We want the Council to reflect the diversity of our communities and the expertise of the professions we regulate. We know that drawing on a broader range of knowledge, experience and insight will help us make better decisions. We are keen to hear from people with the right expertise and skills whatever your background. If you need any help or adjustments to carry out the role, we are happy to do that.

Set out below are the five competencies we will use to assess candidates. These will help you decide if you have the right qualities to be our new Chair.

Strong strategic leader
  • experience of leading complex organisations to achieve long-term visions, strategies and sustainable change
  • sound appreciation of the four country role of the NMC as a UK wide regulator and understanding of the differing perspectives and policies across the four nations of England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland
  • the ability to navigate political complexity and make sense of challenging and changing environments
Excellent people focused communicator
  • a genuine commitment to the people we serve and to colleagues that informs everything they do
  • a demonstrable commitment to compassionate, values-led leadership
  • the ability to bring a sense of humanity and kindness to their interactions with others and build collaborative and trusting relationships at all levels, both inside and outside the NMC
  • a genuine and demonstrable commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion
Commitment and ability to work effectively in partnership with others
  • a strong desire to engage and foster collaborative working with the public, people who use services, professionals on our register and colleagues to achieve outcomes
  • experience of managing conflict and building consensus across varied interest groups
  • a record of ensuring delivery through collaboration
Highly skilled Chair, committed to strong governance and accountability
  • prior non-executive board experience in an organisation of equivalent complexity, and/or profile, and size
  • ability to use information to scrutinise, challenge and hold to account in a constructive way
  • experience of chairing or managing complex conversations and stakeholder engagements in a cohesive, facilitative, and collegiate way
Track record of achievement by focusing on outcomes
  • a strong desire to engage with the NMC’s purpose and achieving the best sustainable outcomes for public, people who use services, and professionals on our register
  • a good understanding of organisational –including financial –management, with the ability to balance the competing objectives of quality, operational performance, and finance effectively
  • the resilience necessary to remain focussed on the NMCs core purpose and the achievement of its key objectives
  • ability to drive achievement of outcomes by holding others to account

You will need to explain in your supporting statement how your expertise, experience, knowledge, and skills match the five competencies above. Your statement should include specific and detailed examples to demonstrate how you meet each of the competencies – what you personally did and the outcomes you achieved. These examples can be from any aspects of your life or work.

We will assess your application against the competencies at every stage of the selection process.

The competencies have been extracted from the full role and person specification which is set out here.

Eligibility to apply

People who are or have ever been on the NMC’s register are excluded from consideration for this role (unless they are already Council members).

All candidates will be required to confirm they are eligible for appointment as part of their application.

30th January 2019