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UCLPartners Chair

1 day p/week
We are seeking to appoint a new Chair to provide dynamic leadership to the board and wider organisation, developing an ambitious strategy to harness the system’s innovation and drive best-in-class partnership working and integrated research capability for the benefit of our patients and population.

Closing date:
15 February 2021

The role

The Chair will be responsible for overseeing and optimizing the governance of UCLPartners to create a learning environment through which innovation is facilitated and adopted. They will be able to shape, influence and articulate the purpose and goals of UCLPartners at a regional, national and international level, and ensure we are an impactful organisation whose value is greater than the sum of our parts.

The Board of UCLPartners meets formally 4 times a year. The overall time commitment for this role is 1 day per week.

Key elements of the board’s responsibilities

  • Overseeing the delivery of UCLPartners’ strategic goals, including those of its AHSN and AHSC
  • Building effective partnerships across highly ambiguous and complex landscapes
  • Connecting research, innovation and education to formulate a wider partnership offering that is both data driven and commercially desirable
  • Strategically formulate our academic health science system across different health and care settings
  • Create opportunities beyond our local, regional and national ambitions enabling international partnerships and collaborations
  • Being a custodian of UCLPartners’ values (developed in partnership, patient-centred, delivered at pace, and population focused)
  • Promoting and representing UCLPartners, and its aims and objectives, within the areas of health, wellbeing and social services and internationally
  • Ensuring good governance (legal, performance, risk, fiduciary)

Person specification


  • Experience as an effective board-level chair
  • Experience of operating as a Director or with senior leadership responsibilities
  • Experience working in highly ambiguous environments in a senior leadership role with a degree of comfort
  • Experience of capturing value creation opportunities that will be relevant to UCLPartners’ programmes and activities
  • Strong commercial and business acumen (desirable)


  • Excellent track record of partnership working and influencing skills
  • A clear understanding of Academic Health Science Systems and of what UCLPartners, together with its designations, can bring to its partners, patients and its population
  • An understanding of international opportunities for academic health science systems and experience driving a similar agenda forward
  • Understanding as to likely policy and other economic and political changes which may influence or change the context in which we work
  • Demonstrable credibility amongst leaders in health and social care and other key partner organisations
  • Highly developed communication and interpersonal skills
  • An ability to understand complex strategic issues and analyse difficult problems
  • Sound judgment and diplomacy
  • Political astuteness, with an ability to grasp relevant issues and understand relationships, potential conflicts between partners and other interested parties and possible solutions for resolution
  • A developed knowledge and understanding of corporate governance, reporting and risk


  • Alignment with and commitment to UCLPartners’ values and culture
  • A personal commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion
  • Credibility, leadership and authority to help shape the strategy and influence others to support our mission

How to apply

Saxton Bampfylde Ltd is acting as an employment agency advisor to UCLPartners on this appointment.

Candidates should apply for this role through our recruitment agency website here using code TANAMA. Click on the ‘apply’ button and follow the instructions to upload a CV and cover letter.

The closing date for applications is noon on Monday 15 February 2021.