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Group Non-Executive Director

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust
Depending on experience Remuneration is £16,569 per annum.
Closing date
30 May 2024

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Whatever you are looking for in your first or next Non-Executive Director opportunity, you will find it all here for you at Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust.

As a Group Non-Executive Director at MFT you will work collectively with other Group Non-Executive Directors, the Group Chairman, Group Chief Executive and the Group Executive Directors and, in partnership with the Governors, you will work to ensure compliance with the terms of our license, the Trust's constitution and contractual obligations. You will be responsible for ensuring the quality and safety of healthcare services, application of the principles of corporate governance and standards of clinical governance and for the effective, efficient and economic exercise of the Trust functions.

We are seeking candidates who have operated at a senior/board level, with proven commercial experience in a large and complex organisation and an excellent track record of delivery. We are keen to attract candidates who have knowledge and experience of working on significant capital projects or within the research and innovation field, although these are not essential requirements. For all our Non-Executive Director appointments, we aim to add to the diversity of experience and knowledge of our Board of Directors.

We would also positively support applicants where this opportunity would be your first Non-Executive Director post, providing you with a thorough induction and ongoing support.

Main duties of the job

  • First & foremost, a passion for patients with a drive for enhancing our health services across our city & beyond, you will need an appreciation of the diversity of our stakeholder landscape.
  • You will have the capability & enthusiasm to support our ambitious vision within the context of significant change, transformation & opportunity, both within the organisation, the region & the wider NHS.
  • An inspirational leader who lives our values & behaviours with a commitment to support our compassionate & inclusive culture, you will have the desire, skills, experience & attitude to positively challenge & support.
  • Be able to demonstrate a cohesive & collaborative style with the ability to build credible, trusting & honest relationships, you will possess innovation, passion & integrity in abundance.
  • An understanding of robust corporate governance will be important & strong experience of developing high level strategy with an effective understanding of health, education, business or commercial environments would also be advantageous.
  • Importantly, you will be an impressive collaborator equipped to support further development of our vital external partnerships.
  • Have the available time to fulfil the demands of the role.

If our Trust and this role is of interest to you and would like to learn more to see if this is the next and best move in your career, we encourage you to contact us for a conversation in confidence.

About us

MFT is one of the largest NHS Trusts in England with a turnover of �2.6bn & is on a different scale than most other NHS Trusts. We're creating an exceptional integrated health & social care system for the 1 million patients who rely on our services every year.

Bringing together 10 hospitals & community services from across Manchester, Trafford & beyond, we champion collaborative working & transformation, encouraging our 28,000 workforce to pursue their most ambitious goals. We set standards that other Trusts seek to emulate so you'll benefit from a scale of opportunity that is nothing short of extraordinary.

We've also created a digitally enabled organisation to improve clinical quality, patient & staff experience, operational effectiveness & driving research, and innovation through the introduction of Hive our Electronic Patient Record system which launched in September 2022.

We're proud to be a major academic Research Centre & Education provider, providing you with a robust infrastructure to encourage and facilitate high-quality research programmes. What's more, we're excited to be embarking on our Green Plan which sets out how MFT continues to play its part in making healthcare more sustainable.

At MFT, we create and foster a culture of inclusion and belonging, provide equal opportunities for career development that are fair, open, and transparent, protecting your health and wellbeing and shaping the future of our organisation together.

Job description

Job responsibilities

To find out more about the key responsibilities and the specific skills and experience youll need, take a look at the Job Description & Person Specification attachments under the Supporting Documents heading.

Candidate Information Pack

To support this vacancy, we have developed a bespoke ' Candidate Information Pack ' which provides specific information about the role and the Assessment and Selection Process. To request a copy of this pack, to arrange a confidential conversation or to find out more and to apply, please contact our Executive Search Partner Hunter Healthcare James McLeodvia telephone on 07842424530 or via email at

Diversity Matters

MFT is committed to promoting equality of opportunity, celebrating and valuing diversity and eliminating any form of unlawful discrimination across our workforce, ensuring our people are truly representative of the communities we serve. All individuals regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation are encouraged to apply for this post. As an inclusive employer, we are here to support you. If you have any special requirements to help you with your application, email our team at

Were looking forward to hearing from you!

Person Specification

Background and Experience


  • Educated to a Masters degree or equivalent Post-Graduate qualification or equivalent level of experience.
  • Evidence of success in chosen career with a track record of strategic leadership at Board level within a complex and fast-moving environment.
  • Experience of effective leadership working with a wide and complex range of internal and external stakeholders.
  • Senior level governance experience demonstrating strong strategic planning, financial, risk, and performance management.
  • Experience of leading quality improvement, performance management and cultural change within a complex organisational setting.
  • Demonstrable commercial and/or political astuteness which will translate into an ability to think and act strategically for the benefit of the Trust.
  • Experience of holding high levels of accountability.

Skills, Knowledge and Personal Attributes


  • Exceptional leadership skills, engendering respect from others at all levels.
  • An enthusiastic, enquiring mind, with the confidence to challenge constructively when appropriate and to hold to account.
  • Commitment to working as a team member.
  • An effective listener, able to weigh up arguments and summarise for others.
  • Highly developed interpersonal, influencing, and communication skills.
  • Analytical and creative, with the ability to be independent in judgement.
  • Politically astute, effective negotiator, able to grasp relevant issues and understand the relationships between interested parties.
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of corporate governance.
  • Clear understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, liabilities, and responsibilities of Group Non-Executive Directors.
  • Understanding of equality and diversity issues.
  • Understanding of Foundation Trusts and Governor responsibilities.
  • Empathy with and commitment to public service values of accountability, openness, probity, and equality of opportunity.
  • Committed to improving healthcare, and supportive of collaboration across the healthcare system in Greater Manchester, in line with the principles and values of MFT.
  • Ability to effectively represent the Trust to its constituents, patients, partner organisations, and regulators.
  • Knowledge of Manchester, Trafford, and Greater Manchester, and an understanding of local demographics.

Employer details

Employer name

Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust


Cobbett House, Trust Headquarters, Oxford Road Campus

Oxford Road


M13 9WL

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