Healthcare Communications Association search opens for New Chairperson

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Healthcare Communications Association search opens for New Chairperson   

 
London, England, 7 November, 2018 -- The Healthcare Communications Association (HCA) today announced it is seeking a new Chairperson, following the completion of the term of its interim Chair, Aileen Thompson, who is also Executive Director, Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI). 
 
The HCA is a not-for-profit organisation whose members include pharmaceutical companies, healthcare communications agencies, charities and not-for-profit organisations, consultants and freelance experts.  The organisation is unique in providing a collective voice to establish, maintain and improve best practice and quality standards in the healthcare communications industry. 
 
The new Chairperson will be joining the HCA following a year of significant changes, as the organisation has taken numerous steps to ensure it is meeting the evolving needs of a changing industry. These steps have included the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO), Mike Dixon; the launch of Continued Professional Development accreditation of HCA training courses and the roll-out of Shared Experience sessions to ensure an open forum for best practices within the healthcare communications industry. 
 
“We are eager to identify individuals within the healthcare communications industry who have the drive, the capacity and the desire to help us set a robust course for this next phase of our unique organisation across Europe.”  said Neil Crump of HCA’s Executive Committee (EC), Governance Council (GC) and Chief Innovation Officer and owner, Aurora, who is co-ordinating the Chairperson search as a member, and on behalf, of the HCA EC as well as the GC.
 
 “The individual taking on this role will, in many ways, help hold us to account to deliver our mission and thus contribute to shaping the future of the healthcare communications industry.”  
 
The new Chairperson will be selected by the Executive Committee. This group of industry leaders volunteer their time to provide the strategic direction for the organisation and lead activities that support and enhance the aims of the HCA, such as facilitating training sessions or thought leadership forums, running networking events and industry benchmarking, among others. 
 
The Chairperson, which is a voluntary non-executive role, is a position for up to three years. Applicants should be actively working in the industry, with broad sector and functional experience in healthcare and ideally, a strong external profile.
 
Individuals interested in putting themselves forward—or nominating someone else within the industry—for either of these roles, should contact Neil Crump at neil.crump@auroracomms.com.

Closing date for all applications: Wednesday 28th November 2018
 
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About the HCA Chairperson role 
The Chairperson is responsible for leading and managing the HCA Governance Council; which is responsible for the strategy and tactical delivery against that strategy against a business plan. The Chairperson role is non-executive. The Chairperson’s responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
  •  Leading the Governance Council and Governance Meetings, ensuring the Governance Council fulfils is obligations
  • Managing the members of the Governance Council and ensuring they execute their roles to the standards expected
  • Acting as the guardian of the interests of the members by ensuring that the association pursues its agreed Mission
  • Responsibility for ensuring succession planning of the CEO, Governance Council and the executive committee and oversee implementation when required
  • Chairing HCA Executive Committee meetings (alternatively these can be led by the Chief Executive)
 
About the HCA
The HCA proactively represents and champions on behalf of the healthcare communications sector. A not-for-profit organisation, with membership comprising in-house teams, agencies, charities and other not-for-profit organisations, consultants and freelance experts and individuals working in national and global healthcare communications across diverse business sectors, the HCA provides the collective voice to establish, maintain and improve best practice and quality standards in our speciality.  As the accreditor of continuing professional development in healthcare communications, the HCA takes the leading role in providing education and shared learning, helping organisations and individuals develop their professional skills.  With cross-industry membership, the HCA also aims to provide unique business intelligence and networking opportunities for its members.