Recruitment now open for GDC Chair and Council Member


  Posted by: Dental Design      20th January 2021

The General Dental Council’s (GDC) recruitment to fill the roles of Chair and Council Member is now open, ahead of the terms of office for two of its existing members coming to an end later this year. The regulator is required to maintain an equal split of dental professionals and non-registrants (lay members) on its Council and is accordingly inviting applications from both lay and registrant individuals for both roles.

The GDC is seeking people with the relevant skills and experience, an interest in dentistry and a shared vision for a system of regulation which supports the provision of safe, effective oral health care.

The closing date for applications is Friday 22 February. Please see adverts for full details of the two roles.

The advert for Chair states: ‘The Council is looking for a Chair to succeed the incumbent as they come to end of their final term, who will lead the GDC and Council through this period of challenge and change. We are looking for individuals with significant non-executive Board level experience, and chairing experience at Board or Committee level, with senior-level experience in a public sector or regulatory setting. Candidates will have exceptional stakeholder management and communication skills, and a proven ability to lead an organisation through change and uncertainty. Candidates from both lay and registrant backgrounds are welcome to apply.’

The new chair will begin their role in October 2021.

Meanwhile, the new council member, also due to start on 1st October, will help guide the GDC through a period of challenge and change. ‘We are looking for strategically minded professionals with a demonstrable commitment to supporting confidence in public services, the capacity to understand the organisational and business issues facing the GDC, and experience of providing objective and practical advice to an organisation at a senior, strategic level. Download the candidate pack on Saxton Bampfylde’s website using the link below to learn more about what we are looking for in a new Council member. Candidates from both lay and registrant backgrounds are welcome to apply.’

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