Open Event

Please see below the Video recording of ELFT NED Appointment Open Event that took place on 1st February 2023


Thank you for your interest in joining our Board as a Non-Executive Director. It is an exciting time to join our Trust and a great opportunity to help drive forward our ambitions.

We are seeking two innovative, transformational and motivated individuals with great vision, energy and drive to join us in making a sustainable and lasting difference to our staff and those we provide care for.

During 2022 we refreshed our Trust strategy and, working with the Institute for Health Equity, have set out to develop as the first NHS Marmot Trust working to improve the wider determinants of health as well as providing effective services. This has shaped our work as an anchor organisation in East London, Bedfordshire and Luton leading to significant grant programmes to local community and voluntary sector organisations as well as a change in facilities management arrangements. Our strategy commits us to continuing to address issues of inequality for staff and those who use our services, and we have continued work towards being an anti-racist organisation.

Our Trust is recognised as an exceptional organisation where people participation, co-production, staff engagement and quality improvement are at the heart of what we do. The Trust Board is clear that we must be ambitious for our service users, staff and local populations, and this means working with them to provide safe, compassionate and recovery-focused care and through embedding a culture of creativity, openness and co-production. Our internationally recognised people participation approach ensures those with lived experience are involved in leading the design, delivery and evaluation of services.

Our passionate and highly skilled staff are dedicated to providing the highest quality care to the people who use our services, often in challenging circumstances. We have a strong focus on improving staff experience and enabling increased and meaningful participation in all aspects of our work by people with lived experience.

We are well-led with our vision, mission, culture, and values embedded across the organisation. Our Trust was rated ‘outstanding’ by the CQC for the third time in 2021; the report reflected the way in which teams across the Trust work together and with those who use our services to continue to try and improve the quality of life together.

We are committed to working together with our staff, Governors, partners and communities to continue to improve the health and wellbeing of our populations across East London, Bedfordshire and Luton, and in reducing inequalities. We are key members of both the North East London and Bedfordshire, Luton and Milton Keynes Integrated Care Systems and are further integrating health and care services at a place and system level, working with partners across the statutory and non-statutory sectors building on the collaborative work that was accelerated with partners throughout our response to the pandemic.

Our commitment to collaborative working is also demonstrated through my recent appointment as Joint Chair across both East London NHS FT and North East London NHS FT which also provides an opportunity to build on our strategic direction, sharing best practice across both Trusts.

Two Non-Executive Director opportunities have recently arisen and although we are positive about the future and our role in the wider health and care system, we recognise that we are facing an increasingly challenging financial environment which requires us to operate efficiently and innovatively so that we can continue to deliver the high quality services that our communities deserve, delivered at the right time and in the right place.

We are therefore seeking highly capable and credible Board level or equivalent leaders who bring a sustained track record of success in a relevant setting. You will be an effective role model, exhibiting and promoting collaborative leadership behaviours that uphold our values, providing strategic vision, high challenge and high support, and stewarding effective governance of our Trust.

In particular we are looking for candidates with relevant experience in financial solutions and estates strategy management gained in complex multi-stakeholder environments in either the public, private or not for profit sectors. We are also specifically seeking candidates who have lived carer experience.

We are keen to hear from those who share our culture and values, and in particular who have a passion for improving our service user outcomes, a focus on people and a real desire to combat health inequalities across our local communities. You will bring personal commitment to the role and offer balance, challenge, support and focus to complex decision making both in our Trust and in the wider system.

We want our Board to be as inclusive and diverse as possible, and we are looking for individuals who bring lived experience that equips them both for the leadership aspects of the role, but also brings an understanding of some of the challenges faced by our local communities. We warmly welcome applications from members of our vibrant and diverse communities, and we are committed to developing a truly inclusive culture. Our Board members are our ambassadors; we need talented individuals to join our leadership team who can make a positive difference and who are role models for our values. In turn, you will be welcomed into an excellent team, where you are encouraged to use your expertise and experience to challenge, support and provide independent judgement and advice.

You will work with our Board and Council of Governors to provide scrutiny, support, and challenge as we seek to further transform our services for the future, through an approach that is centred around collaboration and continuous improvement.

I am delighted that you are considering the opportunity to make a real difference and impact during a time of change and challenge. This is an exciting time to be part of our journey.

You can find out more at our Virtual Open Event on 1st February between 16.00-17.00. Places are limited so please book your space by emailing a CV as a placeholder to either or

For an informal chat about this role, please contact Melanie Shearer on 07785 616548.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Eileen Taylor

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