RCP representative on the Board of the Faculty of Public Health

Expressions of interest are invited for an RCP fellow to sit on the Board of the Faculty of Public Health.

The Faculty of Public Health (FPH) is the leading professional body for public health specialists and practitioners in the UK, with a membership of almost 4,000 professionals around the world. The FPH is a registered charity and a joint faculty of the three Royal Colleges of Physicians of the UK: the Royal College of Physicians of London (RCPL); the Royal College of Physicians of Edinburgh (RCPE); and the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow (RCPSG).

The FPH is governed by a democratically elected board of trustees. Chaired by the president, it is the ultimate decision-making body within the organisation. The trustees have independent control over, and legal responsibility for, the charity’s management and administration.

The representatives of the three FPH parent colleges serve as trustees of the FPH and voting members of the board. They will have a responsibility to inform and, as necessary, seek the views of their respective college.

Primary responsibilities

The representative will: 

  • serve as a trustee of the FPH as outlined in the FPH trustee handbook
  • with other trustees, ensure that the FPH is solvent, well run, delivers its charitable objects, acts within its standing orders and complies with charity law
  • attend and contribute to approximately five board meetings per year and make further ad hoc contributions via telephone and email
  • draw on their specialist expertise to advise the board on strategic and operational matters
  • represent the interests of FPH members and enable/facilitate alignment of messaging across the parent colleges
  • promote FPH policies and initiatives
  • serve as an ambassador for the FPH and report on its activities to their respective college councils
  • act as a conduit between the FPH and their respective colleges on any future changes that the FPH might want to make to its standing orders.

How to apply

To apply (or seek further information) please contact the RCP registrar, Professor Donal O’Donoghue, c/o the deputy head of committee services – howard.ellison@rcplondon.ac.uk – with your CV and a one-page cover letter outlining your suitability for the role by Friday 1 February 2019.

Applications will then be considered by the Nominations Committee. Please see below for a detailed description of the role and its related responsibilities and the RCP’s principles and process for nominations.

The Royal College of Physicians welcomes and actively seeks to recruit people to its activities regardless of race, religion, ethnic origin, disability, age, gender and sexual orientation. We aim to reflect the diversity of our members in all our committees, senior roles and staff in general.