Secretary General

The International Order of St John
Competitive salary

Headquartered in London, St John is a unique international charity and Royal Order of Chivalry of the British Crown, in recognition of its establishment of the healthcare charity St John Ambulance. It is managed by a network of separate Priories and Associations around the world, with community-based and volunteer-led programmes that deliver first aid, healthcare and support services. Our new global strategy will encompass all 44 organisations that form the Order, bringing them together to become truly more than the sum of their parts as a world leading service provider.

The Role

We are seeking a new Secretary General who can help us build on our unique heritage and shape and define our international presence in this new era. Working closely with International Chair and Lord Prior, Mark Compton, this is the most senior executive position in the International Secretariat. The appointment has significant reach and requires a well-respected, influential values-led leader.

You will have an exceptional track record of working with diverse partners to shape and develop services for communities internationally; while this is likely to be within healthcare systems, you may have a broader background which is relevant to the role. With direct experience of fostering trust and high value alliances, you will understand the workings of governments, international trusts and foundations and other partners and will be adept at adjusting to different cultural settings. We’re looking for a true leader who inspires others and understands the value of convening power; an effective facilitator, you will have earned your reputation for diplomacy and will be a credible and influential figurehead.


Download the candidate brief to find out about the role.