Healthcare Communications Association opens search for Chairperson

Healthcare Association looking for a new Chairperson
The Healthcare Communications Association is on the hunt for a new Chairperson.

The Healthcare Communications Association (HCA) is seeking a new Chairperson, following the completion of the term of its interim Chair, Aileen Thompson, who is also Executive Director, Association of the British Pharmaceutical Industry (ABPI).

The HCA is a not-for-profit organisation whose members include pharmaceutical companies, healthcare communications agencies, charities and not-for-profit organisations, consultants and freelance experts. The organisation is unique in providing a collective voice to establish, maintain and improve best practice and quality standards in the healthcare communications industry.

The new Chairperson will be joining the HCA following a year of significant changes, as the organisation has taken numerous steps to ensure it is meeting the evolving needs of a changing industry. These steps have included the appointment of a new Chief Executive Officer, Mike Dixon; the launch of Continued Professional Development accreditation of HCA training courses and the roll-out of Shared Experience sessions to ensure an open forum for best practices within the healthcare communications industry.

The new Chairperson will be selected by the Executive Committee, a group of industry leaders who volunteer their time to provide the strategic direction for the organisation and lead activities that support and enhance the aims of the HCA, such as facilitating training sessions or thought leadership forums, running networking events and industry benchmarking.

The Chairperson, which is a voluntary non-executive role, is a position for up to three years. Applicants should be actively working in the industry, with broad sector and functional experience in healthcare and ideally, a strong external profile.

Neil Crump of HCA’s Executive Committee (EC), Governance Council (GC) and Chief Innovation Officer and owner, Aurora, said: “We are eager to identify individuals within the healthcare communications industry who have the drive, the capacity and the desire to help us set a robust course for this next phase of our unique organisation across Europe.”

Crump is co-ordinating the Chairperson search as a member, and on behalf of, the HCA EC as well as the GC. “The individual taking on this role will, in many ways, help hold us to account to deliver our mission and thus contribute to shaping the future of the healthcare communications industry,” he added.

Individuals interested in putting themselves forward, or nominating someone else within the industry for either of these roles, should contact Neil Crump at