4x Heads of Finance Band 8D

Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust

4x Heads of Finance Band 8D

The Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust is one of the UK’s biggest and most innovative trusts. Across three main hospitals, our dedicated staff care for over 1.6million patients, treat more than 200,000 in A&E, deliver over 8,000 babies and carry out more than 17million tests. Our vision is clear: to deliver world-class expertise and local care.  We combine globally recognised clinical expertise with local and friendly hospital care to represent the NHS at its best.

The Trust has established a group structure, which includes three hospitals (Barnet Hospital (BH), Chase Farm Hospital (CFH) & The Royal Free Hospital (RFH)) and two wholly owned subsidiaries (WoS), covering property services and dispensary services, with the creation of other subsidiaries under consideration. In addition, the Trust is part of a joint venture to provide pathology services.   The Trust has a turnover of over £1bn and over 10,000 employees and provides healthcare to the local populations of north central London as well as a number of services that are commissioned by NHS England.

We are seeking to appoint 4 senior Heads of Finance (Band 8D) to work across our hospital sites and provide senior professional support and challenge to business units within the trust. These 4 posts will include:

  • Head of Finance – Barnet Hospital
  • Head of Finance – Royal Free Hampstead
  • Head of Finance – Chase Farm and Group Clinical Services (GCS), including the wholly owned subsidiary
  • Head of Finance – Corporate Services – excluding the wholly owned subsidiary


These roles present an excellent opportunity to help create a leading finance function in the NHS. Our future Heads of Finance will lead and manage the Finance function including planning, forecasting, business partnering and financial management for the organisation, in support of its strategic aims and objectives. Leading the financial management and engagement across the organisation through exceptional business partnering these roles will aim to deliver insightful performance analysis, critical organisational challenge and innovative, agile problem solving.

We are looking for inspirational leaders with strong leadership skills, commercial acumen and a successful track record of delivery in senior financial roles. You will need to possess highly developed communication and influencing skills and demonstrate collaborative relationship building and stakeholder management. You will be accustomed to working with senior teams and be able to clearly engage with internal and external stakeholders. Importantly, too, our Heads of Finance manage our local position within the group context, and we are looking for applicants who will be independently minded, proactive and comfortable with challenging conversations at all levels.

The successful candidates will provide clear leadership and direction to motivate staff and teams to ensure delivery of the Trust’s strategic aims and objectives. In return, you could be part of an upward journey, in which there is both permission and support to be innovative, in order to ensure the Trust develops a leading Finance function.

At The Royal Free, we recognise the importance of diversity, inclusion, and belonging. We want everyone to feel welcomed, respected, and accepted for who they are. We encourage applications from people of all backgrounds and welcome applications from underrepresented groups. In recruiting to our Trust, we are committed to equality of opportunity for all. We believe that the best organisations are those that reflect the communities they serve. We especially welcome applications from candidates from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic heritage, women, LGBTQ+ communities, and from people with lived experience of disability.

We are supportive of hybrid working and understand the demands that senior roles have on personal lives and are therefore open to discussions around hour management.


Applicants are asked to apply directly to Hunter Healthcare with a CV (with current salary details and notice period) and a covering letter. If you would like to have a confidential conversation about this role and how to apply, please contact our executive search partner, Finn McNulty at Hunter Healthcare via fmcnulty@hunter-healthcare or via 07966 006091


Date Event
01/05/2022 Application closing date