Non-Executive Recruitment

Eligibility Criteria

To be eligible to become Non-Executive Director you must be a member of the Foundation Trust and resident in the following areas:

  • North of Tyne - Northumberland, Newcastle upon Tyne, North Tyneside
  • South of Tyne - Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland
  • Durham - Chester-le-Street, City of Durham, Darlington, Derwentside, Easington, Sedgefield, Teesdale, Wear Valley
  • Teeside - Hartlepoole, Midlesbrough, Redcar and Cleveland, Stockton-on-Tees

Given that the Integrated Care System we are members of covers North Cumbria and the North East, we are open to applications from candidates living in the North Cumbria area, as well as those areas listed above.

To become a member of the Foundation Trust please see here.

Disqualification Criteria

Our Constitution stipulates that a person may not become or continue as a Board Member:

  • If they have been adjudged bankrupt or their estate has been sequestrated and (in either case) they have not been discharged;
  • If they have made a composition or arrangement with, or granted a trust deed for, their creditors and they have not been discharged in respect to it;
  • If they have, within the preceding five years, been convicted in the British Islands of any offence, and a sentence of imprisonment (whether suspended or not) for a period of three months or more (without the option of a fine) was imposed on them;
  • If they do not meet the requirements of Section 16 of Schedule 7 to the 2006 Act;
  • If they are a person whose tenure of office as a Director of a Health Service Body has been terminated on the grounds that their appointment is not in the interests of public service, for non-attendance at meetings, or for nondisclosure of a pecuniary interest;
  • If they have in the preceding ten years been dismissed by the Trust or its predecessor on any grounds, or in the case of another organisation, on any grounds other than redundancy or ill-health;
  • If they have failed to declare an interest in accordance with Standing Orders or, contrary to Standing Orders, has voted at a meeting on a matter on which they have an interest, or, has failed to declare any interests to the Secretary as required by this Constitution or the Standing Orders and in this sub-paragraph, interest includes a pecuniary and a non-pecuniary interest, in either case whether direct or indirect;
  • If they have become a member of the Council of Governors; or
  • If they have resigned from office by giving notice.

Board appointments must satisfy the requirements of Regulation 5: Fit and Proper Persons: Directors of the Health and Social Care Act 2008 (Regulated Activities) Regulations 2014, including all future amendments to the regulation.

This regulation applies where a service provider is a health service body. 

(2) Unless the individual satisfies all the requirements set out in paragraph (3), the service provider must not appoint or have in place an individual—

  • (a) as a director of the service provider, or 
  • (b) performing the functions of, or functions equivalent or similar to the functions of, such a director. 

(3) The requirements referred to in paragraph (2) are that— 

  • (a) the individual is of good character, 
  • (b) the individual has the qualifications, competence, skills and experience which are necessary for the relevant office or position or the work for which they are employed, 
  • (c) the individual is able by reason of their health, after reasonable adjustments are made, of properly performing tasks which are intrinsic to the office or position for which they are appointed or to the work for which they are employed, 
  • (d) the individual has not been responsible for, been privy to, contributed to or facilitated any serious misconduct or mismanagement (whether unlawful or not) in the course of carrying on a regulated activity or providing a service elsewhere which, if provided in England, would be a regulated activity, and 
  • (e) none of the grounds of unfitness specified in Part 1 of Schedule 4 apply to the individual. 

(4) In assessing an individual’s character for the purposes of paragraph (3)(a), the matters considered must include those listed in Part 2 of Schedule 4. 

(5) The following information must be available to be supplied to the Commission in relation to each individual who holds an office or position referred to in paragraph (2)(a) or (b)— 

  • (a) the information specified in Schedule 3, and 
  • (b) such other information as is required to be kept by the service provider under any enactment which is relevant to that individual. 

(6) Where an individual who holds an office or position referred to in paragraph (2)(a) or (b) no longer meets the requirements in paragraph (3), the service provider must— 

  • (a) take such action as is necessary and proportionate to ensure that the office or position in question is held by an individual who meets such requirements, and 
  • (b) if the individual is a health care professional, social worker or other professional registered with a health care or social care regulator, inform the regulator in question.