Current opportunity: Chair of the Council of Deans of Health

Applications are now open for the role of Chair of the Council of Deans of Health. The Chair will lead the new Trustee Board in setting and monitoring the overall strategic direction of the Council in its first years as an independent charity. We will also be recruiting twelve trustees, six of whom will be from the Council’s membership and six will be independent. This process will start later this month.

Letter from the Executive Director, Dr Katerina Kolyva

Dear members,

Photograph of Executive Director Katerina KolyvaAs the Council prepares to start its journey as an independent charity, we are seeking applicants for the role of Chair. The Chair will play a vital strategic role in leading the Board of Trustees; engaging with members and stakeholders; and overseeing the continued growth and sustainability of the Council.

As a UK-wide and multi-professional organisation, this role will require someone with a clear understanding of the context in which the Council operates and the wider policy issues; experience of governance; financial acumen; strategic leadership skills at the highest level; and who shares our vision of being an outstanding organisation that advances and promotes education and research in our sector.

Throughout the Council’s 22-year history the Chair has been drawn from the Council’s membership. We know from discussions with you as our members that you value the perspective and understanding that this brings to the role and the weight this carries when engaging with stakeholders and government. For this reason, as we enter this period of significant change, the Transitional Board has recommended that the first Chair of the independent charity should come from within the membership.

I hope that those of you who are interested in this role will consider applying and I thank all of you for your continued support of the Council as we enter this exciting new era.

With best wishes,

Katerina Kolyva,
Executive Director

Application pack

Any employee of a full member institution may apply to be considered for the role of Chair if they have the written support of the authorised representative of the member institution.

Complete application form image buttonRead role description & skills buttonTo apply, complete the application form and send along with a current CV, to Jennifer Williams, Membership & Governance Officer, Council of Deans of Health, by email ( by 5pm, Thursday 20 February 2020.

If you would like a confidential discussion about this role with the Executive Director before applying, please contact Jennifer Williams.

Timeline for Chair applications

  • Thursday 6 February – Applications open for the role of Chair
  • 5pm, Thursday 20 February – Applications close for the role of Chair
  • Monday 2 March and Friday 6 March – Interviews for Chair (if there is more than one candidate)

Trustee recruitment will begin later this month. Details will be sent in due course.