Director of Corporate Governance

The Tavistock & Portman NHS Foundation Trust

Director of Corporate Governance

Band 8D

The Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust is a centre of excellence in clinical practice, training and innovation in mental health, emotional wellbeing, and gender identity.

For more than 100 years, the Tavistock and Portman has pioneered the theories, trainings and practices behind community-based approaches to improving mental health. Amongst others, it is the birthplace of attachment theory, which first described the importance of early bonding experiences between parents and children on their future emotional resilience.

Today we work with people of all ages, helping them to address mental and emotional wellbeing, complex mental illness, and gender identity issues in a relational and holistic way. Our distinctive therapeutic approaches reduce the need for crisis responses, keep people safe and better able to cope. We do this by seeking a deep understanding of people’s experiences and relationships, encouraging reflection, focusing on strengths and building hope.

Wherever possible we favour early intervention in community settings, either through our own clinicians or by supporting other professionals. Where people are already experiencing severe or complex mental health problems, we bring together a wide range of staff to devise care plans which best match an individual’s needs and specific circumstances. We work to support the network around a patient, whether in schools, children services, primary care, prisons, the criminal justice system, family courts, other mental health services.

Our educators, who are also clinicians, are specialists in training and supervising others to also manage complexity in health care practice and in organisational life.  In 2020 the Trust was the first NHS body successful in obtaining registration with the Office for Students (OfS). We are passionate about the quality of our work and committed to openness, the use of evidence and the application of improvement science.

This is a fantastic opportunity to lead the Corporate Governance function of the Trust, acting as the principal advisor to the Board on all aspects of governance. Reporting directly to the Chief Executive, you will be responsible for overseeing the management of Board business including the work of Board Committees in line with the Trust’s statutory and regulatory responsibilities including the NHS Foundation Trusts Code of Governance.

We are looking to speak with committed leaders with an excellent track record of delivery in senior corporate governance and Board Secretary roles. We are looking for experienced leaders who have the ability to communicate with internal and external stakeholders at all levels. You will manage all corporate and Board business and be responsible for ensuring that there are sound and integrated corporate governance policies, procedures and structures in place; and that the Trust complies with its legal, constitutional and regulatory requirements.

In return, you could be part of an aspirational journey, in which there is both permission and support to be innovative, in order to ensure the Trust develops a leading corporate governance function.

At Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust, 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, and we believe that the best organisations are those that reflect the communities they serve.

If you would like a further discussion on the role, in the first instance please contact our executive search partner Finn McNulty at Hunter Healthcare on or 07966 006091.

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Date Event
25th September 2022 Job closes