Chief Executive

British Medical Association


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  • Expiry date

    28 March 2022

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    British Medical Association

Ref: GSe83898

We are seeking an exceptional Group Chief Executive to lead the organisation through an exciting time of transition. You will work with the senior leadership team, chief officers, Council and Board, providing excellent commercial and financial stewardship, ensuring that the BMA has a clear vision and strategy. You will ensure strong operational and strategic business plans that will deliver high quality services to retain and grow our membership.

The BMA is the trade union and professional association for over 160,000 UK doctors and medical students. Our growing membership numbers demonstrate no-one better understands the day-to-day challenges and demands facing the profession and the healthcare system in which they work. The BMA is formally recognised for collective bargaining purposes across the four UK nations and supports and represents members with individual employers. We are the leading voice in the national debate on the future of healthcare in the UK. We support doctors at all stages of their career so that they can provide the best care for patients. We work in a challenging political context and a rapidly changing healthcare policy environment. This has all been made more complex by the global Covid pandemic.

An inspiring leader, you will drive a culture of collaboration and high performance ensuring our valued workforce is motivated to deliver exceptional support and services to our members. Drawing on your outstanding communication and influencing skills, and powerful credentials in motivating teams, you will develop and lead a cohesive and capable senior team to deliver business change and maintain relationships across the breadth of our stakeholder community.

We are seeking a special kind of leader – somebody who shares our values and our vision for a profession of valued doctors delivering the highest quality health services. 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 in a complex organisation, ideally in the wider health and/or membership services sector.

You will have the ability to build high level strategic relationships and develop and build confidence with a large elected membership body, as well as bringing commercial acumen to enable the BMA and BMJ Boards to maximise opportunities for growth. You will be confident under scrutiny, resilient under pressure and impress us with your political insight, sound judgment and integrity.

For a confidential discussion please contact Katrina Paget or Duncan Ewart at our advising consultants GatenbySanderson on 07471 037071

The BMA is committed to a diverse and inclusive workplace and society.  To that end this recruitment will work hard to find the most diverse candidates possible.

Recruitment Timetable

Closing Date
5pm, Monday 28 March 2022

Longlist Meeting
Tuesday 5 April 2022

Preliminary Interviews
Thursday 7, Friday 8 and Monday 11 April 2022

Shortlist Meeting
Thursday 21 April 2022

Stakeholder Panel and Final Panel Interviews
Wednesday 4 May 2022

How to apply

The key milestones for the process are summarised in the table below:



Closing date

5pm Monday 28 March

GS Sift of applications and preparation of Application report

Between 28 March and 31 March

GS long list interviews

w/c 11 April   

Shortlist meeting

w/c 18 April    

Final interviews

Wednesday 4 May 

If you are not already registered, you will need to create an account by clicking the red ‘Create my Account’ button. Choose a username and password. Keep these safe as you will need your account details to access your application and receive messages from us securely.Registering and Creating an Account

Once you have set up an account, you can log in at any time using the username and password you have created.

We will communicate with you throughout the process via notification messages in your account. We will send you emails to alert you to a new message, but you will need to login to your account to access it. This is to protect your privacy.

When you have satisfied yourself that you meet the role criteria and eligibility requirements, click on the red ‘Apply Now’ button.

Applications must be submitted only through this website and must consist of:

  • An up to date copy of your CV
  • A Supporting Statement (of not more than 3 pages) that addresses the criteria set out in the Essential and Desirable Experience, Knowledge and Qualifications sections of the Person Specification, using examples to demonstrate how you meet the requirements
  • 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.
  • Details of any dates you are unable to commit to in relation to the preliminary and final interviews set out in the outline timetable.
  • A completed diversity monitoring form, the questionnaire is part of the online application process.

Disability Confident Scheme for Disabled Persons

The BMA embraces diversity and promotes equal opportunities. As such, we run a Disability Confident Scheme (DCS) for candidates with disabilities who meet the minimum selection criteria. You should indicate this in your application if you would like to be considered under this scheme.

Equal Opportunities

BMA values equality and diversity in employment. We are committed to being an organisation in which fairness and equality of opportunity is central to the approach in business and working relationships and where the organisational culture reflects and supports these values. In the BMA you have the right to a working environment free from discrimination, harassment, bullying and victimisation regardless of race, ethnic or national origin, age, religion, sex, gender identity, marital status, disability, sexual orientation, working hours, trade union membership or trade union activity.

How we will handle your application

We will deal with your application as quickly as possible (timings above are indicative).

Once you have submitted your application through the website, its receipt will be acknowledged. Once your application has been submitted, you will receive an automatic acknowledgement. If you do not receive this, after checking your spam, please contact please contact  BEFORE the deadline for applications. If you contact us after the deadline, we will be unable to accept your application.  

One all applications have been received, they will be sifted against the criteria in the Person Specification. By end w/c 4 April, the panel will have decided which candidates they wish to progress to preliminary interview with GatenbySanderson. You will be advised of the outcome of your application by email.

The process

Preliminary interviews with GatenbySanderson for will take place virtually by Microsoft Teams w/c 11 April.  

Reasonable adjustments will be made for candidates with disabilities.  If you have any specific queries and requests, please let GatenbySanderson know.

By end w/c 18 April the panel will have selected candidates for to progress to the final stage of the process. Candidates will be advised of the outcome of this stage by telephone.

Final Panel process

Staff and Stakeholder Engagement Exercises, referencing and candidate 1-2-1 with the BMA Chair will take place w/c 25 April. We will not take references without your prior consent, but please ensure that your referees are available during this period.   

Final interviews will take place during end w/c 2 May.  

Reasonable adjustments will be made for candidates with disabilities.  If you have any specific queries and requests, please let GatenbySanderson know.


  1. Disability Confident Scheme Declaration.docx


Duncan Ewart: 07471 037071