Application Process

The GCC, like other healthcare regulators, is responsible for managing the process of appointment and reappointment of the Council Chair in line with the requirements of our legislative frameworks. The campaign will be run in line with the Professional Standards Authority (PSA)’s published best practice, which sets out four principles of a good appointments process:

  • Merit
  • Fairness
  • Transparency and openness
  • Inspiring confidence

The GCC is required to provide the PSA with evidence that these principles have been followed in the recruitment process. The Privy Council will consider advice from the PSA on the process that the GCC has used before making their decision to appoint.

Before applying you should:
  • Read the application process
  • Read the role description for the Chair in the candidate pack  – these will be your immediate duties if appointed
  • Read the competencies  for the Chair role – these are the qualities and experience required for the role, and will be assessed throughout the process
  • Read the information in the candidate pack outlining criteria that would disqualify you from appointment
  • Read the Code of Conduct for Members
  • Download and read the questions in the application form to think of the best examples you can present
Your application must include:
  • A completed application form addressing the competency questions and the additional sections around conflicts of interest, disqualification criteri and availability for the process
  • Your curriculum vitae – this is only used for context and is not scored as part of the assessment
  • A completed equality monitoring form – you will be taken to this page as part of the online application process
  • Details of two referees who can comment on your ability to undertake this appointment

How to Apply

This is an online application, with a competency-based application process. GatenbySanderson is acting as an advisor to General Chiropractic Council on this appointment. Please do not send your application to the GCC. Applications must only be made through this recruitment website.

Registering and Creating and Account

Once you have clicked “Continue to full details and apply” on the Apply page, you will need to create an account by clicking the red ‘Create my Account’ button on the right. Choose a username and password. Keep these safe as you will need your account details to access your application and receive messages from us securely.

Once you have set up an account, you can log in at any time using the username and password you have created.

When you have satisfied yourself that you meet the role criteria and eligibility requirements, click on the red ‘Apply Now’ button. On the next screen, you will be asked a number of eligibility questions. If you do not meet the required eligibility, you will not be able to proceed with your application.

Competency Based Online Application

Please complete all sections in the Application form. You will need to download this, complete it offline and then upload it to the site.

You will then be asked to upload a copy of a brief CV (maximum three pages).

The Application form includes six evidence-based competency questions. When responding to these questions, please refer to the competencies detailed in this pack.

Please ensure that your responses to the six core competencies highlight specific and detailed examples of experience in line with these areas and what you did to achieve a specific result.

There is a 350-word limit for each of the six questions.

The final stage of the form will ask you to provide details of any actual or perceived conflicts of interest (see p.17 for details of conflict of interest). Once complete, you will be asked to make a final submission of your application. You will also be asked to provide the details for two referees who will be able to comment on your ability to do this job.

Once submitted, you cannot retrieve your application to make any further amends so ensure you are happy that it is fully complete. Please also allow yourself sufficient time to complete the process, particularly if you are unfamiliar with online recruitment processes. As such, we would strongly suggest that you don’t leave your application too close to the deadline. Your application must be received by the deadline of 12 noon on Friday 29 September. We regret that late applications will not be accepted.

Should you have any problems submitting your application, please contact before the deadline for applications.

If you contact us following the deadline, we will be unable to accept your application.

After you have completed the Equal Opportunities information, you will see a confirmation screen acknowledging your application. You will also receive an email to the email address you provided, confirming receipt of your application. If you do not receive this acknowledgment immediately, please check your spam and, if you still cannot see it, please email

Reasonable Adjustments

Please can you let us know if you require any reasonable adjustments to be made to assist you in completing the application form, attending the interview, or any reasonable adjustments that would need to be made to the role or the working environment if your application is successful.

Please email Emma Clark at GatenbySanderson at or call her on 0113 205 6111.

GDPR personal data notice

According to GDPR guidelines, we are only able to process your Sensitive Personal Data (racial or ethnic origin, political opinions, religious or philosophical beliefs, trade union membership, genetic data, biometric data, health, sex life, or sexual orientation) with your express consent. You will be asked to complete a consent form when you apply and please do not include any Sensitive Personal Data within your CV (although this can be included in a covering letter if you wish to do so), remembering also not to include contact details for referees without their prior agreement.

The General Chiropractic Council is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all, and actively works to identify and remove barriers in our practices. We wish to ensure that individuals are selected, promoted, and treated on the basis of their relevant merits and abilities and that no applicant or employee is disadvantaged or receives less favourable treatment because of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy or maternity, race, religion or belief, sex or sexual orientation. Completing this monitoring form will help us achieve this and help us meet our obligations under the Equality Act 2010. We would like to use your data to compile statistics on the representation amongst our workforce of the categories listed. Completion of this form is optional. Any responses you give will assist us in our commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. All responses are treated as strictly confidential and will not be used in any decisions affecting you.

The equal opportunities monitoring online form will not be shared with anyone involved in assessing your application. Please complete as part of the application process.

Process Timeline

Closing date for applications

All applications must be submitted by 12 noon BST, Friday 29 September. No late applications will be accepted.

Preliminary interviews

Week commencing 23 October and week commencing 30 October 2023.

Final interviews

Final interviews will take place on 28 November 2023.

Appointment confirmed by Privy Council

The appointment will be confirmed by Privy Council in December 2023.

Induction period

There will be a six month induction period, with a review at three months.

Take office

The successful candidate will take office on 1 January 2024.

Appointment Panel

  • Joe Montgomery, independent Chair of the panel
  • Steven Gould, lay member of Council
  • Elisabeth Angier, registrant member of Council
  • Bev Messinger, independent member of the panel

The appointment panel will make its recommendation to the Privy Council following conclusion of final interviews. The decision for appointment is then made by the Privy Council.