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President Elect


  • The role of President-Elect is a two year appointment that allows clear visibility across the BSG’s activities and decision-making processes, before commencing a two year term as President. The appointment of the President-Elect is, therefore, the de facto appointment to the role of the incoming President of the Society and has a total time commitment of four years.
  • The President-Elect is the deputy to the President, is expected to be available to advise the President and to carry out duties on their behalf, as and when requested by the President or the Board of Trustees.


  • The President carries ultimate responsibility for all activities of the Society.
  • Provides leadership for the specialty and its constituent professions in the four nations of the United Kingdom.
  • The President is the Chair of the Board of Trustees for the BSG and is responsible for the good governance and running of the Charity and in addition chairs the BSG Executive and the BSG Council.
  • The President chairs the Strategy Away Days and is expected to take an interest in the activities of all BSG groups and committees directly, or through a delegated authority
  • The President provides strategic input and long-term vision for the BSG.
  • The President has a duty to ensure that the organisation is functional and fit for purpose.
  • The President will work closely with, and line manage, the Chief Executive of the BSG.
  • The term as President is two years and has significant time commitments.
  • The President represents the BSG externally in multiple stakeholder bodies.
  • Attend twice yearly meetings of the BMJ-BSG Journals Management Committee (usually June & December).
  • Represents the BSG in external fora, including the Council of the Royal College of Physicians (RCP), where the President is an ex-officio member.


  • To deputise for the President when required to at the request of the President or the Board of Trustees.
  • To be a registered Trustee of the BSG with the Charity Commission.
  • As a registered Trustee, the President-Elect is expected to undertake appropriate training for the role and to attend BSG Trustee Board meetings.
  • To attend BSG Executive and Council meetings
  • To attend regular Strategy Away Days.
  • To liaise with the BSG executive and key Committees on all matters of BSG activity.
  • To work closely with the BSG Chief Executive, BSG Treasurer and BSG office staff on the sound running of the organisation.
  • The President-Elect is ex-officio Chair of the Joint Specialty Committee (JSC) of the RCP (3 meetings per year) and a member of the associated Medical Specialties Board (MSB) (3 meetings per year).
  • The President-Elect is expected to attend several meetings of Exec, Council, Strategy and other committees (eg Education & Programme) during their term, particularly in the second year in order to become familiar with the workings of the Society prior to taking on the Presidency. This comprises quarterly meetings of each group and the annual general meeting.
  • The President-Elect is responsible for leading the BSG’s annual process for supporting Clinical Excellence Awards (ACCEA) – convening and chairing a scoring panel


  • To set the strategic direction and priorities of the BSG.
  • To liaise with devolved nation ‘sister’ societies and represent the views of the UK gastroenterology and hepatology community.
  • To represent the BSG with NHS bodies and Governments.
  • To act as a spokesperson for the BSG with media as required.
  • To maintain effective and productive relationship with Guts UK
  • Other matters as determined from time to time by BSG Trustees, Council or Executive.


  • To report back at regular intervals to BSG Trustees Board, BSG Council and the BSG membership on the activities of the Society.
  • To communicate professionally, effectively and accurately on behalf of the BSG, both verbally and in written form with a wide variety of persons.


  • Any member of the BSG, from any specialty, who meets the essential criteria in the attached Person Specification, is eligible to become President-Elect/President.
  • Applicants should be members of the BSG for at least 5 years, have a track record of involvement with the work of the Society and evidence of a significant contribution to promoting the specialties of Gastroenterology or Hepatology outside the Society, through national commitments or other expert roles.
  • The President-elect will be appointed by a committee drawn from the Board of Trustees, usually two non-exec Trustees (one as chair), two or more executive Trustees (President-Elect or the President, Treasurer or Senior Secretary,), one vice President (Liver or Endoscopy) and at least one Elected Council member.


As specified previously, this is a two year appointment as President-Elect followed by a two year appointment as President


  • The time commitment is extensive, particularly as President.
  • There will be regular meetings in London and elsewhere as part of the duties outlined above.
  • Quarterly meetings of BSG Executive and Council; Strategy Meetings.
  • It is essential that the President attends these meetings; the President-elect is expected to attend at least several of them for familiarity and continuity purposes and may be asked to deputise on singular occasions.


  • These are un-remunerated posts within the BSG and local arrangements (study or professional leave) should be negotiated at a local level. Reasonable expenses incurred through the role will be reimbursed.
  • Training may be provided where appropriate but particularly for the role of Trustee and in Communications.


Person Specification Essential Desirable
Clinical/Service Achievements/experience
  • Medically Qualified (MB, ChB or MD)
  • Consultant level or equivalent standing of at least five years
  • At least five years membership of BSG & in good standing
  • Evidence of active participation or association with BSG
  • Evidence of a significant contribution to promoting the specialties of Gastroenterology or Hepatology outside the Society, through national commitments or other expert roles.
  • Recent experience in clinical service delivery
  • Higher level qualification e.g. PhD, MD, MSc
  • FRCP or relevant Royal College
  • Familiarity with GMC/GCP good medical practice
Established relationships
  • Previous experience as Chair, Secretary or executive member of a Committee or Section of the BSG, or as an Elected Member of Council.
  • Similar experience of other Societies or National Committees would be an advantage
  • Track record in Education/Training or Research including publication or guideline involvement
Personal Qualities Required
  • Evidence of Leadership skills or effective roles
  • Horizon of 3-5 years for matters relevant to the BSG
  • Evidence of Strategic development or implementation
  • Evidence of Team working & relevant communication skills
  • Evidence of ability to delegate
  • Understanding of governance
  • Time, resilience & commitment to undertake the roles
  • Ability to inspire or empower others
  • Board level or equivalent experience
  • Evidence of skills or examples of change or improvement management
  • Evidence of governance role or experience
  • Knowledge or training in issues of equality & diversity

In keeping with the BSG’s commitment to inclusivity, the successful candidate will need to provide evidence of their current Equality and Diversity Training, mandated by their individual hospitals.

The closing date for this role is at 9 am Tuesday 24th March.

Interviews for the role will take place virtually on Tuesday 12th May.

To apply, please fill out the form below and upload your CV and a covering letter explaining why you should be considered for the role.

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