We are seeking a new Lay Director for UKPHR’s Board


As a result of a single vacancy on our Board, we would like to appoint one new director to join our Board. At least seven of the 12 directors must be lay under our constitution. We are seeking a lay member of the Board. In our governance “lay” means a person  not registered by, nor entitled to be registered by, UKPHR and being appointed by the Board on the basis of advertisement and open competition.


Role Descriptions

We set out in our Role Description: Board Director the legal powers, duties and responsibilities of directors.

The collective responsibilities of the Board include:

  • Support UKPHR’s objectives and promote its role as a regulatory body for public health
  • Determine UKPHR’s purpose and values and review them regularly
  • Engage constructively with key stakeholders in relevant public services

The individual responsibilities of all directors include:

  • Take care of UKPHR by ensuring prudent use of all assets, including facilities, people, and good will and provide oversight for all activities that advance UKPHR’s effectiveness and sustainability
  • Make decisions in the best interest of UKPHR, not in your self-interest
  • Exercise duties diligently, keeping yourself informed about UKPHR’s business


Please click here for the full role description


We set out in our Role, responsibilities and composition of the Board the role of the Board, duties, responsibilities and composition.

The Role Descriptor explains how the Board will seek to maintain a balance of skills, knowledge and geographic and sectoral representation in the Board’s composition.


Please click here for full details about Board’s role, responsibilities and composition.


Selection process and commitment

Our Board will have responsibility for selection.

Applications will be considered by a selection panel comprised of existing Directors and advised by the Chief Executive.

Applicants who are shortlisted will be invited for interview by the panel.

In view of the ongoing Covid-19 emergency, interviews will be conducted by Microsoft Teams.

An initial appointment will be for a term of between one and three years, with a possibility of renewal for up to a maximum length of continuous service of nine years.

Time commitment will be for around 10 days a year but there are opportunities to serve UKPHR further both internally (for example on committees) and externally (for example representing UKPHR on outside bodies)

The position is unremunerated but reasonable travel and subsistence expenses are reimbursed.

For further information, please see the two Role Descriptors above.


Application process and timetable:

To apply for this job, you must send to UKPHR by the closing date:

  1. An up to date CV; and
  2. A written application (in the form provided by UKPHR) – please click here for the application form


Please send your CV and written application for the attention of Andrew Jones, Chair, UKPHR by email to register@ukphr.org The closing date for application is Thursday 10 December 2020 at 12.00 noon.

 Applicants who are shortlisted for interview will ideally be available for interview during the week commencing Monday 14 December 2020.


Please note:

As it is intended that interviews will be held during the week commencing 14 December 2020, please state when applying if you would be unavailable for interview in this time.


Information about UK Public Health Register (UKPHR):

  • UKPHR is a private company limited by guarantee and a registered Charity.
  • Its register, accredited by the Professional Standards Authority under a statutory scheme, is the definitive indicator of competence of public health specialists and practitioners. The register is available for public inspection and registration is the recognised yardstick of safe, competent practice in the UK.
  • UKPHR was established in 2003 as a voluntary register for multidisciplinary public health Specialists. It has since developed to be the register of Specialty Registrars and public health Practitioners also.
  • The governance and operational structure of UKPHR were streamlined in 2013 with the formation of a new, smaller Board. All Board members are directors of the Company and trustees of the charity.
  • UKPHR’s primary objective is to protect the public by ensuring that only competent public health professionals are registered (quality assurance).
  • We aim to ensure that registrants maintain high standards of practice after achieving registration, for example through our CPD requirements and our revalidation processes (quality maintenance and enhancement).
  • Registration is available to public health specialists, to Specialty Registrars, and to public health practitioners working at or above Level 5 (autonomous practice) of the original Public Health Skills & Knowledge Framework.
  • We have changed the retrospective portfolio assessment route to registration for specialists.
  • We have reviewed our standards for practitioner registration, partly in response to the revision of the Public Health Skills & Knowledge Framework in 2016.
  • We require revalidation of all specialist registrants every 5 years and we will extend this to practitioner registrants as well in 2021.
  • Registrants work across all the domains of public health, including health improvement, public health healthcare services, health protection, data management and analysis, intelligence and academia.


The Board’s VISION for UKPHR is: 

We will protect the public and promote continuous improvement in public health practice by providing a regulatory home for the UK’s public health workforce and assuring registrants’ competence.


The Board’s MISSION is:

To be a self-sustaining and effective regulator for the public health workforce.



Data protection

In accordance with the Data Protection Act, the information you provide in your application, and any supporting documents, will be used to assess your suitability for the role advertised. It will not be released to anyone who does not require it for this purpose. If you are able to offer your services in the role advertised, this information will form the basis of your personnel file within UKPHR, otherwise it will be destroyed six months after your application, unless you give us permission to hold it on file.

Equality and diversity

Applications are encouraged from all candidates regardless of ethnicity, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, gender identity. We particularly welcome applications from women, those with a disability and those from a black or ethnic minority background.

We would also particularly welcome applications from those currently working in, or with experience of, the voluntary sector. We want to explore the widest possible pool of talent for these important appointments.

Offering an Interview to Disabled People

A disabled applicant who meets the minimum criteria for this position will be offered an interview.

The Equality Act 2010 defines a person as disabled if they have a physical or mental impairment and the impairment has a substantial and long-term adverse effect on their ability to carry out normal day-to-day activities. If you wish to indicate that you are disabled or have a long-term health condition, please tell us in or with your application.

Flexible working practices

UKPHR supports flexible working practices and as a national organisation has video conferencing and virtual meeting technologies available for communication. Remote working is therefore available subject always to satisfying the Board that sound management of resources will be achieved.


The role will be based in Birmingham, UK.


16a, Mclaren Building, 46 Priory Queensway, Birmingham B4 7LR