Author: lily.chapman_8961Date: 1 month 1 week Ago

Limited time left to apply for the second cohort of the NHS Aspiring Finance Leaders National Talent Pool – applications close 12 February 2018.
The photo shows talent pool participants and Bob Alexander, Executive Director of Resources/Deputy Chief Executive, NHS Improvement at the Development Centre in June 2017.

The talent pool has been established for deputy Finance Directors or equivalent who are ready now or the very near future to reach board level. The national talent pool aims to build a diverse pool of talent that improves the number and quality of applicants to future finance leadership vacancies to support the NHS goal of improving service delivery to patients. Those interested in applying will need to complete an application form demonstrating how they meet the 12 capabilities and send an up to date CV to
Skype call with current members
We are running a skype call for exclusive access to two members of the talent pool who will be providing hints and tips on the application process and sharing their experience of being in the pool. Email to join the call at 12.00 on Wednesday 24 January.
Workshops with participants and assessors
We are also running application workshops in Manchester and Crawley next week where talent pool participants and talent pool assessors from last and this year’s selection process will be giving advice and information on the pool– it’s not too late to sign up!
More about the talent pool
In the first year of membership, talent pool participants will be provided with fully funded access to:

  • A residential development centre to understand their readiness for a finance director role
  • Three one-to-one coaching sessions
  • Four regional action learning sets
  • Two masterclasses and top table discussions with system leaders

The first cohort entered the talent pool in June 2017 and two participants have already been appointed to Director of Finance roles.
How to apply
To complete the online application form, please visit the website. To find out more, please don’t hesitate to contact Lily Chapman, 0117 938 8320 or email

Aspiring Finance Leaders Networks
For those Aspiring Finance Leaders (AFL) who are not quite ready to apply to the Talent Pool we have now launched the AFL regional networks.  The networks aim to connect aspiring finance leaders together (in person and virtually) for those 2 or 3 levels below the most senior finance professionals in their NHS organisations. There are four networks, one in each region as follows: North, Midlands & East, London and South.
Working closely with HFMA and the Skills Development Network, the regional networks aim to develop individuals, develop a talent pipeline and feed into the National Talent Pool. To find out more about the regional networks and how to enrol please click here or email