Director of Communications & Policy

British Medical Association


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  • Job type


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  • Salary/Remuneration

    circa £140,000

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  • Expiry date

    28 June 2020

  • Client

    British Medical Association

Ref: GSe65208

We are the British Medical Association (BMA), a recognised trade union for 160,000 practising UK doctors and medical students. Established almost 190 years ago, we provide individual and collective representation and speak for doctors at all stages of their careers. We also campaign and provide guidance on ethical, scientific, and public health issues, and on equality, diversity, and inclusion within medicine. Everything we do begins with social purpose, and we are proud of our work and our influence, and to be nationally and internationally respected.

A compelling opportunity has arisen to join the BMA as our Director of Communications & Policy. Reporting directly to our Chief Executive as a member of the senior leadership team, this important, newly created role will shape the strategic communications and policy approach to delivering the BMA’s mission: “We look after doctors so they can look after you”. During 2019 and 2020, we launched an extensive review of our communications and policy work. This post will help deliver the findings of that review by bringing together communications functions and the external aspects of our health policy work. The new Director will also work with other policy-generating areas of the BMA, including the devolved nations, to support the development of high quality, on-brand content throughout the organisation.

This role needs more than an accomplished communications and policy professional – we are looking for an inspiring agent of change with substantial personal credibility and a curious intellect. As well as impressive experience leading, managing, and motivating large communications and policy teams, the ideal candidate has successfully initiated and embedded significant communications and policy continuous improvement – organisational and cultural. Their skills have been honed in high-profile, complex, national organisations operating in densely populated stakeholder landscapes. They are naturally astute and politically aware, with sophisticated influencing and relationship skills. Ideally, candidates will have some direct experience in the healthcare sector, and ideally also in a trade union, membership, or professional body, however these are not essential. What is vital, however, is that candidates subscribe to our organisational values – expert, committed, reliable, challenging, and leading – and can demonstrate commitment to our mission and vision. 

Closing Date12 noon, Monday 29 June 2020
Longlist Meetingw/c Monday 6 July 2020
Preliminary Interviewsw/c Monday 6 July 2020
Shortlist Meetingw/c Monday 13 July 2020
Final Interviewsw/c Monday 27 July 2020
How to apply

To apply for this role applications should include:

  • a CV of no more than 2 pages
  • a supporting statement of no more than 2 pages addressing the essential and desirable criteria set out in the Person Specification, using evidence and examples to demonstrate how you meet the essential requirements
  • The details of two professional referees who can comment on your ability to undertake the role. Please note: we will not make contact with your referees without your prior express permission
  • You will also be asked to complete the online diversity monitoring form, which is not mandatory
Contact details
Richard Murphy: 020 3854 2219