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Board Recruitment 

We are recruiting for the positions of Non-Executive Director and Associate Non-Executive Director. Applications open Monday 17 May 2021 and close 12pm, Monday 7 June 2021.

The Trust is looking to appoint two Board positions within the South West, a Non-Executive Director and an Associate Non-Executive Director who will continue to develop the Trust’s external relationships, provide excellent support and challenge to the organisation and lead as part of a Board of Directors to ensure the continued success of the Trust both for the patients we serve and the people we employ.


Welcome from the Trust’s Chairman, Tony Fox

Tony Fox, Chairman

Thank you for your interest in the roles of Non-Executive Director and Associate Non-Executive Director at South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust (SWASFT). I am delighted that you are considering joining us and appreciate you taking the time to read this pack.

We are at an exciting point in our progression as we prepare to launch our ambitious new strategy which will ensure we deliver our vision of exceptional patient care, delivered by exceptional people.

Rated as ‘Good’ by the Care Quality Commission SWASFT have a lot to be proud of but we want to continue to empower our people to deliver services of excellence by transforming our services and systems. 

The Trust is seeking to appoint a Non-Executive Director to join our Board. We are looking for those already working at Board or a very senior executive level, who can strengthen the Board as we aim to:

  • Work in an ever evolving digital and technical operating environment where we will need to challenge our thinking and evolve for the future;
  • Develop our digital approach to drive improvement in high quality patient care and agile workforce opportunities; and
  • Ensure we maximise our data and business intelligence opportunities to drive improvement and transformation.  

The Trust is also seeking to appoint an Associate Non-Executive Director to join our Board; we are looking to give the opportunity for those who have the passion to work at Board level, have the right skills and behaviours but have not yet had the opportunity to gain the experience. We recognise that it can be difficult to get a role without the experience and so we want to offer the opportunity for the right person to join us, attend meetings and training, be mentored and gain that valuable insight.

We want to continue to build a board for the future, with the right skills, behaviours and attitudes to inspire our people to deliver the best possible patient care that they can in the communities that we serve. The closing date for the receipt of all applications is 12pm, Monday 7 June 2021.

We hope that you are excited by this challenge and as such you will be inspired to apply.


About the Trust 

SWASFT has responsibility for the provision of ambulance services across an area of 10,000 square miles which is 20% of mainland England. The Trust covers the counties of Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire, Gloucestershire and the former Avon area (Bristol, Bath, North and North East Somerset and South Gloucestershire).

The Trust serves a total population of over 5.5 million and is estimated to receive an influx of over 23 million visitors each year. The operational area is predominantly rural but also includes large urban centres including Bristol, Plymouth, Exeter, Bath, Swindon, Gloucester, Bournemouth and Poole.

Core operations include the following service lines:

  • Emergency ambulance 999 services (A&E);

We have 94 ambulance stations, three clinical control rooms, six air ambulance bases and two Hazardous Area Response Teams (HART).

The Trust provides the clinical teams for six air ambulances (two in Devon, one in Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, one shared across Dorset and Somerset, one in Wiltshire and one based near Bristol).

We employ over 4,000 mainly clinical and operational staff (including Paramedics, Emergency Care Practitioners, Advanced Technicians, Ambulance Care Assistants and Nurse Practitioners) plus GPs and around 2,785 volunteers (including community first responders, BASICS doctors, fire co-responders and volunteer PTS drivers).

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About the Board 

The Board is accountable for our vision, strategy, the way we run our services and spend money. We have a unitary made up of 14 Board Members which includes 7 Executive Directors and 7 Non-Executive Directors.

Meet the Board:

  • Chief Executive - Will Warrender
  • Trust Chairman - Tony Fox
  • Executive Directors - Tim Bishop, Jonathan James (Acting), Dr Andy Smith, Jenny Winslade, Jessica Cunningham, Amy Beet (Maternity Leave), Vikki Matthews (Interim) and Will Warrender.
  • Non-Executive Directors - Nick Cullen, Martin Holloway, Minesh Khashu, Paul Love, Gail Bragg (Deputy Chair), Venessa James (Senior Independent Director) and Tony Fox.

Executive Directors 

Our Executive Directors are responsible for the operational management of the Trust. They are a part of the Board as well as being employees of the Trust. They are lead by the Chief Executive. 

Non-Executive Directors 

Non-Executive Directors make sure the Board acts in the interests of our patients and community. They are members of the public and they're appointed for a set period of time for their skills and experience.

Trust Chairman

The Trust Chair is one of the Non-Executive Directors and undertakes a dual role as Chair of the Board of Directors as well as the Council of Governors. This means that the Chair is responsible for leading both the Board and the Council of Governors to ensure that they are working together effectively.

The Board also include the Deputy Chair who deputises for the Chair when appropriate and a Senior Independent Director (SID) who is appointed by the Board made in consultation with the Council of Governors. The SID should act as the point of contact with the Board of Directors if Governors have concerns which approaches through normal channels have failed to resolve or for which such approaches are inappropriate. The SID may also act as the point of contact with the Board for Governors when they discuss for example the Chair's performance.

The Board works closely with our Council of Governors who represents the views of our local community.


About the Council of Governors

The Council of Governors (CoG) represents the views of local communities, staff and stakeholders and has a duty to hold the Non-Executive Directors individually and collectively to account for the performance of the Board of Directors. This includes ensuring the Board of Directors acts to that the Trust does not breach the conditions of its Foundation Trust licence. It remains the responsibility of the Board of Directors to design and then implement agreed priorities, objectives and the overall strategy of the Trust.  

The majority of Governors are elected into their role by the Trust's public and staff membership, the remaining Governors are appointed by partner organisations such as Clinical Commissioning Groups and Local authorities, to ensure that their views are represented.

The Council of Governors has 32 members:

  • 19 Public Governors
  • 6 Staff Governors
  • 7 Appointed Governors

Governors are responsible for representing the interests of the Trust's Members, the public and the staff. Governors are responsible for regularly feeding back information about the Trust, its vision and its performance to Trust Members, the public and the stakeholder organisations that either elected or appointed them. The Trust ensures Governors have appropriate support to help them discharge this duty.

The Council of Governors have various statutory roles and responsibilities:

  • Appoint and, if appropriate, remove the Chair
  • Appoint and, if appropriate, remove the other Non-Executive Directors
  • Decide the remuneration and allowances and other terms and conditions of office of the Chair and the other Non-Executive Directors
  • Approve (or not) any new appointment of a Chief Executive
  • Appoint and, if appropriate, remove the NHS Foundations Trust's auditor
  • Receive the NHS Foundation Trust's annual account, any report of the auditor on them, and the annual report at a general meeting of the Council of Governors
  • Hold Non-Executive Directors, individually and collectively, to account for the performance of the Board of Directors
  • Represent the interests of the members of the Trust as a whole and the interests of the public
  • Approve 'significant transactions'
  • Approve an application by the Trust to enter into a merger, acquisition, separation or dissolution
  • Decide whether the Trust's non-NHS work would significantly interfere with its  principal purpose, which is to provide goods and services for the health service in England, or performing its other functions
  • Approve amendments to the Trust's constitution.


The Trust's Mission, Vision, Values and Goals 

To view the Trust's Mission, Vision, Values and Goals click here.


About You 

The Trust is an open and inclusive board and organisation and welcomes applications from any candidate, from all parts of our community who meets the criteria stated within the Recruitment Packs which you can find below.

All Non-Executive Directors and Associate Non-Executive Directors must champion the standard for public life upholding the highest standards of conduct and displaying the principles of selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

To be a successful candidate for either role, you will need to demonstrate the range of behaviours required to contribute effectively in this board role.


Non-Executive Director

As the world and the NHS changes there is a further increase on its reliance of IM&T and an incredibly important part of this  is our data and how we use this to inform our decision making. We are looking for an experienced Non-Executive Director to join us and provide expertise which will allow us to take the next steps in a digital world.  We understand the importance of data and technology and our new Non-Executive Director will support us in utilising this in the best way to drive change and improvement.


Associate Non-Executive Director

The Associate Non-Executive Director role is an excellent opportunity for those individuals who have all the right skills and knowledge to become a Board member but need to gain experience and develop in a boardroom environment. An associate role would let you join the Board for a period of a year, and alongside specific training and development opportunities that we would provide, will give you the space to expand your vital Board level experience.



To be able to take up this appointment the successful candidate must be a member of the South Western Ambulance Service FT and therefore live within our service area. Any applicant, who is not a member of the Trust, can apply to join as part of their application process. 

As an NHS Foundation Trust we have greater freedom to prioritise our budgets to ensure that we are meeting the needs of the public and patients that we serve. Our members represent the views of the wider population, so that we can better understand what we are doing and what could be improved.

We offer our members the opportunity to become as informed, involved and influential as they choose to be.

By learning more about the services we provide, our members are better placed to get involved, letting us have their views and influencing the future of the services we provide. The more members we have who want to know about what we do, or who are willing to let us know what they think about the services we provide, the better. A strong public voice helps us ensure that we are doing the best we can for those who use our services, or who may use them in the future.

How involved you become is entirely up to you. Some members choose just to receive information about the Trust and its services, whilst others choose to get involved by taking part in consultation exercises or by attending events. A few of our members even go on to become a governor of the Trust, working with the Board of Directors to develop the services we provide to our communities.

To become a member you must:

  • Be over 16
  • Live in any of the counties that we serve.

If you would like to sign up as a Trust member prior to applying for either role you can do so by following the below link:


Application Process 

You may apply for either position by sending your CV and a covering letter to the Trust Secretary, Marty McAuley via email at

Closing date: The closing date for applications is 12pm, Monday 7 June 2021. 

Timeline and Process: 

Activity  Timescales 
Applications open Tuesday 18 May 2021
Applications closing date Monday 7 June 2021, 12pm
Shortlisting Wednesday 9 June 2021
Invite to interviews Friday 11 June 2021
Interviews Wednesday 16 & Thursday 17 June 2021
Term of Office for successful candidate  Friday 9 July 2021

Non-Executive Director

Please find the Advert and Recruitment Pack for the Non-Executive Director position below for your information:

Associate Non-Executive Director

Please find the Advert and Recruitment Pack for the Associate Non-Executive Director position below for your information:

For an informal discussion about your possible suitability please call our Trust Secretary, Marty McAuley 07554 334549 or via email on

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South Western Ambulance Charity

The South Western Ambulance Charity, founded in 1995, uses gifted monies to benefit those in our communities who use our service and to improve the welfare of the staff and volunteers of the South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust. 

Our charitable support covers Cornwall and the Isles of Scilly, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire including Bristol and Swindon.

If you would like to show your appreciation for the care that you or your loved one has received from us in the form of a charitable donation please visit our online giving website: