Livingston James retained by Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh to appoint 4 Board Trustees

Founded in 1505, the Royal College of Surgeons of Edinburgh (RCSEd) is the oldest surgical college in the world with a vision to be the most welcoming, inclusive, and innovative surgical college in the world.

In 2022, the RCSEd undertook a comprehensive strategic governance review, that analysed the College’s highest-level governance framework and decision-making structures. As a result of the review and for the first time in our 518-year history, we are looking to introduce to our Board of Trustees members who are not elected surgeons or dental surgeons but are appointed specifically for their skills and expertise.

Implementing these changes is a challenging, but equally exciting time for the College and we require individuals who are excited by the prospect and understand the challenges of guiding a complex organisation through change.

As a Board Trustee, you will play a crucial role in the governance of the RCSEd, ensuring its sustainability and alignment with its core mission – improving patient safety and care worldwide. As a Board of Trustees, we will also work closely with the CEO and the Senior Leadership Team to provide them with challenge, scrutiny, and support.

As a Board, we are committed to inclusivity and diversity of thought, background, and experience and previous board experience is not a prerequisite. We are more focused on identifying new Board Trustees who share our commitment to the values, aims and goals of the RCSEd and who are passionate about becoming well-informed about surgery, dental surgery, and the wider healthcare context in which the professional and clinical matters of the College are debated.

We are specifically looking to identify new Board Trustees with one or more of the following areas of expertise:

Accountancy or strategic financial management – including knowledge of relevant financial and governance frameworks

IT / Digital Transformation – including relevant expertise in leading transformational change to business technologies and processes and/or adopting a digital-first approach

Fundraising – including relevant experience in maximising the income generation potential of an organisation’s brand across its whole fundraising portfolio

Education – including relevant knowledge/experience to ensure the College’s approach to education, training and examinations meets both the current and future needs of its members

If you are excited by the opportunity to help shape the future of the RCSEd and contribute to the enhancement of patient safety worldwide, please review the role profile below or reach out to [email protected].


Royal College of Surgeons – Board Trustees Poition Profile


The RCSEd is an equal opportunities employer and positively encourages applications from suitably qualified and eligible candidates regardless of sex,  race,  disability,  age,  sexual orientation, gender reassignment, religion or belief, marital status or pregnancy and maternity.

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