Trustees (Digital and Finance)
London WC1 (and via remote working)
Three year appointment in the first instance, with a possible extension of two years.
Four meetings per year – average 6 hours per month total
As a member of the RCPCH’s Board of Trustees, you will play a central role in helping the College in its mission to improve child health and ensure that our paediatricians have the skills they need to deliver excellent care.
The Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health sets and maintains standards for the education and training of all doctors working in paediatrics and child health in the UK. We advocate on child health issues at home and across the world, working in more than 20 countries. Additionally, through a variety of activities, the College influences the quality of medical practice for children in hospital and in the community. More information can be found at our website.
The College has more than 19,000 members and fellows and employs around 170 staff across the UK who work closely with governments, regulators and many charity partners to support children and young people. We work with contracted people across other countries including College members on short-term assignments
The Board of Trustees has four committees which report directly to it – the Appointments Panel, The Audit, Finance and Risk Committee, The Council and the Executive Committee. The Board of 12 Trustees offers guidance and governance oversight on a range of issues and risks that helps shape the College’s UK and worldwide work, and the delivery of its strategic goals.
As the pandemic affects the delivery of care to children and young people, the College has responded well to these challenges. As we now look to develop our next three years strategy (2021 – 24) we recognise that having trustees with established expertise in Digital and in Finance will be crucial to the next phase of its development.
The Board holds four meetings per year, one of which is also an extended half-day away-day. You would also be expected to demonstrate your expertise by serving on other College committees and bodies as required. Additionally, in order to observe and better understand the College’s work, you would be encouraged to visit the College (or conduct virtual visits) for a minimum of two days per year to conduct discussions with colleagues to enhance your knowledge. (The total time commitment set out above reflects these additional expectations.)
With senior level experience gained in either Digital Transformation or Finance, you should have demonstrable strategic vision and the ability to think creatively, have strong independent judgment and be capable of working effectively as part of a team. For the Digital Transformation role, the College is especially keen to hear from candidates with experience in leading organisations through major periods of change as a result of implementing digital technologies and new ways of working. For the Finance role, candidates may have worked in a senior role in a Finance function, or in a related area such as audit, fundraising, or investments.
A background in child healthcare is not essential for either role, as the College is looking to broaden its areas of expertise, but an understanding of and commitment to children’s health and well-being, and to the College’s principles and objectives, are crucial.
The Trustee role is non-remunerated but expenses will be paid in accordance with RCPCH policy.
If you have any questions about the opportunity, please visit the Voluteering section of our site to see the contact details, and email us outlining your enquiry and provide your contact details.
To apply, please submit a personal statement outlining your suitability and qualifications for the role along with your CV, and an Equal Opportunities form (also available on our site) via the application link.
Interviews to be held remotely in w/c 14th September.