Executive Opportunities

Position Title Organization Job/Reference Number Location Closing Date
Chair CDC Group plc 2104-045L London 27/08/2021
Non-Executive Director The Royal Mint P2107-056L United Kingdom 13/09/2021
Consultant, Insurance Industry Practice Russell Reynolds Associates P2104-106L London 09/08/2021
Chief People Officer NHS Blood and Transplant 2106-082L United Kingdom 21/07/2021
CEO, Smart Power X Rockefeller Foundation 2103-009L New York/Washington DC
Chief Digital Health Officer Living Goods 2104-001PL Nairobi

CDC Group plc


CDC Group plc (CDC) is the UK's development finance institution, with the inspiring impact investment mandate to transform lives and achieve a better and more sustainable future for people in Africa and Asia. Whether it's investing in the world's largest solar park in Egypt or establishing a new company to dramatically reduce the cost of medicines, CDC is driven in its mission to be involved in tackling some of the biggest challenges in global development today.

Wholly owned by the UK Government, CDC operates with an independent board and has net assets of £6.5 billion and a portfolio of £4.7 billion in growing companies across nearly 70 countries. CDC takes an entrepreneurial approach to investment, thinking creatively about ways to deploy capital, and mobilise other investors, to drive transformational impact in support of the UN's Sustainable Development Goals. In 2019, CDC committed £1.6 billion of capital across 54 transactions in Debt, Equity, Infrastructure, Funds & Capital Partnerships, and continued to expand its presence in Africa and South Asia with further new offices opening throughout 2020.

CDC is seeking an exceptional and experienced individual motivated by the company's mission and values to Chair the Board. The successful candidate will provide clear direction and focus for CDC, ensuring that the execution of CDC's strategy is aligned and consistent with its ambition to be the highest calibre impact investing organisation. S/he will effectively engage the shareholder and other key stakeholder relationships and oversee the operations of the Board to contribute to the successful development of the organisation and its proper governance.

All candidates will be expected to demonstrate a passion for development finance as well as an understanding of, and commitment to, CDC's mission. S/he will bring experience of chairing the Board of a relevant organisation, senior leadership in a significant financial sector institution and leading an organisation in ambiguous and multi stakeholder environments. Candidates will ideally bring experience of a double bottom line or mission driven organisation, exposure to an African or South Asian context and an understanding of the UK government and of public policy, particularly in relation to development and foreign policy.

The successful candidate will be someone who inspires confidence and trust, has excellent communication skills and is prepared for public accountability. They will be comfortable dealing with a range of high profile, international stakeholders, as well as talking to individuals at all levels within CDC. The time commitment is expected to be c.2 days per week.

Diversity and inclusion are at the heart of everything we do at CDC. These concepts are aligned to our mission and embedded in our values.

In order for us to build an open and inclusive culture at CDC that is representative of the society in which we live and work, we strive to reflect this diversity in the candidates we attract, select and hire at CDC. We welcome applications from all candidates.

CDC has retained Russell Reynol​ds Associates to assist with this appointment.

For further information on the position and additional details on qualifications, requirements, and how to apply, please go to follow the link to the position specification below.

The closing date for applications is midnight, 27 August 2021.

Position Specification 

The Royal Mint
Non-Executive Director

United Kingdom

The Royal Mint is a unique organisation with more than 1,000 years of history and a brand that is close to the nation’s heart. Building on the foundations of this rich heritage, The Royal Mint is undergoing an exciting transformation that harnesses its rich heritage and British craftsmanship, alongside modern manufacturing and commercial practices. Already the world’s largest exporting mint and market leader in the design, manufacture and sales of high-quality circulating and commemorative coins, The Royal Mint has a portfolio of exciting international B2B and B2C businesses, including their rapidly growing precious metals business, and a multi-faceted consumer division.

The Royal Mint is a wholly owned government company that operates with significant commercial autonomy. To aid its ambitious growth plans, it is seeking a new non-executive director to support and constructively challenge the strategic direction of the business whilst adding diversity of thought and industry experience to the Board. Specific desirable skills and experience include:

  • An executive career spent in entrepreneurial manufacturing businesses, especially within a direct-to-consumer industry.
  • Strong executive experience in driving transformation and improvements.
  • Supply chain experience.
  • A track record of delivering to international markets.

The closing date for applications is Monday 13th September​.

The Royal Mint has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to advise on this appointment. For further information about the position and additional details on qualifications, requirements, terms and conditions of service and how to apply, please follow the link to the position specification below. 

The Royal Mint is committed to promoting a diverse and inclusive workplace and welcomes applications from all candidates.

Position Specification: 

Russell Reynolds Associates
Consultant, Insurance Industry Practice


Company Background

Russell Reynolds Associates (www.russellreynolds.com) is the premier provider of senior-level executive search and leadership advisory services, serving clients globally for over 50 years. We advise our clients on recruiting and retaining outstanding and impactful leaders, and help them to mitigate the risks associated with senior-level appointments.  We are a privately held firm with 46 offices across North and South America, Europe, and Asia/Pacific. A global research network supports close to 500 experienced consultants across a broad range of industries and functional roles.  Our success over the past five decades is attributable to the outstanding quality of our people, and a culture and business strategy focused on excellence in client service.

The Role

We are looking for a Consultant to join our market leading Insurance team in London.  The practice advises leaders and boards across the Insurance industry. They are retained by clients to recruit high profile roles across all functions including non-executive directors, CEOs and their direct reports, for global, regional and local roles.  This individual will be part of a collaborative global team responsible for executing search assignments and building strong partnerships with senior stakeholders through existing and new business development.  Working with an established Senior Partner and a team of capable researchers the Consultant will drive the execution of search assignments.  The role involves frequent collaboration with local and global colleagues within Insurance and in other practice areas thus contributing to the wider growth and development of the practice.  Over time, and as their executive search expertise and client relationships develop, successful performers are promoted to our Executive Director and Managing Director levels. 

  • The Consultant is responsible for managing assignments across all stages  of the search process and working  with industry leaders, candidates and clients.
  • In addition to executing assignments, as their careers evolve, consultants build and deepen long-term client relationships through high quality work and counsel, and the pursuit of various business development activities. 
  • Our senior consultants develop market-validated reputations for their expertise and are recognized by leading companies within their sector as trusted advisors.



  • The successful candidate will typically have 8-12 years of total work experience before joining us  with relevant experience managing clients and leading relationships with C-suite executives.
  • Candidates may come from a number of backgrounds including executive search, recruitment, talent management, management consulting, strategy consulting or an insurance industry role.
  • Many of those we hire into Russell Reynolds Associates come from outside of Executive Search and we have many successful consultants who have made the transition from Management and Strategy Consultancy and Industry roles into search.
  • Exposure to Insurance or Consumer Financial Services sector.
  • Degree preferred.
  • Will have  held senior functional or project management roles and had responsibility for the successful delivery of projects/initiatives involving tight timelines, diverse stakeholders, and stretch objectives. 
  • Show universal success in driving complex processes, delivering compelling solutions, and growing deep relationships
  • Entrepreneurial drive and intellectual agility are key traits as well as the confidence to work on a global basis with CEOs, Board Chairs and other senior leaders.
  • Interpersonal skills are very important, particularly the ability to impact senior individuals positively and, over time, build strong relationships at the Board level.  Listening and presentation skills are crucial. 

Key Skills

  • Driving Results: Rigorously holds oneself and others accountable for achieving high levels of individual and organizational performance.
  • Developing and Leveraging Relationships: Creating and cultivating internal and external networks of people who contribute to your success. 
  • Analytical Skill:  An expansive ability to handle complex and multi-dimensional problems, and to apply logic, analysis, and sound reasoning to solve those problems. Quickly absorbing new information and changing dynamics.
  • Impression and Communication: Highly articulate and able to convey important messages in a clear and compelling manner. A strong, positive, and remarkable personal presence resulting from one's bearing, style, words or behaviour.
  • Empathy:  Understanding and accurately assessing the reactions of others, and incorporating those into actions and presentation. 
  • Integrity:  Doing the right thing by others, having the courage of own convictions, and adhering to strongly held principles and values.
  • Entrepreneurial Drive:  Quick to seize and capitalize on trends and opportunities.

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, via email to responses@russellreynolds.com. Please  quote 2104-106L in the subject heading of the email. 

The closing date for applications is 10:00am, Monday 9th August 2021

 Position Specification

NHS Blood and Transplant
Chief People Officer

United Kingdom

A unique opportunity to drive transformation in one of the most mission-critical, purpose-driven and national organisations in the UK.

NHS Blood and Transplant (NHSBT) is a Special Health Authority dedicated to saving and improving lives. We are an essential part of the NHS providing a wide range of services making the most of absolutely every donation – from blood and organs to tissues and stem cells. Few organisations have the ability to reach so many, delivering the best possible service to patients, donors and the NHS. The range of our work providing diagnostic and therapeutic services, organ donation & transplantation, and blood supply, demands that our operations are world class, providing a safe, reliable and efficient supply across the UK by working seamlessly with an unparalleled range of stakeholders including government, volunteers, the health sector and academia.
We were formed in 2005 by bringing together the National Blood Service and UK Transplant. We are now one of the largest and most effective organisations of our type in the world. We employ over 6,400 people across the UK, with a total revenue of over £485 million, delivering blood, and blood-based therapies across England; Diagnostic and Therapeutic services globally; and organ donation and supply services for the whole of the UK. As an organisation, equality of opportunity and appreciation of diversity in its many forms is central not only to our relationships with employees but also to our donors and the patients we serve. Technically, we are a biomedical manufacturing and supply chain organisation. But at our heart, we enable daily acts of altruism. We help ordinary people do something extraordinary, saving and improving the lives of others with their valuable donations.
We are seeking a new Chief People Officer (CPO) as we embark on a transformation journey to achieve these goals. Given the focus on people, leadership and culture, the HR and OD functions will play a significant role in leading and delivering an ambitious transformation agenda. At the same time, these functions must also play a major role in supporting NHSBT’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. This includes ensuring the safety and wellbeing of over 6,000 employees but also recruiting and training - at pace - hundreds of new people to ramp up a large-scale convalescent plasma programme which, with a budget of £100m, represents a five-fold increase on NHSBT’s normal annual change programme. As a member of the Executive Team and Board, the Chief People Officer will act as a strategic partner for the Chief Executive, offering expert counsel and thought leadership on people and change.
The successful candidate will be an outstanding strategic HR leader with a high level of relevant professional, technical skills and knowledge of workforce, talent management and HR. They will have the  ability to bring together leaders and expert teams and deliver significant business transformation programmes across complex organisations. An excellent communicator, they will also lead and champion workplace equality and diversity in all NHSBT activities.
The closing date for applications is 21st July.
NHSBT is committed to championing and promoting equal opportunity. We are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace and aim to reflect the diverse communities we work with and positively encourage applications from all sectors of the community. The role will be initially a two-year fixed term contract or a secondment opportunity for candidates within the public sector.
NHSBT has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to advise on this appointment. For further information about the position and the terms and conditions of service, including how to apply, please follow the link to the position specification below. 

Position Specification

Rockefeller Foundation
CEO, Smart Power X

New York/Washington DC

​The Rockefeller Foundation is seeking to appoint the founding CEO of Smart Power X ('SPX'), a new global platform it is establishing.​

The Rockefeller Foundation has already demonstrated what it takes to scale distributed renewable electricity (DRE) solutions in select markets, with data-driven insights on the business models and technologies needed to unleash them. The organization has built a unique global community of partners, including donors, investors, private DRE developers, large energy utilities, governments and NGOs who are actively engaged with the Rockefeller Foundation, and are eager to do more. Based on this experience, the Foundation believes now is the moment to harness this collective ambition via SPX.  In launching SPX, the Foundation will position energy at the nexus of development and action on climate change, and thereby lay the groundwork to ultimately frame it as a new model for global development.

The CEO of SPX will be a leader of vision, intellectual breadth, practical entrepreneurial and partnership building experience to build the initiative along with the Board and create immediate impact and a legacy for the future. This person will create a world-class organisation with a powerful voice and champion its mission to end energy poverty.  

Eventually reporting to, and working closely with the Board of Directors, the CEO will be responsible for the strategic, programmatic, financial, and operational leadership of the organisation. S/he will ensure that the organisation's governance, programmes, and engagement are ethical, transparent, aligned and supportive of the Rockefeller's values and core commitments.

The CEO will be an inclusive leader who will work closely with the Board, partners, senior leadership team, and staff to frame the strategy and agenda of the organisation, build its brand, establish new partnerships, and enhance its relevance, influence, and practical contribution. 

The Rockefeller Foundation has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to advise on this appointment. To apply for this role please send a copy of your CV and a Statement of Suitability to responses@russellreynolds.com, including the role title and reference 2103-009L in the email subject line.

​The Rockefeller Foundation is committed to the principles of equal employment opportunity and to compliance with all federal, state, and local laws concerning employment discrimination, including the Americans with Disabilities Act.  To this end, the Foundation ensures equal opportunity to all employees and applicants regardless of race, color, age, gender, sexual orientation, religion, marital status, national origin or ancestry, citizenship, lawful alien status, physical, mental, and medical disability, veteran status or liability for service in the United States Armed Forces.

Position Specification

Living Goods
Chief Digital Health Officer


​Living Goods is a non-profit organization founded in San Francisco with operations in Uganda, Kenya, and Myanmar, and Washington, DC. Its goal is to build sustainable community health systems at scale. Living Goods envisions a world where every family can easily access the healthcare they need to survive and thrive. To achieve this, Living Goods supports digitally empowered community health workers (CHWs) who deliver care on call by leveraging smart mobile technology and real-time data, with the goal of supporting governments to invest in and scale effective community health nationally. CHWs go door-to-door in their neighborhoods to provide health education, diagnoses, medicines, and health products.

Living Goods is seeking to appoint a Chief Digital Health Officer who will serve as a strategic thought partner to the CEO on all digital health, data, and technology approaches to enable implementation of the organizational strategy. The CDHO will lead on working closely with in-country stakeholders to codesign digital health solutions that ensure opportunities to strengthen national community health systems.

The CDHO role will bring at least 15 years of relevant experience, including at least five years at executive level. Ideally they will have had experience in developing B2C mobile applications in the African or an emerging markets context. This person will possess the strategic capability to create a vision for digital health to enable strengthened community health systems and government partnerships.

Living Goods has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to advise on this appointment. To apply for this role please send a copy of your CV and a Statement of Suitability to responses@russellreynolds.com, including the role title and reference 2104-001PL in the email subject line.

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