Non-Executive Recruitment

Frequently Asked Questions

1. Do I have to be a UK national to apply for this role?

You must be free to remain and take up this role in the UK.

2. Is there an upper age limit?


3. Can I apply for this role if I am currently a chair or non-executive of an organisation within the health or social care sectors?

Yes, although the nature of your role and any potential conflict of interest would need to be further explored.

4. Can I apply for a Lay member role if I am a medical professional and a previous Registrant, but no longer practising?

The definition of “lay” for the purpose of this appointment is that this is someone who is not, and never has been provisionally registered or fully registered as a doctor, was at no time registered with limited registration and does not hold qualifications which would entitle them to apply for provisional or full registration.

5. If I have been the subject of a Fitness to Practise complaint am I eligible to apply?

You will be disqualified from being appointed if you have been subject to any investigation or proceedings concerning your fitness to practise by any licensing body, including the GMC, and the final outcome was: 

  • Your suspension from a register, which has not been terminated
  • Your erasure from a register or a decision which has prevented you from practising
  • Your registration was made conditional upon compliance with any requirement or undertaking and these requirements have not been lifted or that the Privy Council is satisfied that membership would be liable to undermine public confidence in the regulation of the medical profession.

6. What will the time commitment be for this appointment?

Council members will need to commit three days per month.

7. How much travel is involved?

Travel from home to London or Manchester for Council and other meetings or for training or other events is required. You will be eligible to claim the costs of travel and subsistence necessary to attend meetings when required for GMC business.

8. Is this a fixed term appointment?

The initial appointment will be for a period not exceeding four years. The term of office will be determined by the Privy Council on appointment. Council members may serve for a maximum period of eight years in any period of 20 years. Reappointment (subject to the maximum period of service) will be dependent on a satisfactory performance appraisal and on the needs of the Council. However, a degree of change is often sought and there should be no expectation of automatic reappointment.

The post is a public appointment or statutory office rather than a job and is not subject to the provisions of employment law.

9. Is the role remunerated?

Council members are entitled to remuneration of £18,000 per year, for a time commitment of up to three days a month. Remuneration is taxable under Schedule E and is subject to Class 1 National Insurance contributions. It is not pensionable.

You may wish to opt for your remuneration to be paid directly to any current employer. Remuneration covers attendance at Council and other GMC meetings, including preparation and travelling time.

10. Who will make the appointments decision?

A selection panel comprising: the new Chair Designate of the GMC (subject to appointment and availability), Professor Sir Harry Burns, Director of Global Public Health at the University of Strathclyde International Public Policy Institute, Jacqui Francis, Independent member of the Bar Standards Board Selection Panels and executive/non-executive recruitment consultant and Dame Denise Platt, Lay Member of Council. The decision for appointment is made by the Privy Council.

11. What is the Privy Council?

The Privy Council is a collection of senior politicians who are or have been members of the House of Commons or House of Lords. It is responsible for approving appointments to around 400 institutions, charities and companies – including the GMC. There’s more information about the Privy Council’s work on their website.

12. Why does the Privy Council have the ultimate responsibility for appointing the GMC council members?

It’s a legal requirement (section 227 of the Health and Social Care Act 2012). This sets out that we have a legal responsibility to run a suitable process to select candidates to recommend to the Privy Council.

The PSA check the GMC process to make sure it is fair, transparent and that all selection decisions are based on evidence of merit.There is more information about the process on the PSA’s website.  

13. Do I need to use a computer?

Yes. The GMC conducts as much of its business as possible through electronic media. You should therefore expect to have access to and be able to use PC based software, email and the internet.

14. Are the GMC also recruiting for a new Chair?

A separate appointments process has been taking place to appoint a new Chair for the GMC, also to take up office from 1 January 2019.  Depending upon whether the new Chair Designate is a Lay or Registrant member, the requirement will be for two registrant members or one lay and one registrant. It is expected that this process will conclude by July 2018.