We are looking for committed individuals from a wide range of backgrounds to join our Board of Trustees at an exciting stage of development for St Clare Hospice.

This year we launched a new three -year strategy building on our long and successful service delivery. It is an exciting time to be part of the organisation, and to be involved in shaping that change.

The Board is particularly interested in strengthening its breadth and expertise in the following areas:

  • Proven track record of income generation for a charity
  • Experience of, and interest in, fundraising for a charity
  • Current experience of retail particularly for a charity
  • Current experience of working as a clinician or from within the clinical commissioning arena, or
  • Somebody with a legal background with an up to date understanding of employment law.

We are committed to service user involvement at all levels within St Clare Hospice and, subject to Charity Commission requirements, we would be pleased to accept applications from those with direct user experience of Hospice care.

All new trustees will be supported by a detailed induction into the work of the Hospice and the responsibilities and workings of the Board.

The role of a Trustee

The voting members of the Board are responsible for the governance of the hospice. They must ensure that it operates in a manner that:

  • enables it to fulfil the objectives set out in the governing document;
  • its assets and resources are used for charitable purposes in line with the governing document
  • due attention is paid to charitable and company law
  • keeps and promotes the hospice’s mission. vision and values
  • upholds the reputation of the hospice

General requirements

  • A passionate commitment to the delivery of excellent palliative care in the local community;
  • Ability to listen and to engage constructively as a critical friend in Board discussions, steering the direction of St Clare Hospice;
  • A willingness to be an ambassador for St Clare Hospice in promoting the charity to potential funders and donors, partner organisations, networks of opinion formers and others.

Time required

Each Trustee is required to sit on two committees in addition to the main board. Each committee meets four times per year, as does the main board, making twelve meetings in total. There are also trustee development sessions held up to three times each year, and Trustees are expected to complete training as required

Further involvement may present itself in the form of projects, reviewing policies or procedures, strategy and business plans. Trustees are expected to use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions. This could include:

  • Scrutinising board papers.
  • Leading discussions.
  • Focussing on key issues.
  • Providing guidance on new initiatives.
  • Other issues in which the trustee has special expertise.

Board members are expected to maintain a reasonable level of contact with the hospice so that they understand what it is doing and feel confident about the quality of its work.

How to apply

For more details about the role, and an application form, contact the Voluntary Services Manager on 01279 773722 or

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