Appointment of the Chief Executive Officer


Physicists, engineers and technologists play vital roles in delivering our healthcare. The Institute of Physics & Engineering in Medicine (IPEM) is the professional body for this workforce. With nearly 5,000 members from healthcare, academia, and industry, IPEM now wishes to inspire passion to advance science and engineering in medicine for public benefit.

With the forthcoming retirement of our current CEO, IPEM now wishes to appoint a successor.  A challenging and exciting opportunity, the successful candidate will need to deliver on the charitable objectives of the Institute by engaging the membership. The ability to listen and respond to all IPEM’s stakeholders will be essential, meeting the evolving requirements of the Institute which has the potential to grow nationally and internationally.  Whether through our work in education, publications, meetings and bursaries, the Institute is ambitious for its future; encouraging the advancement of knowledge, setting and influencing standards and best practice, education, training and continuing professional development to develop and grow expertise.

An inspirational leader, you will easily demonstrate your skills in building unifying, effective working relationships with members and beyond. You will bring with you a successful track record of strategic leadership, leading on change and making plans an operational reality.  Enabling IPEM to build upon its success, you will ensure the Institute is a responsive, progressive professional membership body; raising its profile.  Entrepreneurial by nature, you will manage a broad portfolio of responsibilities; using your commercial acumen to help identify new and innovative opportunities for growth.

Please find below some more information on IPEM and the role; we look forward to hearing from you.

About us

Physicists, engineers, and technologists play vital roles in delivering our healthcare. IPEM is the professional organisation that represents this workforce. We are a charity with nearly 5,000 members from healthcare, academia, and industry.

Members work in radiotherapy, nuclear medicine, imaging, medical equipment management, medical equipment maintenance, biomedical engineering, physiological measurement as well as research and development. Members are therefore aiding diagnosis and therapy to optimise patient outcomes, ensuring that medical equipment is functional and safe and in addition leading innovation to improve healthcare technology for tomorrow’s patients.

IPEM’s mission is:

We are an organisation that inspires passion to promote science and engineering in medicine for the public benefit. To achieve this, we work collaboratively, within our own profession and with other health care professionals, welcoming diversity and innovation as positive energies for change.  We conduct ourselves in an open, objective and principled manner to engender trust and respect from the public and those we wish to influence, to amplify our impact and ability to deliver our strategic objectives.

IPEM’s current strategic objectives are to:

  • Set and influence standards and best practice.
  • Influence and deliver education, training and continuing professional development.
  • Support and influence research and innovation.
  • Strengthen our public engagement and influence decision-makers.
  • Influence and engage with national and international bodies.

IPEM values:

We are an organisation that inspires passion to promote science and engineering in medicine for public benefit. To achieve this we will work collaboratively, together and with others, welcoming diversity and innovation as positive energies for change.  We will conduct ourselves in an open, objective and principled manner to engender trust and respect from the public and those we wish to influence, to amplify our impact and ability to deliver our strategic objectives.

IPEM delivers public benefit through:

  • Developing the healthcare workforce where physics and engineering knowledge and skills have an impact on patient care.
  • IPEM encourages the advancement of knowledge and the development and growth of expertise to benefit the public and healthcare services through education, publications, including international journals publishing research, meetings and bursaries,
  • Taking an active role in the development and review of standards, regulation, and guidance, both at a national and international level, to ensure that a safe, effective and efficient service can be provided for patients and those involved in delivering healthcare services.
  • Support for the development of future services, treatments, and equipment, including translational medicine, the bench to bedside approach. The Institute is continuing to develop and strengthen links with academia, research organisations and manufacturers to assist and encourage professionals to progress and implement this work.
  • Working with and supporting a range of other organisations to promote and deliver specific and general science objectives.
  • Making science more accessible to the general public and engaging with young people to develop their interest in science and engineering.

The principal beneficiaries of IPEM’s work are patients, whose diagnosis and treatment is undertaken at the highest standards of safety and quality, who benefit from innovation because of the work of our members.

This may be through membership of multi-disciplinary team in hospitals, use the Institute’s Reports, standards, and guidance or through contribution to  the wider system of academic research or industrial development supported by IPEM’s training, education, Continuous Professional Development, publishing activities, mentoring, Fellowship, innovation awards programme, scientific meetings, or professional networking activities.


The role

Chief Executive Officer

Job title: Chief Executive Officer
Location: York
Responsible to: Board of Trustees
Accountable to: President of IPEM
Responsible for (direct reports): Head of Operations and Finance (HOOF), Communications and Development Manager, External Relations Manager, Membership and Training Manager, Workforce Intelligence Manager, and Executive Assistant.

Job purpose:

Reporting to the President of IPEM and Board of Trustees, the Chief Executive is responsible for delivering IPEM’s remit as a charitable body, a professional body and a learned society; as well developing and growing the charity both in terms of its impact and financial strengths.

The principal tasks of the role encompass strategic leadership, governance, development and growth, as well as operational management with a key focus on:

  • Working in partnership with direct reports to build on existing strategy, supported by corresponding business plans and objectives.
  • Sustaining and improving member perception of the quality of IPEM’s sector leadership.
  • Increasing the resources available to the charity through proactive income generation.
  • Developing and expanding the work of IPEM by reaching a wider audience and increasing the membership value both to current and new members, nurturing relationships within IPEM’s members and maintaining strategic alignment with sponsors, key partners and supporters.
  • Supporting the Board of Trustees in fulfilling its responsibilities in the governance, compliance and accountability of the charity.
  • Championing the value of the Institute, maintaining and improving its role as the principal body for those involved in physics and engineering in medicine.
  • To support Trustees in the development of the long-term strategic direction of the Institute, including collaborative working with the Science Council, Engineering Council and other institutions, representing IPEM externally, as required.

Principal tasks:

Strategic Leadership

  • Develop and promote IPEM with all external stakeholders, through identifying and maximising new business opportunities, diversifying income streams and promoting IPEM through regular networking in relevant sectors.
  • Develop and maintain a strong presence within education of physics and engineering in medicine and wider education landscapes, enabling promotion and advocacy of the expertise of IPEM’s members.
  • Recommend and implement appropriate new services, resources, programmes and developments to support the expansion of IPEM’s reach.
  • Lead the process of developing long term strategy and annual business plans.
  • Manage and develop the IPEM team, ensuring their work is coherently focused on delivering the strategy and plans.
  • Represent the views and best interests of IPEM and members to national and local government and the media.
  • Provide strong advocacy for IPEM by promoting and raising the profile of its work and the work of its members with key decision-makers and opinion-formers.

Development and Growth

  • Promote IPEM and develop effective membership networks and effective membership communication and support structures.
  • Develop effective networks with principal stakeholders and supporters, developing partnerships that progress the work and mission of the charity and champion the work of members regionally and nationally.
  • Work with partners on research that supports members’ work, promotes national advocacy and explores new opportunities and initiatives to support IPEM’s educational programmes and events.
  • Identify and realise new revenue streams that support members’ ambitions and the charitable aims.
  • With the HOOF, manage the contracts with publishers of IPEM’s international journals, having regard to developments in the international publishing landscape.
  • Negotiate contracts and funding agreements.


  • Ensure effective governance and sufficient resources, guidance and professional advice for the Board to perform its duties
  • Diligently service the Board, ensuring transparent and timely reporting of progress against the business plan, changes/developments in the business environment, and management of governance and risk.
  • Maintain an effective relationship, sharing communication with the President and meeting regularly (both formally and informally), ensuring the President is proactively kept abreast of any anticipated risks to the organisation.
  • Support the Board in acquiring appropriate skills, including support for recruitment of new trustees as required, and ensure regular reviews as appropriate.
  • Supply all reports required by the Board in the exercise of its legal, financial and other responsibilities, in accordance with Charity Commission requirements and current legislation.

 Operational Management

  • Assume financial responsibility for the organisation, working with the IPEM staff team, treasurer and auditors to ensure strong financial management, governance and compliance including accurate budgeting, forecasting (revenues, costs and investments) annual reports, clear financial controls, cash flow and tax obligations.
  • Provide effective and positive people management, building a culture where staff feel valued, receive recognition and are equipped to do their job through appropriate recruitment, supervision and support.
  • Ensure effective operation, maintenance and development of software and technology infrastructure for the national office.
  • Oversee development of strategic marketing and communications policies and specific campaigns.
  • Develop and maintain policies, ensuring they are up to date, consistent, approved by the Board and implemented effectively.
  • Ensure compliance with all relevant legislation, including employment law, charity law, company law, health and safety legislation, requirements of funders and relevant agencies.


Knowledge and Understanding

  • An understanding and appreciation of as well as a commitment to the work of IPEM and its members.
  • An understanding or appreciation of healthcare providers including the NHS and the extensive contribution made by Medical Physics and Clinical Engineering.
  • An understanding or appreciation of physics and engineering as applied to medicine and biology, in academia, healthcare and industry.
  • Knowledge and understanding of relevant statutory compliance frameworks.
  • Knowledge and understanding of developing services and resources to support a range of professionals.
  • Qualified to Degree level with evidence of ongoing professional development.
  • Knowledge of professional conduct processes. (D)
  • An understanding of healthcare science as a complete discipline either within the NHS, academia or industry. (D)
  • An understanding of the Science and Engineering Council and Health and Care Professions Council and professional registration processes. (D)
  • An understanding of the international academic publishing landscape. (D)


  • Experience of sustained working in a senior leadership role within a charity, public or private sector.
  • Experience of successful networking and proven advocacy.
  • Experience of having grown an organisation, division or business area.
  • Proven track record of mission-focussed, hands-on leadership with a good blend of external profile building and commercial acumen.
  • Experience of working as part of and supporting high performing staff teams.
  • Experience of business planning and income generation from a variety of sources, including through effective partnerships.
  • Proven experience of devising, developing and delivering complex and successful projects and programmes.
  • Experience of successfully managing and delivering on-going change within an organisation.
  • An understanding of employment law, organisational governance and best practice in these areas.

 Personal Qualities

  • Personal and professional integrity.
  • An ability to inspire and enthuse others.
  • A proven strategist.
  • A creative and divergent thinker.
  • A strong, clear communicator both verbally and across written forms, including social media.
  • Personal resilience and determination.
  • Commitment to the rule of law and to equality of opportunity.
  • Strong emotional intelligence.
  • The ability to think and solve problems across a wide range of issues at strategic and operational levels.
  • Ability to achieve objectives through persuasion and influence rather than direct authority.

 *(D) – Desirable

Terms of Employment

  • Based at IPEM head office, Fairmount House, 230 Tadcaster Road, York, YO24 1ES. You may be required to travel to other sites as necessary. Some international travel may also be required.
  • 30 days holiday.
  • Aviva Workplace Pension. IPEM will make 14% of your annual salary into this fund, or should you decide to opt out of the workplace pension scheme, into an existing personal pension scheme.

How to apply

Anderson Quigley is acting as an advisor to IPEM. An executive search process is being carried out by Anderson Quigley in addition to the public advertisement.

Should you wish to discuss the role in strict confidence, please contact our advising consultant at Anderson Quigley: Helene Usherwood on or +44(0)7719 322 669 or Elyse Turner Pearce on or +44(0)7808 648 559.

The closing date for applications is noon on Friday 26th July 2019.

Applications should consist of:

  • A full CV.
  • A covering letter (maximum of 3 pages) setting out your interest in the role and details of how you match the experience criteria of the person specification.
  • Please include current salary details and the names and addresses of two referees on either your CV or covering letter. Referees will not be approached until the final stages and not without prior permission from candidates.
  • As part of your application please follow this link to complete an Equal Opportunity Monitoring Form.

Completed applications should be uploaded at using the reference AQ545


Closing date: Noon on Friday 26th July 2019
Preliminary interviews with AQ: w/c 5th and 12th August 2019
Final Panel Interviews with IPEM: Monday 2nd September, York