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Position TitleOrganizationJob/Reference NumberLocationDate Posted
CEO Succession​NHS Digital​CEONHSD​Leeds or London, UK​​​01/09/2017
Chair or Trustee​Nuclear Liabilities Fund​1612-035L​London, UK​01/25/2017
Director​UK Government Investments​1702-001L​​London, UK​​​02/07/2017
​​Director, Industrial and Trade Development Department​The African Development Bank​1702-007BL​Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire ​​​​03/02/2017
Chief Operating Officer​The Francis Crick Institute​1702-029L​London, UK​03/03/2017
Chief Executive​Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust​1702-048L​Tri-borough, Central London, UK​03/09/2017
Chief Executive Officer​Centre for Human Drug Research​1611-002NL​Leiden, the Netherlands​​03/13/2017

NHS Digital
CEO Succession

Leeds or London, UK

NHS Digital is the information and technology organisation at the heart of today’s transformation in the health and care system. We are responsible for the broadband network – 12,000 miles of fibre – that connects the health and care sector. We run the infrastructure that enables the secure exchange of information within the NHS, handling up to 4,000 messages a second. Every day, about 1.3 million items are prescribed using our Electronic Prescription Service; 40,000 people use the e-Referral service to choose the place and time of their hospital or clinic appointments; and up to two million people access the NHS Choices website to get more information about their health and care.

As well as delivering and maintaining the NHS’s critical technology infrastructure, NHS Digital is already a world leader in the production of open data that enables citizens, health and care professionals and commissioners to make informed decisions and achieve the best possible health and wellbeing outcomes. And, we are designing and building the next generation of digital channels that will deliver a world class digital health and care system by 2020.

We are seeking to appoint an outstanding Chief Executive to build on our heritage as the nation’s safe haven for patient data and health transactions and to take us into the new era of digital health and care. The vision is bold and challenging; to realise the Paperless 2020 vision for health and care in England, encompassing a portfolio spend of £4.2bn over this Parliament. The vision set out in the NHS Five Year Forward View puts NHS Digital at the centre of enabling this new era in the way we deliver health and care services in England and transforming the experience for patients, clinicians and carers.

Candidates will have a strong track record of successful IT delivery and change management in a complex and customer focused environment. An excellent communicator, he/she will build strong relationships with a wide and diverse range of stakeholders across the NHS, government, academic research organisations, delivery partners and the media. Experience of innovation in the use of technology and data will be an important attribute of applicants; an outstanding track record in delivering major technology and business change programmes will be desirable; knowledge of the health and care system In England will be an advantage.

The Chief Executive will be accountable to Parliament for NHS Digital as the trusted national provider of high quality information, data and IT platforms at the heart of the health and care system. He/she will be responsible for an annual budget in excess of £1 billion, 2,750 staff and 13 different locations across England. The Chief Executive will report to the Chair and Board of Directors.

For further information about the role and how to apply, please click on the links or call 020 7830 8052 for assistance.

The closing date for receipt of completed applications is 3 February 2017.

Closing Date 3 February 2017

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Nuclear Liabilities Fund
Chair or Trustee

London, UK

​The Nuclear Liabilities Fund (NLF) is a Scottish registered company and Trust investing assets to meet the costs of decommissioning the UK’s eight operational nuclear power stations, which are owned by EDF. The NLF currently holds assets of circa £9 billion, of which £7.4 billion is held in the National Loans Fund, the Government lending account. A further £1.6 billion is actively managed by the NLF trustees, predominantly in UK asset classes, such as infrastructure and property.

UK Government Investments, which acts as shareholder in relation to the Government's holding in NLF and oversees the governance and performance of the NLF, now wishes to identify a chair or trustee for the Fund. The chair will lead an expert board and work closely with senior stakeholders and partners in industry and in Government, as well as act as spokesperson and advocate for the NLF. The chair is responsible for the delivery of the investment policy set by the Secretary of State for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy, and for ensuring that the NLF board takes all necessary actions to fulfil its responsibilities, including monitoring and reviewing the implementation of the investment strategy and portfolio performance, monitoring and managing risks to, and opportunities for, the Fund and regularly reviewing the Fund's sufficiency, including liquidity requirements. In the case of a new trustee, he/she will share the Boards’ collective responsibilities, supporting the chair and will likely be a member of the Board’s Investment Committee.

Candidates will have a track record of operating at a senior level in the investment or asset management industry, financial institution or similar role, with acknowledged leadership skills and experience of operating on a scale appropriate to the size and prominence of the NLF. Extensive investment/asset management experience, the ability to recognise strategic opportunities and contribute to strategic planning, as well as influence multiple stakeholders, will be important attributes. Candidates should demonstrate the highest levels of integrity, authority and independence, together with a record of managing complex stakeholder relationships. Some exposure to the public sector would be helpful, in addition to non-executive chair experience for the chair role.

For more information about the role and how to apply please click on the links with this advertisement.

Closing Date Noon, Wednesday 22 February 2017

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UK Government Investments

London, UK

​UK Government Investments (“UKGI”) was formed on 1 April 2016 as a limited company, wholly-owned by HM Treasury. UKGI is the successor company to the Shareholder Executive and also incorporates UK Financial Investments, which holds HM Government’s investments in financial institutions. UKGI is the centre of government expertise in corporate finance and corporate governance. It has a governance role in twenty businesses owned by different departments of HM Government, including representation on boards and board committees. UKGI leads on asset sales and advising on special situations such as interventions in distressed companies and in the implementation of government policy. It leads on the creation and ongoing governance of new public bodies such as the Green Investment Bank and the British Business Bank.

The Director will be the senior government official personally responsible for a range of projects and assets. They will play a major role in delivering UKGI’s key objective of fundamentally improving the Government’s performance as a shareholder in the businesses it owns, as well as achieving best value for the taxpayer in the disposal of Government assets, and providing corporate finance advice and expertise across Whitehall on a range of commercial issues.

Four directors form the senior management team and lead twenty executive directors and a total staff of about one hundred. As well as playing a key role with other departments and external constituencies, the new Director will be expected to provide effective and visible leadership across UKGI.

Candidates are likely to have a corporate finance background with a track record of leading on mergers and acquisitions and other transactions, likely to be gained in the financial services or professional services sectors. The successful candidate will need to be a strong communicator, possess excellent stakeholder management skills, with the ability to work collaboratively and to influence to gain results.

UKGI offers a range of flexible working arrangements and welcomes applications from those wishing to work part-time or job-share.

For more information about the role requirements and how to apply, please click on the links.

Closing Date Noon, Wednesday 1 March 2017

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The African Development Bank
Director, Industrial and Trade Development Department

Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire

The African Development Bank (the Bank) is the premier pan-African development institution, promoting economic growth and social progress across the continent. The Bank’s development agenda is delivering the financial and technical support for transformative interventions that will significantly reduce poverty, through inclusive and sustainable economic growth. It is Africa's voice on global economic, financial and development issues. The Bank will focus its investments around five priority areas, President Adesina’s High 5’s: light up and power Africa; feed Africa; industrialize Africa; integrate Africa; and improve the quality of life for the people of Africa. The Bank is building a world-class senior management team that will lead the successful implementation of this vision.​

Director, Industrial and Trade Development Department
The Director will lead the Industrial and Trade Development Department and be the Bank’s spokesperson in these areas. The Department shapes strategy, formulates policies, develops new instruments, develops external partnerships and linkages, and draws up guidelines to direct the activities of the Bank in the industrial and trade development space. The Department fosters private investment in industry and services, strengthens SMEs and indigenous entrepreneurship, and promotes integration of African economies into regional and global value chains. The Department also supports regional departments in project identification, preparation, appraisal, implementation and portfolio management. It leads the Bank’s diagnostic and policy work to improve the investment climate, accelerate industrialization and unlock regional and global value chains and trade. It manages and leverages the Bank’s non-sovereign activities (including loans and equity investments) in the manufacturing and services area in partnership with the private sector department.

This role reports to the Vice President, Private Sector, Infrastructure and Industrialization.

The role requires a minimum of 10 years of proven leadership and thought leadership in the relevant sector; a master’s or doctoral degree in a relevant field of study is also required.

The closing date for applications is 2 April 2017.

Application instructions

Russell Reynolds Associates is assisting the African Development Bank with this appointment. To apply, please send a full CV together with a supporting statement of no more than two sides of A4, as well as the filled in Application Form, briefly highlighting your experience and skills against the requirements of the role, to:

  • Please specify the role title and assignment code 1702-007BL in the subject heading of the email.

A position specification with further information about the role is available via the link below.


La Banque africaine de Développement (la Banque) est la première institution de développement panafricaine dont la mission consiste à promouvoir la croissance économique et le progrès social sur tout le continent. Le programme de développement de la Banque vise à fournir l’appui financier et technique aux projets porteurs de transformation qui permettront de réduire sensiblement la pauvreté grâce à une croissance économique inclusive et durable. C'est la voix de l'Afrique sur l'économie globale et sur les questions financières et de développement. La Banque concentrera ses investissements autour de cinq domaines prioritaires, les « Cinq grandes priorités » (« High 5 ») du Président Adesina, à savoir : Éclairer l'Afrique et lui fournir de l'électricité ; Nourrir l'Afrique ; Industrialiser l'Afrique ; Intégrer l'Afrique ; et Améliorer la qualité de vie des Africains. La Banque déploie actuellement une équipe de cadres de classe mondiale qui assurera le succès de la mise en œuvre de cette vision.

Directeur, Département Développement industriel et commercial
Le Directeur dirigera le Département Développement Industriel et Commercial et sera le porte-parole de la Banque dans ces domaines. Le Département définit la stratégie, formule des politiques, crée de nouveaux instruments, développe des partenariats et des relations externes et rédige des directives régissant les activités de la Banque en matière de développement industriel et commercial. Le Département encourage les investissements privés dans l’industrie et les services, renforce les PME et l'esprit d'entreprise local, tout en promouvant l'intégration d'économies africaines aux chaînes de valeur régionales et mondiales. Le Département soutient également les départements régionaux dans l'identification, la préparation, l'évaluation et la mise en œuvre de projets, ainsi que dans la gestion de portefeuilles. Il conduit les travaux en matière de diagnostic et de politique afin d'améliorer le climat d'investissement, d’accélérer l’industrialisation et de débloquer les chaînes de valeur et le commerce régionaux et mondiaux. Il dirige et met à profit les activités non souveraines de la Banque (en ce compris les prêts et les investissements en actions) dans l'industrie et les services, en partenariat avec le département du secteur privé.

Cette fonction est placée sous l'autorité hiérarchique du Vice-Président en charge du Secteur privé, des Infrastructures et de l'Industrialisation.

La fonction requière un minimum de 10 ans d'expérience avérée à un poste de direction dans le secteur pertinent ; un diplôme de master ou de docteur dans un domaine d'études pertinent pour la fonction est également requis.

La date limite de dépôt des candidatures est fixée au 2 avril 2017.

Instructions pour postuler

La Banque africaine de développement a engagé les services de Russell Reynolds Associates pour faciliter ce recrutement.Pour soumettre votre candidature, veuillez s’il vous plait envoyer un CV ainsi qu’une lettre de motivation ne dépassant pas deux feuilles A4 et soulignant vos expériences et compétences liées aux demandes du rôle à:

  • Veuillez s’il vous plait specifier le titre du rôle ainsi que le code 1702-007BL dans le sujet du message.

Un descriptif du poste avec plus d’informations sur le rôle peut se trouver à travers le lien ci-dessous.

Closing Date April 2 2017

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The Francis Crick Institute
Chief Operating Officer

London, UK

​Created as a partnership between Cancer Research UK, the MRC, the Wellcome Trust, UCL, Imperial College and King’s College London, the Francis Crick Institute opened in 2016 in a new world- class, purpose built research centre in St Pancras with some 1500 leading scientists.

It is the largest single Life Sciences Research building in Europe and a world-leading centre of biomedical research and innovation. Dedicated to research excellence, the Institute has the scale, vision and expertise to tackle the most challenging scientific questions for better understanding of the biology underpinning health and disease and promotes connections between researchers and disciplines and between academic institutions, healthcare organisations and businesses.

The COO reports to the CEO (Sir Paul Nurse) and is a member of the senior executive team of the Institute, responsible for leading all corporate services as efficiently as possible, so that the best possible framework and services are provided for the scientific endeavour.

Generally the CEO’s second-in-command in terms of the day-to-day running of the institute, he/she contributes significantly to strategic direction as well as the Institute’s business and commercial strategy. This will involve developing successful partnerships with external healthcare organizations, helping to maximize its joint programmes and relations with its founding partners and assisting in external communications and relations with government and industry.

The successful candidate will be:

  • An experienced & successful senior leader with a strong track record in general or operational management at board level across a wide range of relevant management disciplines from a comparable- sized, talent-driven organisation with a strong research and development focus, possibly in life sciences or another high-tech sector
  • A strategic thinker, organiser and planner as well as demonstrably hands-on & operationally effective
  • Intellectually capable and flexible, able to manage highly academic, creative colleagues
  • An excellent communicator with strong influencing, negotiating and ambassadorial skills
  • Totally reliable with good judgement and problem solving skills, and able to deal with complex issues
  • Energetic and driven with a strong focus on delivery as well as resilient and calm under pressure

The Francis Crick Institute is committed to equal opportunities in all its activities and appointments will be determined solely on merit. Applications are welcomed from all sections of the community including those from minority ethnic groups and those with disabilities.

Closing date: Friday 24th March, 2017.

Application instructions

  • To apply, please send a full CV together with a supporting statement of no more than two sides of A4, briefly highlighting your experience and skills against the requirements of the role, to:
  • Please quote the role title and assignment code 1702-029L in the subject heading of the email.

Closing Date Friday 24 March 2017

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Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust
Chief Executive

Tri-borough, Central London

Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust was formed from a merger of St Mary’s and Hammersmith Hospitals’ NHS Trusts in 2007 and has income of circa £1bn, currently employing c. 11,000 staff serving a local population of 2+ million. In 2009, it became the first organisation to be awarded academic health science centre (AHSC) status in the UK, strengthening the partnership for education and research with Imperial College London. The Trust’s hospitals (Charing Cross, Hammersmith, Queen Charlottes & Chelsea, St Mary’s, and The Western Eye Hospitals) have a strong heritage, with a track record of continuous innovation in medicine and healthcare dating back to the days of the voluntary hospitals. St Mary's Hospital is home to the Alexander Fleming Laboratory Museum and home to the private patient Lindo Wing.

The position of Chief Executive has become vacant. The new Chief Executive will be responsible for the overall leadership, governance and performance of the Trust, and the overriding objective of this role will be to place patients and their interest at the heart of all that the Trust does. The successful candidate will be accountable to the Chairman of the Board of Directors for the strategic development of the Trust, and will lead an executive team comprising Chief Financial Officer, Medical Director, Director of Nursing, Divisional Directors, Director of People and Organisation Development, Director of Communications and External Relations, and Director of IT. He/she will also play a key role in the development of the Trust’s external relationships, including with government, with Imperial College and other partners and, in particular, in the development of the AHSC and the wider AHS Partnership, and in building and driving the NW London sustainability and transformation plan (STP).

Candidates will have significant strategic leadership experience gained at the head of a large, complex customer-focused organisation and be familiar with operating in a complex stakeholder environment, including dealing with governments at senior official and Ministerial level. Highly developed communication, negotiating and influencing skills will be required, along with experience of forming and working in partnership with all levels of staff from varied disciplines, in addition to experience of operating in a complex accountability framework in the public eye.

For more information about the role and how to apply please click on the links with this advertisement.

Closing Date Noon, Friday 24 March 2017

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Centre for Human Drug Research
Chief Executive Officer

Leiden, the Netherlands

Centre for Human Drug Research ( holds a vacancy for the role of Chief Executive Officer.
CHDR is a privately held clinical research organization, owned by a foundation with a unique market position as they are embedded in the academic world.

The Chief Executive Officer most likely holds an MD or PhD, is the leader of the organization, contributing to the vision and strategy of CHDR and is a highly collaborative integrator, with outstanding people leadership capabilities.

The three main criteria for this Chief Executive Officer position are

  1. experience with early clinical development (phase I);
  2. experience in leading teams and managing sizeable organizations;
  3. a proven scientific track record, evidenced by a considerable number of academic publications.

How to apply
To apply, please send a full CV together with a supporting statement, briefly highlighting your experience and skills against the requirements of the role, to including the reference number 1611-002NL and ‘CEO CHDR’ in the subject title. All applications will be acknowledged.

The closing date for the receipt of applications is March 31, 2017

Closing Date Noon, Friday 8 January 2016

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