Executive Recruitment

Assistant Director Public Affairs

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General Medical Council
Attractive Salary
Closing date:
13th March
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Recruitment timetable

Closing Date
Wednesday 13th March 2019
Longlist Meeting
w/c Monday 25th March 2019
Preliminary Interviews
Wednesday 3rd, Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th April 2019
Shortlist Meeting
End w/c Monday 15th April 2019
Final Panel
Mid/end April 2019


The General Medical Council is the independent regulator for doctors in the UK. It is dedicated to protecting patients across the United Kingdom by ensuring high standards of medical education and practice. It does this by working with doctors, government health departments, employers, medical educators and patient groups.

The Strategic Communications and Engagement Directorate sits at the heart of the GMC, ensuring that it provides clear, concise and relevant information to our audiences. The Assistant Director Public Affairs will work with colleagues across the GMC and with a broad range of external stakeholders, to drive forward our ambition to become more influential across Whitehall and Westminster and to provide high level strategic support in managing our government and external affairs activities, in England and across the three devolved nations.

This is a new role and a high-profile opportunity coming at an exciting and challenging time of significant change for the GMC. Our new Assistant Director will play a leading role in ensuring the GMC is able to shape a fresh approach to engagement which better connects the organisation with stakeholders across the seven English NHS regions and the four countries of the UK. Leading a growing public affairs function, you will ensure that the impact of legislative reform is understood across the entirety of the UK and will work to influence those changes on behalf of the GMC.

The postholder must have a successful track record in senior public affairs roles with extensive healthcare sector experience and knowledge, together with a demonstrable understanding of the UK’s political and health policy landscape and policy making process. Considerable and relevant experience of working with, and influencing, stakeholders in government, parliament and the wider healthcare community is also essential, as is a perspective across the four country environments.

Candidates will be politically astute and should be able to demonstrate significant team development and leadership experience. They will bring outstanding interpersonal and communication skills, together with the personal presence and ability to influence our many and varied stakeholders, ensuring successful engagement both now and in the future. This, together with keen intellect, vision, credibility and determination to get things done will make you a strong candidate for this uniquely interesting and demanding role.

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Matt Malone
0113 205 6063
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