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Chief Executive Officer, British Psychoanalytic Council

We are looking for an experienced leader with strong political nous, who is able to effectively manage the complexities of the psychoanalytic profession and be strong at managing policy and campaigning issues at the highest levels.

  • Location: London, N19
  • Salary: £78,000 to £85,000, depending on experience

About the role

The British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC) is a charity that advances the health of the public through the maintenance and regulation of professional standards and clinical practice, and advances education in psychoanalytic psychotherapy. In doing so, we safeguard the public, promote the highest standards of training and research, and work to make psychotherapy accessible to all. We are the leading psychoanalytic and psychodynamic professional association in the UK and a Professional Standards Authority Voluntary Accredited Register.

We run a number of events and conferences throughout the year that are aimed at clinicians and academics. We also publish New Associations, our highly-regarded magazine, that links psychoanalytic thought with current societal issues and provides a resource on psychoanalytic thought and treatment.

The Chief Executive Officer will be responsible for the professional leadership and management of BPC, working with the Chair to ensure that the Board of Trustees formulates and regularly reviews the organisation’s mission and strategic plan. You will ensure long-term sustainability through effective governance, sound finance and business development, and provide exceptional leadership to a passionate staff team. We are a small organisation, so you will not only need to lead strategically, but be able to comfortably balance strategy with day-to-day operational duties.

Who we're looking for

You will focus on enhancing our reputation and profile, championing the profession of psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy and counselling. You will develop and maintain strong, responsive and consultative relationships with our Member Institutions and be an effective and visible ambassador for the BPC.

We are looking for an experienced leader with strong political nous, who is able to effectively manage the complexities of this profession and be strong at managing policy and campaigning issues at the highest levels. Ideally, you will come with understanding and/or experience of developing and leading regulation and professional standards. You will be patient and have the gravitas to be credible and influential in a representational capacity. Importantly, you will be an open and empowering leader to enable the organisation to deliver real impact.

Whilst you may have experience in psychoanalysis, this is not essential. Most importantly, you will be able to demonstrate a commitment to psychoanalysis, both as a way of thinking about society and as a method of treatment.

More information

If you feel you are right for this role, please get in touch with:

James Hunt | james@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07711 405444

Philippa Fabry | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07772 902071

Closing date for formal applications: 9am, Monday 12th October 2020

If you would like to know more about this role please contact James Hunt

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A welcome from the Chair of Trustees, Susanna Abse

Dear Applicant,

I am delighted that you have expressed an interest in the role of Chief Executive Officer of the British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC).

We are small team of eight staff, based at our offices in North London, and we have an annual turnover of c.£600K. We are the leading professional association and a Professional Standards Authority Voluntary Accredited Register for the psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy profession in the UK. One of our key roles is to regulate the profession, adjudicating on complaints and maintaining professional standards. The other is to advance understanding of our work to the public and support our profession via guidance, training and other activities.

We are looking for our new CEO to refocus and develop our role and impact as a regulator and facilitator in advancing knowledge and understanding of psychoanalysis. You will be an enabling and collaborative leader, able to get the best out of our small team and engage effectively with our Member Institutions.

We need someone with strong political nous, who is able to manage the complexities of the profession, be credible in managing policy and campaigning issues at the highest levels, and be compassionate about the challenges of mental health and wellbeing in society. You will be patient and have the gravitas to be credible and influential in a representational capacity. In addition, we are looking for someone to have an open and empowering style to enable the BPC to deliver real impact.

Whilst you may have experience in psychoanalysis, this is not essential. Most importantly, you will be able to demonstrate a commitment to psychoanalysis, both as a way of thinking about society and as a method of treatment.

For the right candidate, this is an exciting opportunity to be part of an ambitious organisation where your voice, your ideas and your contribution will have a critical impact on our success.

I look forward to hearing from you.

Kind regards,

Susanna Abse
Chair of Trustees, British Psychoanalytic Council (BPC)

Who we are

The BPC are the leading professional association and a Professional Standards Authority Voluntary Accredited Register for the psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy profession in the UK.

Our Member Institutions (MIs) are training institutions and professional associations that include some of the most distinguished bodies in the field with international reputations for the rigour of their intellectual thinking and training.

We enjoy a reputation for high clinical and professional standards within the counselling and psychotherapy profession and, unlike other similar organisations, we are purely psychoanalytic in our focus.

We accredit training programmes operated via our Member Institutions, ensuring that they meet our exacting standards. Individuals who qualify from accredited training are eligible to become Registrants of the BPC and appear on our public Register. Registrants must comply with our code of ethics and Continuing Professional Development requirements. We are accredited by the Professional Standards Authority.

We also ‘kite mark’ several training programmes that are psychoanalytic in their formulation but do not, on their own, enable practitioners to appear on our Register. Practitioners completing this training can appear on our public rosters. We currently kite mark Dynamic Interpersonal Therapy (DIT), Mentalisation Based Therapy (MBT), and Transference Focused Psychotherapy (TFP).

As well as our regulatory role, we advance the knowledge and understanding about psychoanalysis and psychoanalytically informed therapies through working with policy makers and conferences, publications and other activities.

We also lead debate about the role of psychoanalytic theory and thinking outside of the consulting room. We engage with academia through our Scholars programme and events such as our annual ‘Psychoanalytic Psychotherapy Now’ conference, and our termly magazine ‘New Associations’ that is widely regarded as one of the smartest, liveliest publications in the psychotherapy world.

Our vision and mission

We have a vision of a society that recognises and values human relationships and the use of psychoanalytic theories of mind to support emotional wellbeing, good mental health, and effective social policy to create a better society.

Working for a better future for everyone

We are working towards a future where psychoanalysis is acknowledged as a theory of mind that can support policy development to tackle society’s ills. Psychoanalytically informed work is routinely made available as a treatment to anyone in emotional distress, whatever their gender, ethnicity, sexuality, disability or income.

Our mission

Our mission is to advance the health of the public though the promotion of the highest clinical standards of training and clinical practice of psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy and psychodynamic counselling; and advance the education of psychoanalytic theories of mind.

Our charitable objects

As a charity all our activity must be designed to further our charitable objects:

  • to advance the health of the public through the maintenance and regulation of professional standards and clinical practice in psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy and counselling, and through the promotion and accreditation of training.
  • to advance education in and of psychoanalytic and psychodynamic psychotherapy and counselling and its theoretical underpinnings through – but not limited to – the promotion of research and publication of the useful results thereof; and advancing knowledge and understanding of the theory and practice of psychoanalysis and psychoanalytically informed therapies.

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    If you would like to have an informal conversation about this opportunity you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

    James Hunt | james@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07711 405444

    Philippa Fabry | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07772 902071

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    Timetable

    Closing date: 9am, Monday 12th October 2020
    Longlisting: w/c Monday 19th October
    Interviews: TBC

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