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Association for Nutrition (AfN) is a registered charity and is an independent regulator in UK for Registered Nutritionists. AfN is responsible for setting and maintaining standards for education and professional practice underpinned by the evidence-based science of nutrition. Registered Nutritionists are at the forefront of improving the nutritional health of the nation, working and volunteering across government, academia, public health, industry, food service, agriculture, sport and healthcare.

Since it was founded in 2010, AfN has grown significantly in size and stature. There are over 2300 individuals on the UK Voluntary Register of Nutritionists (UKVRN) held by AfN.  The professional standards set by AfN are highly regarded and hold the confidence of Registrants and senior figures in government, industry and the medical professions in the UK and overseas, with increasing international reach into high education and in the development of comparable registers overseas. The annual turnover for 2018-19 is £400k. AfN is an equal opportunities employer.

About the role

Job Title: Chief Executive
Location: London
Salary: Circa £70,000 (FTE) plus employers pension contribution
Terms of appointment: The position is part time, up to 4 days a week with some level of flexibility (current post-holder is employed 24 hours a week).  The ambition long term is for the role to become full time. 

AfN is seeking a new Chief Executive who can bring experience of professional regulation and strong leadership skills to build on the outstanding progress made over the past eight years and continue to take forward our progressive agenda for the nutrition profession. AfN’s strategic aim is to protect the public with the long term goal of statutory regulation or equivalent external recognition such as Chartership.

The Chief Executive is responsible to the chair and board of trustees for the effective management of the organisation and fulfilment of its charitable objectives. Primary responsibilities are:

  • To advise the chair and board of trustees on all strategic, financial and policy issues
  • To develop and implement the charity’s business plan
  • To lead a team of office staff (currently 7, predominantly part-time) maintaining a culture of high standards of performance within an atmosphere of openness and inclusion
  • To be AfN’s main advocate and represent AfN to a wide range of stakeholders, including professional and regulatory bodies, Department of Health Public Health England, NICE, NHS and equivalent bodies in the devolved nations, the Professional Standards Authority, QAA, Office for Students, Nutrition Society, British Dietetic Association and the British Nutrition Foundation.
  • To prepare papers for, and attend, meetings of the board of trustees and other main committees
  • To ensure that AfN meets its legal and reporting requirements as a charity through the preparation of annual reports and other requirements of good governance
  • To implement processes for consultation with stakeholders on regulatory issues
  • To maintain oversight of risk, threats, opportunities, trends and changing requirements
  • To ensure the AfN offices, facilities and IT are adequate for the discharge of AfN’s functions

Please click here to download a complete candidate information pack

Please click here to download background information about AFN

Person Specification

This is a demanding and high profile position for a professionally qualified person that requires a range of knowledge, experience and personal qualities.

Knowledge and Experience

Essential

  • Extensive knowledge of professional regulation including standards and processes relevant to fitness to practise, accreditation of higher education programmes, regulated qualifications and further education and training
  • Good communication skills
  • Ability to work collaboratively with stakeholders and in a committee environment
  • Experience of management of staff, including recruitment, training and appraisal and relevant administrative experience
  • Graduate or equivalent experience or professional qualifications
  • Critical thinking
  • Experience of financial management and reporting (No specific financial qualifications are necessary)

Desirable

  • Extensive knowledge of voluntary or statutory professional regulation in the UK within the healthcare sector
  • Senior level organisational management experience
  • Corporate Governance knowledge from regulatory, health or not for profit sector

Personal Qualities

  • Ability to think strategically, develop proposals for work programmes, implement and monitor progress
  • Ability to communicate verbally and in writing, including proven ability to build confidence and maintain relationships with a wide range of stakeholders
  • Ability to work to deadlines, prioritise tasks and manage time effectively
  • Ability to influence policy and practice through evidence based argument

How to apply

Applicants are invited to download a complete candidate information pack and then to submit:

  • A covering letter of no more than two pages, explaining how their skills and experience meet the role description and person specification
  • A CV which should provide details of relevant qualifications, current and previous employment
  • Names and contact details of 2 referees including most recent or current employer (Please note we will only contact referees upon offer of appointment)

Applications should be submitted by email to recruitment@parnglobal.com by Monday 7 January by 5pm

Interviews of short-listed candidates will take place in the week commencing 4th February 2019 in central London. Shortlisted candidates will be offered an opportunity to speak informally with the current Chief Executive in January 2019.

For further information please email Robert@parnglobal.com

Closing Date: Monday 7 January 2019 at 5pm
Interview Date: w/c 4 February 2019

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