Independent Non-Executive Director

  • £30,000
  • Central London

The British Medical Association (BMA) is the Professional Association and Independent Trade Union representing the interests of over 150,000 medical students and practicing UK doctors. Policies are determined by doctors in national, regional and local forums and devolved national councils. A series of professional activities and special interest committees promote excellence on ethical, scientific, research, educational and international matters. This deeply embedded culture of debate and consultation is channelled through a committee structure where motions covering a wide range of policy matters are forwarded to a Representative Body - the main policy-making body - and then debated/voted upon at the Annual Representative Meeting (ARM).  

The UK BMA Council (Council), which is elected by the membership, is charged with implementing ARM policy and directing the BMA's work. The BMA has an executive and administrative workforce of nearly 550 colleagues, led by a CEO, who is responsible for the detailed, day-to-day operations required to deliver the policies and goals of the Association.  The running of the Association is delegated to a Board; Council sets policy and remains the principal democratic body for membership.  The BMA ‘Group’ has a number of subsidiary companies, the largest being the British Medical Journal (BMJ) which has grown rapidly in recent years to become a highly successful, £80m turnover commercial publishing and software company, operating globally.  

The BMA Board wishes to recruit an Independent Non-Executive whose strategic foresight and ‘know-how’ will help shape how the organisation proactively responds to membership needs and interactions. The individual will provide general counsel, ‘different’ and objective perspective on matters of concern to the BMA Board, Senior Staff Reward Working Group, Remuneration Committee and the BMA Executive teams on key areas of strategy, particularly: human resources; organisational structure and development; operational management; effective governance; financial affairs; and risk management. The Board has committed to reviewing and changing the way in which the BMA is organised and functions to ensure that we have effective governance in place and reflects modern working.

Suitable candidates will have experience in successfully setting and implementing human resources & organisational development strategies for an organisation of a similar scale/ complexity, along with identifying both the potential risks and opportunities this brings; likewise knowledge and experience of large scale organisational development transformation projects and how business processes and operations link to these.  You will possess first-class influencing/advisory and communication skills, with clear evidence of developing an organisational culture committed to high standards of performance and quality.  You will need to empathise with the unique blend of governance associated with a trade union and professional association that is pursuing a patient-care-based agenda.  

Please reply by clicking on the "Apply" button below, submitting a CV and short covering letter demonstrating how you meet the requirements of this role, quoting reference number RAGP6131. Alternatively, for an informal and confidential discussion please call our advising consultants – Khurram Hussain or Rupert Gibb - on: 0845 261 0600. 

Closing date for applications: 28.06.19.  No late applications will be considered. All third-party and direct applications will be forwarded to Warren Partners.


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