Chief Executive

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

Newcastle upon Tyne

  • Location

    Newcastle upon Tyne

  • Job type


  • Sector


  • Salary/Remuneration


  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    26 November 2021

  • Client

    Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust

Ref: GSe80700

Cumbria, Northumberland, Tyne and Wear NHS Foundation Trust is one of the largest healthcare Trusts in the country. Serving a population of 1.7 million, with a budget of circa £380 million and 7,000 staff, we work from over 70 sites across Northumberland, Newcastle, North Tyneside, Gateshead, South Tyneside, Sunderland and Cumbria.

We have been rated outstanding by the CQC and in November 2017 won the prestigious HSJ Award for Provider of the Year.

We provide a diverse range of specialist and generic health care services to both children and adults, their families and carers and we have a number of regional and national specialist services to England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales.

As an Organisation we are serious about supporting a diverse workforce that reflects our local community and are very much focused on being an inclusive and compassionate place to work.

We welcome applications irrespective of people's age, gender, race or ethnicity, religion or belief (With the exception of Chaplaincy Posts), sexual orientation, disability including mental health conditions or other personal circumstances, and are particularly keen to receive applications from:

  • people from a Black, Asian or minority ethnic background.
  • disabled people whether their impairments are physical, sensory, cognitive or hidden.
  • those who have lost their employment during this pandemic or who have been out of work for a period.

We are committed to the health and wellbeing of our staff and we have a number of initiatives including a dedicated website, Thrive - which promotes our supportive and inclusive approach to staff health and wellbeing, career development and benefits.

We have achieved the Better Health at Work award and Investors in People accreditation and we are proud to be recognised as a mindful employer.

The Trust is committed to achieving high standards of health for its service users, staff and visitors providing a safe environment for staff, we operate a smoke free policy on all sites.

The Employer

John Lawlor OBE is retiring as the Chief Executive of this twice rated Outstanding Trust on the 31st of January 2022.

If you can answer the following questions positively, please contact Ken Jarrold CBE, Chair of the Council of Governors and Board of Directors and John Lawlor to discuss the role.

- Do you keep service users and carers at the centre of all you do and, in your mind, and heart?

- Are you committed to good relationships with the Governors, members of the Board and our colleagues of every profession and occupation?

- Can you lead and manage, support others to manage and encourage leadership throughout the Trust?

- Do you understand that CNTW cannot deliver for the people we serve on our own and that relationships with Local Government, Primary Care Networks, the Third Sector and all our partners are fundamental to all we do?

- Can you fulfil the role of the Accountable Officer of a Statutory organisation and play a full part in the work of the Integrated Care System?

- Can you work with our Staff Networks and all our colleagues to progress the Equality, Diversity and Inclusion agenda and combat discrimination of any kind?

- Will you do your best to live the values of CNTW – caring and compassionate, respectful, honest and transparent?

If you can answer these questions positively, you could be our next Chief Executive.

If you would like to know more abou this fantastic opportunity, please read the attached "CEO Recruitment Pack 2021" for further details.

The ideal candidate will also have a demonstrable track record of working at Chief Executive or Executive Director level leadership in healthcare.

Further Information

Should you be interested in this role and would like to have an informal discussion with Ken Jarrold, Chairman or John Lawlor, Chief Executive, please contact Debbie Henderson, Director of Corporate Affairs and Communications at

If you would like a confidential discussion about the role, please contact Jim Canning, Michelle Shirley or Robin Staveley on 020 7426 3985 or via email

Recruitment Timetable

Closing date
Midnight Friday 26th November 2021

Final Panel Interviews
Thursday 16th & Friday 17th December 2021

How to apply

To apply for this role, please submit an up to date copy of your CV, completed fit and proper person form, along with a Supporting Statement that addresses the criteria set out in the person specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements. Please provide your home, work, mobile and email contact details and let us know of any dates when you are not available or where you may have difficulty with the indicative timetable. You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

Once you have submitted your application, you will receive an automated email to confirm that you have applied. If you do not receive this email, please make contact with GatenbySanderson.


  1. Candidate pack.pdf
  2. Fit_and_Proper_Person_Declaration - Exec.docx