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Nick Coppard
020 3962 9900

Nick joined The Management Recruitment Group in 2015, initially supporting the Residential Development team before moving to a crucial delivery role for the business, manging the delivery of retained recruitment campaigns for the Education and Public Estates Practice. He began his


Job Description

REF: 15426
Posted: 16 March 2020
Closes: 13 April 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 and is the in-house team 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 Programme Director is key to achieving Essentia’s strategic ambitions and an influential part of the Essentia senior leadership team, with specific remit for leading corporate management and assurance strategies across the Trust’s £1bn+ capital investment strategy. Reporting to the Director of Essentia, the Programme Director is responsible for a crucial portfolio of activities including strategic leadership, guidance and governance (at Programme level) of the integrated capital programme, leading on strategic financing options, financial management and corporate management including reporting.

We are seeking an individual with a proven track record in a senior leadership role with significant experience of leading programme office teams with successful outcomes in a complex environment involving major infrastructure projects. You will have demonstrable experience of formulating long term, organisation-wide strategic plans and experience of organisation-wide policy development. Strong interpersonal, leadership and management skills are essential, with the ability to lead and inspire team members and internal and external stakeholders a key aspect of the role.

The role offers the opportunity to play a crucial role in the future development of one the UK’s largest healthcare portfolios, creating an environment that in turn will make a fantastic difference to so many. The Candidate Brief can be viewed and downloaded at

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 13th April 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 Programme Director