Executive Recruitment

Further information about the role

Time commitment

This is currently 3 days per week. This may be during the working day or in the evening. Currently both the Board of Directors and Council of Governors are each meeting bi-monthly. There are also a number of Board Committees that are each meeting bi-monthly. The Governors also have their own bi-monthly forum which the Trust Chair normally attends. In addition to formal meetings, there will be other duties and commitments associated with this role


The appointment will be for a period of three years, and will be subject to annual performance reviews by the Council of Governors.

The appointee will be eligible for re-appointment at the end of three years, but they have no right to be re-appointed. The Council of Governors will wish to consider afresh the question of who should be appointed based on performance, the needs of the organisation and composition of the Board at the time


The remuneration payable for this role is £47,100.00 per annum.

Remuneration is taxable and subject to National Insurance contributions.  This is not pensionable.

The appointee will eligible to claim travel and subsistence allowances for costs necessarily incurred on Trust business.


The appointment does not create a contract of service (employment) and is not within the jurisdiction of Employment Tribunals, neither is there any entitlement for compensation for loss of office through employment law.

To ensure public services values are maintained, all Directors of NHS Boards are required, on appointment, to subscribe to the codes of Conduct and Accountability to adhere to Trust Policies and Procedures at all times.

The Trust Chair will be expected to demonstrate high standards of professional and personal conduct.

The Trust Chair will be expected to declare any conflict of interest that arises in the course of Trust business and the need to declare any relevant business interests, positions of authority or connections with commercial, public or voluntary bodies.

Outside Interests

Candidates are required to declare any conflicts of interest in respect of relevant business interests or other appointments or connections with commercial, local authority, voluntary or NHS bodies and any connections with bodies contracting for Trust services.


It is important that on appointment and on an on-going basis that a Non-Executive Director (including the Trust Chair) can demonstrate “independence”. Independent Non-Executive Directors are supposed to bring an independent view to the deliberations of the Board. Non-Executive Director could not be considered to be independent, for example, in circumstances where their opinions are likely to be influenced by someone else.

Factors that could call into question the ‘independence’ of Non-Executive Director candidates and thereby disqualify them from consideration include:

  • Having been an employee of  the Trust within the last five years;
  • Having or having had within the last three years, a material business relationship with the Trust either directly or as a partner, stakeholder, director or senior employee of a body that has such a relationship with the Trust;
  • Having received or receiving additional remuneration from the Trust apart from a Director’s fee; or membership of the Trust’s pension scheme;
  • Having close family ties with any of the Trust’s advisers, directors or senior employees;
  • Holding cross-directorships or having significant links with other directors through involvements in other companies or bodies.

Code of Conduct

As a member of the Board of Directors you are required to comply with the conduct for NHS Managers and code of accountability issued by the Department of Health.  You must declare any financial interest of relationship you have which impinges on your responsibilities as a member of the Board.

Fit and Proper Person

Given the significant public profile and responsibility members of NHS Boards hold, it is vital that those appointed inspire confidence of the public, patients and NHS staff at all times. NHS Improvement makes a number of specific background checks to ensure that those we appoint are “fit and proper” people to hold these important roles.

Candidates’ particular attention is drawn to the following requirements:

All Directors must protect information about the Trust, its staff and its patients in accordance with the Trust’s Information Governance policies and Data Protection legislation during and after the cessation of their appointment.

All Directors must adhere to the appropriate technical and physical measures implemented to ensure that information is safe and secure.

Equal Opportunities

Countess of Chester NHS Foundation Trust is committed to equality of opportunity for all and appointments are made on merit. We believe that the best boards are those that reflect the communities  they serve.

We particularly welcome applications from women, people from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities, and disabled people who we recognise are under-represented in non-executive roles.

Our recruitment processes are conducted in accordance with the Code of Governance to ensure that they are made on merit after a fair and open process so that the best people, from the widest possible pool of candidates, are appointed.

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