Human Tissue Authority

The regulator for human tissue and organs

Ministers looking to appoint a Chair to the Human Tissue Authority (HTA)

Issue date: 
15 December 2017

The Department of Health is currently recruiting for a new Chair of the Human Tissue Authority (HTA). The news comes after current Chair, Sharmila Nebhrajani's decision to stand down. Sharmila has been Chair of the HTA since 2014. 

The Chair of the HTA is accountable to the Secretary of State for Health and will:

  • provide leadership, challenge and direction to the organisation, encouraging and enabling the HTA to be a first-class regulator of human tissue;
  • ensure that the HTA carries out its statutory functions under the Human Tissue Act 2004 and meets the Government’s policies and priorities for the sector, complying with directions and guidance issued by the Secretary of State;
  • in partnership with the Chief Executive, set the tone for excellent working relationships between the HTA and key stakeholders to ensure the confidence in the work of the HTA of those who use services, the wider public, the regulated sector, Government and Parliament;
  • work with the Authority to ensure resources are managed effectively with a focus on the development of HTA staff, reflecting the organisation’s role and values as a first-class regulator; and
  • as Chair, build, develop and improve the Authority providing guidance and support to all Authority members, ensuring their effective induction, support and development and advising the Department of Health on their performance.

Further information and details of the role can be found on the Government's Public Appointments website.

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