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Specimen terms of reference - NHS foundation trust non-executive directors nomination committee

'Your Statutory Duties: A Reference Guide for NHS Foundation Trust Governors' defines the role of the nomination committee as being responsible for identifying and nominating executive directors and non-executive directors to join the board of the foundation trust.

'There should be a formal, rigorous and transparent procedure for the appointment of directors... the board of directors should also satisfy itself that plans are in place for orderly succession of appointments to the board so as to maintain an appropriate balance of skills and experience.'

The following should be considered where a foundation trust elects a nomination committee:

  • appropriate governor involvement
  • a working group focused on non-executive director appointments
  • the desirability of ensuring a majority of governors vote for all non-executive director nominations.

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