Director of Research

British Lung Foundation


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    Not for Profit

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  • Expiry date

    20 June 2019

  • Client

    British Lung Foundation

Ref: GSe54702

One in five people in the UK is affected by lung disease. At the British Lung Foundation, our vision is that one day everyone will breathe clean air with healthy lungs. As one of the biggest non-industry funders of respiratory research in the UK, we have over the years invested over £35m in research, but lung disease is still one of the most underfunded areas of research and remains an enormous contributor to health inequalities.

Research is at the heart of all we do and we’re now looking for an exceptional individual to help us continue to shape and deliver a truly life-changing research programme. As our  Director of Research, you will be a pivotal member of our six-strong Senior Management Team and the ‘go to’ person for medical input and advice for the whole organisation. We need someone who has a wealth of experience in doing and/or managing biomedical research, from bench to early clinical, in respiratory or a related area such as inflammation, ageing or oncology. You will understand research in academic, third sector and commercial settings and will be familiar with evaluating research outcomes and making go/no-go decisions. You will be used to managing tight budgets and, of course, will have led and managed a team of high-performing professionals.

Our new research strategy embraces innovation, entrepreneurship and collaboration; it aims to strengthen our relationships with academia and industry and to increase research spend by tapping into new philanthropic and other funding streams and this role requires someone with outstanding relationship building and influencing skills to engage and influence right across our organisation, contributing to our wider fundraising and communications strategy, meeting major donors and engaging with the media as well as support our committed staff and dedicated Board of Trustees and Research Committee. A confident and empathetic communicator, you will connect immediately with people affected by lung disease, as well as dedicated volunteers and support groups. You will be as motivated as we are to make a real difference and will share our commitment to excellence, empathy and empowering others.

Closing Date10.00am Friday 21st June 2019
Preliminary Interviews with Gatenbysanderson w/c 1st July 2019
Informal meetings with key stakeholders and assessmentsw/c 15th July 2019
Final Panel Interviews w/c 22nd July 2019
How to apply

To apply for this post, please submit:

  • A comprehensive CV.
  • A supporting statement that addresses the criteria set out in Part One of the person specification.
  • Details of two referees who we would be able to contact at shortlist stage.

Please also ensure you have completed and submitted the equal opportunities monitoring form that appears on the GatenbySanderson site as you submit your application. The information you provide will be treated as confidential and used for statistical purposes only. The form will not be treated as part of your application.

If you have any queries about any aspect of the appointment process, need additional information or wish to have an informal and confidential discussion then Joanna Thornton, Rebecca O’Connor (020 7426 3373) will be pleased to speak to you. GatenbySanderson will respect the privacy of any initial approach or expression of interest in this role, whether formal or informal.