Appointment Details

University Hospital Southampton NHS FT

Job Title: Chair of Audit & Risk

Job Reference:TYSUC

Closing Date: Thursday 19 Sep 2019

University Hospital Southampton NHS Foundation Trust (UHS) is a large teaching hospital providing acute services to approximately 1.9 million people living in Southampton and south Hampshire as well as specialist services to more than 3.7 million people in central southern England and the Channel Islands including neurosciences, cardiac and specialist children’s services. The Trust is one of the largest in the country and one of the area’s biggest employers, with a turnover last year of more than £878m and 11,900 staff operating across multiple sites.

The mission of the Trust is to provide excellent clinical care, educate current and future healthcare professionals, and undertake research to improve healthcare for the future. Many individual areas were recognised as ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) this year, with an overall rating of ‘good’. Staff survey results saw UHS ranked as the second highest acute trust for staff satisfaction, fifth highest for staff recommending the Trust as a place to work and receive treatment, and the third best university teaching hospital for staff engagement overall.

This is a unique and exciting opportunity to join the Board of UHS as a Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee. Following the progress the Trust has made not just in terms of their CQC rating but also in education, clinical research and in capital building projects this is an opportunity to take on a significant non-executive leadership role at a critical point in the Trust’s development. Demand for the Trust’s services remains high and is likely to grow, so the Trust must continue to focus on innovation and excellence in all that it does. Each Non-Executive must share the Trust’s culture of putting patients’ needs first, actively reaching out into the community, and facilitating a creative and innovative approach to improvement.

As the Chair of Audit & Risk this individual must bring strategic financial leadership skills to ensure the financial success of the Trust, working very closely with other Non-Executive Directors, the Strategy and Finance Committee, the CFO David French and his team. As such the Trust is looking for a Non-Executive Director who will bring accountancy experience and a good strategic understanding of financial controls and risk, strong stakeholder management skills, and a track record of leadership at Board level in a large complex organisation or senior experience in an accountancy firm with experience of working with a range of clients.

The remuneration package for this Non-Executive Director and Chair of the Audit & Risk Committee will be £16,500 per annum, which includes travel to and from the hospital.

The NED is appointed for an initial period of three years, subject to satisfactory appraisal. The appointment may be renewed for a second three-year term (without selection process), subject to the approval of the Council of Governors.

For more information, including how to apply, please contact our employment agency advisors Saxton Bampfylde at, using code TYSUC. The closing date for applications is noon on 19th September 2019.


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