EDI Committee Independent Member - The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists

The Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RCOG) has been transforming women’s healthcare for over 90 years. Founded in 1929, it now has around 16,000 members worldwide, half of whom are based outside the UK, and is seen as a leader in women’s healthcare both in the UK and overseas. It works with a range of partners to improve healthcare for women and girls, by providing doctors with training and lifelong learning and setting standards for clinical practice to improve the care they deliver.

The Equality, Diversity & Inclusion (EDI) Committee is a committee of the Board of Trustees and plays a key role in the effective governance of the College.

The Committee has the following objectives:
• To support the work of the Board of Trustees to ensure that the principles of equality, diversity and inclusion are embedded in the organisation and help to deliver the charity’s public benefit
• to review and oversee the establishment, delivery and maintenance of an effective EDI action plan across the whole of the College’s activities, that supports the achievement of the organisation’s objectives and strategic goals;
• to provide the Board of Trustees with an independent assessment of the College’s EDI activity with the objective of providing assurance of the quality and reliability of the published statements;
• To monitor the activities of the College and its committees to ensure they are compliant with the Equality Act 2020.

This is an exciting time to join a refreshed Equalities, Diversity and Inclusion Committee. We are looking for a passionate individual with experience in ED&I to check and challenge when required and ensure that RCOG is sticking to the code of governance and keeping the trustees and council to account. This is an excellent opportunity to assist with the championing of a race equality taskforce, better health for BAME women and a focus on pregnancy and birth.

  • The Role
    Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Committee members:
    • Oversee the work of the Executive to drive the development of inclusive practices and integration of equality and diversity issues into all aspects of RCOG’s work.
    • To review, and challenge where necessary, the actions and judgements of the Executive, in relation to the College’s EDI activity before submission to the Board of Trustees.
    • To monitor the timeliness, integrity and reliability of the EDI information.
    • To discuss any issues arising from review and reporting of EDI information, and any other matters related to this.
    • To recommend to the Board of Trustees an annual “EDI statement” with evidence to support.
    • To review and monitor risks associated with EDI and consider other risks which may impact on the College’s EDI activity.
    • To review these terms of reference and its own effectiveness and that of its Chair annually and recommend any necessary changes to the Board of Trustees.

    The Independent member is asked to bring their expertise and experience to bear on this work. Committee members are expected to use their experience to challenge rigorously and constructively, to pursue queries thoroughly, offer advice, support and guidance and, where appropriate, reach reasoned conclusions with other committee members, having taken into account the views of others within and without the Committee.
  • Further Information

    Time Commitment:

    • Induction meetings.
    • Equality, Diversity & Inclusion Committee meetings at least twice a year to be held in March, and October. Meetings typically last two hours and are usually held on Friday mornings. It is possible to join meetings remotely via Microsoft Teams.
    • Some ad-hoc contribution between meetings by telephone or email may be required.



    This is a voluntary role however the College will meet reasonable expenses incurred in connection with membership of the Audit and Risk Committee in line with eh College Travel and Expenses Policy.

  • Application Process

    Please submit: your CV, Covering letter setting out your motivations for applying and the added value you would bring to RCOG as an Independent Member (maximum 2 sides of A4) and Equalities Monitoring Form (downloadable below).

    Documentation can either be submitted via the WIG website or by email to Paige Torrance, Talent Manager via [email protected]

    If you have any questions about this opportunity, or would value a confidential discussion, please contact Paige Torrance, Talent Manager via [email protected] or on 0207 222 1166.

    The deadline for applications is Friday 30 July 2021.


    RCOG EDI Committee Independent Member - Candidate pack


    WIG Equalities Monitoring Form