
  • Contributing to the performance appraisals of executive directors, fellow non-executive directors and the chair.

External relations

  • Promoting effective communications with members and other stakeholders.
  • Where necessary, maintaining constructive and appropriate relations with NHS Improvement, the Care Quality Commission, other regulatory or inspection regimes, and NHS organisations.
  • Working with the Board to establish and develop partnerships and networks to support the furtherance of the Trust’s strategy and reputation.



Non-Executive Directors must demonstrate a passion for healthcare issues, especially as they impact on women, children, young people and their families; a commitment to NHS values and the core values of Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

Essential Experience

Whatever your sectorial background, you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Proven ability to help shape strategy, ensure robust governance arrangements and monitor performance.
  • A passion for public services (or an understanding of the particular issues of public service accountability)
  • Executive and/or Board level and/or committee experience
  • An understanding and appreciation of the Inclusion agenda; ideally able to demonstrate your involvement in successful initiatives

Personal Qualities

  • Ably grasps complex issues quickly.
  • Contributes effectively within a Board level environment; able to think strategically and make decisions.
  • Communicates effectively; able to convey ideas clearly and concisely.
  • Committed fully to the aims and objectives of Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.
  • Strong inter-personal skills.
  • Able to handle complexity and uncertainty.

Terms of appointment

Remuneration: £13,000 per annum

Location: Birmingham Women’s Hospital and Birmingham Children’s Hospital; meetings are currently being held online but will develop over time into a mixture of some face-to-face meetings and some held online.

Time commitment: Average 4 days per month

Whilst BWC is able to consider applicants from outside of the immediate region; consideration will need to be given to your flexibility and ease to travel to Birmingham on a regular basis. 

BWC will provide a bespoke introduction and package of support to new appointees; this would be further enhanced for those with less NED experience.

How to apply

Anderson Quigley is acting as an advisor to Birmingham Women’s and Children’s NHS Foundation Trust. An executive search process is being carried out by Anderson Quigley in addition to the public advertisement.

The closing date for applications is Friday 19th November 2021. 

Applications should consist of:

  • A full CV.
  • Applicants are required to respond to four questions as part of their application process:
  1. Please explain why you are applying for this post and what strengths and experience you can bring to the Trust’s Board of Directors and the organisation as a whole.
  2. Please describe a situation where you have worked to further the diversity and inclusion agenda. Please explain how your experience and expertise will contribute to improvements for staff and patients at BWC.
  3. Please describe a situation where you have influenced the delivery of an outcome where there was conflict or disagreement within the team. Please share the context and any learning for you, the wider team and organisation.
  4.  One of the Trust’s values is to be brave, but the NHS has many constraints. Please describe a situation where you had to strike a balance between ambition and reality. Tell us about the path you took and the impact of that choice. 

WE RECOMMEND READING THIS DOCUMENT TO HELP YOU with answering these questions.

  • Please include the email addresses of two referees on either your CV or covering letter. Referees will not be approached until the final stages and not without prior permission from candidates.
  • As part of your application please follow this link to complete an Equal Opportunity Monitoring Form.

Completed applications should be uploaded at using the reference AQ1199.

Should you wish to discuss the role in strict confidence, please contact our advising consultant at Anderson Quigley: Helene Usherwood on or +44(0)7719 322 669.


Closing date: Friday 19th November 2021
Longlisting: Monday 06 December 2021 (TBC)
Preliminary Interviews with AQ: December 08 – December 15 2021
Shortlisting: Tuesday 11 January 2022 (TBC)
Carousels: Tuesday 18 January 2022
Final Panel Interviews: Tuesday 18 January 2022