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Position TitleOrganizationJob/Reference NumberLocationDate Posted
Director​Wallace Collection​1602-003L​London, UK​​​​02/10/2016
​Head of Business Group​​UK Export Finance​1601-066L​London, UK​02/18/2016
​​Chief Investigator, Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch, NHS Improvement​Department of Health​1603-015L​London, UK​​03/09/2016
Director​The London School of Economics and Political Science ​P1602-008L​​London, UK​​​​03/23/2016
​​Principal​St. Anne's College, University of Oxford​1603-026L​Oxford, UK​​​​​03/24/2016
Chair​Dover Harbour Board​1602-052L​03/30/2016
​​Non-Executive Director​HS2 Ltd​1604-003L​London, UK​04/06/2016
Research Director​Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust (RBH)​1603-042L​​London, UK​​04/19/2016
Head of Civil and Defence​UK Export Finance​1601-065L​London, UK​04/28/2016
National Guardian (Freedom to Speak Up)​Care Quality Commission​1509-019L​London/National​04/29/2016

Wallace Collection
Director


London, UK

The Wallace Collection is seeking to appoint a new Director to succeed Dr Christoph Vogtherr. The Director is responsible for this national museum in Central London with world-class public displays based on one of the finest collections of art ever assembled by one family.

The Museum is a centre for excellence in its broad collections of fine and decorative arts, with particular reputations for French 18th-century art and European princely arms and armour. The new Director will lead the Wallace Collection through its next stage of growth of service to visitors, responsible for the development and delivery of a strategy which will see it established as a securely funded, inspirational museum with a fully engaged, diverse audience and a leading research reputation. The future success of the museum will be dependent on increasing self-generated income.

Candidates for the role of Director will possess an international academic reputation. They will have a sympathy and understanding that extends across the breadth of the Wallace Collection. They will be able to lead through influence and stature. The new Director will bring an imaginative and purposeful approach to fundraising activities and partnership with other museums and academic institutions and will be a confident and compelling ambassador for the Collection in the museum, academic and public arenas.

This position is London-based and the salary, which is approved by the Secretary of State, is commensurate with the role.

Please click on the link to access the Position Specification. To apply, please send your covering letter and CV to rachel.loveland@russellreynolds.com or call +44 (0) 207 343 3628 for assistance.

Closing date for applications is 11 March 2016.

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UK Export Finance
Head of Business Group


London, UK

The role of Head of Business Group at UK Export Finance (UKEF) is one of the most important corporate finance roles in the UK. This key role represents an opportunity to increase meaningfully the awareness of government assistance for exporters, the take-up of that assistance, and the fulfilment by UKEF of its mandate to promote and support UK exports.

Operating as a Government Department, UKEF’s role is to ensure no viable British export fails for want of finance or insurance from the private sector. This is done by providing protection for exporters against payment default due to credit and political risks, and by lending or guaranteeing loans to the purchasers of British exports. UKEF’s current portfolio of mainly contingent liabilities is around £22bn, with the capacity to go up to £50bn. The Government has ambitious targets for exports, and UKEF is an integral part of those plans.

The Business Group at UKEF is similar in scope to the Corporate Finance department in an international bank. The members of the group develop and build relationships with exporters, purchasers of exports and financial institutions who provide financing and insurance under guarantee from UKEF; they deliver UKEF support to transactions through an underwriting process; and they manage the exposures taken on by the Department.

This is an exciting opportunity to transform the way in which UKEF addresses the market in line with its strategic ambitions, and in doing so to deliver real value to the UK economy through the companies, jobs and communities it supports through greater export volumes.

Reporting to the CEO, and sitting on the Board and Executive Committee of UKEF, this is​ a wide-ranging leadership role, with collective responsibility for the strategy and management of UKEF, and direct leadership of a team of some 100 people. Relationship management, oversight of business execution, risk management and team leadership will be key areas of focus for the successful candidate.

The ideal candidate will have strong experience in financial services, building and managing customer relationships, managing complex transactions, and managing a large and high-performing team. While specific expertise in export and trade finance would be a distinct advantage, a demonstrable understanding of a variety of financial instruments and transaction structures in a range of countries is essential. As Head of Business Group, you will need strong networking and communication skills, and an ability to build relationships with key internal and external stakeholders. The role requires a large intellectual capacity to manage activity in line with overall government policy.

Compensation: Senior Civil Service Band 2 role (salary range £85,000 - £162,500).

Russell Reynolds Associates has been appointed to handle this appointment for UKEF, and the recruitment is regulated by the Civil Service Commission.

The closing date for applications is noon, 11th March 2016.

For further information about this role please follow the link to the position specification, or call +44 (0) 20 7830 8052 for further assistance.

Closing Date Noon, Friday 11th March 2016

 

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Department of Health
Chief Investigator, Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch, NHS Improvement


London, UK

The post of Chief Investigator in the newly created Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch (HSIB) will be responsible for delivering high quality safety investigations into the most complex safety incidents, and driving up the quality of investigations carried out by the wider NHS.

Based in NHS Improvement and operating in an independent capacity, the Chief Investigator will be responsible for conducting investigations that contribute to the prevention of safety incidents in the future. The Chief Investigator will have responsibility for the establishment of the approach to investigation; oversee all investigations, carried out by a team of expert investigators, leading to clear recommendations; and ensure all reports are trusted and respected by patients, families, carers and NHS staff.

The successful candidate will be a national or international expert in carrying out rigorous investigations, and experienced in leading a team of authoritative investigators. S/he will bring an expert knowledge of safety issues and a track record of delivering high quality investigations of complex issues in difficult circumstances. S/he will have credibility in their field and experience in building strong relationships.

Salary, subject to further confirmation, is £131,301. Terms and conditions will reflect those of the NHS senior managers or NHS medical and dental staff as applicable.

Russell Reynolds Associates has been appointed to handle this appointment for NHS Improvement. For further information about this role and details of how to apply, please follow the link below to the position specification or call +44 (0) 20 7198 1870 for assistance.

The closing date for applications is noon, 30 March 2016.

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The London School of Economics and Political Science
Director


London, UK

The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) is one of the world’s leading universities, specialising in the full range of Social Sciences.​

Founded in 1895, LSE has an outstanding international reputation. It welcomes many students and faculty from overseas and is a leading voice in the global policy debate. LSE has the highest proportion of world-leading research of any UK university and has just launched a major initiative aimed at enhancing its reputation for teaching excellence. Following the announcement that the current Director will leave on 31 August 2016, the School intends to appoint a new Director to start in post as soon as possible thereafter and at the latest by September 2017.

Having responsibility for the academic and management leadership of the School, the successful candidate must possess clear strategic vision and team leadership qualities. Candidates must be of exceptional calibre with eminent intellectual standing. While candidates need not be academics, they must be able to demonstrate a good understanding of academic culture and the Social Sciences. The successful candidate will have well-developed change management skills gained at a senior level in a complex institution, as well as the ability to balance active participation in internal academic governance with an external profile.

Candidates must have a demonstrated ability to collaborate and build relationships across diverse constituencies internally and externally, including with governments and other organizations. They will have the ability to promote the School in national and international contexts with institutional and philanthropic supporters of its work. Above all, they must have the enthusiasm, energy and commitment to inspire and lead an exceptional university whose work contributes to the solution of global and national issues and the education of future leaders from around the world.

LSE welcomes candidates from within the UK and internationally, values diversity and strives to promote equity at all levels.

The closing date for applications is noon, 27 April 2016.

Russell Reynolds Associates has been appointed to support this appointment for LSE. Please click on the links for more information about the role and how to apply; please note this information is in draft, and may be subject to change.

Closing Date Noon, 27 April 2016

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St Anne’s College, University of Oxford
Principal


Oxford, UK

The Governing Body of St Anne’s College intends to elect a new Principal to succeed Timothy Gardam who leaves office as head of house at the end of August 2016. The Principal chairs the college’s Governing Body; provides academic and institutional leadership to further the college’s commitment to academic excellence and its dedication to principles of equality and social inclusivity; and acts as its leading advocate within the University of Oxford and beyond.​

Founded in the nineteenth century to give women access to an Oxford education, St Anne’s remains committed to its progressive roots. The college today is a large community of academics, undergraduates and postgraduates who celebrate their variety of backgrounds and cultures, and their ability to be provoked by, and at ease with, one another, both academically and socially.

St Anne’s prides itself on cultivating thinkers with a distinctive flair and independence of mind, and on supporting all its members in the development of their particular interests and talents. The Principal will represent and personify this character, at once academically serious, independent-minded, down-to-earth, and friendly.

We seek applications from suitably qualified women and men from within and beyond the UK who possess distinguished records of achievement and leadership in academia or other professional fields. In keeping with our history, the college wishes to see the widest diversity in the field of applicants, and encourages applications from those who wish to engage with the progressive and inclusive academic spirit of the college, who offer the ability to guide its decision-making, and who relish the prospect of articulating its purpose. In particular we hope that the field will include individuals from groups currently underrepresented in senior positions in the Oxford academic community, such as women, people from ethnic minorities, and those with disabilities.

Russell Reynolds Associates are assisting St Anne’s College with this appointment.

  • To apply, applicants should please send a detailed CV, and a statement briefly outlining the qualities they feel they would bring to the position, and their reasons for wishing to apply at this stage of their career to: responses@russellreynolds.com.
  • Please quote the role title and assignment code 1603-026L in the subject heading of the email.
  • All applications will be acknowledged.
  • The closing date for applications is noon, 6th May 2016.

Please call +44 (0) 20 343 3613 for further assistance.

Closing Date 6th May 2016

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Dover Harbour Board
Chair


1602-052L

​The Port of Dover is a vital international gateway handling c. £100bn of trade each year. It is Europe’s busiest ferry port, the second busiest UK cruise port and the third busiest UK port in handling perishable goods. As a public corporation, it is one of the largest UK trust ports and operates as a highly successful commercial enterprise. It supports around 22,000 jobs locally and its ability to provide a resilient cross-Channel service is of national and international importance. It has, through development of its operations and continual investment, been able to future proof its existing facilities and plan for future demand.

We are inviting applications to become the next Chair and succeed the incumbent, who steps down at the end of June 2016, having served three years as Chair and 10 years in total on the Board. Candidates should have a proven track record of leadership and relevant board experience at a senior level in organisations of comparable size and importance. They should be able to demonstrate the stature and political awareness to represent the Port of Dover in a complex stakeholder environment, including leading relationships with international partners, national and local government, local community groups and other interested parties. Key tasks will include: developing the port’s strategic direction, including long term investment plans to meet growing demand while supporting regeneration and economic growth within the town of Dover; providing continued strong leadership which ensures a cohesive and effective Board; and working with the local community for the benefit of all.

A time commitment of two days per week is expected and the remuneration on offer reflects this. The appointment will be made by the Secretary of State for Transport.

If you are interested in being considered please visit www.rraresponses.com for further information about the role and how to apply.

The closing date for applications is Noon 27 April 2016. Any applications received after that date may not be considered.

Closing Date Noon, 27 April 2016

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HS2 Ltd
Non-Executive Director


London, UK
1604-003L

High Speed Two (HS2) is a company limited by guarantee, wholly owned by the Secretary of State for Transport and classified as an executive non-departmental public body. HS2 is responsible for developing and promoting the UK’s new high-speed rail network which will be delivered in two phases; Phase 1 between London and the West Midlands and Phase 2 connecting the West Midlands, Crewe, Manchester and Leeds.

HS2 is a once-in-a-generation project to build a new railway that will transform travel in Britain and reshape the economic geography of the nation. It will help consolidate Britain's position as a leading, forward-looking economy and act as an engine for growth.

A Non-Executive Director is sought to strengthen the board and provide challenge and guidance to the executive team as it exercises its responsibilities. This individual will have particular responsibility around mega-project delivery and will additionally act as ‘design champion’ on the board, alongside ensuring high standards of corporate governance are maintained.

Candidates for this challenging role will need to demonstrate in-depth experience of working on, and leading, large-scale infrastructure investment projects in the UK and internationally. An understanding of the economic, social and environmental importance of transport will be important, alongside an exemplary record of achievement in leadership, together with collaborative team-working and inter-personal skills. Commercial ability, together with an understanding of good governance, and of dealing with governments in the UK or further afield on project management issues, is desirable.

Russell Reynolds Associates has been appointed to support this appointment for DfT. For further information about this role please click on the link to the position specification and monitoring forms, or call +44 (0) 20 7830 8052 for further assistance.

The closing date for applications is noon, Tuesday 10 May, 2016.

Note: This appointment is regulated by the Commissioner for Public Appointments. When applying for the role it is mandatory to complete a diversity form provided in the application pack. Applications received without the completed diversity form will not be accepted.

Closing Date Noon, 10 May 2016

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Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust (RBH)
Research Director


London, UK
1603-042L

​The role of Research Director at the Royal Brompton & Harefield NHS Foundation Trust (RBH) is arguably one of the most influential roles in heart and lung research in the UK, leading an R&D portfolio in an internationally renowned centre for heart and lung services, with a focus on excellent and innovative research and securing income from a wide variety of sources.

The institution’s brand is strong and clear: delivering the best clinical care and the best research for patients with heart and lung disease. Heart and lung diseases are the world’s biggest killers and our experts care for patients who come from across the UK and overseas, not only from our local areas. Our integrated approach to caring for patients from the womb, through childhood, adolescence and into adulthood and old age, has been replicated around the world and has gained the Trust an international reputation as a leader in heart and lung diagnosis, treatment, and research.

Research programmes play a vital role at both our hospitals. This is because the most talented medical experts are rarely content with using tried and tested methods to treat their patients. The opportunity to influence the course of modern medicine by developing new treatments is a prospect that attracts them to specialist centres, where research opportunities are a fundamental part of delivering patient care. As well as travelling internationally to lecture and share their knowledge, our clinicians hold prominent positions on influential boards, committees, institutions and professional associations.

The Trust is seeking a Research Director to oversee R&D across RBH, including management of staff and budget, and leading on research innovation. Beyond an ability to influence policy both in the UK and internationally, this individual will also be able to create opportunities for income generation from research conducted at RBH, as well as securing funding for research from partners in the public, private and third sectors. They will advise the Board on changes and innovations in research practice or policy in relation to cardiovascular and respiratory medicine and science, and influence the Trust more broadly as a member of the Trust’s Senior Management Team. There will also be the opportunity to link academically with Imperial College London.

This individual needs to be a research scientist with a business mind, and with the ability to run the R&D portfolio at RBH as an enterprise that serves patients effectively and efficiently. Academic credibility is a must, in an area relating to cardiovascular or respiratory science or medicine. Clinical qualification and/or applied research capabilities are not required but both are desirable. The successful candidate will bring senior management experience, preferably at Board or equivalent level. Candidates should also be able to demonstrate the capacity to drive the translation of innovative research into development of effective products and services for patients, and a commercial mindset and the skill to work with the wider executive team to capitalise on income generation opportunities.

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

Closing Date Noon, Monday 9 May 2016

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UK Export Finance
Head of Civil and Defence


London, UK
1601-065L

​UK Export Finance (UKEF) is seeking a new Head of Civil and Defence. This key role represents an opportunity to increase meaningfully the awareness of government assistance for exporters, the take-up of that assistance, and the fulfilment by UKEF of its mandate to promote and support UK exports.

Operating as a Government Department, UKEF’s role is to ensure no viable British export fails for want of finance or insurance from the private sector. This is done by providing protection for exporters against payment default due to credit and political risks, and by lending or guaranteeing loans to the purchasers of British exports. UKEF’s current portfolio of mainly contingent liabilities is around £22bn, with the capacity to go up to £50bn. The Government has ambitious targets for exports, and UKEF is an integral part of those plans.

The role sits within the Underwriting team in UKEF’s Business Group. The Business Group at UKEF is similar in scope to the Corporate Finance department in an international bank. The members of the group develop and build relationships with exporters, purchasers of exports and financial institutions that provide financing and insurance under guarantee from UKEF; they deliver UKEF support to transactions through an underwriting process; and they manage the exposures taken on by the Department.

Reporting to the Head of Business Group, this individual is responsible for managing the team delivering UKEF’s transactions related to civil and defence projects. He/she will also participate in, and contribute to, the corporate management of UKEF through membership of the Senior Management Team. Relationship management, business execution, risk management, team leadership and team development will be key areas of focus for the successful candidate.

This is an exciting opportunity to transform the way in which UKEF addresses the market in line with its strategic ambitions, and in doing so to deliver real value to the UK economy through the companies, jobs and communities it supports through greater export volumes.

​The ideal candidate will have strong experience in financial services with a focus on the civil and defence sectors, and will bring experience in building and managing customer relationships, managing complex transactions, and overseeing a small team. Whilst specific expertise in export and trade finance would be a distinct advantage, a demonstrable understanding of a variety of financial instruments and transaction structures in a range of countries is essential. You will need strong networking and communication skills, and an ability to build relationships with key internal and external stakeholders. The role requires a large intellectual capacity to manage activity in line with overall government policy.

This is a Senior Civil Service Band 1 role (salary circa £115,000).

Russell Reynolds Associates has been appointed to handle this appointment for UKEF.

For further information about this role please click on the link to the position specification and monitoring forms, or call +44 (0) 20 7830 8052 for further assistance.

The closing date for applications is noon on Monday 16 May 2016.

Closing Date Noon, 16 May 2016

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Care Quality Commission
National Guardian (Freedom to Speak Up)


London/National
1509-019L

“Creating a safer NHS for patients”

In June 2014, the Secretary of State for Health commissioned Sir Robert Francis QC to carry out an independent review into the culture within the NHS for employees wanting to raise concerns about safety, quality and the effectiveness of the service.

A key recommendation of Sir Robert’s report, ‘Freedom to Speak Up’, was the appointment of a National Independent Officer (National Guardian), to provide national leadership to drive the creation of an environment in which all NHS staff are able to speak up safely. The report also called for the appointment of a Freedom to Speak Up Guardian in every NHS Trust to give independent support and advice to staff who want to raise concerns, and to hold the board to account if it fails to focus on the patient safety issue.

The National Guardian will oversee the establishment of a network of locally appointed guardians and will support them in establishing common standards in the role and sharing good practice. Through this work and the capability to review the handling of individual cases, the National Guardian will provide challenge and support for system improvements, drawing on the powers and support of key regulators, including the three main sponsors of this role – the Care Quality Commission (CQC), NHS Improvement and NHS England.

This position is a unique opportunity to be involved in the creation of a new role that sits at the heart of leading and promoting culture change in the NHS. It requires an influential and visionary leader, with the capability to influence new ways of working that will enable NHS staff to raise concerns safely and with positive effect.

The candidate should be experienced in working with a complex group of stakeholders including Ministers, senior leaders of local NHS Trusts, regulatory and arms-length bodies, staff in frontline roles, and groups with an interest in promoting the freedom to speak up. They will possess the ability to generate thought leadership and provide strategic direction to the work of local freedom to speak up guardians, as well as to make recommendations on system changes where needed.

The successful candidate will need to demonstrate fair, independent judgement in reviewing the effectiveness of Trusts in developing the processes and behaviours to support staff in speaking up. The post holder is expected to have a high level of personal integrity and commitment to the goals of the National Guardian’s Office, as well as the resilience to deliver in a role subject to public scrutiny and wide accountability.

Knowledge and experience of working in the NHS/and or public sector is desirable.

The National Guardian’s Office will be hosted by the CQC but will set its own priorities, have its own budget and speak independently. It will be sponsored by CQC, NHS England and NHS Improvement who will jointly maintain oversight of its work. The role will be appointed by the CQC Chief Executive Officer in consultation with the sponsor bodies. The Office has been established with a small set-up team, but the full development of its functions and the appointment of the permanent staff will be led by the National Guardian.

It is anticipated that this will be a 3 to 4 day per week, near full-time role. Full-time equivalent salary of up to £125,000 is offered. This is a national role, with some travel envisaged, including time spent in London.

Russell Reynolds Associates has been appointed to support this recruitment

For further information about this role please click on the link to the position specification and monitoring forms, or call +44 (0) 20 7830 8052 for further assistance.

The closing date for applications is noon on Wednesday 18 May 2016.

Closing Date Noon, 18 May 2016

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