The Aspire Together Talent Pools

The Aspire Together Regional Talent Board is aspiring to create a talent pool of individuals who are ready now to take on director roles across the North of England. To enter this ‘ready now’ pool individuals will be nominated and then assessed to ensure they have the necessary skills and experience to move into a director role.

The first stage of this process requires individuals to be nominated; either by senior leaders within their organisations or by self-nominating. If the nomination demonstrates a suitable level of readiness the individual will then be invited to an assessment centre where their readiness will be assessed in more depth by a panel of senior leaders from within the NHS.

From 5t June 2019, the North Regional Talent Board is inviting nominations of individual’s who aspire to work in director positions of either Chief Nurse/Director of Nursing or Director of Workforce/HR/OD, typically situated in a provider, commissioner or system typesetting.

Nominations for individuals aspiring to move into all other director level roles or aspiring to take on such roles in another type of organisation e.g. arm’s length bodies or the wider health and care sector, will be welcome and invited at future nomination windows in 2020/21. All roles will have this opportunity as soon as possible, but in a staggered and manageable way that allows assessment to take place within a reasonable time of nomination.

Individuals can either be nominated by their organisation to enter the pool or can apply through a self-nomination process. Further details for both routes can be found in the nomination form and the nomination pack. 

Aspire Together Talent Pool– Aspirant Directors

This pool is aimed at those colleagues who are currently not in a director or governing body position, but who are working one below this level currently and have the necessary skills, experience and ambition to move into a director position in the next six months. 

The window for nomination of individuals aspiring to work at Board/Governing Body level in a Nursing or HR/Workforce role will run from 5th June – 1st July.  You should only apply to be considered for the pool or nominate someone for the pool if they meet the criteria outlined in the nomination form and are ready now to move into a director level position. The Regional Talent Board and associated talent pool is not a leadership development programme or scheme, so it is important that those nominated are ready now and have already completed the development needed to work at this level.

How to enter the pool

Aspirant Directors

Who should apply/self-nominate? 

  • Anyone seeking to apply for a director or governing body post in the North West or North East and Yorkshire regions within the next 6 months.
  • Any individuals who feel they meet the criteria as outlined in the nomination form and pack.
  • Please read the full nomination pack for additional details.

Who should nominate someone to the pool?

  • Nominations are sought from line managers and other individuals working with candidates who meet the criteria as outlined in the nomination form and pack. 
  • All nominations must be approved by a Chief Executive/Accountable Officer or Senior Nominated Leader
  • Please read the full nomination pack for additional details.

Before you nominate someone or apply, you should consider:

  • Will the next role you apply for be a director in a provider, commissioning, or system setting? 
  • If successful in the gateway assessment process, are you able consider director opportunities within the next six months?
  • Do you have experience of leading multiple teams or services? This may be through the direct management of multiple teams or through having oversight of a range of different, complex services areas which requires you to influence across multiple teams and groups.
  • Have you had exposure to a unitary board governing body (either within or outside of the NHS)?

For full details of the application/nomination process and the documents you need to apply or nominate someone for the pool:

Aspire Together Pool –Aspirant Directors

If you have any questions about the process, please contact the team via email:

How to access the talent pool – for organisations

The Aspire Together Talent Pool will be made up of aspirant directors who have been assessed as being ready to be shortlisted for CCG governing body and provider board roles. 

Members of the pool will initially include colleagues working in acute, mental health and community providers who are actively looking for the following posts in either of the North regions:

  • Director of Nursing/Chief Nurse
  • Director of Workforce/HR/OD

As we move into 2020/21 the number and role diversity within the pool will increase as we assess aspirant directors from other professional groups.

If you would like any further information or to arrange to interview these candidates for upcoming posts, please contact a member of the team by emailing: