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Executive Director Health Care Without Harm Europe

Are you ready to join the sustainable healthcare movement? Become the new Executive Director and transform the European healthcare sector to create an ecologically sustainable, equitable and healthy world.

  • Location: Brussels (or easy access to Brussels) with frequent Europe and some global travel
  • Salary: c.€100,000 (4 days a week)
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 17th June

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 role

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.

This is an extraordinary opportunity for an individual who is passionate about the organisation’s mission and has the leadership experience to support the goals, strategy, and operations of the organisation in the next phase of its growth.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for a leader with a passion for HCWH’s purpose and mission with significant leadership experience including empowering and leading other leaders in organisations of a similar size and/or complexity.

You will also be someone with a track record in a relevant organisation such as healthcare, environment and/or aligning International NGO and educated to a minimum of post-graduate level.

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

Todd Johnson | todd@peridotpartners.co.uk

Marie McQuade | marie@peridotpartners.co.uk

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Todd Johnson

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Welcome from the Chair of the Board

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 of 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 an 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 Executive Director will play a pivotal role in advancing our mission and supporting our ongoing development.

They will be joining us at an exciting moment as we prepare for the next phase of our development. They will work with the board to design 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 we have created within our networks.

The Executive Director will be working with the board to shape this strategy, as well as supporting the 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 receiving your application.


Anders Bolmstedt
Chair, 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.

The time is now.

Accessibility information

Interviews will take place virtually via Teams initially and shortlisted candidates will be interviewed in Brussels in person.

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 in relation to 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.

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

Todd Johnson | todd@peridotpartners.co.uk

Marie McQuade | marie@peridotpartners.co.uk

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 17th June 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Tuesday 25th June 2024
    First stage interviews (online): w/c Monday 1st July 2024
    Second stage Interviews (in person): w/c Monday 15th July 2024

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