The Independent Taskforce on Increasing Non-Executive Director Diversity in the NHS will oversee the development of an equalities and diversity framework for the recruitment and retention of chairs and non-executives in the NHS in England.
The taskforce has been established following a 2019 NHS Confederation report, which pointed to a decline in the number of chairs and non-executives recruited across gender, race, disability and age since the early 2000s. Senior leaders from across the NHS will sit on the taskforce – find out more about taskforce members and co-chairs.
The report attributes the decline in part to the loss of the Appointments Commission, the independent arm's-length body which oversaw the appointment of chairs and non-executive directors. And to the creation of foundation trusts, which handed autonomy to the these trusts to make chair and non-executive appointments without the oversight of an independent agency.
The taskforce was one of five recommendations put forward to realise a step change in diversity within the non-executive community.
Find out more in Chairs and non-executive directors in the NHS: the need for diverse leadership.