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Independent Chair 3ST NWL

Lead the board of a newly evolved organisation, bringing together a group of like-minded charities across North West London with the aim to create access to responsive, fully-integrated, quality and culturally-appropriate support that reduce health inequalities and ensures residents stay independent and in control of their lives.

  • Location: North West London
  • Salary: Reasonable expenses paid
  • Closing date: Monday 20th May

Who we are.

3ST – Third Sector Together – is a group of like-minded charities that have been working together since 2019 across the eight boroughs of North West London: Harrow, Hillingdon, Brent, Hounslow, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Kensington and Chelsea, and Westminster.

Third sector organisations have long been valued, vital partners to the public sector in the delivery of support and services to communities and individuals, both in day-to-day life and in times of crisis.

The changing strategic and funding landscape is presenting new challenges and opportunities for the third sector. Alongside the widely recognised increased competition for funding, these changes are also bringing about more significant opportunities to influence future service development and forward strategy, particularly within the health and social care sector.

The increasing regionalisation of funding and strategic planning means that individual organisations are finding it increasingly difficult to maintain effective relationships across the vast array of commissioners and organisations now present in the marketplace.

3ST has been formed primarily to provide a strategic and commissioning link between the voluntary and community (third) sector and the Integrated Care System within the NHS across the North West London region. 3ST aims to be a strong, recognisable group able to represent the sector’s voice and interests at a local and regional level and to maximise the opportunities presented by the NHS’s Long Term Plan commitment to increased sector involvement. Our ambition is to act as a contract vehicle for the sector to demonstrate the impact of social models and provide effective management. We foster closer working with the ICS through collaboration with grassroots organisations that can support reach activities and co-production. We are in the process of planning to host a VSCE conference which will grow the 3ST members.

About the role.

Our Board is looking to appoint our first Independent Chair to lead us through a period of growth, developing relationships and defining our future strategic vision. We are looking for someone who has led complex organisations, with strong communication skills with a variety of internal and external stakeholders, and who has experience of chairing complex meetings with an inclusive style.

Who we are looking for.

Our Independent Chair will be an ambassador for the organisation, proactively building relationships across NW London Integrated Care System and our members and promoting the third sector’s role in population health management alongside our executive team. It would be beneficial if our new Chair has experience in the health, social care or the voluntary or public sectors, whilst being commercial, strategic and a champion for the needs and views of NW London residents. Our MD, Fiona Hill and the executive team (leaders of our member organisations) will come together with our Chair and liaise to provide leadership, advice and guidance to ensure we are working collaboratively with our members, ICS, and residents at the heart of our decision making.

Our Board, including our legacy partners from H4ALL and our elected members, come together and meet six times a year for two hours plus an annual strategy day. We expect the overall time commitment to be the equivalent of c.2 days a month which will include, liaising with our MD and executive, working with our Board and Members, and building relationships with our ICS colleagues.

The eight boroughs we are active in are diverse in many ways, and we want to continue ensuring our Board represents our society and the people we work with every day.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Jennifer Horan | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070497


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About 3ST NWL

Our vision: 3ST aspires to creating environments where all NWL residents have access to responsive, fully-integrated, quality and culturally-appropriate support and advice that reduce health inequalities and helps them to stay independent and to take control of their lives.

Our mission

As a strategic group of third sector organisations working together, with health and social care services and, through developing and supporting the wider third sector, we will combine our specialist skills and knowledge to ensure residents have equal access to services and to improve the health and well-being of all residents of the eight boroughs of NW London.

Our Governance

Our structure has been designed to mirror that of the external stakeholders we most commonly interact with – the NHS and local authorities. It also reflects the diverse range of organisations we represent with regional, borough and neighbourhood-level groups. This ensures we develop and maintain effective, transparent communication channels, so that all organisations have a voice, regardless of size. It includes our board, our strategic group and our leadership group which you can learn more about here.

We came together to respond to the changing structures in health and care commissioning and collectively we aim to:

  • Improve how statutory health and care services engage with and invest in the third sector.
  • Simplify access for statutory partners to the extensive and complex range of health, well-being and preventative services provided by the third sector.
  • Innovate, reflect and use our creativity and understanding of what improves life to ensure continuous improvement and to collectively develop alternative models of care and support.
  • Use our collaborative advantage to bring scope, scale and value to new NW London structures, by offering our proven preventative service models at scale that we know reduce, or significantly delay, demand for primary health and social care services.
  • Promote trust and collaboration by working together – and actively encouraging others to work with us – to improve the coordination of services, share good practice, develop new strategic partnerships and jointly bid for resources.
  • Collectively support sector learning, collaboration and development.

Some of the representatives of our strategic group and members include Sobus, Community Connex, Voluntary Action Harrow, Mind in Harrow, Mind in Hillingdon, Mind Hammersmith, Fulham, Ealing and Hounslow, Harlington Hospice, Octavia, Mencap Ealing, Harrow Carers, H4ALL, The Abbey Centre. Open Age, Age UK Kensington and Chelsea, Age UK Westminster, Age UK Hillingdon, Harrow and Brent, One Westminster, Groundwork, Ealing and Hounslow Community Voluntary Service and Carers Hillingdon.

Watch here a 3ST video featuring Iain Cassidy, CEO of Open Age and one of our Leadership Group Members.

So far we have achieved

  • Agreeing on a working model that takes a three-tier approach to sector development – download our 3ST Structure document below.
  • Developing and signing off on a set of Governing and Joint Working Principles. Download our principles below.
  • Securing recognition by the Integrated Care System (ICS) and seats on the main ICS Board and other Boards that make up the new North West London (NWL) structure.
  • Appointing a small Leadership team that reports to the wider group of charities and leads the NWL work in particular.
  • Inclusion in the national NHS England Third Sector Leadership programme, which brings an investment of 18 months of funding to support our development.
  • Appeared as a case study for NHS England (NHSE) and showcased our work at a range of workshops and learning events. Download 3ST NHSE case study here.
  • Tested our joint work by developing a pan-NWL, programmatic series of three bids to the NHS Charities Together Fund. Whilst not all were successful it was a useful exercise to test our joint working and shared decision-making

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    For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

    Jennifer Horan | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070497

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    Closing date: Monday 20th May 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: By end of day Friday 24th May 2024
    Interviews and Meetings with stakeholders: Friday 31st May 2024 TBC

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