Chief Executive Officer

Chief Executive Officer

Posted 3 weeks ago

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LocationLondon, UK
Closing Date1st June 2018

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About Muscular Dystrophy UK

Muscular Dystrophy UK has a vision of a world with effective treatments and cures for all muscular dystrophy and allied neuromuscular conditions and no limits for individuals and families affected.

The charity supports research to drive the development of effective treatments and cures, ensures access to specialist NHS care and support, and provides services and promotes opportunities to enable individuals and their families to live as independently as possible.

Through successfully engaged in uniting the skills, knowledge and resources available in the UK, whilst building strong partnerships, the charity can improve the quality of life for those affected and bring new treatments and cures closer to reality.

The Role

The new Chief Executive Officer will replace Robert Meadowcroft who is stepping down later this year, after leading Muscular Dystrophy UK for almost 12 years.  S/he will provide continuity of leadership and the strategic vision to position the charity to deliver sustainable support for clinical and biomedical research, ensure access to specialist NHS care and support, provide services and promote opportunities to enable individuals and their families to live as independently as possible for the future.

Muscular Dystrophy is the largest UK charity supporting all muscular dystrophy and neuromuscular conditions. The individual appointed will continue to strengthen the public profile for this charity by identifying strategic partnerships, overseeing marketing and brand development, enhancing the opportunities for lobbying / campaigning; ultimately enhancing the public awareness of the research, information and support provided by the charity.

Person Specification

Ideal candidates will have:

  • broad strategic and organisational leadership and management experience within a complex and / or national charitable organisation.
  • S/he will have worked closely with boards, senior management teams and external stakeholder groups and will be a strong communicator – able to promote the work of the charity to the media, government, health committees and the wider public.
  • S/he will have good business / financial awareness and the creativity to consider the new opportunities – in terms of collaborative working partnerships and identifying new income steams – corporate partnerships and other sources of funding, in addition to existing individual, community and legacy funding.
  • S/he will have excellent interpersonal qualities with an ability to connect and empathize with patients and their families; and have a real passion to deliver effective support, treatments and cures for all muscular dystrophy and allied neuromuscular conditions.


  • Educated to degree level or similar
  • Management qualification
  • Evidence of continuing professional education and management/leadership development.


Interested in this role? Download the appointment brief below. Click the apply button and follow the instructions. Attach a copy of your CV, together with a supporting statement. Please ensure that your submission includes evidence of how you meet the person specification, together with your motivation for applying.

If you have any queries on any aspect of the appointment process, need additional information or would like to have an informal confidential discussion, please contact Dr Marc Lambert on T: 01279 758 572 or via email

Appointment Brief: Muscular Dystrophy UK CEO

Lead Consultant

Marc Lambert
Lead Consultant