Trustee St Wilfrid's Hospice Eastbourne

East Sussex

St Wilfrid's Hospice

We are looking for up to three people to join our current board of nine trustees. We seek individuals who are forward-thinking, fair-minded and committed to collective decision-making and accountability.

Closing date for applications

Who we are

St Wilfrid’s Hospice is a well-loved and respected local charity which provides end of life care to the people of Eastbourne and surrounding areas of East Sussex.

Our vision is for a community where people talk openly about dying, live well until the end of their life and where nobody dies alone, afraid or in pain. With a paid workforce of 200+ and over 500 volunteers, we support over 1,500 people at the end of their lives, plus those close to them, with person-centred support for their physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs. Our annual turnover is c.£9m. We are rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission.

We very much welcome applications from disabled candidates, Black, Asian or minority ethnic (BAME) candidates, LGBTQ+ as well as non-binary candidates and those who have experienced mental health issues, as they are currently underrepresented on our board.

Our current strategy, Closer to You, is all about reaching more people with both cancer and other life-limiting diagnoses and doing so at a time and place of people’s choosing. We will be refreshing our strategy in 2022 and wish to continue expanding and developing our work. To do so we need to grow the level of support, financial and otherwise, from our communities. 70% of our funding comes from voluntary income, with the balance from the NHS. We are working in tandem with the other Sussex hospices to improve the ratio of statutory to voluntary funding.

St Wilfrid’s constitution allows for a Board of Trustees of between six and twelve people, elected for three-year periods, with the option to be reappointed for up to three consecutive terms. There are typically six board meetings per year starting late afternoon, including a whole day Strategy Awayday. Where possible we aim to meet in person, as this is better for building trustee relationships.

We have of course had to meet virtually during periods of the Covid pandemic and an element of hybrid (face to face/virtual) meeting continues. Trustees are also expected to sit on one or more of the sub-committees (Audit, Clinical Governance, People and Income Generation). Taking into account Board and sub-committee meetings, plus reading and other ad hoc communication, the time commitment is around a day per month.

Trustee responsibilities

As a trustee you are responsible for:

  • Determining the strategy and overall policy framework for the charity.
  • Safeguarding and promoting the mission, vision and values of St Wilfrid’s Hospice.
  • Ensuring the charity operates in an effective, responsible and accountable manner, complying with charity law.
  • Holding the executive team to account for delivery against objectives.
  • Ensuring the charity’s activities are sustainable and assessing key risks and mitigating strategies.
  • Contributing to the effective functioning of the Board of Trustees.

Trustee competencies

Trustees should be able to demonstrate the following qualities and competencies.

  • Committed to the vision, mission and values of St Wilfrid’s Hospice.
  • Think and plan strategically.
  • Assimilate and analyse information and challenge constructively where appropriate.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Be constructive of other trustees’ opinions and staff members’ contributions at meetings.
  • Take a balanced and objective view.
  • Willing/able to make collective decisions and stand by them.
  • Able to respect the boundaries between executive and governance functions.
  • Understand the importance and purpose of meetings and be committed to preparing for them adequately and attending them regularly.
  • Be willing to be bound by Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

Each Trustee will then additionally bring specific experience and knowledge in their area of expertise to give us a broad base of clinical, management and professional skills. It is not essential to have been in a formal governance role before, we will offer full induction and ongoing training for those selected.

The current skills areas we wish to recruit into are:-

  • Accountancy/other financial expertise
  • Clinical services delivery, commissioning and/or governance (particularly frailty/end of life/elderly care)
  • IT/digital strategy to enhance service delivery and/or communications.

If you would like to know more, please visit where you will find information about the role and can see the profiles of our current Trustees.

If you wish to apply, please send a CV and volunteer application form and return to [email protected].

The closing date for applications is Friday 20th May and interviews will be held in person at the hospice on 30th May and 7th June.

Please note that this role is subject to Enhanced DBS check.

Closing date for applications

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