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Become a Lay Trustee and help shape the future of the Royal College of Surgeons

18 Jan 2019

The Royal College of Surgeons of England is one of the world’s leading professional bodies working in the medical field. Our central purpose is to enable surgeons to achieve and maintain the highest standards of surgical practice and patient care. The College is a registered charity which works closely with many partners across the NHS and has more than 27,000 UK and international members.

The role

The College is led by a Board of Trustees, which is responsible for the operational and financial wellbeing of the College.  All matters of professional policy are delegated, through our Royal Charter, to Council.  The post holder may also be considered to chair the College’s Finance Committee, which reports to the Board.

The person

You will be a confident and effective communicator. To succeed in the role you will also need to demonstrate substantial, senior level experience of:

  • board membership in a charitable, public sector or commercial organisation;
  • guiding and directing an organisation through strategic and structural change during a period of significant external pressures; and
  • building a track record of achievement within a business environment.

Ideally, you will also be able to demonstrate knowledge and experience of the healthcare sector, but this is not essential.

Download a more detailed job description and person specification (PDF)

Time commitment

It is envisaged that the College Board of Trustees will hold six meetings per year at the College. The total time commitment is likely to be up to three working days per month, including committee meetings. The role is not remunerated, but reasonable expenses will be reimbursed. 

How to apply

The closing date for applications is 29th March 2019. 

For more information or to apply submitting your CV and a covering please email Elizabeth Anderson, Head of the President and Chief Executive’s Office eanderson@rcseng.ac.uk.

We are an employer fully committed to our equality and diversity policies.

We will judge you on your abilities and nothing else.

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