The Faculty of Occupational Medicine of the Royal College of Physicians of London (FOM) is a charity committed to improving health at work. It is the professional and educational body for occupational medicine in the UK and seeks to ensure the highest standards in the practice of occupational medicine.
This is an exciting time for FOM as it recruits for a new CEO, following a move of premises to Greenwich and the newly created Education Centre for Occupational Health, which will offer a significant range of new opportunities across the occupational health landscape.
Ernie Messer from Cass Business School is providing executive support and consultancy services to the Faculty of Occupational Medicine.
As part of Third Sector Jobs’ Wonderful Workplaces initiative, Jennifer Jackson, careers content editor, spoke to Messer about the CEO opportunity and what makes FOM such a ‘wonderful workplace’.
Tell me more about the Faculty of Occupational Medicine (FOM) and the work you’re doing with them
Occupational medicine focuses on the relationship between work and health, and the faculty sets professional and quality standards for this specialty. Cass Business School has had a close working relationship with FOM for some years and was invited to provide interim support to the executive team and board.
My remit involves conducting a review of FOM’s current organisation and operation, consideration of ideas for the future and, most importantly in this context, identifying the qualities which FOM needs in a new CEO. It’s been an exciting journey with great inputs and help by trustees, staff and other key stakeholders.
Sounds interesting...what is the culture like?
Positive, professional and blessed with a rich history! There is a need for collaborative working, not just across the staff team and board but also with a much broader range of volunteers, including the council. Dr Dil Sen, the academic dean, expands on this in the recruitment pack. Overall, collaboration complements the other three values of the faculty, which are ‘relevant’, ‘ethical’ and ‘authoritative’.
And what does the CEO role involve?
It’s a pivotal role where the CEO manages the staff team and works with the president and officers to oversee an entire organisation – a great leadership opportunity as it covers every discipline with an eye for, and emphasis on, membership services.
Importantly, it is geared to provide accurate oversight over qualifications for specialists in occupational medicine and is accountable to the GMC for this. Other exams, including the diploma for doctors in other specialties with an interest in occupational medicine, are also very important. The range of work, management stretch and leadership needs means that there will never be a dull day!
What will it take to succeed in this role?
Leadership and ‘getting results’ are key – knowledge of successful processes and technology that work will play a part in this. In addition, there is a need for an ‘eye on the future’. New premises present huge opportunities and further development of the strategy, working closely with the board, is critical to the future. The ‘glue’ in all this will be to maintain, develop and grow excellent relationships across a wide range of stakeholders, particularly members.
What sort of challenges might the CEO face?
Financial oversight, control and income growth are always a challenge in the charity sector. Membership organisations must also understand and respond to their members’ needs, and the changing external landscapes, very precisely. Notable challenges relate to the evolution of professional regulation and accountability and the interest of the wider health community and government in work and health.
In general, why do you think someone would want to work at FOM?
It’s a chance to work in an interesting area of medicine, highly relevant to today’s workforces in the commercial or public sector, including the armed forces. Qualifications and examinations are fundamental to the specialty being viewed in a positive light and with public confidence. It also has a developing public profile and an important future role.
And finally, how would you sum up what it's like to work for FOM?
A good team; a good location and great opportunities for a good CEO to grow and develop personally and corporately.
Thank you very much, Ernie, for sharing your insights, and thanks to FOM for partnering with us on our Wonderful Workplaces initiative!
Do you have your eye on the future of work? Does FOM sound like a wonderful workplace which you could lead and grow? For further information about the CEO role and to apply, visit their page on Third Sector Jobs.
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