RHN Chair


Chair of the Board

London based

Approximately 2 – 3 days per month

The Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability is one of the world’s leading centres for assessments, care, rehabilitation, support, research and development for people across the UK who have some of the most profound and complex disabilities resulting from damage to the brain or nervous system through injury or neurological illness.

The UK’s oldest independent hospital and medical charity, the RHN provides short and long-term specialist services; balancing traditional practice with specialist therapies and life changing techniques. With an income of around £43m per year, primarily from contracts with the NHS and employing close to 600 staff, the hospital operates mainly from a large site in Putney, south west London.

The Board is committed to ensuring that the organisation continues to lead the way in delivering service excellence and world class education and research.

We are seeking a new Chair to replace Des Benjamin, who will be standing down next April.

As Chair you will

  • Provide clear and engaging leadership to the Hospital and its Board, ensuring that impact for beneficiaries is maximised and the tone, culture, values and standards of the organisation are set and upheld, including being visible and engaged with patients, their families, staff, volunteers and donors.
  • Ensure that the Board sets a clear strategy to ensure the delivery of excellent outcomes for patients and a sustainable future for the Hospital and its services and at least meets (if not exceeds) the requirements of commissioners and regulators and that the highest standards of governance, probity and stewardship are met.
  • Act as an ambassador for the Hospital with external stakeholders, staff, patients, their families, the many people who donate to the hospital and those who influence health care policy.
  • Promote an organisational culture of care and compassion, efficiency, effectiveness, innovation, research, learning and development.
  • Ensure the Board has the requisite range of skills, expertise and lived experience encouraging Trustees to contribute and offer challenge and scrutiny in an environment where relationships are built on candour, mutual respect and where diversity of opinion is welcomed.
  • Work closely with the CEO and the senior team, supporting and constructively challenging as appropriate.

With a demonstrable track record as a leader, you will have experience of operating at Board or large Committee level.

You will have empathy with and a genuine interest in, the services provided by the Hospital, (although you do not need to have a background in healthcare).

You will be skilled in handling complexity, ambiguity and be able to encourage and inspire Board members, staff, volunteers and external stakeholders. Financially literate, commercially astute, you will have excellent interpersonal skills and the ability to rapidly establish your credibility with a diverse stakeholder group.

You will be excited by the opportunity to shape the organisation’s future, whilst also ensuring sustained progress in the drive to continuously improve the experience of patients and their families and ensure a sustainable future for the Hospital and the services it provides.

For further information please contact our retained consultant:
Annette Sergeant on 07710609255, or email her at: annette.sergeant@ekimconsulting.com

Applications are by CV and covering statement, with the names of two referees to Annette by 19 June 2022

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Candidates applying for a role at the Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability will be expected to have received their vaccination against the coronavirus strain (COVID-19) as part of our pre-employment process before commencing employment at the RHN.

Please let us know if you have not managed to arrange to receive the vaccine via other channels yet, as we can arrange the administration of the vaccine within the hospital.
Please note that if you have a medical reason as to why you are not able to have the vaccine or you have any questions on the vaccination, please feel free to contact recruitment@rhn.org.uk.