Chief Executive

Human Tissue Authority

Stratford, London

  • Location

    Stratford, London

  • Job type


  • Sector


  • Salary/Remuneration

    circa £135,000

  • Job ref


  • Expiry date

    16 July 2021

  • Client

    Human Tissue Authority

Ref: GSe75314

At the Human Tissue Authority (HTA) our core purpose is to protect public and professional confidence in the safe and ethical use of human tissue and we are the national independent regulator for organisations that remove, store and use tissue for research, medical treatment, post-mortem examination, teaching and display in public. We also give approval for organ and bone marrow donations from living people. With the interests of the public and those we regulate at the centre of our work, we aim to maintain confidence by ensuring that human tissue is used safely and ethically, with proper consent.

Established under the Human Tissue Act 2004, we are an Executive Non- Departmental Public Body (ENDPB) sponsored by the Department of Health and Social Care. We have developed an ambitious vision and strategy centred on achieving greater sustainability, agility and resilience in our operations. Since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, the HTA has brought forward a number of changes already identified in the Development Programme. A key driver of the Development Programme is the HTA’s aim to be a data driven regulator, strengthening the role data and intelligence plays in our operating model and the regulatory approach in the sectors and establishments we license. We work closely with other regulatory bodies to share knowledge and expertise, and to develop a more holistic approach to regulation. Our work is complex and is subject to considerable public, political and health professional scrutiny and we play a key role in influencing legislative change.  

We are embarking on our search for a new Chief Executive at a difficult and unprecedented time. The world in which we operate is changing rapidly and we need to continue to be agile, proportionate and pro-active. We are seeking an inspiring leader, with outstanding communication skills, who will drive a culture of collaboration and engagement and embody the purpose and values of the HTA. Whether you are a serving chief executive, or this is a career step, you will have a demonstrable track record operating and influencing at executive board level in a complex organisation, ideally in the health or regulatory sector. You will bring excellent strategic vision, the  ability to translate this into programmes of work and deliver sustainable business performance and continuous improvement. Commercially and politically astute, you will be a visible and motivating leader, exercising diplomacy and sensitivity when required yet willing to challenge the status quo when needed. Your integrity, standing and judgement will inspire confidence in the HTA and its work, enabling it to hold the respect of a demanding and rapidly changing sector.

At the HTA, we have a strong values-based culture and our four values of Professionalism, Respect, Expertise and Agility underpin everything we do. The HTA is committed to ensuring a fully inclusive and supportive working environment that is free from any form of discrimination. We recognise that there are real benefits of having a diverse community of staff and the HTA aims for our workforce to be truly representative of all sections of society.  Additionally, we adopt a culture that aims to attract and retain talented individuals that want to work with us.

For a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at GatenbySanderson: Duncan Ewart or Katrina Paget on 0113 205 6092   

Recruitment Timetable

Closing Date
5pm Friday 16 July 2021

Longlist Meeting
w/c Monday 26 July 2021

Preliminary Interviews
w/c Monday 2 and w/c Monday 9 August 2021

Shortlist Meeting
w/c Monday 23 August 2021

Final Panel
w/c Monday 20 September 2021

How to Apply

To apply for this role please ensure that you provide the following information:

  • A tailored CV of not more than two pages.
  • A supporting statement of not more than two pages saying why you are interested in the role and addressing how you would meet the essential and desirable requirements of the person specification
  • Daytime, evening and/or mobile telephone numbers as well as your personal email address (to be used with discretion)
  • Contact details for two referees. Referees should be people who can comment authoritatively on you as a person and as an employee and must include your current or most recent employer or his/her authorised representative. Confidential references are taken up on candidates shortlisted for formal interviews. However, we will refer back to you for confirmation that referees may be approached before any contact is made with them.
  • A completed diversity monitoring form, the questionnaire is part of the online application process.


  1. GIS Scheme 2020.docx
  2. Organisation Chart.pdf


Duncan Ewart: 0113 205 6092