Board Member - Finance

Professional Standards Authority


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  • Salary/Remuneration

    £8,078 (2-3 days per month)

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    Professional Standards Authority

Ref: GSe87017.1

The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care (the Authority) promotes the health, safety and wellbeing of patients and the public by raising standards of regulation and registration of people working in health and care. We are an independent body, accountable to the UK Parliament and working with the devolved administrations across the UK. We oversee the work of 10 statutory bodies that regulate 1.6 million health professionals. We review the regulators’ performance, and audit and scrutinise their decisions about whether people on their registers are fit to practise.  We also accredit organisations that register health and care practitioners in unregulated occupations and share good practice and knowledge, monitoring policy developments and providing advice to government and other stakeholders. 

Our eight person Board, led by our Chair, Caroline Corby, sets our strategic direction, determines our overall policies and approves our annual business plan and budget.  The board meets in person six times a year, with four meetings being in London and two in Scotland, Wales or Northern Ireland. Other meetings, including for our committees, usually take place virtually, with the exception of the Audit and Risk Committee which meets in person four times a year in London.

We are now seeking to appoint a new Board Member with senior finance/audit experience.

As a Board Member you will help maintain public, patient and professional confidence in the regulation of health and social care professionals, playing an integral role in the effective and successful governance of the Authority.  Our Board works positively and constructively together.  Board Members work with the Chair in setting the strategic direction of the Authority, whilst supporting the Executive and holding it to account.  Building and maintaining sustainable relationships is a key part of the role, as well as communicating with a wide range of stakeholders, often around highly complex and sensitive issues.

You will need to demonstrate an understanding of how boards work and the boundaries between executive and non-executive responsibilities.  You do not necessarily need to have been a Non-Executive Director before, but some transferable board, committee or trustee experience would be particularly desirable.  We are specifically seeking someone with experience as a member of an Audit and Risk Committee, or a good understanding of the role and operation of an Audit and Risk Committee. 

We are a values-based organisation, committed to integrity, transparency, respect, fairness and teamwork.  Cultural fit to the Authority will therefore be a key consideration in these appointments.  You must demonstrate a strong interest in and commitment to public protection and public service, and a genuine interest in health and social care.  To be eligible for these appointments you must never have been a member of a profession regulated by one of the 10 organisations we oversee or one of our current Accredited Registers, nor a current employee, fitness to practise panel member or Council/Board Member of these. 

As an organisation with public service and protection at its heart, and a Disability Confident Committed Level 1 member, the Authority is deeply committed to all aspects of equality, diversity and inclusion and we are keen to increase the diversity of our board. We therefore encourage applications from a wide range of backgrounds.  

For an informal and confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at GatenbySanderson, Russell Brandon at .

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Recruitment Table

Closing Date - Strictly
12 Midday, Friday 2 December 2022

Longlist Meeting
Friday 16 December 2022

Preliminary Interviews
w/c Tuesday 3 and w/c Monday 9 January 2023

Shortlist Meeting
Friday 20 January 2023

Final Panel Interviews
Friday 3 February 2023

How to Apply

This is an online competency-based application process.

Please download and complete the application form detailing how you meet the criteria set out in the five Core Competencies.  When completing the online application form, you must respond to the five competency questions, giving specific detailed examples of how you can address the five core competencies, concentrating on your role and input, process and outcomes. In responding to the competency questions, please also address the two Desirable criteria in the Person Specification.

The Desirable criteria will form part of the assessment at interview in the event that the highest scoring candidates have the same scores.

 As part of the online application process, you must also complete and upload:

  • A Short Anonymised CV outlining your work history. To make the process as fair and equitable as possible, we ask that you do not include your name, address, date of birth, interests/hobbies, or any other information unrelated to your professional capabilities and experience.
  • A Political Activity questionnaire
  • A Conflict of Interest declaration
  • An online Diversity monitoring form, this will appear on screen as part of the application process. Here, you will be asked a number of diversity-related questions. If you do not wish to provide a declaration on any of the particular characteristics, you will have the option to select 'prefer not to say'. The information you provide when submitting your application will help us monitor our progress towards becoming an inclusive employer and will not be provided to the panel.

Late applications will not be accepted.


  1. Political Activity Questionnaire.docx
  2. Conflicts of Interest.doc
  3. Disability Confident Scheme Declaration.docx
  4. PSA Application Form.doc