We interviewed Sam Wilde, Director of Finance and Business Intelligence, Lincolnshire Community Health Services NHS Trust on his career experiences and time on the National Talent Pool.
What is the best part about your first role following the Talent Pool?
Seeing the difference our staff can make for patients. It’s what we are all here for and they do extraordinary stuff every day. It makes me feel quite humbled and always gives me some extra motivation. Making sure we keep improving is a key part of my role and that will help sustain great healthcare.
To what extent was your career path planned? Was NHS Finance Leader always the plan?
I knew from the time I left school that I wanted to become part of the team that led an organisation and that Finance was the vehicle by which I would get there. However I’ve taken a failure non-linear route to getting there and the NHS didn’t feature at all in the first half of the journey so far.
What are the highlights and lowlights of your career so far?
Securing my current role with Lincolnshire Community Health Services would certainly be one highlight but there have been highlights in every role – knowing you’ve done a good job and made a difference is a great feeling. My lowlight would be being out of work for a while following a redundancy, that was tough.
What were the main benefits of the Talent Pool for you?
Access to a network of like-minded peers would be the one benefit I’d pick out above all others. There are some fantastic people in the pool, we are experiencing similar things and can help and support each other.
What development opportunities have been most useful to you in your career and what development do you wish you’d been offered?
I’ve done a number of development centres across both the public and private sectors. Honest feedback has been really powerful even though it might not have been what I wanted to hear at the time. Everyone can develop and improve by working with others. That might be through a formal coaching or mentoring relationship but equally can be through informal relationships. Everyone can teach us something so keep looking for those opportunities.
What career aspirations are you still to achieve?
I’d like to keep developing myself and improving the care we provide. Perhaps one day that would involve becoming a CEO but right now there is plenty to go at as a Director of Finance.
Is there anything you would do differently in your career?
I’ve made plenty of mistakes along the way, but learning from them is part of the journey and will continue to be, so no I wouldn’t do anything differently.
Any advice for members of our Senior Talent Management Networks who aspire to be Finance Leaders of the Future?
Go for it. Don’t hide your light under a bushel and don’t apologise for being ambitious. Keep improving yourself and making a difference for patients.
Your number one tip for any of our network members about to apply for a new role?
Be really selective. find the right role for you first and then throw absolutely everything into your application. If the role isn’t right for you or you’re not putting absolutely everything into your application that will come across loud and clear to the recruiters.
Find out more about the National Talent Pool and how to apply here