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Director of Corporate Affairs, Communications & Governance

East Cheshire NHS Trust
Victoria Road, Macclesfield
Depending on experience Dependant on experience
Closing date
29 Jul 2024

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Other Health Profession
Contract Type
Full Time
This is an exciting opportunity to join the Executive Trust Board of East Cheshire NHS Trust as our new Director of Corporate Affairs, Communications & Governance. Reporting to the Chief Executive, you will provide strategic advice and guidance to the Chair, Non-Executive Directors and Executive Directors on all aspects of corporate affairs, communications, engagement and corporate governance.

You will fulfil the critical role of Board Secretary for the Trust, ensuring compliance with laws and regulations, standing orders and NHS guidance.

The role offers the opportunity to work with the Board to continue to ensure that East Cheshire Trust leads the way in working with and for our communities.

You will have experience at working at Board or sub-Board level, performing the duties of a Company Secretary as well as experience managing communications strategically with internal and external stakeholders. You will need to have a forensic eye for detail, political awareness and have experience of leading high-performing teams.

All NHS Directors are expected to comply with the Fit and Proper Person Test (FPPT), and this post will be subject to allthe relevant checks contained within the regulations relating to FPPT.

Closing date: 29th July 2024, 9:00amInterview date: 6th August 2024

Main duties of the job

You will lead the development of Trust governance systems and provide professional advice and guidance to the Trust in relation to corporate governance. As the Board Secretary to the Trust, you will act independently of the Board and ensure that the Trust is compliant with all applicable laws and regulations. You will advise the Chair in relation to the Fit and Proper Persons Regulatory Requirements.

You will provide leadership and direction to the Corporate Communications and Engagement team, developing a digitally enabled patient communications, engagement and experience strategy, marketing the Trust as a healthcare provider of choice. You will be the Trust lead for charitable funds, leading the development of a plan to increase the profile of, and revenue for, East Cheshire NHS Charity.

You will lead the Trust corporate risk management and assurance functions, developing and implementing a risk management strategy for the whole Trust. You will lead the Freedom to Speak Up agenda, ensuring appropriate arrangements are in place to enable colleagues to feel supported in raising concerns.

Please see the attached candidate information pack, job description and person specification for further information.

About us

Whether you are just starting out in your career or are looking to use your skills and experience in a new role, East Cheshire NHS Trust is the right employer for you. An organisation with a real sense of community we actively support and develop our staff to ensure our patients receive the best quality care, delivering the right care first time, every time.

COVID-19 vaccination remains the best way to protect yourself, your family, your colleagues and of course our patients from the virus when working in our healthcare settings. Whilst COVID-19 vaccination is not a condition of employment, we do encourage our staff to get vaccinated. We will be checking the vaccination status of all new starters as part of ongoing monitoring.

Please be aware that this post requires a standard Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check, the cost of which is payable by the successful candidate. If you have lived or worked abroad for 6 months or more in the last 5 years you will need to obtain an overseas police clearance. Further information can be found on the additional information links at the bottom of the advert.

Job description

Job responsibilities

Please read the attached Applicant Pack prior to completing your application form to find out more information.

Please download a copy of the Job Description and Person Specification located under the Supporting documents heading to read more about the advertised role.

As part of making your application we encourage you to review the Trusts Careers webpage for more information about working for East Cheshire NHS Trust.

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome all applications irrespective of age, disability, gender, sexual orientation, race or religion. The Trust is a Disability Confident Leader and as such, applicants with disabilities will be offered an interview providing they meet the minimum criteria for the post (outlined in the Person Specification).

Applicants are advised to apply early as we reserve the right to close the advert prior to the advertised closing date should we receive a large number of applications.

We look forward to receiving your application

Person Specification

Education & Qualifications


  • Degree level education
  • Master's degree or equivalent relating to healthcare leadership or equivalent experience
  • Post-Graduate Qualification in Corporate Governance and/ or Risk Management or equivalent experience
  • Evidence of Continuous Professional Development


  • Project Management Qualification
  • Membership of relevant bodies



  • Substantial experience of working effectively as a senior manager at sub-Board level
  • Substantial experience of risk management and governance within a healthcare enterprise significant experience gained across the NHS
  • Experience of Board Management / Company Secretary role and responsibilities.
  • Political awareness of priorities and agenda's within the organisation, across the NHS and beyond, including politicians and the media
  • Experience of managing communications and external partnerships i.e. out-sourced services, CQC, ICB or similar


  • Board level experience



  • Knowledge of NHS legislation and practice that relates to the duties
  • High level understanding of the principles and good practice in communications and engagement with patients, carers, families, stakeholders and staff
  • Knowledge of the legal responsibilities of the role or expert knowledge of healthcare risk and enterprise-wide risk management techniques
  • Thorough understanding of NHS Registration Requirements and Healthcare Regulation


  • Full understanding of Audit Committee Handbook

Work Related Circumstances


  • Ability to travel as there will be some requirement to travel within the health economy and occasionally nationally

Other Rple requirements


  • Please refer to the person specification for all other role requirements

Employer details

Employer name

East Cheshire NHS Trust


Macclesfield District

General Hospital

Victoria Road, Macclesfield

SK10 3BL

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