Executive Recruitment


Dear Candidate

Thank you for your interest in the role of Chair of Lancashire Teaching Hospitals.  We hope that you will enjoy exploring this site to find out more about our organisation and this exciting position.  As elected members of the Council of Governors of the Trust we have the responsibility of making this appointment.  Our new Chair will lead our experienced Board as well as our committed and ambitious Council of Governors.

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust is a complex organisation by any measure.  We employ 7000 staff, working across a wide range of services to provide the highest standards of compassionate, safe care that give our patients a positive experience.  As one of the largest acute trusts in the country, we provide a full range of general hospital services to 390,000 people in Preston, Chorley and South Ribble, as well as specialist care to 1.5m people across the wider Lancashire and South Cumbria region. 

We excel in research, innovation and teaching and we truly believe in developing and empowering our staff to reach their potential.  Serving a diverse population who are ably represented by our dedicated Council of Governors, we are focused on improving the health and wellbeing of our whole population.  We are increasing working in partnership with our commissioners and providers in the wider health and social care system to provide seamless, integrated and efficient health and care services that will meet the changing needs of our populations.

The position of Chair of the Board and Council of Governors is a critical leadership role in the Trust.  Our Chair will role model our values and demonstrate our commitment to building and maintaining strong relationships with our staff, patients and partners.   This role will require an individual with strategic vision and a naturally collaborative style; comfortable in operating in a system environment at a local, regional and national level.  This will be an opportunity for you to inspire the Board and Council of Governors during a period of significant transformation in the delivery of health and care services in Lancashire.  It will be a highly rewarding role. However we do not underestimate the resilience that our Chair will need as we navigate complex and sometimes emotive system change.  There will be competing priorities to manage, and our Chair will need to quickly build trust and credibility at all levels.  Maintaining a patient centred focus on meeting the diverse needs of our population our new Chair will ensure that, as we seek to deliver integrated services, we do so with the right culture and environment for our staff to flourish and deliver excellent care. 

We believe this is a career defining role.  If this challenge appeals to you and you have Board level leadership experience in complex, regulated environments, then we would love to hear from you.  We do encourage you in the first instance to contact our recruitment partners at GatenbySanderson; Emma Pickup, Michelle Shirley or Joanna Riley on 0113 205 6097 for a discussion in confidence.

We warmly welcome your interest in our organisation and look forward to meeting you during the appointment process.

From the Nominations Committee

On behalf of the Council of Governors

Lancashire Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust

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