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Are you ready to join the sustainable healthcare movement? Join our Board of Directors to transform the European healthcare sector and create an ecologically sustainable, equitable and healthy world.

  • Location: Virtual / Brussels
  • Salary: Reasonable expenses paid

Health Care Without Harm Europe’s (HCWH Europe) purpose is of international character and aims to transform healthcare worldwide so that it reduces its environmental footprint, becomes a community anchor for sustainability and a leader in the global movement for environmental health and justice.

Who we are

Health Care Without Harm Europe exists to create a sustainable healthcare sector. One that does no harm to patients or our planet. One that acts as a catalyst, inspiring action right across society to protect human health and the environment. One that drives change in communities, so people can live more healthily on a healthier planet.

The potential for transformation is huge. In Europe alone, the healthcare sector employs more than 21 million people and accounts for 10% of GDP. Right now, our health systems are under increasing strain, as populations age and the impacts of climate change and pandemics grow. In this context, we prove that it’s possible to deliver the highest quality of care in a way that’s sustainable environmentally and financially. We show how we can transform healthcare and protect people and our planet. Everyone connected to the healthcare sector has a vital role to play.

In working to achieve its purpose, HCWH Europe carries out its activities through three thematic work programmes, each with a specific programmatic goal:

  • Climate-smart healthcare: The European healthcare sector is transformed into a low-carbon and climate-resilient sector that protects public health from climate change and accelerates the transition to a low-carbon economy.
  • Circular healthcare: European health systems drive markets towards toxic-free products that conserve finite resources, minimise waste and contribute to an ethical supply chain and circular economy.
  • Safer pharma: Pharmaceutical pollution and its contribution to the development of antimicrobial resistance (AMR) is minimised.

HCWH Europe collaborates with its network of members and partners to deliver its goals by:

  • Sharing knowledge and best practice in sustainable healthcare;
  • Building a network of sustainable healthcare leaders;
  • Coordinating pilot projects in specific regions/on specific issues to develop solutions and scale these up across its European network;
  • Leveraging the collective economic and purchasing power of the European healthcare sector in the move towards a low-carbon, sustainable economy;
  • Providing information regarding EU policy developments that may impact the healthcare sector and recommendations for achieving sustainability goals within the framework of European legislation;
  • Acting as the collective voice of the European healthcare sector in advocating for EU policies that protect human and environmental health and mediate specific members’ concerns to EU policy-makers;
  • Acting as the channel between policy-makers, the healthcare sector, and private industry in encouraging multi-stakeholder collaboration and advocacy for policies that better protect human and environmental health.

Learn more about why the work of HCWH is so vital

About the roles

HCWH Europe is an established international NGO with a 20-year track record of driving forward the sustainable healthcare agenda in Europe. We have undergone transformative growth over the past five years, underpinned by a strategy that locates HCWH Europe at the centre of an expanding and increasingly influential sustainable healthcare movement in Europe.

We are looking for new Board members who can support our journey to create a more sustainable healthcare sector, by providing mission-based leadership and strategic governance. While day-to-day operations are managed by the organisation’s Executive Leadership Team (ELT), the Board plays an integral role in advancing the organisation’s mission — and the appropriate involvement of the Board is both critical and expected.

This is an extraordinary opportunity for individuals that are passionate about the organisation’s mission and who have the leadership experience to support the goals, strategy and operations of the organisation.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for several new Board members to join our Board with a range of skills and experiences.

As well as being engaged with the work of the organisation, we are looking for people with the following skills and experience who can help us to meet our strategic objectives and ensure good governance. Experience in one or more of the following is essential:

  • HCWH Europe institutional knowledge – We welcome applications from candidates who can demonstrate a track record of meaningful senior-level engagement and participation in HCWH Europe’s work, particularly since 2020, when our current strategy was launched. This experience could have been gained as a previous Board member, a proactive and influential member of one of HCWH Europe’s networks (e.g. Global Green and Healthy Hospitals or Doctors for Greener Healthcare), or as a representative of one of HCWH Europe’s strategic partners.
  • Global Green and Healthy Hospitals (GGHH) leadership knowledge – Continued development of GGHH is a central pillar of our strategy and will be a major area of focus for our new Board of Directors. We are therefore seeking applications from leading members of the GGHH network in Europe.
  • Financial management and accounting – As an organisation with an increasingly complex funding portfolio and financial structure, it is critically important we have a Board representative who brings an understanding of financial accounting for non profit organisations. We are therefore seeking applications from suitably qualified or experienced professionals to join the new Board in the role of Treasurer.
  • Clinical experience – We are keen to ensure that the clinical community is effectively represented on our Board of Directors. We welcome applications from qualified and/or registered healthcare professionals across all clinical disciplines. Applicants need not be currently practising but should be able to demonstrate an understanding of the role that clinical community can play in sustainable healthcare delivery.
  • International NGO governance – We are seeking applications from individuals with experience of leadership and governance in the international NGO sector to help us navigate the next phase of our organisational growth.
  • Healthcare industry knowledge – To help us evaluate the key trends and themes that will shape the healthcare sector in the coming years, and translate these into our work and future strategy, we are seeking applications from leading figures from the healthcare industry. We are particularly interested in receiving applications from senior representatives from the MedTech, pharma and healthcare technology sectors.
  • Philanthropic giving – We are keen to attract a Board member with significant experience in the European philanthropy sector, to work with our Director of Partnerships and Development on unlocking new opportunities and audiences in line with our new fundraising strategy.

Time commitment

The Board meets four times a year, with one in-person meeting located in Belgium, and three virtual meetings. We also organise an annual strategy retreat for Board members. We expect with reading, calls, informal conversations and other ad hoc activities, the time commitment will be up to 1 day a month.


For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Marie McQuade | marie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07903 442646

Todd Johnson | todd@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07535 423577

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Marie McQuade

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Welcome from the Executive Director

A unique opportunity to transform healthcare in Europe.


Dear candidate

Since 2003, Health Care Without Harm (HCWH) Europe has been leading the movement to build a more sustainable healthcare sector in Europe – a sector that minimises environmental harm from its operations and protects public health from the impacts of major environmental threats such as climate change, pharmaceutical pollution and the proliferation of single-use plastics and toxic waste.

The organisation has undergone transformative growth over the past five years, underpinned by a strategy that locates HCWH Europe at the centre of an expanding and increasingly influential movement in Europe. Today we coordinate a network of over 7,000 hospitals and healthcare facilities across 25 countries of the WHO Europe region, serving many millions of European citizens. Our expanding network reflects a growing recognition about the critical role the healthcare sector can play in addressing some of the most pressing global challenges of our time.

HCWH Europe’s work is grounded in the principles of collaboration, action and innovation. Working directly with our members and partners, we pilot new, more sustainable approaches to healthcare delivery, define and celebrate best practice, scale solutions across our network and build skills and capacity within the sector to enable widescale transformation.

Demand for our services is increasing rapidly, which brings both opportunities and challenges and a need to evolve our strategy and organisational structure. We now have over 30 staff, almost 200 members and annual income in excess of €4m – a six-fold increase since 2020. We have been working hard to put in place the systems and structure to support and sustain that growth, and completing that work will be a key focus for the coming years.

Our new Board of Directors will play a pivotal role in advancing our mission and supporting our ongoing development. While day-to-day operations are managed by the organisation’s Executive Leadership Team, the Board will bring mission-based leadership as well as critical strategic governance.

New Board members will be joining the organisation at an exciting moment as we prepare for the next phase of our development. We will be designing a new organisational strategy in 2024, which will build on our recent successes and capitalise on the opportunities for large-scale impact and transformational change that we have created within our networks. The Board will have an important role to play in shaping this strategy, as well as supporting the Executive Leadership Team to create the organisational structures, processes and culture necessary to deliver it.

This is an extraordinary opportunity to contribute to the development of a collaborative, ambitious and impactful international NGO, capable of transforming the European healthcare sector into one that is better for both people and the planet.

I hope this information has been helpful to you. If, having read the information in the candidate pack, you think this might be for you I look forward to meeting you soon.


Will Clark
Executive Director, HCWH Europe

About us

Health Care Without Harm Europe is a network of thousands of hospitals, healthcare leaders and healthcare professionals, with members across Europe and partners across the globe. From individuals championing sustainability in their workplaces to large hospitals pushing for sustainable practices, we stand side-by-side, sharing insights, inspiration and innovation – and transforming how our healthcare systems work.

Our movement unites hospital managers who are finding new ways to cut carbon emissions onwards. We bring together nurses and doctors who are ending the over-reliance on single-use plastics in surgery. We connect researchers as they search for safer alternatives to toxic chemicals, so the ones we use are safer for human health and for our ecosystems. We support procurement teams looking to move away from medicines that pollute the natural environment. We help nurses to raise awareness of how to reduce the impact of climate change in our communities.

Together, we pioneer pilot projects and scale up practical solutions. We foster collaboration to share insights and develop new ideas. We push for policy action that creates more resilient healthcare systems and keeps people and our planet safe. We showcase the potential for sustainable healthcare that not only improves patient care but saves money too.

The healthcare sector has a unique and urgent role to play, not only because of its size and environmental impact – but also because of its role and position in society. Healthcare practitioners are trusted, respected and listened to. They are perfectly placed to both inspire and demand change.

At Health Care Without Harm Europe, we focus on work on four closely connected programme areas, trialling and scaling new ideas and pushing for ambitious policy action.

This is a time of real opportunity for the health sector. We have seen recently through the pandemic and environmental crises how rapidly health systems can adapt and react to urgent threats, but we have also seen their fragility.

Now is the time to rethink healthcare. Now is the time for the healthcare sector to become a beacon for change – setting a path for other sectors to follow. Now is the time to embrace new ideas that improve patient care in a sustainable and economical way. Now is the time to transform healthcare and protect patients and our planet for good.

Learn more about Health Care Without Harm Europe

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Interviews will take place virtually via Teams or Zoom.

Most of our meetings are virtual and we will ensure all in-person meetings will be held in venues with step-free access.

We will make every effort to provide further support, either concerning in-person meetings, or for interviews (i.e. sign language interpreter) once we are made aware of any needs.

Applicants with a disability are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Marie McQuade | marie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07903 442646

Todd Johnson | todd@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07535 423577

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 25th March 2024
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