Appointment of a Non-Executive Director and an Associate Non-Executive Director

Welcome Letter

Thank you for your interest in joining Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust (NHFT) as a Non-Executive Director.

Our vision is to be a leading provider of outstanding compassionate care. Since becoming a Foundation Trust on 1 May 2009, NHFT has expanded the range of services we provide and developed new and innovative models of care, often in partnership with other local organisations. Indeed, working with a system-wide view across the integrated healthcare landscape is a cornerstone of our approach.

We are highly rated by NHS regulators, both in terms of quality and financial performance and whilst we are proud of our track record, financial pressures and ever-increasing demand for NHS services do present an ongoing challenge to the delivery of our strategies and plans. However our priority continues to be maintaining quality and safety at the foundation of all we do.

 We are seeking two high quality candidates to fill the following roles:

  • A Non-Executive Director (voting Board Member) who has current or recent NHS experience (as an Executive or Non-Executive), particularly in system working.
  • An Associate Non-Executive Director post (non-voting Board Member) who has broad business skills developed in a complex environment, developed in any sector, who can be appointed as a voting Non-Executive Director when a suitable vacancy arises, subject to performance.

Non-Executive Directors are appointed by and accountable to NHFT’s Council of Governors. The Governors comprise local people, members of staff and representatives of local partner organisations who provide an essential link between the Trust and the community it serves. As such a key part of the role will be to provide assurance to the Council of Governors that risks are being managed appropriately.

We all recognise that the NHS plays a crucial role in the life of the local community. As Board members of NHFT, Non-Executive Directors have a real opportunity to help shape the future direction and provision of health and wellbeing services in Northamptonshire and beyond.

I hope the information that follows will encourage you to join us on our journey.

Good luck with your application.

Crishni Waring

Chair, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust

About Us

NHFT delivers a comprehensive range of physical and mental health services that are tailored to meet the needs of the people of Northamptonshire and beyond. Our services are delivered in our service users own homes, through GP practices, clinics, schools, prisons and in residential and hospital environments. Our vision is to be a leading provider of outstanding compassionate care and our mission is “making a difference for you, with you”.

Over 4,600 dedicated individuals are part of team NHFT making us one of the county’s largest employers. We are committed to our team and as a sign of this we are living wage accredited. We aim to be an employer of choice, provide a great place to work and be known for a diverse and inclusive culture where staff feel valued.

The Care Quality Commission has rated NHFT ‘Outstanding’ overall twice – in both 2018 and 2019. The Trust was delighted to be awarded the prestigious Health Service Journal’s Trust of the Year award in 2018.

We are dedicated to making a positive difference and we work in partnership across the county and East Midlands to deliver care together in an integrated way. Our strategic and organisational objectives keep safe, quality care at the foundation of all we do every day.

We pride ourselves on our 54321 strategy roadmap which brings together our PRIDE values, leadership behaviours, directorates, our enablers and mission all in one place.

For more information please visit:

NHFT’s Annual Public Meeting will take place at 5.30pm on Monday 17 October, via Teams. If you would like to attend, please email so a link can be sent.

Overview / JD

£13,000 per annum
Minimum 3 days per month
3 year term with potential for re-appointment


The role of a Non-Executive Director is to provide an independent perspective at Board level and seek assurance.  You will enable scrutiny, constructive challenge, effective decision making and improved outcomes for patients, carers and their families.

Together with the Executive Directors, Non-Executive Directors form a unitary Board of Directors that is responsible for the Trust’s delivery of safe, effective and quality services within the financial resources available by:

  • Setting a robust and achievable strategy.
  • Ensuring that financial, operational and strategic objectives are met.
  • Identifying and managing strategic risks.
  • Setting and embedding organisational culture.

As members of a unitary Board of Directors, Non-Executive Directors share responsibility with and have the same liability as the Executive Directors for the performance of the Trust.

The role of Associate Non-Executive Director is used in the NHS to support Non-Executive Director succession planning and development.  Associate Non-Executive Directors cannot participate in any formal vote at the Board.  The successful candidate for the Associate role will be appointed as a voting Non-Executive Director position when a vacancy arises – subject to their performance and ability to meet any role specific requirements agreed at the time.

About You

You must understand the complexities of working in a multi-site operation, think beyond organisational boundaries, bring high levels of personal and business integrity and be able to ensure exemplary standards of quality, probity and governance.

In addition, you must be able to evidence experience of challenging and debating constructively in a Board environment and a strong commitment and engagement with patients, carers, and the community.  This will be clearly demonstrable and consistent with our values, leading to successful outcomes for us and our patients.

Having a track record in driving Equality, Diversity and Inclusion related issues is important, together with the ability to demonstrate how you have challenged discrimination and inequality.  You will be able to influence and persuade others, be committed to working as a team member and possess the motivation to improve NHS performance.

Successful candidates will be able to demonstrate their understanding of the recent NHS structure changes, including requirements for system-working in conjunction with Integrated Care Boards and Integrated Care Systems.

To be eligible to apply, you must be resident in England and preferably live in the county or in a neighbouring county.  As a minimum, you must be able to demonstrate an interest in Northamptonshire.

To be appointed Non-Executive Director of a Foundation Trust, you are also required to be a public member.  Please contact the Corporate Affairs Team to find out more:

Specific Role Requirements

For the Non-Executive Director post, we are looking for someone with current or recent NHS experience, which could be either as an Executive or Non-Executive Director, who has a broad portfolio of skills and demonstrable experience of system working.

For the Associate Non-Executive Director post, we are looking for someone with broad business skills developed in a complex environment including experience of collaborative and partnership working.

Job Description and HR Information

How to Apply

Anderson Quigley is acting as an advisor to NHFT. An executive search process is being carried out by Anderson Quigley in addition to the public advertisement.

The closing date for applications is noon on Monday 31 October.

Applications should consist of:

Completed applications should be uploaded at using the AQ reference number

Non-Executive Director: AQ1569

Associate Non-Executive Director: AQ1571

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.


Close of Advertisement and Search noon Monday 31 October
Longlist Tuesday 08 November
Preliminary Interviews with Anderson Quigley Thursday 10 November – Friday 25 November (via Teams)
Board & Governor Stakeholder Sessions Tuesday 06 December (shortlisted candidates will likely be needed for much of the day)
Final Panel Interviews Monday 12 December (shortlisted candidates will likely be needed for an hour )

On 12 January 2023, recommendations will be made to the Council of Governors about the candidates to appoint with the view that individuals will be able to start in the post(s) by February 2023.