The Aspiring Deputies National Talent Pool

A development programme and network that supports NHS finance colleagues in progressing to Deputy Director of Finance level.

Applications will open for this programme in May 2024

Who is the Talent Pool for?

This programme is suitable for colleagues who are ready to take the next step in their career to become a Deputy Director of Finance.

It is suggested, but not required, that applicants have also already attended development programmes such as the One NHS Finance Going Beyond Programme, and/or The Leadership Academy’s Elizabeth Garrett Anderson programme, or similar.

Programme Objectives:

This is a two year programme which involves an initial 2 day development Centre in November 2024, followed by in-person / online masterclasses and on-going support.

Throughout the programme attendees will:

  • Experience of a thorough recruitment process in line with the process that would be undertaken when applying for a Deputy role.
  • Get a better understanding of the expectations of a Deputy and how the post differs from any other post within the finance structure.
  • Have the opportunity to role model the challenges that they may face when new in post.
  • Development of a comprehensive PDP that helps them to secure a first Deputy role.
  • Raise their profile within areas where they will be looking for their first Deputy CFO role.

The objectives will be reached through scenario based sessions with detailed feedback being provided throughout.

How to apply?

Selection onto the programme is through an application and interview process that is designed to help you when it comes to applying for a deputy FD role. You will need to complete an online application form in May 2024 and go through an interview process in September 2024.

However, you can register your interest at any point during the year using this form and we will contact you when applications open.


Free for all NHS finance staff who qualify. Travel and expenses are not included.