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Chief People Officer

Anderson Quigley
Warwick - hybrid working available
Attractive Salary
Closing date
24 Jun 2024

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Coventry and Warwickshire Integrated Care Board serves a growing population of over 1 million people living in areas from vibrant and diverse inner cities to rural communities and towns. Across the Integrated Care System our partners include 2 Local Authorities, 6 Councils, 4 Partner NHS Trusts, 120 GP Practices, 2 Healthwatch Organisations, 120 Dental Practices, 200 Pharmacies, 1 Ambulance Service and a thriving Voluntary and Community Sector.

Our vision as a System is to enable people to start well, live well and age well, promote independence and put people at the heart of everything we do. While we are already making real progress there is much more to be done to improve health outcomes in a challenging operating environment with significant financial, performance and workforce pressures.  There are still significant health inequalities across Coventry and Warwickshire and a difference in live expectancy of 10 years between the most affluent and deprived communities.  Our workforce challenges, in recruiting, turnover and absence rates create significant challenges to capacity, service delivery and staff wellbeing.

This is an outstanding opportunity to join a dynamic Board as it develops its strategy to improve outcomes in population health and care; tackle inequalities in outcomes, experience, and access to services; enhance productivity and value for money; and help the NHS support broader social and economic development.

As Chief People Officer, you will work closely with the CEO, Board colleagues and our partners to deliver the Coventry and Warwickshire (CW) Integrated Health and Care Delivery Plan.  This will include interpretation and implementation of the NHS and Social Care Workforce Plans, the NHS Long Term Plan and other national strategic priorities.  In addition to leading the CW People Plan, you will ensure the population remain at the heart of decision making through our work around People and Communities. 

Integrated Care Systems afford the opportunity to work in new ways and focus on collaboration and partnership, not losing sight of the imperative to improve population health whilst focusing on the immediate priorities of access to care, workforce and financial challenge. This is a highly complex role and requires an influential, solutions-oriented people leader with Board-level experience. You will possess the ability to balance workforce redesign; organisational development and inclusion; education and skills development; engagement and communication; and operational HR.

If you have the skills, experience, and passion for collaborative leadership, then this is your chance to shape the future health and care for communities across our population. As a senior leader you will champion equality, diversity, and inclusion based on the belief that the best Boards are those that reflect the communities they serve.

The ICB is actively working to achieve a diverse, gender balanced and representative workforce where diversity is actively valued and celebrated, including at board level. With this in mind we welcome applicants from all backgrounds to ensure that our Board reflects the diversity of our communities and encourages diversity of thought.

To discuss the role further, please contact Heather I’anson or Helene Usherwood.

Closing date – Monday 24 June 2024

Preliminary interview with Anderson Quigley – Friday 28 June to Friday 4 July 2024

Stakeholder Panel – Tuesday 16 July 2024

Final Interview – Thursday 18 July 2024


Anderson Quigley (AQ) are a specialist executive search, interim management and advisory consultancy, supporting organisations that focus on society and social development. We are driven by our core values - integrity, diversity and hands-on project ownership, using our decades of knowledge and expertise to deliver leadership recruitment in health and social care, education, charities, cultural organisations, the arts and government.

Consulting on highly complex public and third sector leadership assignments, we continually present gender-balanced, diverse, high-quality shortlists in both executive and non-executive recruitment. We challenge our clients to take positive action to promote diverse appointments and to think more creatively on cross sector hires - ensuring candidates are seen for more than just their skillset.

Our highly experienced team are dedicated to the advancement of social development with a real enthusiasm for their respective sectors. Above all, we are a responsible business, focused on individual and collective development. We ensure our people work in a respectful, diverse environment, where every effort is made to support continual learning. We always act responsibly towards our clients and candidates, guaranteeing them fair, honest, and objective advice.

Track Record – since our inception, AQ have worked with a variety of different organisations on executive and non-executive appointments. These have included: Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust, South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust, Herefordshire & Worcestershire Integrated Care System, Queen Victoria Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Birmingham Women’s & Children’s Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust, Care Dorset, Camphill Village Trust, Innovate HealthCare Services, and Coventry & Warwickshire Integrated Care Board.

Helene Usherwood, AQ Partner leads the Health & Social Care Practice.

With over 20 years’ headhunting experience, Helene has appointed to senior roles within the arts, health and education fields as well as central and local government. Joining Anderson Quigley in 2018, Helene has established and continues her work specialising in the appointment of executive and non-executive directors in the NHS covering acute, ambulance service, primary care, mental health and regulatory bodies as well as national organisations and Royal Colleges.

In addition to her work with NHS Trusts, Helene has developed Anderson Quigley’s Board Practice, working across all sectors to appoint chairs and non-executive directors. She has developed excellent networks across the public and private sectors to encourage greater levels of diversity around the boardroom table. As well as providing bespoke services, advice and guidance to her clients and candidates, Helene is highly motivated to provide careers advice and guidance to individuals, especially to those who have not previously considered a non-executive opportunity before but whom have unique insights and skills to offer the role.

Anderson Quigley are currently working with the University of East London to fill the below roles:

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