Person Specification


Chair of the Finance and Performance Committee

Required Knowledge, Experience & Skills

You will have:

  • Recent, relevant commercial, financial and/or general management experience in a large and complex organisation.
  • Experience of operating at a senior or board level, ideally in executive and non-executive roles.
  • Independent and proactive leadership with demonstrable confidence, respect and integrity
  • Excellent communication skills that can persuade groups and individuals to improve the way they are currently doing things.
  • Ability to evaluate detailed Board reports and data with an independent mindset so that specific issues can be targeted that will have the most strategic benefits on people and service delivery.
  • Champion open, frank, and disciplined discussion and be prepared to ‘ask the difficult questions.’

You will be able to demonstrate at least one of the following specialist skills or areas of experience:

  • Scrutiny and demonstrable improvement of financial and operational performance in a large, multi-site organisation.
  • Successful implementation of business productivity improvements in a complex business environment.
  • Strategic planning experience in a complex business environment with multiple partners that has achieved meaningful outcomes.
  • Successful digital transformation experience in a large-scale consumer-facing environment that has fundamentally changed the way the organisation operates and the users receive services.
  • Good understanding of NHS and public sector finances, operational performance and the levers that can be used to drive efficiency and productivity.

It is also important that the successful candidate can add to the diversity of skills, thought and experience of the other Members of the NHS Sussex Board and the biographies of the other Board Members can be found on

The successful candidate will also be expected to embrace and work to our NHS Sussex Values and Board Charter described on the About Us page.


In order to be eligible for appointment you will:

  • be able to demonstrate that you meet the requirements of the fit and proper person test and that you have no substantial conflicts of interests that would interfere with your ability to be independent and offer an impartial perspective;
  • not have an ongoing leadership role (i.e. hold positions or offices) within one of the partner organisations in the Sussex Health and Care system - you will need to stand down from any such role if appointed to NHS Sussex; and
  • ideally, have strong connections with the area served by the ICS.

Elected officials, including MPs and members of councils, are excluded from the NHS Sussex independent Non-Executive Director role.

Given the significant public profile and responsibility associated with ICB roles, it is essential that those appointed inspire the confidence of the public, patients, and staff, at all times. We will undertake a number of background checks to ensure that those we appoint are, in all respects, ‘fit and proper’ people to hold these important roles.

Applications will be assessed on merit, as part of a fair and open process, from the widest possible pool of candidates. The information provided by applicants will be relied on to assess whether sufficient personal responsibility and competence have been demonstrated in previous/other roles, to satisfy the experience, skills and values being sought.

We value and promote diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity for all.  We believe that the best boards are those that reflect the communities they serve.  We also want to increase the diversity of our NHS leadership and encourage applications from groups we know are under-represented in the most senior of roles.