East Kent Hospitals University NHS Foundation Trust
£55,000 per annum, at least 3 days a week
Closing date :
Monday 24th June 2024
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Recruitment timetable

Closing Date
Monday 24th June 2024
Preliminary Interviews
w/c 24th June 2024
Final Panel Interview And Stakeholder Sessions
w/c 15th July 2024

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We’re all about Great Healthcare from Great People.

We are a large and complex multi-site, hospital Trust providing a range of acute and community services to a local population of 743,000 people and specialist services for a far wider population. We are well known for our research and innovation, with some of our services having an international reputation, and we are proud of our teaching hospitals status and partnership with the Kent and Medway Medical School.

Development of new facilities including the hyper acute stroke unit at William Harvey and Medical Thrombectomy at Kent & Canterbury, and recent expansions and renovations new builds to add capacity to our emergency department will further our ability to respond to the needs of our growing local population, whilst ensuring we are well placed to contribute across the wider transformation of health and social care provision at a system level.

We are however, a Trust that faces significant challenges, many of which are replicated by NHS Trusts such as long waiting lists, and we are deeply committed to tackling these head on. We are working hard to transform our maternity services in light of Dr Bill Kirkup’s report on them, and whilst our staff survey results remain an area of concern, we have made significant improvements in some areas and are very focussed on making similar improvements across the wider Trust.

As part of this commitment, we are seeking to appoint a new Chair to lead our Board of Directors and Council of Governors. We are seeking an exceptional individual who is used to leading at board level in large and complex organisations and who has, or is willing to develop, a deep understanding of the NHS and the wider health and social care sector. They should have a strong track record of building relationships with a range of stakeholders across both organisations and communities and have a reputation for their ambassadorial and diplomatic approach.

Our future must be shaped around our people and supported by inclusive leadership and robust governance.  It is imperative that we seek out those leaders who embody our values and commit wholeheartedly to supporting our staff to achieve our priorities. We want someone who will be deeply committed to improving patient outcomes, who is empathetic and kind, and who will listen and hear our staff and communities.


For more information, please follow this link: https://wecareeastkent.com/

Or for a confidential discussion, please contact:


Stephanie Crossland,  Researcher

E:  Stephanie.Crossland@gatenbysanderson.com

T: +44 (0)113 268 0704


Serena Dobson, Senior Consultant

E: serena.dobson@gatenbysanderson.com 

T: +44 (0) 7530 627 120


Melanie Shearer, Partner

E: melanie.shearer@gatenbysanderson.com

T: +44 (0) 7785 616 548


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