Non-Executive Director

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The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust
North West London
£13,000 for 2.5 days per month (to fit around planned Trust meetings)
Closing date:
9am Monday 26th February 2024
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Recruitment timetable

Closing Date
9am Monday 26th February 2024
Final Panel
Stakeholder Sessions and Final Interview (face to face): Tuesday 26th March 2024

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For over one hundred years, the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust has forged new and distinctive ways of understanding and approaching all aspects of mental health and wellbeing for children and adults, locally and nationally. We have a strong focus on education and training – and uniquely, both an Ofsted registration for the integrated school we run, and a registration with the Office for Students, for our postgraduate education and training programmes. We are one of three mental health Trusts in the North Central London ICS patch, and we also provide significant services across London, and the rest of England. We are proud to be a small independent specialist provider of innovative and high-quality services with an annual turnover of around £57m, and eight hundred committed staff delivering high quality services, our last CQC inspection of September 2018 rated our Trust overall ‘Good’.


The Trust is now looking to appoint a high-calibre individual to play a key role on our Board and with the Council of Governors. This appointment comes at an exciting time for the Tavistock and Portman, which has a new strategy, ambitious plans to develop and grow our services, and education and training offer nationally and internationally, and is looking to merge with another London-based organisation in the next 2 to 3 years. With this significant change in early stages of discussion, this role will need an individual with sound strategic thinking, appraisal skills, and positive personal impact. A credible track record with sound financial acumen, preferably obtained within a commercial setting, and ideally experience of mergers and acquisitions would be desirable.


This role offers the opportunity to be part of the leadership team as the Tavistock and Portman embarks on the next stage of its transformational journey. Positive, productive partnerships with a variety of stakeholders will be a key aspect of this role, understanding how best to navigate a complex network of competing interests. As such, we need a NED with the empathy to understand how best to collaborate and negotiate the future form of the organisation we become through the merger, to best serve our patients and service users, students, and our staff.


To be effective and successful in such a demanding role, with a high level of public scrutiny and accountability, requires exceptional leading and influencing skills, combined with relevant professional experience and expertise – and a passion for quality and excellence to match that of our dedicated workforce.


The communities we serve are incredibly diverse and we are committed to tackling discrimination and embracing diversity across our organisation. We would particularly welcome applications from across the spectrum of diversity, especially from people from Black, Asian, or other Ethnic backgrounds; from LGBTQI+ backgrounds; individuals with a disability or long term condition; from different socio-economic, age and educational backgrounds; and/or with lived experience of mental illness or of caring for someone with a mental illness.


If you believe you bring the skills and knowledge required to be successful in this role, and have a strong interest in the services the Trust provides, we would be delighted to hear from you. We are open to first time NED applicants.


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Or, for a confidential discussion, please contact:

Emily Perry, Principal Researcher


T: 020 74263978 / 07538 979416


Melanie West, Senior Consultant


T: +44 (0) 7384 464 187



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