Trust Chair

We are looking to recruit a new Chair and are seeking a passionate individual who can lead our Council of Governors and Board of Directors.

Leeds and York Partnership NHS Foundation Trust is a dynamic, forward-thinking and successful organisation serving the communities of Leeds and more widely in the Yorkshire and the Humber region, providing some specialist services nationally. We provide the best services we can for our service users and carers, including working in partnership across organisational boundaries at a local level and within Integrated Care Systems.


The Trust is working towards exceptional standards of care across the populations we serve. It is working in close partnership with health and care partners across the cities of Leeds and York; the Yorkshire and the Humber regions; and with partners on a wider geographical area where appropriate. The Trust is part of the West Yorkshire Integrated Care Partnership and also has strong links to the Humber and North Yorkshire Integrated Care Partnership. These partnerships bring NHS and Council organisations together to improve health and care for people living in these areas. Working in partnership supports the Trust in achieving its vision to provide outstanding mental health and learning disability services as an employer of choice.

Given the impact and importance of the Trust’s responsibility within the integrated care system, this is an exciting time of change and a unique opportunity for a new Chair to represent the Trust locally, regionally and nationally in delivering a system that will have a fundamental impact on improving the health and lives of people in the areas we serve.

As this is such an important and prominent role, our Chair will need to be a highly collaborative and influential leader capable of forging strong partnerships and able to impact, enthuse and persuade others to collaborate and embrace wide ranging changes in healthcare provision.

We seek a Chair who will be passionate about leading our Council of Governors and Board of Directors to make a real difference; will show a strong commitment to the local community and working with a range of partners; have a strong focus on equality and diversity; and hold the best interests of service users and the wellbeing of our staff at the heart of their leadership.

Role description and application details

The Chair’s main role is to provide clear leadership of the Board of Directors, demonstrate an ability to set the Board agenda and lead the other non-executive directors (NEDs) in holding the executive directors to account for the satisfactory operation and management of the Trust, whilst at the same time ensuring the Board plays a full role in the determination and achievement of the organisation’s strategy and objectives.

The Chair will lead both the Board of Directors and the Council of Governors and is a key representative of the Trust within the local communities served and the wider Integrated Care System. They will ensure the Trust always meets the needs of those individuals in our care and addresses all clinical and financial challenges through the delivery of safe, high quality and cost-effective services.

The Chair will work in partnership with the Chief Executive to build strong external relationships with key stakeholders at a local ’Place’, Integrated Care System and national level to promote the purpose of the Trust; upholding the values of the Trust, by example, ensuring that the organisation promotes equality and diversity for all its service users, staff and other stakeholders. The Chair may occasionally be requested to act as an external assessor on the appointment panels for non-executive members of other Trusts in the broader partnership footprint.

The Chair will demonstrate and ensure the highest standards of probity and governance in the business of the Board and ensure that the Trust acts within the requirements of its licence conditions.

They will act as a critical friend to the Chief Executive; providing a safe and confidential space to explore ideas or challenging or sensitive situations, with supportive challenge where appropriate.

Please download the role description if you are interested in this appointment or require further information. 

To apply for this role, please download and complete the application form.

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Please fill in the Application form, which is split into three parts. Please complete the form and check it carefully before returning it to Cath Hill, Associate Director for Corporate Governance, at

Closing date: midnight Friday 9 September 2022

Remuneration and time commitment

Remuneration is currently £50,782 p.a., and you will serve 3 years, subject to satisfactory appraisal. A second three-year term can be considered. The expected time commitment is an average of 3 days per week (part-time).

Dr Sue Proctor, Trust Chair 2017 to 2022 at LYPFT

“It has been an honour and privilege to be Chair at Leeds and York Partnership Foundation Trust since 2017. Being in a position to lead the Board and Council of Governors through the extraordinary last two years has been challenging, of course. However, the experience has galvanised us all to work better together, testing our values and raising our game. The values of this Trust run through everything we do. Integrity, Simplicity and Caring – they are deceivingly simple but are a real life reflection of every staff member and every volunteer.

The Trust staff work hard, demonstrating our values in abundance. We are committed to continual improvement and to facing the challenges that impact our services together.

New services have been created over the last few years to meet changing needs. Our Gambling Addiction service, Veterans Mental Health Service, and the opening of Red Kite View for young people across West Yorkshire are high profile examples of such innovations. Our core services in our wards supported living services and amongst our communities have also adapted and radically shifted to accommodate increasing demand and respond to the needs of the populations we serve.

This is an organisation full of people who really care, want to make a difference and often don’t get the plaudits or praise from the media they deserve. It has been a true highlight of my very long NHS career to be the Chair at LYPFT, and I can only wish it continued success in the future.”