Executive Opportunities

Position TitleOrganizationJob/Reference NumberLocationClosing Date
Chief Executive​Ordnance Survey
​Southampton and London
Chief Executive Officer​Government Property Agency
United Kingdom​​1/17/2019
Managing Director, Country ProgrammesGavi, The Vaccine Alliance
Geneva, Switzerland
Chief Executive Officer & Chief Land Registrar​HM Land Registry 
​Croydon, UK
Chief Executive OfficerSCALE AI
​1805-001T​Montréal, Canada​7/01/2018
National Statistician and Chief Executive​UK Statistics Authority​P1808-025L​London, UK​01/14/2019
Chair and Vice-Chair​The Global Fund​1810-043L​Not Applicable​01/8/2019
Director General​International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)​1810-117NA​N/A​02/15/2019
MasterUniversity College, Oxford​1810-092L​Oxford, United Kingdom​​02/22/2019
​Board Commissioner
​The Crown Estate
​London, UK

Ordnance Survey
Chief Excutive

Southampton and London

Ordnance Survey (OS) is the National Mapping Authority of Great Britain; it provides definitive and authoritative geospatial and cartographic data, products and services, both to public bodies and to a commercial and increasingly global customer base. Operating at the forefront of the rapidly-evolving global market for geospatial data, the business is developing an ambitious commercial growth strategy. In 2017-18, it generated revenues of £155m and over 25,000 business customers accessed its products. On average, OS services c. 140,000 custom data orders a year.

A wholly-owned Government Company, OS provides the UK Government with geographic information that is used to provide essential public services. Every arm of government accesses OS’s geospatial data, which is used to deliver value and services to citizens across the country. The data is also used by a wide variety of commercial customers in the UK and OS also provides services to other countries across the world.

The successful candidate will have significant leadership experience at board level in a commercial organisation with a track record of delivering commercial growth, domestically and overseas, focused on services where product innovation and high standards of operational performance are critical competitive differentiators. S/he will bring knowledge of B2B or B2C markets and entrepreneurial environments where technology, data and digital change is creating new commercial opportunities and transforming business models. This individual will be able to create sustainable growth strategies, and then support teams in their successful implementation to drive systematic improvements in day-to-day business performance. They will be a credible, confident individual, possessing political acumen and strong ambassadorial skills with a collaborative approach and open management style. Confidence in navigating complex stakeholder environments and working with a wide variety of stakeholder groups, will be crucial, ideally including experience of the public sector.

Russell Reynolds Associates has been retained to advise on this appointment. For further information about the role please click on the accompanying links.

The closing date for applications is Noon, 21 January 2019.

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Government Property Agency
Chief Executive Officer

United Kingdom

There can be few more interesting and challenging leadership roles at this historic, exciting and challenging time for the UK than that of CEO of the 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.

The GPA was created in early 2018 to drive a step change in the way that the Central Government non-specialist estate is managed. The GPA is delivering 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 are being 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 an early stage government agency. S/he will implement the overall strategy and policy for the GPA, leading a strong team and promoting a collaborative culture internally and across government.

If you are a very experienced transformational leader, this is a challenge you’ll not want to miss!

We are an equal opportunities employer and welcome suitably qualified applicants from all backgrounds.

If you'd like to be part of creating the best civil service in the world, please do apply.

The Government Property Agency has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to advise on this appointment. For further information about the position, please click on the links with this advertisement.

To apply for this post please send a copy of your CV and a Statement of Suitability to responses@russellreynolds.com, including the role title and reference 1803-082L in the email subject line.

The closing date for applications is 12pm, Thursday 17th January, 2019.

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.

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Gavi, The Vaccine Alliance
Managing Director, Country Programmes

Geneva, Switzerland

This is an opportunity to join the senior leadership team at the world’s leading vaccines and immunisation organisation.

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. Gavi uses innovative finance mechanisms, including co-financing by recipient countries, to secure sustainable funding and adequate supply of quality vaccines. Since 2000, Gavi has contributed to the immunisation of nearly 700 million children and the prevention of 10 million future deaths.

Gavi is seeking to appoint a new Managing Director Country Programmes, who will be a prominent member of the Senior Management Team. The Country Programmes Department oversees the successful implementation of the immunisation programmes Gavi supports. The Managing Director Country Programmes will lead the department, fostering a motivating and supportive environment, and ensure that Gavi’s programmes are best in class. S/he will champion the adoption of best practices and innovation across the organisation.

Candidates for the role should bring a demonstrable track record of successfully planning, implementing, and monitoring large-scale country programmes. They will be able to operate with credibility in high-level policy settings, whilst galvanising, inspiring, and developing colleagues across Gavi. They will be highly financially literate and they will have acute analytical skills, basing their decisions on sound evidence.

Gavi is committed to diversity within its workforce and encourages applications from all qualified candidates.

The Gavi Alliance has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to advise on this appointment. For further information about the position, please click on the links with this advertisement.

For further information on the role, including full details of how to apply, please follow the link to the position specification below.

The closing date for applications is 31 January 2019.

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HM Land Registry
Chief Executive Officer & Chief Land Registrar

Croydon, UK

HMLR is recruiting a new Chief Executive (who will also be the Chief Land Registrar) to lead and accelerate its operational and digital transformation. We are creating a modern, digital and customer-focused organisation with the ambition to become the world’s leading land registry, using pioneering technologies like AI and blockchain to deliver exceptional service and geospatial intelligence.

HMLR safeguards land and property ownership worth in excess of £4 trillion by guaranteeing its ownership. We are therefore a critical component of the national infrastructure. Our location intelligence and geospatial data underpin the economic fabric of the country, support the property and financial markets and enable economic growth.

We offer an exciting opportunity to lead one of the UK’s most important organisations with over 5000 highly talented colleagues. Our new CEO will be an innovative and enthusiastic transformation leader ready to take the next step in their career.

You should be driven by a commitment to customer excellence and a passion to improve the world around you. For HMLR, your potential is what matters most.

HM Land Registry has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to advise on this appointment. For further information about the position and how HM Land Registry is transforming itself into a highly digital, forward-thinking organisation, please click below to download the position specification.

To apply for this post please send a copy of your CV and a Statement of Suitability to responses@russellreynolds.com, including the role title and reference 1811-077L in the email subject line.

The closing date for applications is 23:59, Thursday 24th January 2019.

We are an equal opportunity employer and welcome applicants from a diverse range of backgrounds.

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Chief Executive Officer

Montréal, Canada

SCALE AI is Canada’s artificial intelligence (AI) supercluster, dedicated to building the next-generation intelligent supply chain. It is a business-led and not-for-profit consortium that will drive economic growth, bolster Canada's leadership in the global supply chain innovation race, create highly skilled jobs,Scale and accelerate the adoption of new AI as well as IoT / robotics / blockchain technologies. To date, Scale AI has 120 partners, including 80 industrial firms, a network of 12 academic institutions coast-to-coast, and 28 enabling organizations.

Based in Montréal, SCALE AI’s inaugural Chief Executive Officer will be responsible for providing leadership and direction to SCALE AI’s activities to deliver on its mission and vision. Reporting to the Board of Directors, s/he will manage SCALE AI’s resources in an efficient and responsible manner, thereby protecting the organization and ensuring its long-term vitality. As the ambassador for SCALE AI’s vision, mission, values, and strategic imperatives, the CEO will represent SCALE AI globally.

The successful candidate will be a dynamic, pragmatic, and inspirational leader who can set ambitious goals and strategy. S/he will readily roll up his/her sleeves, develop operational plans, and motivate others to exceed expectations. Charismatic and results-oriented, s/he will bring a track record of accomplishment in leading supply chain enabled organizations through strategic growth and technological change, ideally with exposure to AI technologies.

SCALE AI is an equal opportunity employer committed to diversity and inclusion. Please email a cover letter, résumé and any other related materials to scaleai@russellreynolds.com. The closing date for applications is July 1, 2018.

Closing Date 1st July 2018

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UK Statistics Authority
National Statistician and Chief Executive

London | Competitive Package

The National Statistician is one of the nation’s pre-eminent experts and advocates for the use of evidence in public life. This individual occupies a high-profile position in providing the evidence to support public policy decisions. This is done through leading the UK’s official statistics system, and through coordinating those in the Analytical Function across Government. The UK’s National Statistician is the Chief Executive of the UK Statistics Authority, an arm’s length Government body, responsible for leading the Office for National Statistics and the Government Statistical Service, as Permanent Secretary, and is the UK’s formal lead and representative on all related matters globally.

The data revolution has created previously unimaginable sources of information for the public good, and the UK Statistics Authority continues to identify new methods and sources of data to respond help people, government and businesses to make decisions. The UK Statistics Authority Board now seeks a National Statistician to build on the momentum and progress made in recent years, to provide richer insights about the UK’s changing economy and society, and to continue the transformation of the bodies responsible. This individual will set the direction for the organisation and help shape its future role. will engage with and develop the team’s capability, managing performance effectively, and ensuring that the whole organisation functions as efficiently as possible. S/he will be a role model for the Civil Service values of honesty, integrity, impartiality and objectivity.

The successful candidate will have significant leadership experience at board level in a complex organisation or relevant profession. S/he will possess excellent policy and analytical skills at the strategic level, coupled with a strong intellect, plus a track record and established profile as an authority and leader in the field of evidence and analysis, and a good understanding of the changing digital environment. Candidates need not be professional statisticians, but should be capable of grasping and communicating complex statistical issues. This individual will be able to create strategies, and then support teams in their successful implementation. The stature and experience to play an active role as a member of the Senior Leadership Group of Civil Servants will be important. Confidence in navigating Whitehall together with the agility to adapt to multiple different environments working with a wide variety of stakeholder groups, will be crucial. A high level of resilience will be combined with the ability to respond effectively to public and parliamentary scrutiny.

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

Closing Date Noon, Monday 14 January 2019

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The Global Fund
Chair and Vice-Chair

Not Applicable

The Board of the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria (the Global Fund) intends to appoint a new Chair and Vice-Chair in 2019 for a two-year term. The Board Chair and Vice-Chair will lead the Board in determining the Global Fund’s strategy and policies, and act as ambassadors for the Global Fund’s mission.

The Global Fund is a 21st-century partnership organization designed to accelerate the end of AIDS, tuberculosis and malaria as epidemics. Founded in 2002, the Global Fund is a partnership between governments, civil society, the private sector and people affected by the diseases. The Global Fund raises and invests over US$4 billion a year to support programs run by local experts in more than 100 countries. Programs in countries supported by the Global Fund have saved more than 27 million lives.

The Global Fund’s strategy is aligned fully with partner plans and the United Nations’ 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. The strategy aims to support countries in implementing ambitious efforts to end the epidemics, build sustainable and resilient health systems, and protect and promote human rights and gender equality. The strategy includes efforts to mobilize resources from traditional as well as new sources and via innovative financing strategies, to support increased domestic investment for health, and to ensure successful transition from Global Fund support.

The Global Fund actively seeks talented leaders from all over the world. As leaders of the Board, the Chair and Vice-Chair will be responsible for guiding the deliberations of a Board comprising an extraordinarily diverse mix of stakeholders and partners. They will need to be accomplished leaders with an acute and keen understanding of the governance complexities of multi-stakeholder organisations. Between them, they should bring experience which is global in character and spans the public, private, and civil society sectors.

The Global Fund has retained Russell Reynolds Associates to assist with these appointments. For further information on the positions and additional details on qualifications, requirements and terms and conditions, please click on the job specification link below.

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 1810-043L in the subject of your email. All applications will be acknowledged.

The closing date for applications to RRA is 8 January 2019. The process then requires all nominations to be supported by a voting Board constituency by 31 January 2019.

All appropriately qualified people regardless of their nationality, ethnicity, sex, marital status, civil partnership status, disability, age, religion, political belief, sexual orientation, health status or trans-gender status, and individuals who are living with HIV are encouraged to apply. The Global Fund Board is highly committed to diversity

Closing Date Tuesday 8 January 2019

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International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI)
Director General


The Board of the International Food Policy Research Institute (IFPRI), a research center of CGIAR, seeks to appoint a new Director General to succeed Dr. Shenggen Fan at the conclusion of his successful tenure in the role (December 2019).

IFPRI (www.ifpri.org) believes that by working together, the world can sustainably reduce poverty and end hunger and malnutrition. IFPRI conducts cutting-edge research and provides policy options to support these goals. For more than 40 years, IFPRI has collaborated with stakeholders and partners to contribute needed evidence for country- and region-led policies that help ensure that all people have access to safe, sufficient, nutritious, and sustainably grown food.

The Director General provides overall intellectual and strategic leadership to IFPRI. As chief executive officer, the Director General oversees IFPRI’s research, communications, fundraising, and administration. The successful candidate will possess a strong research track record in the field of food policy research. This technical authority will be bolstered by successful experience in managing complex and distributed organizations. The chosen candidate will be a gifted communicator and mobilizer of resources and be comfortable engaging with a broad range of partner organizations.

For more information about IFPRI, please visit our website at www.ifpri.org

The closing date for applications is February 15, 2019.

Russell Reynolds Associates is assisting IFPRI with this appointment. For further information about the position and additional details on qualifications, requirements, terms and conditions of service and how to apply, please view the position specification below.

IFPRI is an equal opportunity organization and believes that diversity of the staff contributes to its excellence. Applications from women and developing country professionals are equally encouraged.

Closing Date Friday 15 February 2019

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University College, Oxford

Oxford, United Kingdom

The Governing Body of University College intends to elect a new Master as head of the College to succeed Sir Ivor Crewe who leaves office at the end of July 2020.

Founded in 1249, University College (or ‘Univ’ as it is known) is one of the oldest educational foundations in Oxford. It combines an ancient heritage with a thoroughly modern approach to fostering excellence in teaching and research. Its overriding focus is on academic endeavour at the highest standard. This is achieved through a strictly merit-based admission of students; tutorial teaching of undergraduates; a closely integrated graduate community; and a strong commitment to research in the Humanities, Sciences, and Social Sciences.

Univ has been innovative in many ways. In widening access, through its Opportunity Programme, undergraduate bursaries, and postgraduate scholarships; in enhanced support for the tutorial system; and in research, including, for example, the establishment of the Blockchain Research Centre.

The Master chairs Univ’s Governing Body, with which ultimate decision-making authority rests. In so doing, the Master both contributes to the strategic decisions the College takes and facilitates the debate and discussion necessary to the achievement of a consensus. The Master is also the outward-facing leader of the College, within Oxford and to the wider world.

Univ seeks applications from suitably qualified women and men who have achieved recognition for their achievements. Candidates will demonstrate an affinity for the academic purpose of the College and possess the intellectual stature to command the respect of the Fellowship. They will be accomplished leaders and experience of fundraising and development will be an important advantage.

Russell Reynolds Associates are assisting Univ with this appointment. For further information about this role and details of how to apply, please follow the link to the position specification below.

Applications are invited by 22nd February 2019.

Closing Date Friday 22 February 2019

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The Crown Estate
Board Commissioner

London, United Kingdom

The Crown Estate is a £14bn UK real estate business with a portfolio unlike any other. It includes some of central London’s best places to work, shop and visit as well as brilliant destinations across the country (including retail assets and Windsor Great Park). We also have a substantial rural and coastal portfolio and play an active role in the UK’s world-leading offshore wind sector. We actively manage our portfolio to deliver strong returns for the nation’s finances, contributing over £2.7bn in the last 10 years. We take a long term view, working alongside our customers, partners and communities to create great experiences. We call this creating brilliant places through conscious commercialism.

We are seeking an exceptional individual to join our Board and help shape the business to be more customer-focused, services-based and digitally enabled. We are moving from a “bricks and mortar” model to one that delivers services and experiences to build deep relationships with customers and community, delivering value for all our stakeholders, and seizing the opportunities that demographic, social and technology trends create.

The successful candidate will have:

  • Experience of working at a strategic level in an organisation that has innovation, customer-focus and digital transformation at the core of its plans
  • Understanding and track record of enhancing the customer experience at scale
  • Proven track record of identifying and executing on new business opportunities
  • Knowledge of how to harness digital technology
  • Commercial and business acumen that will make a real contribution across a range of strategic and operational discussions


For further information about The Crown Estate please visit www.thecrownestate.co.uk.

The Board of The Crown Estate embraces diversity and promotes equality of opportunity; we welcome qualified applicants from all backgrounds.

Russell Reynolds Associates has been appointed to support this appointment for The Crown Estate.

For further information about this role please follow the link to the Candidate Information Pack below.

Closing Date Noon, Friday 8th February 2019

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