Governor (Local Gov)

The Health Foundation

The Health Foundation is an independent charitable foundation committed to bringing about better health and health care for people in the UK. Through giving grants to those working at the front line, to carrying out research and policy analysis, the Foundation shines a light on how to make successful change happen that is improving health and health care for the UK population. The Health Foundation believes that every person in the UK should have the opportunity for a healthy life and access to the same standard of health care, irrespective of their background. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic has had an unprecedented impact on our national health and care services. It has also further highlighted the impact health inequalities in the UK – as the pandemic has affected some groups of people much more than others.

The Role

The board of governors is responsible for shaping the work of the charity, for the benefit of the public. The postholder in this role would be expected to contribute to the strategic direction of the charity and the candidate would need to demonstrate empathy with the charity’s mission.  

Governors, in their role as trustees of the Foundation, have and must accept ultimate responsibility for the affairs of the Foundation, ensuring that it is well-run, efficient, operating in accordance with all relevant laws and regulations, financially stable and sustainable and delivering the charitable outcomes for the benefit of the public for which it has been set up. They have a number of duties which they must exercise.

We are now seeking to appoint a governor who can add to the Board’s expertise and perspective on local government and social care, given the influence and agency of local government in addressing the wider determinants of health, in influencing the quality and access of social care, and in working with the NHS and other key local stakeholders. This expertise and perspective is relevant across all three external facing priorities. 


Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.