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Position TitleOrganizationJob/Reference NumberLocationDate Posted
​​​Chair​British Council​1511-025L​London, UK​11/25/2015
Director of Strategic Development​University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust​​1512-027L​​London, UK​01/04/2016
​​Executive Director​Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)​1601-074NA​​​London, UK​​01/29/2016

British Council

London, UK
This role is unremunerated

​The British Council seeks an inspirational Chair to head the UK’s leading international cultural relations charity. The Chair leads a talented Board of Trustees with bold ambitions for the British Council and represents it at the highest levels in UK and across the world.

The British Council builds engagement and trust for the UK through the exchange of knowledge and ideas between people worldwide. With a global remit encompassing the arts, English teaching, education, and civil society, 85% of its income is derived from services it provides, and the remainder from government grants. Agile, entrepreneurial and values-driven, the British Council plans to extend its reach and impact and strengthen its partnerships.

The new Chair will succeed Sir Vernon Ellis whose successful tenure ends in March 2016. He/she will play a prominent role in representing the British Council’s interest to key stakeholders in the UK and across the 110 countries in which it operates. The successful candidate will be comfortable with this ambassadorial element of the role, and identify closely with the values and mission set out in its Royal Charter.

Energy, dynamism and resilience must be combined with excellent leadership skills and a track record of achievement that provides a platform from which to deal credibly with government and the international community at the most senior level. Commercial experience will be valuable, along with an international background.

The post is unremunerated, and likely to require 80 to 100 days per year, including extensive travel.

Closing Date Noon, Friday 8 January 2016

For further information and application instructions, please click on the links or call +44 20 7830 8052.

Equality commitment: The British Council is committed to a policy of equal opportunity and is keen to reflect the diversity of UK society at every level within the organisation. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Director of Strategic Development

London, UK

​The role of Director of Strategic Development at University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (UCLH) is arguably one of the most influential roles in the London healthcare landscape. Reporting directly to the Chief Executive, as a member of the organisation’s Executive Board and a non-voting member of the Board of Directors, the Director is primarily responsible for supporting the development of UCLH’s strategy along with the Board, NHS partners, local government, regulators and NHS England. In addition s/he will be accountable for developing, with parties, new models for health care delivery across North and Central London; securing the implementation of major ongoing transformation projects on behalf of UCLH and leading any merger and acquisition activity in which we engage.

UCLH is one of the most complex NHS trusts in the UK, serving a large and diverse population locally, nationally and internationally. UCLH provides first-class acute and specialist services across eight sites and is dedicated to the diagnosis and treatment of many complex illnesses. UCLH has a world leading reputation for neurosciences, a growing reputation for cancer treatment and is regarded as one of the most successful providers of women’s health care in the UK. Supported by providing excellent medical and surgical care, UCLH is committed to growing and expanding these three areas of strategic clinical focus. UCLH was one of the first trusts to gain foundation status and has an international reputation for excellence in the provision of healthcare alongside a tradition of innovation and distinction in research and development.

The successful candidate will bring an outstanding record of operational delivery within the NHS or equivalent health system; experience of highly effective influencing of and ability to work with senior leaders of other organisations independently; a history of delivering high quality, on time projects that have brought about transformative strategic or operational step change outcomes for patients and the public, and a track record of developing complex and high cost (£50m+) business cases. Excellent strategic analytical skills and the ability to solve complex problems are must haves as is the ability to translate complexity into simple terms. As they will be a member of the Executive Board, they must be able to demonstrate their ability to add value to leadership of the wider organisation, and they must have a track record of managing and developing their own team.

Russell Reynolds Associates has been appointed to handle this appointment for UCLH. For further information about this role please follow the link to the position specification below or call +44 (0) 20 7198 1870 for further assistance.

The closing date for applications is midnight, 28th January 2016.

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Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN)
Executive Director

Geneva, Switzerland

​The Global Alliance for Improved Nutrition (GAIN) is seeking a full-time Executive Director (ED), responsible for defining strategic direction in programs and research, resource mobilization, and ensuring excellence in organizational operations and program implementation. The ED will be expected to continue existing and develop further collaborative partnerships with governments, UN, academia, civil society, and the private sector.

GAIN plays a unique role in improving nutrition of individuals and populations in resource poor environments, focusing on improved supply and demand for micronutrients through food fortification, and other strategies, mainly focused on women and children in low and middle income countries.

GAIN is an alliance of public and private sector organizations and serves as a global thought leader for action and advocacy against undernutrition (see:

​The successful candidate will be an accomplished leader with a proven track record of performance and results. S/he will have operated in a range of sectors related to GAIN’s agenda and in the international context, at senior levels. The Executive Director is the Chief Executive of GAIN. S/he is responsible for the overall leadership and management of the Secretariat and the Alliance’s operational and administrative functions, including delivery of programmes. Working under the guidance of the GAIN Board, the Executive Director defines the institution’s strategic vision, and is accountable for its implementation at scale to deliver results. A critical role for the Executive Director is to contribution to the strengthening of the overall global nutrition landscape and focus action on the most effective programs, through facilitation of partnerships and alliances.

GAIN is committed to diversity within its workforce and encourages applications from all qualified candidates.

GAIN has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to assist with this appointment. To apply for this role, please send a CV together with a short supporting statement detailing your suitability for the role to Please quote the role and reference number 1601-074NA in the subject of your e-mail.

A position specification with further information will be posted shortly on this website.

Closing Date 29 Febuary 2016

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