Aspirant director of workforce career development scheme


Following the success of the first three cohorts, NHS Employers has worked in partnership with NHS Leadership Academy Executive Search to deliver the fourth cohort of the national Aspirant Director of Workforce scheme, which officially launches on 24 June.

This year-long career development scheme aims to prepare those with the potential to become directors of workforce within the next 18 months, through targeted and individualised career development.

The scheme aims to:

  • broaden your understanding of the role and responsibilities and expectations of a corporate director
  • develop your personal impact, resilience and interview skills
  • provide an in-depth overview of a board recruitment process
  • provide structured career development support to help you achieve your first board level role.

Scheme structure

The 12-month scheme is fully funded. We are looking for 15 participants who will work together in one national cohort. For further information, including key dates for your diary and how to apply please download the scheme brochure.

How to apply

The application information pack and supporting documentation can be downloaded here:

Application Instructions
Application Information and form
Annex A - Selection Criteria
Annex B - Executive Director Success Profile
Annex C - Director of Workforce Role Remit
Line Manager declaration form

Please submit your CV including all supporting documentation detailed in the application instructions document via the online application link.

If you have any queries about the scheme, please contact Jane Raven, Area Head of Engagement-North at NHS Employers ( or Samantha Banks, Programme Lead – Talent, Executive Search, NHS Leadership Academy (

Ashi Williams, director of people at Dudley and Walsall Mental Health Partnership NHS Trust, successfully completed the scheme in 2017. Take a look at Ashi’s blog where she reflects back on the scheme and how it has positively impacted her professional career.

Danny Mortimer, chief executive of NHS Employers also shares his reflections on the scheme and the value it has in supporting and developing the future of workforce leaders in the NHS. 

We're using #NHSfutureHR to discuss NHS HR professional development online, so join in and tell us why you are proud to be an HR professional and what your aspirations are for the future.

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