Head of Corporate Governance

£Competitive + excellent pension
08 Oct 2020
22 Oct 2020
Analyst, Governance, Risk / Compliance
Public Sector
Contract Type

The East of England Ambulance Service NHS Trust (EEAST) provides 24/7 accident and emergency services to a population of around six million people across Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk and Suffolk. We employ more than 4,000 dedicated staff and 1,500 volunteers and cover an area of approximately 7,500 square miles.

We answer more than one million calls each year. As well as treating and transporting patients who need urgent or emergency care, we also provide telephone triage to people with less serious illnesses or injuries. In addition to our 999 service, we provide non-emergency patient transport for people whose medical conditions or frailty means they are unable to travel unaided to and from hospital, treatment centres and other similar facilities.

To continue our journey towards developing an excellent corporate governance function, we are seeking to appoint a Head of Corporate Governance, who will work closely with the Head of Governance to support the executive directors to ensure that the Trust operates in accordance with legal provisions and its Licence conditions, and that there is appropriate stewardship and corporate governance of the business of the Trust.

The post holder will work closely with the Head of Governance and Board Members as required. He/she will develop relationships with senior staff throughout the Trust, and with the internal and external auditors. In addition, they will interact with members of the public, her/his peers outside the organisation and, where appropriate, the regulators.

The post holder will be expected to fulfil the business as usual role requirements including providing support and advice in relation to legislative requirements, well led and ensuring compliance with national and local policy.

Key responsibilities will include:

  • Support the implementation of a revised governance structure, in particular the roll out of sub-group meetings to provide assurance into the board sub committees, ensuring they have appropriate ToR and expertise to enable this assurance.
  • Provide expert advice to the, Chair, Chief Executive, Board of Directors on constitutional matters, correct and proper conduct of business and meetings.
  • Undertake horizon scanning, reviewing and analysing all new regulatory developments and advising the Board of Directors on their implications/ recommended course of action.
  • Review, redesign and continuously improve the corporate governance arrangements across the Trust.
  • Develop, operate and continuously improve arrangements for the Standing Orders to be in place, acted upon and reviewed as necessary. In conjunction with Finance Directorate, ensure Standing Financial Instructions are similarly in place, reviewed and acted upon by the Board of Directors.
  • In conjunction with the Trust’s Risk Manager, develop systems, control process, risk management and board assurance arrangements that comply with internal and external governance and best practice requirements and contribute to continuous improvement of the quality of risk information particularly in the areas of key controls.
  • Planning, preparation and timely submission of agendas, reports, supporting papers and minutes ensuring they comply with Trust polices on the production of papers and policies.
  • Preparing agenda and minutes for Board of Directors, Board Committees, and where relevant, executive level committees.

You will ideally have experience and knowledge of regulatory matters, NHS compliance and corporate governance and extensive experience in their application in complex settings and experience in the Deputy or Trust/Company Secretary role.

To apply

East of England Ambulance NHS Trust is very keen to discuss this opportunity with experienced corporate governance professionals who have the requisite experience, skills and resilience as well as the relationship building, inspirational leadership and governance oversight capabilities to undertake this challenging role.

To confidentially discuss these roles in further detail or request a copy of the Candidate Brief, please contact Laurence Wolahan M 07985 443 826 or Justin Dargis M 07474 531 829.

Closing date:                                      25th October 2020