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“It is intellectually challenging and brings a sense of satisfaction”

A Non-Executive Director (NED) who has worked with Norfolk and Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust (NSFT) for the past year, has encouraged others to put their knowledge and experience to good use and consider applying to join the Board after describing the satisfaction she gets from the role.

Marion Saunders, who lives in north Norfolk, joined the Board last September. She applied for the post at NSFT as she was keen to take on another NED position in a local organisation after holding several non-executive positions in the past.

She brought with her a wide breadth of experience having held a variety of roles in the public sector during her career. This includes time as a social worker, Ofsted inspector, as chair of a safeguarding board, working in organisational development and in management consultancy.

“You become involved in so many different areas as a NED and I really like the variety,” said Marion. “It is also a great opportunity to put your past experience, skills and knowledge to good use and act as a critical friend to the organisation.

“The role involves a lot more than attending Board meetings, including participating in committees, meeting teams and working with the governors.

“It is intellectually challenging as there is a lot of information to absorb and it is important to look outwards to understand what is going on in the rest of the country and NHS and the impact it may have on NSFT. These are very challenging times for all public sector services.

“I get a sense of satisfaction at seeing things develop. Staff are working incredibly hard to provide the best service they can for service users. It’s important to support staff and value the ideas and experience they offer.

“Some people see a NED role as something you take on after you retire, but I would encourage people who are working or fulfilling other roles to consider applying. You need to bring real world experience with you.”

NSFT is searching for two people with senior management experience to join its Board as new Non-Executive Directors (NEDs).

The successful applicants will be responsible for helping to further improve quality at the Trust and ensuring the services provided across both counties are safe, sustainable and offer the best possible outcomes for patients.

The roles are suitable for people who have held senior management positions and are able to probe and constructively challenge others. As one of the NEDs will chair the Trust’s Audit and Risk Committee, they will also need financial qualifications.

The closing date for applications is 14 September. Both posts will require a commitment of at least four days each month and will receive remuneration of £11,000 a year for the NED role and £14,500 for the Audit Chair role.

Anyone who would like more information or wants to apply for either role should visit