Non-Executive recruitment

Dear Candidate

Welcome to the NHS and to South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  Our core purpose is to provide acute, community and tertiary services with the highest quality of patient care and experience. The James Cook University Hospital in Middlesbrough and the Friarage Hospital in Northallerton deliver over 1.5m patient contacts per year, with an additional 1.2m patient contacts undertaken by our community services. Alongside our commitment to research, we are one of the country‚Äôs highest ranked medical training organisations. 

We now have an opportunity to refresh our Board and appoint two new Non-Executive Directors and 2 Associate Non-Executive Directors. The new Board members will provide constructive challenge, independence of thought, support diverse insight and strategic input, and ensure that we have robust systems of risk management and governance in place. Beyond this, they will need to demonstrate a strong alignment to our core values and direct experience of promoting and enabling diversity of thought and delivery.

In this microsite you will find information about us as an organisation and our role within the wider health and care system in the North East.  You will also find details about the backgrounds we are seeking for these roles.  It is important to note that our board, like all NHS boards, is comprised of people with many different backgrounds and life experiences.  We are not, therefore, only seeking people with NHS or other healthcare experience. 

We aim to recruit both to NED and to Associate NED roles; the latter roles will attend and contribute to board meetings just as NEDs do, but these are development roles offering the opportunity for less experienced individuals to develop their skills.  

If you are passionate about delivering outstanding services across a complex system and if your background, experience and identity will broaden and enhance the breadth of our leadership perspective, please make contact.

  • For an initial conversation about the NED roles contact Emily Perry ( or Robin Staveley (
  • For Associate NED roles contact Gillian Young ( or Melanie West (

I also look forward to speaking with you during the recruitment process.

Professor Derek Bell
Chair South Tees Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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