Royal College of Physicians of Ireland

19 October, 2022

Chief Executive Officer

Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (RCPI) is Ireland’s largest postgraduate medical training body. It is a membership organisation with over 12,000 trainees, members, fellows and licentiates working across 29 different specialties at home and in over 90 countries around the world. Accredited by the Medical Council, its mission is ‘to develop and support learners, trainees, members and fellows to be leaders in healthcare delivery and transformation through training, education and advocacy’. RCPI plays a pivotal role in raising standards of healthcare and shaping public health in Ireland. The Covid-19 pandemic has most recently raised the visibility of doctors and healthcare professionals and highlighted the central role that the healthcare sector provides to society.

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RCPI also has a national advisory role in relation to healthcare and interacts regularly with a number of bodies including the Medical Council, Department of Health, the Health Service Executive and the Health Information & Quality Authority. Part funded by the HSE, RCPI has an operating budget of €19.5m in 2022.

The College offers the postgraduate membership of the Royal College of Physicians of Ireland (MRCPI) qualification and also conducts examinations at overseas centres. RCPI is committed to providing world leading continuous medical education to enhance the healthcare sector globally, and Members and Fellows of RCPI are operating at the forefront of medicine in Ireland and internationally.

RCPI wishes to appoint a Chief Executive Officer (CEO) who will lead the organisation and maintain its position as a forward thinking, globally active, dynamic and sustainable organisation. The ideal candidate will:

  • increase its national presence
  • improve its global reach and influence
  • champion continuous training for doctors
  • engage with the membership
  • work with Government, the public and the health sector to contribute to the development of healthcare policy
  • develop and nurture relationships with a broad range of partners and stakeholders
  • lead and manage the development and delivery of a comprehensive strategic plan
  • oversee all RCPI functions at both an operational and strategic level

The Chief Executive Officer will be entrepreneurial, providing a positive force for change. The new appointee will lead innovation, growth and development at all levels in the organisation to ensure that it is fit for purpose in a rapidly evolving environment. The ideal candidate will be an exceptional communicator, an innovative, tenacious and experienced senior manager with a track record of change management and leadership. The ability to build and nurture strategic relationships both internally and externally as well as an understanding of training and/or education environments will be key requirements for this role.

This is a senior leadership role offering an appropriately qualified candidate an opportunity to contribute to the development of the Irish healthcare system, enhance the healthcare sector globally and make a real difference for future generations.

To make an application for this role, please send a comprehensive curriculum vitae and a personal statement outlining how your experience represents a fit for the role to For further information, please contact PwC Executive Search – Adrienne Harten on +353 87 2472896 or Pauline McAlester on +353 87 9138474.

The closing date for applications is Friday, 11th November 2022.

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Ellen Roche

Director, PwC Ireland (Republic of)

Pauline McAlester

Senior Manager, PwC Ireland (Republic of)

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