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Chair for NHUC (North Hampshire Urgent Care)

Location: Farnborough

Date Posted: 02/01/2019

Closing Date: 25/01/2019

Job Title: Chair (Non-Exec Director)

Location: Farnborough but with travel to our sites

Commitment: Average two days per month

Salary: Remunerated

Closing date: 21st January 2019

Interviews: 13th February 2019

An exciting opportunity has arisen within NHUC (North Hampshire Urgent Care). We are looking for an experienced and successful chair or non-executive director to become a chair for this not-for-profit, independent organisation, working in partnership with the NHS.

NHUC provides out of hours urgent medical care for people who are feeling unwell and are not able to see their own doctor because the surgery is closed, throughout North East Hampshire and Farnham, Surrey Heath, Ascot and Bracknell, and North Hampshire. In addition, NHUC also supports people with common mental health problems in North East Hampshire and Farnham through its TalkPlus service.

The Chair will provide support, insight and challenge and will build strong and effective relationships within the wider community. An exceptional communicator, you will bring credibility and gravitas in representing the interests of the organisation and patients with a wide range of stakeholders. With leadership experience at Board level gained in complex environments, you will be politically astute and experienced in working across organisational boundaries.

It would be desirable, though not essential, for candidates to have an understanding of the health sector, including mental health, and some knowledge of the local area.

This role will be both challenging and rewarding, offering you the opportunity to help shape the services we offer and to have maximum impact on the patients in our care.

As a partner to the chief executive officer (CEO) and other council members, the Chair will provide leadership, guidance and accountability. The Chair will support and sustain the work of NHUC and TalkPlus, whilst providing governance leadership and strategic support. Specific responsibilities include:

Responsibilities

Meetings

  • Chair council meetings, and general meetings
  • Run the board and ensuring its effectiveness in all aspects of its role, including regularity and frequency of meetings
  • Set the council objectives and agenda taking into account any issues or concerns of all council members. The agenda should be forward looking, concentrating on strategic matters.
  • Set the style and tone of council discussions to promote effective decision making and constructive debate, ensuring that the council members are fully informed about all issues on which they may be required to make decisions.
  • Ensure that the council members receive accurate, timely and clear information to enable the council to take sound decisions, monitor effectiveness and provide service to promote the success of the society.
  • Manage council to allow enough time for the discussion of complex or contentious issues.

Relationships

  • Ensure there is appropriate delegation of authority from the council to executive management
  • Facilitate the effective and active contribution by all members of the council
  • Consistently maintain the position of a trusted advisor to the Management Exec and Council, whilst supporting NHUC and TalkPlus to develop a strategic plan
  • Consistently maintain the position of a trusted advisor to the Management Exec and Council, whilst supporting NHUC and TalkPlus to develop a strategic plan
  • Establish a close relationship of trust with the chief executive providing support and advice whilst respecting executive responsibility
  • Provide coherent leadership of society including in conjunction with the chief executive presenting the society to the community, its membership the media and the public
  • Developing and managing relationships and communicating with committee

Corporate

  • Coordinate an annual performance evaluation of the CEO
  • Planning and presiding over council meetings; and partnering with the CEO to ensure that board resolutions are carried out through the Management Executive
  • As a council member, approving NHUC and TalkPlus annual budgets, audit reports, and material business decisions; being informed of, and meeting all, legal and fiduciary responsibilities
  • Review the outcomes and metrics created by NHUC and TalkPlus for evaluating its impact, and regularly measuring its performance and effectiveness using those metrics
  • Periodically consulting with board members on their roles and helping them assess their performance
  • Ensure the development needs of the council and its committees are evaluated at least once a year; to act on the results of evaluation by recognising the strengths and addressing weakness of the council; and where appropriate, through the nominations committee proposing any necessary changes to membership
  • Acting as an ambassador for the organization.
  • Ensuring NHUC and TalkPlus commitment to a diverse board and staff that reflects the communities that they serve

Key Skills and behaviours

  • Personal qualities of integrity, credibility, and a passion for improving the lives of the patients that use our services
  • A personal style that demonstrates authority, commitment and consistency, and inspires trust and confidence
  • Skills and a natural affinity for cultivating relationships and persuading, convening, facilitating, and building consensus among diverse individuals
  • Extensive professional experience with significant executive leadership accomplishments in business, government, NHS or the non-profit sector
  • Demonstrated success as a board member or board chair
  • Track record of building credibility with stakeholders that has resulted in increased stability
  • A commitment to and understanding of the NHUC and TalkPlus mission
  • Highest ethical standards of integrity and probity
  • Willingness and ability to seek and challenge information to reach decisions
  • Excellent written and oral communication skills

If you would like to apply for this vacancy, please send your cover letter and CV to:

Liann Wintermeyer

quoting reference REC03012019

If you would like to discuss this vacancy in more detail or to arrange a call with a member of the committee, please call 01252 595029.

Job Types: Part-time, Permanent

Experience:

  • Chair: 2 years (Preferred)

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