Janice Scanlan

Associate and Head of Non-Executive Search (North)

Non-Executive Search

Leeds Office

Hunter Healthcare,
Avenue HQ,
10-12 East Parade,

Janice joined Hunter at the beginning of 2019 after spending more than 23 years working with the chair and non-executive community.

She started her career in the Civil Service, latterly in the Department of Health, in several different policy and operational roles. In 1996 she joined the Department’s Appointments and Honours team, her introduction to working with chairs and non-executive directors in the health sector.

In 2000, Janice took a leading role in the establishment of the NHS Appointments Commission and was then appointed to lead its recruitment and selection teams. In 2006,

Janice took on additional responsibilities of working across Government and later became the Commission’s Deputy Chief Executive.

In 2012 the restructuring of the NHS led to the abolition of the Commission which led to Janice joining the NHS Trust Development Authority as its Head of Governance & Non-

Executive Development. The creation of NHS Improvement in 2016 enabled Janice to focus on the development and support of the whole provider chair and non-executive community, both NHS trusts and NHS Foundation Trusts.

She left NHS Improvement at the end of 2018.

Janice is widely regarded as an expert on non-executive issues in the public sector, particularly in the NHS. During her time working in this field, she was responsible for developing and introducing many initiatives to increase the diversity of those appointed to these important roles, including most recently NHS Improvement’s NExT Director scheme and Aspirant Chair Programme.

Janice spends most of her spare time walking her dog and loves sailing around the Greek Islands when she gets the opportunity.

“If you have an idea at Hunter that will enable you to improve your relationship with your clients or to provide them with a better service, you can run with it”.