Recruiting Non Executive Board Members for Healthwatch

Last year we worked with Healthwatch Hampshire to appoint their non-executive Board members. A range of skills were sought including, Finance and Performance, Governance, Diversity and Inclusion and a Chair. We were able to appoint to all positions with some really high caliber people with backgrounds as diverse as the BBC Trust, Citizens Advice, the oil industry and voluntary and community sector leadership.

“I have worked with Jessie Cunnett and Patient and Public Involvement Ltd for 10 years. Most recently, Jessie has provided support to the recruitment of Non-Executive Directors of Healthwatch Hampshire and Healthwatch Dorset Community Interest Companies. This work has involved providing guidance and advice on the role descriptions, person specifications and advertising materials. Our initial efforts had not resulted in recruiting the candidates we needed but Jessie’s input allowed us to develop a modification in our approach that proved more attractive to potential Board members whilst not losing sight of the core requirements of the roles. Jessie also identified and provided liaison with members of the independent Appointment Panels, generated interview questions and an assessment process to ensure parity across all interviewees. This enabled us to demonstrate independence within the process, and to have confidence that the way in which Board members had been identified and appointed would stand up to scrutiny. PPI Solutions identified  the best places and networks for advertising the particular roles, using a combination of professional networks such as CHAIN and LinkedIn and other specialist Board, Lay member and Trustee networks, (e.g. Do It and REACH). This attracted candidates of an excellent standard. Providing direction and support to the Appointments Panels, PPI undertook initial shortlisting ahead of interviews and with the other panel members successfully appointed to the Board roles some very high quality candidates. Knowing that we had PPI Solutions advice, guidance and support throughout the process provided us with the assurance that we would be seeking and ultimately appointing strong candidates, who would approach the roles with commitment to our values, aims and objectives as well as fulfilling the skills required of the roles. Jessie has a great deal of experience working with patient and public representatives (as well as with NHS and other public sector bodies, and organisations and agencies in the voluntary and private sectors). She has a keen eye for, and appreciation of, skills and values. She works to high professional standards and her input adds real value. We’ve always enjoyed working with her and I’d recommend her work without hesitation.”

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