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Person Specification


  • Experience of working in the charity sector in a leadership role.
  • Passionate about putting the patient voice at the heart of the Guts UK and its strategic direction and activities and good understanding of how to support this
  • Excellent communicator able to deliver impactful oral and written communications.
  • Ability to engage and develop excellent working relationships with patients and patient groups, external bodies, stakeholders and business partners.
  • Forward thinking with the ability to demonstrate to sound judgement when making decisions.
  • Proven experience of leading multi-skilled teams in the successful delivery of targets and proven record of delivering services to achieve the desired impact.
  • Ability to think strategically and experience in developing strategy and defining organisational structures with capability to deliver.
  • A track record of working with a trustee board in a leadership capacity, in an open, honest, respectful, structured and transparent manner.
  • Leadership skills developed at a senior level, with the ability to structure, delegate, enthuse, motivate and develop a team.
  • Personal drive and the ability to work with enthusiasm, authentically, empathetically and with integrity, adaptability and care, including implementing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in all activities.
  • Proven track record of securing income in a challenging economic climate, or supporting securing of income or leading or supporting the leading of a financially sustainable organisation.
  • Strong analytical skills – especially the ability to interpret and manage financial data, KPIs, and drive operational improvement efficiencies across the organisation.


  • Experience of working in the medical research and patient support charity sector in a leadership role.
  • Knowledge or evidence of track record in funding medical research, patient engagement practice and information services.
  • Understanding of digestive disorders and gastroenterology network.


Guts UK is an equal opportunity employer. We welcome applications from people with disabilities and from minority groups.

If you have a disability which means you are unable to meet some of the job requirements, specifically, because of your disability, please address this in your application. If you meet all the other criteria, you will be shortlisted, and we will explore jointly with you if there are ways in which the job can be changed to enable you to meet the requirements.

You must be eligible to work in the UK at the time of application. If you are invited to interview, you will be asked to bring the original documentation that proves your right to work in the UK.