Executive Opportunities

Position TitleOrganizationJob/Reference NumberLocationClosing Date
ChairHS2P1701-087LBirmingham & London4/23/2018
Independent Review Committee (IRC) MembersGavi, the Vaccine AllianceP1801-048LVarious4/21/2018
Chief Executive OfficerGovernment Property Agency1803-082LUK5/04/2018
Executive DirectorInstitute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp1803-006BLAntwerp, Belgium6/06/2018
Chief ExecutiveThe King’s Fund1802-077LLondon5/02/2018


Birmingham & London
Attractive Package | c. 3 days per week


High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd 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 Ltd is responsible for developing and promoting the UK’s new high-speed rail network which will be delivered in two phases; Phase 1 be tween London and the West Midlands and Phase 2 split in two; Phase 2a, connecting the West Midlands to Crewe, and Phase 2b connecting the West Midlands to Manchester and Leeds. HS2 is a once-in-a-generation project to build a new railway set to transform travel in Britain and reshape the economic geography of the nation. It will consolidate Britain's position as a leading, forward-looking economy and act as an engine for growth. The current Chair, Sir David Higgins, is due to step down in July 2018, and the Department for Transport seeks a successor.

The new Chair will account to the Secretary of State for Transport as the Department’s sole owner of HS2 Ltd, who in turn is accountable to Parliament for the activities and performance of HS2 Ltd, and to the Permanent Secretary as Principal Accounting Officer for HS2. He/she will chair the HS2 Ltd Board in shaping, challenging and directing strategy, and will provide assurance that the Board and the organisation operate effectively and responsibly. Leading by example, the new Chair will be a passionate advocate for the High Speed Rail project, carrying its message to the UK’s political and business leadership, to the wider public, as well as on the national stage.

Candidates for this challenging role will need to demonstrate an outstanding record of achievement throughout their professional career. A background of successfully leading very large organisations in sectors such as, but not limited to, transport, construction or regeneration would be highly desirable. The new Chair will have excellent leadership, stakeholder management and communication skills, along with the ability to manage complex partnerships to bring stakeholders together, and to build consensus around high priority interventions. 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 follow the links to attachments.

Note: When applying for the role you must complete the diversity forms provided

Closing Date Noon, Monday 23 April 2018

Job Specification Documents:

Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance
Independent Review Committee (IRC) Members


Gavi, the Vaccine Alliance is a public-private partnership committed to saving children's lives and protecting people's health by increasing equitable use of vaccines in lower-income countries. The Vaccine Alliance brings together developing country and donor governments, the World Health Organization, UNICEF, the World Bank, the vaccine industry, technical agencies, civil society, the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and other private sector partners. Since 2000, Gavi has contributed to the immunisation of nearly 640 million children and the prevention of more than 9 million future deaths.

Gavi relies upon its Independent Review Committee (IRC), an independent and impartial group of experts, to guarantee the integrity and consistency of an open and transparent funding process. The IRC considers requests for Gavi support holistically, and makes recommendations to Gavi on whether to fund country plans and programmes –for both new vaccine support and health systems strengthening support.

Gavi now seeks to appoint 30 additional public health experts as new IRC Members. Successful IRC Members will bring proven expertise and eminence in a field of public health relevant to Gavi. Collectively, the pool will include expertise in immunisation programmes, in particular on measles and rubella, HPV, and typhoid, and further expertise in health system strengthening, cold chain and logistics, financial and budget analysis, in the context of developing countries and, ideally, fragile and emergency settings.

Gavi seeks individuals who are not only well-rounded technical experts, but who are true team players, effective under pressure. The ability to communicate convincingly, both orally and in written work, is essential. The working language of the IRC is English. Fluency in French is highly advantageous, and is a requirement for at least half of the appointments; fluency, or a working ability, in Spanish or Portuguese is helpful.

Gavi has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to assist with these appointments. 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 responses@russellreynolds.com. Please include the role title and the reference number P1801-048L in the subject of your e-mail. All applications will be acknowledged.

The closing date for applications is 21 April 2018.

Closing Date 21 April 2018

Job Specification Documents:

Government Property Agency
Chief Executive Officer


There can be few more interesting and challenging roles at this historic, exciting and challenging time for the UK than that of CEO of the new Government Property Agency (GPA). The successful candidate will influence and shape the strategic direction of government property with transformative outputs and expected benefits over a 10 year period approaching £3 billion.

Creating the GPA represents a step change in the way that the Central Government non-specialist estate is managed. The GPA’s mission is to deliver best-in-class property and workplace solutions across government, via a new commercially driven approach to land and property asset management, realising more value than departments can deliver on their own. Mirroring a commercial property organisation, and through a portfolio approach to property asset management (asset value over the first three years is ca. £13.1bn, with annual operating costs of £4.2bn), returns can be maximised and waste minimised through rationalisation opportunities.

Beyond shaping the government property agenda, the CEO will have the rare chance to help build and shape a new government agency. S/he will implement the overall strategy and policy for the GPA, establishing and leading a strong team and promoting a collaborative culture internally and across government.

The successful candidate will be able to demonstrate:

  • Considerable knowledge and experience of commercial property asset management (and ideally a Professional Property Qualification).
  • Excellent executive-level leadership, interpersonal and communication skills with board level experience.
  • Highly developed stakeholder management skills, and the ability to present complex strategies and technicalities to non- professionals.
  • Experience of implementing large scale and complex transformation programmes involving structural and cultural change and management of robust budgetary and financial management controls.

The Government Property Agency has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to advise on this appointment. For further information about this role, including how to apply, please follow the link to the position specification below.

N.B. The Diversity Monitoring and Supporting Information Forms are also available to download below and should be submitted with all applications.

The closing date for applications is noon, Friday 4th May 2018.

The Civil Service Commission provides assurance that selection for appointment to the Civil Service is on merit on the basis of fair and open competition.

Closing Date Noon, Friday 4 May 2018

Job Specification Documents:

Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp
Executive Director

Antwerp, Belgium

The Institute of Tropical Medicine in Antwerp, Belgium (ITM – www.itg.be) is one of the world's leading institutes for advanced research, post-graduate training and expert assistance in tropical medicine and public health. Under the motto "Excellence and Relevance", ITM works with scientific institutions, governments and organisations worldwide towards scientific progress and better health in low- and middle-income countries. ITM also houses a specialised outpatient clinic and the full scope of administrative and logistical support services. It has annual revenues of € 60 million aJunend employs over 400 staff. ITM is an autonomous academic institute with an interuniversity character which draws its core funding from the Flemish Ministries of Education and Science, program funding from the Belgian Federal Ministries of Development Cooperation, Public Health and Science Policy, and project funding from a range of national and international science and development agencies.

ITM’s Board of Governors seeks to appoint a new Executive Director. In addition to implementing the resolutions adopted by the Board of Governors, the Executive Director is responsible for the day-to-day administration and management of ITM. The Executive Director is assisted by a management committee, which s/he chairs, and which includes the three Heads of Department (Biomedical Sciences, Clinical Sciences, Public Health) and the General Manager. The Executive Director will be responsible for (i) the strategy and long term policy plan - e.g. by preparing the strategy for Board approval and translating it into an institutional policy plan; (ii) the management and governance - e.g. by taking responsibility of overall management of the research, education and health activities as well as its supporting financial and administrative functions; and (iii) external relations – e.g. by building effective relationships at the highest levels with all stakeholders (including national and international governments, public authorities, health organisations, NGOs, academic institutions, and the healthcare industry).

A successful candidate will have a relevant scientific PhD degree with solid academic curriculum in fields such as biomedical sciences, clinical sciences or public health. S/he will be a world recognised leader in the field of tropical medicine with at least 10-year experience as academic, M.D. or scientist, or with at least 10-year experience in a leading position within an international (preferably in tropical countries) multidisciplinary, science-driven organisation, institution or corporation. S/he will have solid management and/or partnership experience with/in international organisations with a focus on healthcare/public health; strong business acumen, strategically as well as operationally; and international experience in/with prominent universities or research centres. S/he will have confirmed proficiency in English. Fluency in Dutch and French is preferred.

Institute of Tropical Medicine Antwerp has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to assist with this appointment.

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 responses@russellreynolds.com including the reference number 1803-006BL and the job role in the subject title. All applications will be acknowledged.

The closing date for applications is June 6th 2018.

Closing Date Wednesday 6 June 2018

Job Specification Documents:

The King’s Fund
Chief Executive

London | Attractive Package

The King’s Fund is an independent charity working to improve health and care in England. The Fund works to shape policy and practice through research and analysis, helping to develop individuals, teams and organisations to promote better understanding of the health and social care system, and to bring people together to learn, share knowledge, and debate. Income is derived from a mix of investments and services paid for by the NHS, the voluntary and public sectors, and from other commercial sources. 2016 expenditure was circa £15 million.

The Chief Executive is responsible for leading the Fund to deliver on its strategic objectives. He or she will be accountable to the Chair and Trustees, and will lead an experienced senior management team to maintain and develop a clear vision and strategy for the Fund, and to set its future direction.

Candidates for this high profile, important and influential role will be experienced thought leaders with the authority to operate at the very highest level and a reputation for policy development at a national level. They should ideally possess a good understanding of health care systems in the UK. Experience of leading and inspiring an already high-performing workforce to achieve ever greater results will be important, along with excellent presentation, communication and influencing skills.

The King’s Fund has always played an important role in shaping health care policy for the good of patients in the UK. The new Chief Executive will continue to lead the important work of the Fund during one of the most challenging times for health care delivery in the UK.

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

Closing Date Noon, Wednesday 2 May 2018

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