Member Trustee opportunity

The College is seeking to fill a vacancy for a Member Trustee to take office from 1 December 2021. Our Board of Trustees has a central role in guiding the College through an exceptionally challenging time for child health. We're inviting members from diverse backgrounds to apply for this opportunity, and bring their skills, energy and commitment.
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Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health Member Trustee
Three year appointment in the first instance, commencing 1 December 2021, with a possible extension of two years
Four meetings per year – average 6 hours per month total

About the role

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 detailed information can be found on our website.

The College has more than 20,000 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, Audit, Finance and Risk Committee, Council and 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.

In addition to responding very well to the COVID-19 pandemic, the College is especially focused on paediatric workforce pressures, the delivery of improved services to members, and the overall prospects for child health provision in a volatile political environment.

The Board needs to offer clear leadership while working effectively with other College bodies to ensure a smooth delivery of the College’s objectives and scrutiny of the new College strategy. This strategy is currently being finalised and will come into effect from autumn 2021. The Board will then have a central role in ensuring that its objectives are delivered, therefore being a Trustee at the RCPCH offers the opportunity to influence the College’s UK and worldwide work at a high level during a vital period in its history.

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 Charity Governance, Finance or Fundraising, 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.

A background in child healthcare is not essential for the Trustee 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. Previous or current experience as a Trustee would be desirable.

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 email governance@rcpch.ac.uk.

How to apply

To apply, please submit a personal statement outlining your suitability and qualifications for the role along with your CV to governance@rcpch.ac.uk.

Closing date: 28 June 2021, 17:00
Interviews: Week commencing 5 July 2021

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