Chief People Officer

Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust
18th November 2022
8th January 2023
Job Type
Salary (£)
120,000/year - 150,000/year
South West



Our Trust Head Office is in Calmore, in the Forest just outside Southampton.


Regular travel across Hampshire will be required with the flexibility to work from home or other Trust bases



In excess of £120,000 (dependant on experience), plus attractive benefits package



Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust is at the centre of health and care services for a population of 1.7 million people. We are embarking on a new journey bringing together what are currently disparate services provided through multiple different organisations across the whole of Hampshire and the Isle of Wight.


This role will be instrumental in leading how we bring together people from other organisations to provide community, mental health and learning disability services for our communities without organisational boundaries.


The Trust operates in a complex political and organisational system in which the building of effective partnerships is crucial. Key partners include Portsmouth City Council, Southampton City Council, Hampshire County Council, as well as the District and Borough Councils. We also have strong relationships with 4 major hospitals and a wide range of voluntary and third sector organisations.


We are committed to enabling people and communities to manage their health and well-being whilst working with partners to ensure that we work together to tackle the wider determinants of health and wellbeing, particularly employment and housing.


As a major employer, we are committed to providing access to local communities and creating opportunities that support the wider economic and social development of those communities. We will use our ability as a major employer to leverage opportunity for our local communities, as well as helping address inequalities.



As the new CPO/ Director of People and Development Director, you will be an organisational expert and an innovative people leader who has significant experience leading effective, future-focused people strategies across multiple, complex organisations. This is a rare and exciting opportunity which will appeal to ambitious, operationally excellent candidates who have led complex organisational development programmes at pace and scale within a comparable environment.


You will instinctively be able to fluctuate between various disciplines to set inclusive people and culture strategies. Ultimately the CPO/Director of People and Development will be an advisory business partner to the CEO and a key member of the Executive Team and Trust Board. You will live and breathe our organisational values and support our ambition for change and transformation.



The Candidate

The ideal candidate must have meaningful experience of delivering strategic and operational leadership advice and know how to communicate organisational visions expertly. You will be a skilled and engaging facilitator, able to influence, motivate and inspire colleagues at all levels. You will have demonstrable expertise in contributing to the delivery of transformational change, thriving in dynamic, agile environments, leading projects and programmes that meet changing priorities and needs. You will take a solutions-focused approach to development, using diverse sources of data and insight to lead the creation of innovative solutions to meet the Trust's evolving needs.


If you would like to find out more about this exciting opportunity and application process, please visit our microsite:

For a confidential discussion, please contact Marsha Isilar-Gosling at

Closing date: 11:59pm Sunday 8th January 2023

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