Guy’s & St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust

GSTT wanted to improve the diversity of their board; Green Park was approached in late 2015 to find a non-executive director to join its board.

The Trust was keen to ensure that its board reflected the multicultural community it serves. Green Park was were chosen ahead of the Trust’s usual supplier because of a proven ability to find high-quality candidates across a variety of backgrounds.

Strict eligibility criteria, including a requirement to have a residential address within the five London boroughs the Trust primarily serves, added a layer of complexity beyond the usual challenges of an NED role.

With close cross-sector working within Green Park, a team brought together expertise in health, government, charities and business. The longlist of 12 candidates included eight women and seven BME candidates, and all but one came through the search process.

A shortlist of four were interviewed, all of whom were BME candidates and three of whom were women, and all the candidates were deemed appointable by GSTT.

As a result of the process, a BAME woman was appointed to the Trust’s board. She is executive director of the Medical Protection Society, and brings expertise in medical and legal issues, and experience of leading a complex international organisation.

As a result of this successful process, the chair, Sir Hugh Taylor, was happy to provide positive testimony when Green Park competed for, and won, work with other NHS Trusts, the Nuffield Trust and Macmillan Cancer Support.