Director of Design & Development


UK / Greater London

Estates & Facilities Management / Construction, House Building & Development



Ben Duffill
020 3962 9900

Specialising solely in recruitment management consultancy at middle to senior and executive management level, Ben has successfully planned and executed recruitment campaigns across the higher education, scientific research, local and central government, NHS, public landmark attractions,


Job Description

REF: 15173
Posted: 06 January 2020
Closes: 02 February 2020

Guy’s & St Thomas' is one of the largest hospital trusts in the country, with around 17,000 staff, an annual turnover of more than £1.6 billion, and over 2.6 million patient contacts a year. Our hospitals have a long and proud history, dating back almost 900 years, and have been at the forefront of medical progress and innovation since they were founded. We continue to build on these traditions and have a reputation for clinical, teaching and research excellence.

Essentia is part of Guy’s and St Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. Responsible for non- clinical healthcare services, Essentia designs, builds and maintains healthcare infrastructure vital to the smooth running of healthcare services. This encompasses everything from construction projects and healthcare planning to waste management, housekeeping, transport and security. Essentia employs around 1,700 people, who provide essential facilities management support to clinical teams. It combines exceptionally high standards and public sector values with commercial focus, innovative thinking and modern technology to create the best possible patient experience.

The role of Director of Design & Development is key to achieving Essentia’s strategic ambitions and an influential part of the Essentia senior leadership team, with specific remit for providing leadership in the delivery of the Trust’s ambitious and complex capital development programme.

Reporting to the Director of Essentia, the Director of Design & Development will lead the planning, design and delivery of healthcare facilities that meet the clinical, research and educational needs of the Trust. The postholder will oversee the management of the capital delivery team, developing design standards and ensuring high performance and efficient delivery of projects, ensuring that development is forward thinking, has patient experience at its heart and is future proof and sustainable.

We are seeking an individual with a proven track record in a senior estate development leadership role with experience of initiating, developing and delivering estate development strategies and programmes to support an organisation’s strategy. You will have strong leadership and management skills, with the ability to lead and inspire team members and internal and external stakeholders whilst effectively managing resources across a complex portfolio of activities. Experience of working on a capital programme, projects and property types similar to those found across the GSTT portfolio would be advantageous.

The role offers the opportunity to design and develop world class healthcare facilities across one of the UK’s largest healthcare portfolios, creating an environment that in turn will make a fantastic difference to so many.

For a confidential briefing discussion please contact our advisors Ben Duffill ( or Nick Coppard ( of The Management Recruitment Group on 0203 962 9900.

The closing date for applications is 2nd February 2020. Interviews will take place at Essentia during the week commencing 24th February 2020.

GSTT has an active commitment to equality and diversity, welcoming people of all backgrounds, nationalities and religions. We are recognised as a healthcare leader by Stonewall and the Trust is a disability confident employer.

Essentia Director of Design & Development