Chief Executive




  • Annual leave – 25 days plus bank holidays and Christmas closure
  • Flexible working hours
  • Pension scheme - 5% Employee/10% Employer contribution (post probation)

A range of other benefits including childcare vouchers, cycle scheme and subsidised gym membership. A full list is available on request.

Closing date

Wednesday 15th August 2018, 17:00 BST.

Role purpose

The Chief Executive will be responsible for leading and directing all aspects of the day-to-day business of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists.


We are currently based in Regents Park a short walk from Baker Street Station, with a relocation to London Bridge planned for 2019.


Main responsibilities

The Chief Executive’s responsibilities will include:

  • Providing consistent and visible day-to-day leadership and management of the College;
  • Ensuring accountability, efficient management of resources and effective internal communications;
  • Ensuring that effective and efficient systems and processes are in place to ensure the College achieves its strategic aims and objectives;
  • Working closely with the President and Council to agree priorities, strategies and policies for the College, thinking beyond the 2017–2020 strategic plan;
  • Working with a wide range of international, regional and national organisations and leaders – as partners and stakeholders – including the Department of Health and Social Care, other medical royal colleges, the Royal College of Midwives, the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, the GMC, the Faculty of Sexual and Reproductive Healthcare, specialist societies and other NHS health organisations;
  • Maintaining excellent relations with recognised social and professional groups and ensuring that the RCOG upholds a positive image;
  • Coordinating the activities of the College, ensuring the sound recruitment and retention of high quality staff and promoting their ongoing development in line with RCOG objectives;
  • Ensuring that the Departments within the College are working effectively to meet clear objectives and are continually striving to improve their performance.

Key deliverables

Key deliverables will see the next Chief Executive:

  • Effectively manage the transition to London Bridge, providing necessary organisational development to ensure a positive culture is maintained among staff;
  • Ensure that the College maintains the highest standards in all its activities;
  • Ensure that the College maintains its spirit of openness and challenge;
  • Develop and maintain a highly effective working relationship with the Board of Trustees, President, Officers and Council;
  • Ensure the College remains innovative and digitally focused in its curriculum offer;
  • Develop external relationships with key partners, including the Royal College of Midwives;
  • Ensure that the RCOG is seen as a global centre for women’s health;
  • Safeguard the RCOG’s ability to effectively advocate for women, increasing its external profile and influence.


The Chief Executive will be accountable to the Board of Trustees, who will be responsible for objective setting, performance review and development support.

Person Specification

Highly desirable qualities include:

  • A commitment to the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists values and objectives;
  • Demonstrable experience of executive leadership in a relevant complex environment and at scale;
  • Experience of contributing to the strategic development of an organisation at executive level, working effectively with a governing body;
  • A successful track record of shaping and delivering an organisation’s strategic aspirations;
  • Strong administration and planning skills to ensure the effective setting and delivery of operational targets;
  • Sound financial acumen, with experience of strategic planning and development as well as experience of budgetary management;
  • Proven people management experience with ability to lead strong teams, working collaboratively and devolving responsibilities as appropriate;
  • A diplomatic, inclusive approach;
  • An ability to develop and leverage existing personal networks on behalf of the RCOG;
  • A high level of vision and energy;
  • Strong influencing and interpersonal skills with the ability to influence a diverse range of audiences and stakeholders;
  • Empathy, cultural awareness and the ability to work with a wide range of people and organisations from diverse backgrounds and different parts of the world;
  • Political nous and a good understanding of government structures;
  • Specific experience in health and a knowledge of the healthcare environment will be an advantage;
  • An ability to work under pressure and be comfortable with complexity and unpredictability, combined with an ability to be proactive and seize opportunities;
  • Sound knowledge and understanding of information technology;
  • Exceptional communication skills in both writing and presenting as well as the ability to listen when necessary.