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Position TitleOrganizationJob/Reference NumberLocationClosing Date
Non-Executive Director(s), Submarine Delivery Agency​Ministry of Defence​1706-048L​​London & Bristol​​​09/18/2017
Non-Executive Director(s)​HS2 Ltd​1706-044L​Birmingham​​​​09/26/2017
Principal European Economist​Visa, Inc​1707-050L​​​London​09/08/2017
Chief Executive​NHS Improvement​P1707-042L​Central London​09/18/2017
Director General, Chief Information Officer ​Ministry of Defence​1706-026L​​​​London​09/11/2017
Director​Royal Collection Trust​1706-043L​St James's Palace, London​​09/15/2017

Ministry of Defence
Non-Executive Director(s), Submarine Delivery Agency

London and Bristol

The Submarine Delivery Agency is seeking to identify three non-executive directors to join the board. The Agency was formed on 3 April 2017 from the Submarine Operating Centre within the Ministry of Defence’s (MOD’s) Defence Equipment & Support (DE&S) organisation in Bristol. It will be created formally as an Executive Agency of the MOD alongside DE&S no later than April 2018 and will be led by a board made up of executive and non-executive directors.

As a non-executive director, you will help the board to set the strategy for the Agency, review and approve plans for acquisition in support of submarines, provide advice, challenge and support to the recently appointed Chief Executive and leadership team, report on governance arrangements, and ensure that the Agency is operating in full compliance with all safety and security requirements.

This is work of unparalleled strategic importance. The UK’s independent nuclear deterrent is essential to our nation’s security. Since 1969, the Royal Navy has maintained Continuous At Sea deterrence with at least one nuclear-armed submarine on patrol at all times. Sustaining that critical capability is the most significant and wide ranging of all the major defence tasks.

Our ambition is for the SDA to be a world-class client delivery organisation, bringing together existing expertise with heightened managerial, commercial and procurement capability to ensure the excellence of the UK’s nuclear submarine assets for decades to come. The decisions made over the coming years will potentially carry weight for the next 50 years and beyond.

Candidates for these exciting and challenging roles will have a record of operating at board level in very large, complex organisations. Experience of operational management and of capital project delivery, as well as finance and audit, are of particular interest. In addition to an outstanding record of achievement, candidates will need to demonstrate leadership and team working skills of the highest order, together with integrity, discretion, and an appreciation of good governance and public propriety. Some prior exposure to government would be helpful.

It is envisaged that the time commitment will be around to 2 days per month, with board meetings routinely in London and Bristol.

Attractive package.

Closing date: Noon, Monday 18 September 2017

For more information about the role requirements and how to apply, please visit click on the links to the Position Specification and Monitoring Forms

Closing Date Noon, Monday 18 September 2017

Job Specification Documents:

HS2 Ltd
Non-Executive Director(s)

Birmingham (London to mid 2018)

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 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.

HS2 Ltd is at a pivotal point in its development, transitioning from an advisory and project planning organisation to becoming the delivery body that will build and ultimately operate the railway. The Secretary of State for Transport is seeking to appoint two new Non-Executive board members to the HS2 Ltd Board, with specific experience of delivering very large infrastructure projects and/or property development and regeneration, with the aim of increasing the level of commercial expertise, challenge and Board knowledge of very large project delivery. Alongside these areas of expertise, these individuals will ensure the highest standards of corporate governance are observed and propriety maintained in line with best practice and statutory requirements, and contribute to developing and improving relationships between stakeholders and partner organisations.

Candidates for these challenging roles will possess instantly recognisable commercial experience of leading the delivery of very large scale infrastructure projects including, but not exclusively, in Transport and Energy and/or substantial operational experience gained in property development and regeneration. Commercial skills are sought for example, in the application of commercial strategies to major projects, along with the ability to contribute to, and constructively challenge the programme, ensuring the Department for Transport and HM Treasury continue to have confidence in HS2 Ltd’s ability to deliver to time, cost and quality.

Russell Reynolds Associates has been appointed to support this appointment for DfT. For further information about this role please follow the link to the information pack, or call +44 (0) 20 7830 8052 for further assistance.

The closing date for applications is noon, Tuesday 26 September 2017

Note: 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 Tuesday 26 September 2017

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Principal European Economist

London, UK

Visa Inc, the world’s leading global payments technology company, seeks to appoint a Principal European Economist. Reporting to the Global Chief Economist, s/he will lead the Visa Business and Economic Insights (BEI) team in Europe as the region’s senior-most expert and thought leader in business economics. The Principal European Economist will serve as a brand ambassador for Visa in Europe, engaging with Visa’s clients and stakeholders at the highest levels. S/he will bring a deep understanding of European economic trends, proven analytical rigor, and expertise in econometric modelling, forecasting and big data analytics. S/he will be an adroit communicator and storyteller, promoting Visa’s leadership in the payments industry, generating and delivering high-impact insights to clients’ executive management, senior government officials and Visa’s regional and global leadership.

The Principal European Economist will report to the Global Chief Economist, Wayne Best (based in San Francisco), and will work closely with the European leadership team, including the Visa Europe CEO, Bill Sheedy.

This role will be based in London, UK, and will require frequent travel throughout the European region.

Visa Inc has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to assist with this appointment. For further information on the position and additional details on qualifications, requirements, and how to apply, please follow the below link to the position specification.

Closing Date 8 September 2017

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NHS Improvement
Chief Executive

Central London | Attractive Package

The NHS faces unprecedented challenges, financial, operational and structural. There is no more important time than now to lead and effect change and to make a difference for patients for generations to come. Likewise, there are few roles as crucial as being Chief Executive of the organisation that faces square on to these challenges.

In a role requiring resilience and strength of character, the Chief Executive of NHS improvement will need to take difficult decisions under significant public, media and political scrutiny, co- piloting the NHS through a challenging programme of cost and productivity improvement, whilst also championing quality, sustainability and transformation partnerships. This individual will play a vital role in producing more integrated health and care services across traditional boundaries.

The Chief Executive will need to be a leader with an unblemished record, deep experience in, and understanding of, the NHS, together with drive, energy and ambition to leave behind an unparalleled legacy. Communication skills and the ability to manage a highly complex stakeholder landscape in a collaborative and galvanising manner, will be vital characteristics for the successful candidate.

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

Closing Date Noon, Monday 18 September 2017

Job Specification Documents:

Ministry of Defence
Director General, Chief Information Officer


Up to £180,000.

The Ministry of Defence (MOD) protects the security, independence and interests of the United Kingdom (UK) at home and abroad. Working with the UK’s allies and partners whenever possible, the MOD has a whole force of military, civil servants, civilians and contractors that constitute the UK’s defence community and are able to deploy military power and to direct and support the UK’s forces from a strong and resilient strategic base. There are some 1 million people on the Ministry of Defence payroll including the current Civil Service population of c. 58,000 and 220,000 military personnel.

The MOD is looking to recruit a new Director General, Chief Information Officer (CIO). This is a substantial and challenging role with significant involvement in the transformation and operation of the department. The CIO will be the primary advisor to the Defence Board on Information and Digital, and, as the Senior Information Risk Owner (SIRO), s/he will be accountable for the statutory compliance, quality, timeliness and security of all departmental information. Managing a team of 2,000 staff and with control of an annual operating cost budget for Digital and ICT delivery of £223million and direct capital expenditure of £1.8billion, the CIO will deliver the MOD’s ICT programme to meet its strategic objectives and budget, drive the development of Digital and ICT standards, governance processes and performance metrics to ensure ICT delivers value to the taxpayer. The role requires the ability to engage and lead people as well as position the MOD in the cross government agenda.

The candidate for the role will bring a proven track record of successfully leading a large-scale IT division with extensive experience and professional capabilities, including high level digital strategy expertise gained from a multi- channel business. S/he will possess Board level leadership experience of driving an extensive and challenging change programme across large, complex and multi-functional private or public sector organisations. S/he will be a successful manager of complex multi-location teams and be able to work within a rapidly evolving environment. S/he will have proven ability to challenge, influence and debate as is befitting of a Director-General level role. The successful candidate is likely to have experience operating at CIO level in a large scale and complex reporting environment in either the public or private sector. Although it may be helpful, it is notessential that you have experience working with or within the Defence sector.

Please note you must be a UK National in order to be eligible to apply for this role.

The Ministry of Defence has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to support this recruitment. For further information about the role, terms and conditions of service, qualification requirements and how to apply, please follow the links to three attachments.

The closing date for applications is Noon, Monday 11 September 2017.

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, Monday 11 September 2017

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Royal Collection Trust

St James's Palace, London

Unique in both its quality and diversity, The Royal Collection is one of the largest and most important art collections in the world, and is held in trust by the Sovereign on behalf of the Nation. Royal Collection Trust is both a department of the Royal Household and a charitable trust. Its activities are funded entirely through revenue generation, principally via its trading arm, Royal Collection Enterprises, a thriving business with an annual turnover of c. £62 million. The Trust's principal aims are to ensure that the Royal Collection is cared for and maintained for future generations, that it is appropriately enhanced, but also that as much of it as possible can be viewed by the public.

The Director is accountable to the Board of Trustees and leads the organisation strategically and operationally, working across a diverse stakeholder network where engagement and collaboration is essential. The Director oversees the curatorial, conservation and custodial control of the Collection, leading experts in their field. Simultaneously he or she works to identify and promote ways to maximise revenue-generating opportunities.

Candidates for the role will possess curatorial credibility and leadership. An interest in, or understanding of, the heritage and arts sector would be an advantage, but is by no means essential and candidates who are commercially astute are encouraged to apply. Candidates for the role will bring inspirational leadership, have been successful at board level and be able to demonstrate breadth of thinking and strong judgement, analytical and general management skills. As head of one of the five main departments of the Royal Household, the next Director will sit on the decision making leadership committee and work collaboratively with senior peers to help shape and lead the whole organisation. Candidates must therefore be clear and strategic thinkers with the capability of making a significant contribution, have excellent relationship management skills, and be outstanding communicators.

Russell Reynolds Associates are assisting the Royal Collection Trust with this appointment. For more information about the role requirements and how to apply, please click on the link to the Position Specification.

The closing date for applications is 15th September 2017.

Closing Date Friday 15 September 2017

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