GDC’s Moyes to stand down in 2021: search for successor starts

GDC’s Moyes to stand down in 2021: search for successor starts

GDC Chair, Dr William Moyes, will stand down in September 2021, having completed two 4-year terms in the post. The Council is looking for a head-hunter to search for a replacement. The Chair’s job involves 2 days a week and the remuneration is set at £55,000. It doesn’t look as if they are looking for a dentist to take on the role.

The General Dental Council (GDC) will be looking for support from an executive search agency to undertake effective advertising, search, selection and candidate management services to help us recruit a new Chair of Council, they say.

The new Chair will take over Chairing responsibilities from 1 October 2021 and will be required to commit at least 2 days a week to the role with a remuneration of £55,000. The initial term will be for 4 years, with the option to extend by another term of 4 years.

Whilst the official term will not begin until autumn 2021, when the current Chair will demit office, the successful candidate will need to undertake an extensive induction and handover period, and must be available to commit at least 2 days a week from confirmation of appointment (circa July 2021).

They say it is important that the GDC has the ‘highest calibre of leadership’ through the expertise of its Council. As with all those in public office, Council members, including the Chair, are expected to act in accordance with the Principles of Public Life.

They explain that the Dentists Act 1984, sets the following objectives:

- to protect the public;

- to protect, promote and maintain the health, safety and well- being of the public

- to promote and  maintain confidence in the dental profession

-to promote and maintain proper professional standards and conduct for these professions.

They continue: “In order to discharge this duty, it is important that the public have confidence in the GDC as a highly effective regulator. A high performing Council is a fundamental factor in achieving this.”

The GDC is led by a Council of 12 members, 6 lay (including the Chair) and 6 dental professionals. Our current Chair of Council, Dr Williams Moyes has been in post for seven years and will be demitting office at the end of September 2021. The GDC employs circa 350 staff who work from our head office in London and our Birmingham office. Our current Chief Executive and Registrar is Ian Brack, leads a team of five Executive Directors.

They conclude: “This is a notification of GDC’s intention to invite executive search agencies to tender for our Executive search, selection and candidate management for the role of Chair contract. At this point, this notice is for information only; interested parties must wait for the release of the Invitation to Tender to formally tender.” The value of this contract to the head-hunter will be £15,000 to £25,000

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