Non-Executive Director

The NHSA is recruiting Non-Executive Directors

Vacancy Title: Non-Executive Director

Organisation: Northern Health Science Alliance (the NHSA)

Vacancy Reference: 20_NHSA_NED

Closing Date: 17.00 on 28th February 2020

Accountable to: Non-Executive Directors are accountable to the NHSA Chair

Remuneration: This role offers a stipend of £15,000 per year plus reasonable travel expenses whilst on NHSA duties.

Contract Term Duration: Two years initially, reviewed at the end of year one, with the potential to extend only for a further year, so a total of three years can be served.


About the NHSA

Currently counting 24 constituent members, the Northern Health Science Alliance Ltd, is a company limited by guarantee hosted by Newcastle University, and was established in 2012 as a front door to the North of England’s health research system, working towards building a healthier and wealthier region. As a partnership and company established by leading universities, NHS Hospital Trusts and Academic Health Science Networks across the North of England’s 16m population, the NHSA provides a portal to its internationally recognised health science excellence.

By bringing this alliance together, the national and international profile of the NHSA has increased considerably and our social media impact places our work at the very heart of regional, national and international discussion and debate.


Role Overview

Acting as an ambassador and a champion of the NHSA in partnership with the Chair, fellow Executive Directors and Chief Executive, a Non-Executive Director of the NHSA will support the remit of the Board and NHSA Executive Team in delivering the NHSA’s mission and vision. This will involve shaping strategy, scrutinising finances and signing off the annual accounts, representing the NHSA at events, commenting on bids/ proposals and working with partners in key meetings (e.g. the Annual General Meeting).

We are looking for up to three credible and respected senior executives, with an evidenced record of accomplishment, aligned to the vision of the NHSA. We particularly welcome applications from candidates with proven expertise within any of the following constituencies:

  • Capability building in life sciences cluster development
  • International profile and engagement
  • Industrial Strategy delivery
  • Health and care research setting and/or health and care innovation setting
  • Health and care delivery setting
  • Health and care related industry setting
  • HM Government departments responsible for policy within health and care

For an informal and confidential discussion, please contact either Professor David Burn, NHSA Chair, or Dr Séamus O’Neill, NHSA Chief Executive,


How to Apply and the Application Process
To view and download the Job Pack, click here

Please submit your short CV and your completed ‘personal statement’ (download the framework here) along with a high resolution professional headshot to the Deputy Chief Executive of the NHSA by 17.00 on Friday 28th February.

Once the deadline for application has passed, the applications will be uploaded to an election portal and be voted upon, using a system set up for us by UK Engage, by the senior leaders of our member organisations, and the vote result will be made known to the applicants on or around 9th March 2020.

Terms and Conditions of the voting process are available upon request to

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