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Chair Royal Medical Benevolent Fund (RMBF)

This is an opportunity to lead the board of a highly respected national charity dedicated to providing support for doctors, medical students and their families at times of crisis and great need.

  • Location: Wimbledon, London. Board meetings in Central London (with video conference facilities available as needed)
  • Salary: Unremunerated with reasonable expenses paid

The Royal Medical Benevolent Fund (RMBF) was founded as the Medical Benevolent Fund in 1836. The medical world has changed enormously since the RMBF was first established, and, as the medical profession has changed, so has the RMBF.

The RMBF supports doctors and medical students at all stages of their career and beyond. Since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic and the major impact it has had on the medical profession, the RMBF’s services have never been more necessary. Our help ranges from financial assistance in the form of grants and loans to well-being and psychotherapeutic support.

The RMBF is committed to leading the way in providing help to members of the medical profession and their dependents at times of crisis and serious need. Each year, we provide financial support to c.300 doctors, their families, and medical students in need with around £600,000 in the form of grants to help with essential living expenses, back to work and unexpected costs. The difference our help provides can be life-changing.

The RMBF has a long-standing history of providing help and support to doctors and medical students. We are looking to build on our success and raise the profile and awareness of the charity and the support we provide.

With this in mind, we are looking for a Chair of our Board as our current Chair Professor Michael Farthing comes to the end of his term later this year. Our new Chair will lead our board and in partnership with our Chief Executive, Steve Crone, the development of our new strategy for RMBF. We are looking for someone of stature in the medical profession who can support RMBF to grow and develop our impact and reach. The new Chair will have strong governance experience, and qualities such as altruism, the capacity to lead, a collaborative approach and a good sense of humour and positivity.

Time commitment

The trustee board meets four times a year, often in the late afternoon; we are currently alternating physical meetings at a Central London location and remote meetings. Our Chair will be a member of our Grants and Awards Committee which meets six times a year. preferably in person at the RMBF offices in Wimbledon, but video conference facilities are also available. These meetings are usually held on a Wednesday for two and a half hours in the afternoon. Strategy away days are also hosted, as well as a larger annual general meeting in September.

The Chair attends the Finance Committee which meets four times a year usually on the same day as board meetings. We expect the time commitment to be c. 2-3 days a month and this is inclusive of reading board papers, regular contact with the Chief Executive, staff and fellow Trustees, attendance at events and preparation for meetings.

This is an opportunity to contribute to the RMBF as we look to embark on our new strategy and evolve our essential work. This is a time for the charity to have an even greater impact and to protect and support the needs of doctors and medical students who work tirelessly to help and support everyone in our society.

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

Jennifer Horan | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070497


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The RMBF is the UK charity for doctors, medical students and their families.

We provide financial support, money advice and information when it is most needed due to age, ill health, disability and bereavement. In a typical year, our beneficiaries range from young children to those well into their nineties or even older. Our approach is to provide a package of help to ensure dignity and quality of life.

Help that makes a real difference

The RMBF provides support for doctors and their families through all stages of their career and beyond. Our help ranges from financial assistance in the form of grants and loans, to wellbeing and psychotherapeutic support.

Nobody is immune to misfortune and each individual’s need is different. Each applicant is assessed according to their needs by our Grants and Awards Committee and decisions are made quickly and in confidence to create a tailored package of support.

Guided by the profession

The majority of our board and our volunteers come from a medical background. This means that as an organisation we understand the unique pressures facing doctors on a day to day basis. Our volunteers come from all areas in the medical profession and help to ensure that the RMBF is delivering the best support possible.

Funded by medical families

The RMBF relies on voluntary donations. The money we raise to support doctors and their families comes from fellow doctors and their families. Without the help of our generous donors we could not continue to provide vital support to the medical profession.

How we help

Regular monthly grants

Help towards day-to-day living costs for doctors and their families facing hardship.

Back to work awards

Retraining costs, professional fees and childcare costs for doctors returning to work after illness.


RMBF and BMA’s confidential psychotherapeutic support service for doctors experiencing mental health issues.

Doctor Advice Hub

Expert articles covering career advice, wellbeing, money matters and more.

Financial advice

Our beneficiaries can access a money advisor for debt management help and other financial advice.

Medical student grants

Grants for medical students facing exceptional hardship, to assist with essential living expenses while studying.

Med Student Advice Hub

Wellbeing advice, plus our free online student money adviser service.

Refugee doctor grants

One-off awards to eligible refugee doctors retraining to practice medicine in the UK.

Telephone befriending

Our volunteers provide regular friendly chats over the phone, offering emotional support to beneficiaries who may be isolated.

Coach mentoring

Our volunteer coach-mentors provide specialist coaching to beneficiaries looking to return to work after a period of ill health.

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    Closing date: Monday 3rd July 2023
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    Interviews: Wednesday 26th July 2023

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