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CEO St Barnabas Hospices

Lead the largest group of hospices in Sussex through transformation and change as its next CEO, bringing the ability to calm, consolidate and strengthen our post-merger integration.

  • Location: Worthing
  • Salary: £135,000

We are St Barnabas Hospices (the Group), comprised of three merged Sussex Hospices – Chestnut Tree House (a nurse-led children’s hospice in Arundel), St Barnabas House (an adult hospice based in Worthing) and, most recently, Martlets Hospice (an adult hospice based in Brighton & Hove), together with Martlets Care, a subsidiary domiciliary care agency. Now the largest group of hospices in Sussex and one of the largest in the UK, we are committed to providing exceptional and compassionate care to adults, children and their families across Sussex.

Following a period of significant change and the recent merger of Martlets Hospice, we are now emerging as a new Group and continuing to evolve with a strong focus on organisational development, including the development of a new people plan, substantial culture development and simultaneously devising our business plan for 25/26. Other immediate priorities include the continued focus on the quality of patient care, the restructuring of clinical services and financial sustainability.

To achieve this transformation, we are now seeking an authentic and credible senior leader with significant experience of driving change in a complex environment. This could be in the context of merger, acquisition and/or in a group structure.

You will be an outstanding people leader, experienced in empowering and galvanising large, multi-disciplinary, geographically dispersed teams of staff.

As we emerge from a period of such considerable change, our next Chief Executive will demonstrate an ability to bring a degree of calm to the organisation, balancing the need to consolidate and strengthen our current operations with the vision and ambition to look for future opportunities to develop and enhance our impact.

It is critical that our Chief Executive is financially astute and can evidence strong commercial nous with a demonstrable background in driving cost efficiencies and income diversification.

As a significant hospice group, we have an influential part in sharing our expertise and influencing best practices in the sector. You will, therefore, also be a confident and credible ambassador for the Group, able to develop long-lasting relationships and represent the Group on a regional and national scale. You will be able to demonstrate a successful track record in partnership working and have a natural ability to connect with a wide range of stakeholders.

Above all else, you will be a visible and committed leader who is passionate about our cause and intrinsically connected to the vision and mission of the organisation.

For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

Lucy Mavers | lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07947 935068

Philippa Fabry | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07772 902071

Lucy Mavers Head of Not-for-Profit Practice Peridot Partners

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Welcome from the Chair of Trustees

Dear Applicant,

Thank you for your interest in the position of Chief Executive Officer of St Barnabas Hospices (Sussex) Limited, referred to hereinafter as the Group.

The Group originally consisted of two Sussex hospices – Chestnut Tree House (a nurse- led children’s hospice in Arundel) and St Barnabas House (an adult hospice based in Worthing). However, following our recent merger with Martlets (an adult hospice based in Brighton & Hove), together with Martlets Care, a subsidiary Domiciliary Care Agency, we are now the largest group of hospices in Sussex and one of the largest group of hospices in the UK.

We believe the merger has and will continue to create lots of opportunities for the Group, but we also do not under-estimate the level of work and commitment that will be required to secure a successful post-merger integration, whilst simultaneously addressing the financial challenges facing both the Group and the sector.

St Barnabas Hospices Group (this name is likely to change as part of the post-merger integration work) operates as part of the local health and social care system through partnerships with the local NHS Hospitals Trust, collaborations with other neighbouring independent hospices and a multitude of local care homes. Whilst the Group receives grant income from its local NHS commissioners, it remains an independent charity governed by a Board of Trustees, and is therefore extremely dependent on voluntary funding (i.e., fundraised and earned income, which accounts for around 75% of our combined annual budget). The tremendous support we receive from our local communities is critical to our continuation and our long-established, hard won reputation enables us to continue to attract high-calibre employees, dedicated volunteers and committed supporters.

Our Interim CEO (who has been in post since October 2021) and has seen us through many challenges including those immediately post pandemic and more recently, the decision to bring Martlets Hospice and Martlets Care into the Group, has made the difficult decision to retire in the Autumn. Although she will be greatly missed by many of her colleagues and co-workers, we recognise that this creates an opportunity for a new CEO to work with the Board and the Group and Senior Leadership Teams to set a new long-term innovative strategy that will secure the Group’s financial future and most importantly enable us to continue to provide high quality patient care to those at the end of their life and their families across our combined geographic areas.

Working with our external recruiters, Lucy Mavers and Philippa Fabry at Peridot Partners, we welcome applications from individuals with suitable experience and expertise to take on this exciting challenge.

Mike Rymer
Chair of Trustees

About our hospices

St Barnabas House

The oldest of the three hospices having last year celebrated 50 wonderful years of providing high quality care to people at the end of life as well as providing support to the bereaved. Starting its life in Columbia Drive, Worthing in January 1973, St Barnabas House moved to Titnore Lane in 2011, following a successful public appeal for funding.

The ‘Home Care’ team, which supports people to stay at home, was established in 1984. Now, our Community Palliative CareTeam supports over 1,400 people annually and our Hospice at HomeTeam provides more than 20,000 hours of care every year and has supported around 46,000 patients and their families since opening.

The first charity shop, on Rowlands Road, was officially opened by the Mayor of Worthing in 1989, with several more opening over the years. Today we have 14 St Barnabas House charity shops across the area.


Chestnut Tree House

Opening its doors in 2003 Chestnut Tree House is this year celebrating 21 years of caring for children and young people with life-limiting conditions in Sussex and South East Hampshire. Back then we helped 30 children and nowadays we provide care for around 300 children and young people every year and we’re proud to have been able to support over 1000 children and young people, since we began.

We pride ourselves on the experience these children have when visiting Chestnut Tree House, which includes being astronauts in the multi-sensory room, discovering new smells and sights in the sensory garden, bouncing high on a wheelchair trampoline or having musical fun in our music room.

The parents and siblings of the children we support are also very important to us and our aim is to enable parents to be just parents rather than just carers giving them a little respite and space to talk to people who understand. This includes visiting families at home, taking children out to explore their local community, thus giving tired parents and carers the chance to take a well-earned break. Then, when the time comes, Chestnut Tree House is there for children and families to provide specialist end-of-life care and ongoing support.

Chestnut Tree House have 13 retail shops across Sussex and South East Hampshire selling a variety of products.


The Tarner Home was the original provider of care to terminally ill people of Brighton & Hove in 1935. In 1967, the Coppercliff Hospice was also opened to provide care to cancer patients, but as medical conditions became more complex, and the needs of terminally ill patients grew, the staff and services for Martlets hospice was created, following a merger of Tarner, Coppercliff and the MacMillan Day Hospice.

Martlets officially opened to in-patients in 1997 at its Wayfield Avenue site in Hove and offered Hospice at Home services just six months later. The Community Palliative Care team nowadays providesupport to around 1,900 patients every year. Martlets also have 9 retail shops across Brighton & Hove, Deans & The Havens and an e-commerce unit, selling a variety of on-line products.

In 2022, Martlets celebrated 25 successful years. To mark the occasion, the hospice underwent a significant high quality renovation programme, which increased the building’s capacity to provide 14 spacious private ensuite rooms (across 2 wards), with direct access to landscaped gardens. The modernised hospice re-opened its doors in late 2023, with the official opening in May 2024.


Martlets Care

A subsidiary of Martlets Hospice and soon to be wholly owned subsidiary of the Group. This domiciliary care agency began in 2007 covering Brighton & Hove and surrounding areas from Shoreham to Saltdean and as far north as Patcham. This close-knit team of trained community-based carers, support a number of clients with a range of on-going medical conditions in the comfort of their own home. We believe that with the right business development plans in place, there are fantastic opportunities associated with growing/upscaling this service across our geographical patch, reaching many more people, desperately in need of this popular paid for service.

Vision, mission and values

Our vision

Anyone facing life-limiting illness should receive the care and support they deserve.

Our mission

St Barnabas and Chestnut Tree House hospices seek to achieve dignity, comfort and choice for adults and children facing life-limiting illnesses through specialised supportive care.

Our strategic objectives

  • We will provide excellent care through continuous improvement and collaboration.
  • We will support those that need us.
  • We will build a financially sustainable organisation.
  • We will create a culture thatenables colleagues and volunteers to thrive.

Our values

We are caring:

  • We place children and adults, their families and carers, at the heart of all we do.
  • We care passionately about the differencewe make.
  • We are inclusive and treat everybody with compassion, care, dignity and respect.

We are courageous:

  • We have the courage to aspire to deliver excellence in all we do.
  • We are ambitious, brave, and innovative and continually strive to improve our knowledge and skills.

We are connected:

  • We listen, connect with and understand the needs of the people we support and work with and ensure we respect their choices.
  • We work as a team to motivate, encourage and support each other.
  • We are connected and work collaboratively with othersthrough strong partnerships.

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    For further information about the role, or to arrange a confidential discussion, please contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners:

    Lucy Mavers | lucy@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07947 935068

    Philippa Fabry | philippa@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07772 902071

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Friday 12th July 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Thursday 18th July 2024
    First stage interviews: Monday 22nd and Tuesday 23rd July 2024
    Second stage interviews: Tuesday 30th July 2024

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