Trust Secretary

Band 9

Main area
Chief Executive Office
Band 9
37.5 hours per week
Job ref
Southmead Hospital
£79,415 - £100,431 per annum
31/01/2018 23:59

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North Bristol NHS Trust - Trust Secretary

North Bristol NHS Trust (NBT) is a centre of excellence for healthcare in the South West and one of the largest hospital Trusts in the UK, with an annual turnover of around £565m and over 8,000 staff. We provide award-winning services, regional and specialist care across the South West and receive a significant number of referrals from other hospitals, treating around half-a-million patients a year. NBT also has a world leading research profile and through our membership of Bristol Health Partners, we ensure that world-class clinical services, research, innovation and teaching are integrated across the city for the benefit of patients.

This is an inspiring time to join North Bristol NHS Trust and we are at a time of positive improvement. We now have an opportunity to appoint an exceptional and ambitious Trust Secretary to drive us forward and make a significant contribution. The Trust Secretary will be vital in ensuring the organisation continues to improve; this role will allow a talented individual to work in an ambitious Trust with a strong executive and non-executive team continuing with the work we are already undertaking.   

The Role:

  • Act as an expert advisor, responsible for working with and in support of the Chief Executive, Chairman and Trust Board in meeting their legal obligations, maintaining the highest standards of prudence, propriety and regularity.
  • Establish strong corporate governance within the Board and its committees, take responsibility for coordinating and advising on external stakeholder engagement and ensure that there is coherence between the board and sub-committees and lead the management and supervision of a Secretariat function. 
  • Represent the Trust Board at the highest levels with external stakeholders ensuring that the Trust’s best interests are championed and that Trust Executives and Non Executives are informed and engaged effectively in delivering the objectives of the Stakeholder Strategy.
  • Maintain an appropriate environment for the Chair and CEO to operate effectively, managing the interface between the Executive and Non-Executive Directors by demonstrating mutual respect, and open, honest communication.
  • Working with the Associate Director of Quality Governance, contribute to the development of systems, control process and risk management arrangements that comply with internal and external governance and best practice requirements.

The Candidate:

  • The Trust Secretary will be suitably qualified holding Membership of the Institute of Chartered Secretaries and Administrators (ICSA) or be within the process of completing these within the subsequent 12 months. Have a track record of governance management and senior level stakeholder engagement, relish the challenge of dynamic change and enjoy building relationships at Board level.
  • Alignment with NBT’s values of ‘putting patients first, striving for excellence, working together and recognising the person’. Strong sense of commitment to openness, honesty, inclusiveness and high standards of personal integrity. Intellectual flexibility to move easily between significant detail and the bigger picture and ability to ‘look around corners’.
  • The Trust Secretary must demonstrate that they are Board ready and politically astute, with strong experience working as a Corporate Secretary in a complex environment.
  • A dynamic, articulate and passionate influencer with high levels of emotional intelligence, providing wise counsel to the Chair, CEO and Board. A credible individual with strong interpersonal skills, and an ambassador for the organisation who will be persistent in the support and delivery of high standards.
  • A sophisticated team player with strong intellect, a good strategic mind and able to be a problem solver. Demonstrable stamina and resilience to be a catalyst for change and demonstrate an aptitude for strategy and governance with the ability to motivate and enable a positive collaborative culture driven to deliver exceptional results through consistent improvement.
  • A self-motivated, tenacious individual with genuine interest and concern for quality and an understanding of the roles and relationships between Trust Chair, Chief Executive, Executives and Non-Executive Directors.

At North Bristol NHS Trust, we respect and value the diversity of our workforce, patients, service users, relatives, carers and visitors and we strongly welcome applications from candidates with a diverse background.

The closing date for applications is:  Wednesday 31st January 2018

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Please speak with our advisor at Odgers Berndtson; Helen Childs 0207 529 1093 or email 


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