BMA appoints two candidates to be joint Chief Executives

by BMA media team

Press release from the BMA

Location: UK
Last reviewed: 11 May 2022
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The BMA has appointed two internal candidates to share the role of the Association’s Chief Executive Officer. Rachel Podolak is a current member of the BMA senior leadership team and Neeta Major is the current group chief finance officer.

Neeta Major is responsible for implementing corporate and financial strategy across the Group in collaboration with peers; a graduate of the London School of Economics and has 30 years' experience in finance across a range of sectors including local authorities, financial services, academia and one of the big four accountancy firms.

Rachel, who has contributed to the development of UK BMA strategy and responsible for setting the strategic direction for BMA Cymru Wales, started her professional career as a graduate trainee at the BMA and has worked in health policy for both the BMA and GMC for over 15 years, at a UK and Welsh level, influencing national governments and departments; securing legislative change, negotiating annual pay rises and delivering improved terms and conditions of service for doctors.

Chair of UK council and the BMA Board Dr Chaand Nagpaul said:

"On behalf of the BMA Board, I am delighted to announce the joint appointment of Neeta Major and Rachel Podolak to the role of chief executive officer. Neeta’s Board experience and financial acumen combined with Rachel’s deep understanding of the BMA and health policy make this a partnership that will equip the BMA with the leadership needed to tackle the challenges facing the profession whilst bringing vital skills to grow our membership. I would also like to thank the fantastic diverse range of candidates who showed an interest in the role of BMA chief executive officer and to the BMA staff and elected members who sat on the selection and interview panels."

In response to being offered the job, Rachel and Neeta said:

"We are delighted that the BMA has seen the exciting possibility of employing a partnership in the role of chief executive officer. We have been inspired by excellent examples of co-chairing within the organisation and job-sharing at director general level within the civil service. We also hope that our appointment will provide inspiration for individuals of all backgrounds, while signalling, both internally and externally, that the Association is ready for change and open to new and evolving methods of leadership style in the modern world. As internal candidates, we will be able to hit the ground running, and navigate the complex environment of the Association during what will be a crucial time for the profession and the wider Group. We look forward to working with our experienced and passionate colleagues across the Association to deliver a BMA that is fit for the future."

Rachel and Neeta will take up their new role as the next chief executive officer on 30 May following the departure of the current chief executive officer Tom Grinyer, who departs to take up the role of group chief executive officer at the Institute of Physics.

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