Chief Executive

Institute of Psychoanalysis


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  • Salary/Remuneration

    Attractive Package

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  • Expiry date

    19 October 2018

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    Institute of Psychoanalysis

Ref: GSe46278

This is an outstanding opportunity for a special individual to join the Institute of Psychoanalysis to be the key interface between the Board and our staff team, provide strategic advice to the Board and to be accountable for our effective operational performance. 

The British Psychoanalytical Society was founded in 1913, as a learned society to promote the practice, theory and application of psychoanalysis.  The Institute of Psychoanalysis was created in 1920 to publish psychoanalytic works and train psychoanalysts. Today the two bodies operate as a single organisation. with approx. 400 members, many from overseas and with international reputations.

We are now seeking a Chief Executive to lead the organisation through the next phase of our development. You will work with the President and Board to ensure clear vision, strategy and strong operational business plans are in place and delivered. This will include: an ambitious drive to attract more and younger people to train to become psychoanalysts and enter membership from around the UK; a major new online educational project to demonstrate the value and versatility of our approach to mental health professionals around the world; continual development of outreach activities and of clinical services; maintaining the premier position of the Institute in psychoanalytic publications in a competitive environment with changing technology.

The CEO is responsible for robust financial control and a commercial and income-generation strategy; effective engagement with our complex group of stakeholders and leadership and motivation of a small and dedicated staff group.  The Institute has relations with academic life, the NHS, UK regulatory bodies and the International Psychoanalytic Association, which is the worldwide accrediting body. Being abreast of future governance and regulatory frameworks and providing guidance is a vital part of the role.

In a culture of collaboration and high performance, the CEO leads a valued workforce motivated to deliver efficient and professional services to our members. The staff team work with a highly active and involved membership both through committees and individually in mounting conferences, training programmes, publications and a range of promotional activities. The CEO requires outstanding interpersonal skills and understanding of organisational relations. At present in addition to the Board, the CEO works closely with the Institute President and an Executive of senior officers. To ensure operational performance close working with Committee chairs and staff is essential.

Whether you are a serving Chief Executive, or this is a career step, you will have a demonstrable track record operating at executive board level, most likely gained in a membership or regulatory body.  You will have the ability to get to grips with key policy drivers and to play a central ambassadorial role in promoting the work and impact of the psychoanalytical profession.  

With a broad remit, this role requires vision, innovation, sensitivity, resilience and drive to ensure the Institute continues to celebrate its history and help its members engage with and thrive in a changing world.

For more information on the Institute of Psychoanalysis visit

Closing Date5pm, Friday 19th October 2018
Longlist MeetingEnd of w/c Monday 29th October 2018
Preliminary InterviewsMonday 5th November and Tuesday 6th November 2018
Shortlist MeetingEnd of w/c Monday 12th November 2018
Final Panelw/c Monday 26th November 2018
How to apply

To apply for this role, please submit a copy of your CV along with a Supporting Statement  (of no more than 3 pages) addressing:

  • Your motivation for the application
  • The criteria in the Qualifications and Experience sections of the Person Specification. You should address both the Essential and Desirable criteria.

You should also provide the names, positions, organisations and contact details for two referees, one of whom should be your current or most recent employer. If you do not wish us to approach your referees without your prior permission, please state this clearly.

Contact details
Katrina Paget:

Matt Malone: 0113 205 6063