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Chair and Trustees Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity

Join the founding Board of Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity and be part of their journey as a newly converted charity with a mission to raise funds for their exceptional care across Derby, Derbyshire and Staffordshire.

  • Location: Derbyshire and Staffordshire
  • Salary: Reasonable expenses paid
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 2nd September (Chair) / 9 a.m. Monday 30th September (Trustees)

The newly independent Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity will partner with University Hospitals of Derby & Burton (UHDB) to provide Exceptional Care Together.

The Charity aims to significantly grow their income over the next five years to support more NHS staff to care for patients in safe, high-quality environments, using the latest equipment, technology and learning which will contribute to the future of health through committed research and development.


Who we are.

Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity’s vision is to serve the population of Derby, Derbyshire, and Staffordshire through:

PREVENTATIVE RESEARCH – helping to support studies and medical research to understand better the diseases affecting their patients today so that they can develop the cures and therapies of tomorrow.

ENHANCED CARE – for partner hospitals providing new equipment and building improvements to deliver better facilities.

INVESTMENT IN THE FUTURE – by investing in people who work in partner hospitals through training and well-being support that in turn will support their colleagues to create a caring environment for the patients receiving care, their families, and visitors.

University Hospitals of Derby and Burton (UHDB) are now one of the largest hospital providers in the region, following its merger in 2018 by two trusts coming together. Formerly Burton Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust and Derby Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, it provides healthcare services for local people in South Derbyshire and South and East Staffordshire.

UHDB are an organisation that strives to improve the health and well-being of the communities it serves. The Trust’s five-year strategy, Exceptional Care Together 2020 – 2025, outlines how the Trust aims to provide the highest standards of care and to be a leader in healthcare research, education and innovation.

As one of the largest hospital providers regionally and nationally, UHDB employs 14,500 NHS staff, serves over one million patients annually, and has a £1 billion turnover. UHDB is actively engaged in healthcare research, education, and innovation, collaborating with partner organisations to ensure the well-being of our communities. Operating as a university hospital, the emphasis is on research, healthcare education, and volunteering, fostering a warm, family-oriented environment.

The Board


Work has already been undertaken to create the draft constitution in preparation for incorporating the Charity from the new year and now requires the Chair and Board of Trustees to register with the Charity Commission.

The Board of Trustees will be responsible for developing the Board and governance, setting, reviewing and maintaining the strategic direction of the Charity and will work with the senior leadership team to hold them accountable for ensuring the organisation is meeting its objectives and vision. Trustees are responsible for making sure that the Charity operates within the legal requirements for charitable companies, fulfilling all statutory duties.

Who we are looking for.

They now seek a Chair and three Trustees who will be pivotal to the establishment of their newly converted Charity, as well as its development and growth and ambitions to double the income over the next five years.

The new Chair and Board of Trustees will bring experience of good charity governance, strong commercial awareness and be well networked across their communities.


As Chair, you will provide strategic and effective leadership for the Charity and Board of Trustees, establishing a high-performing Board and ensuring effective governance and compliance.

The successful Chair will need to have:

  • Experience in chairing a board in the public, private or not for profit sectors.
  • Experience in navigating complexity and able to forge strong relationships across organisations and with key stakeholders.
  • Substantial experience working with a multi-skilled non-executive board membership and communicating successfully with a diverse range of board-level stakeholder groups.
  • Experience in representing organisations externally, both to key partners and the public more generally.
  • Strong relationship management skills and to act as one of the key ambassadors for the Charity bringing networks of support to the charity.
  • A firm understanding of the requirements of robust charity governance, accepting the legal duties, responsibilities, and liabilities of being a member of the Board of Trustees, and understanding the respective roles of the Board and Executives.
  • A clear and demonstrable interest in the work of the Charity and in improving healthcare across our Derby, Derbyshire and Staffordshire communities.


Trustees will bring strong professional experience and skills gained in leadership roles in any of the following areas:

  • Senior commercial leadership
  • Legal experience within a charitable or commercial environment
  • Finance and risk management

In addition, the following skills, abilities and personal qualifies they seek in their new Trustees are:

  • The ability to take a strategic approach to contribute towards the creation and direction of the Charity’s objectives and business plans.
  • A strong and effective communicator who can promote the work of the Charity to internal and external audiences.
  • Curiosity, with a readiness to probe, challenge and enquire.
  • The ability to uphold good governance by observing the duties and legal and regulatory responsibilities expected of trustees.
  • Willingness to speak out on issues and to accept personal accountability.
  • A clear and visible personal integrity and a deep commitment to the objectives of Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity.
  • Ambassadorial skills to help the Charity to significantly grow their network, fundraising and impact.
  • Mindful of the Charity Commission’s guidance on the essentials of a trustee and their responsibilities in the charity.

Time Commitment


The initial term of office is for three years, subject to annual review by the Board. If mutually agreed, the term can be extended for a further three years.

The Board of Trustees will meet bi-monthly, in person in Derby with online attendance at relevant sub-committees also likely.

The Chair and Trustees will need to give the equivalent of around one-two days per month initially to establish the Charity, develop and grow the Board and engage with senior stakeholders.

The Board will agree their formal committee structure, but it is likely to include the following sub-committees: Remuneration, Finance, Risk & Audit, Fundraising & Income Generation and Appeals, Research & Innovation.

Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity will have a formal liaison agreement in place with the University Hospitals of Derby & Burton (UHDB) Trust, including a position on its Board for a link Trustee, Monthly Trust and CEO leadership meetings. Twice-yearly Board to Board meetings and representation on key Trust groups such as strategic capital group.

Learn more about Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity


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

Erica Ritchie | erica@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07932 557505

Marie McQuade | marie@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07903 442646


If you would like to know more about this role please contact Erica Ritchie

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Welcome from the Chief Officer

Dear Candidate,

Thank you for expressing your interest in the Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity. As one of the largest NHS charities in the East Midlands, we take immense pride in the support we provide to patients and the staff at the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust (UHDB).

Our Trust, with five hospitals, is one of the largest providers of hospital services both regionally and nationally. Each of our 14,500 dedicated staff members works tirelessly to ensure exemplary care and treatment for over one million patients annually.

As a charity, we witness firsthand the gratitude of patients, their families, and loved ones for the care and services they receive, from the moment of birth to end-of-life care. Many choose to support us through donations to our various funds as a result of these positive experiences. Others are inspired by our impact and take on personal challenges like running a marathon, participating in long-distance walks, hosting community events, leaving a legacy, or even buying a lottery ticket for £1. Every contribution is deeply appreciated and makes a significant difference to the lives of our patients and staff.

Regardless of how people choose to donate, they often tell us they feel a strong connection to our mission and values. This connection is something we hold dear and it motivates us to continuously strive for excellence in our work.

The opportunity to do more for our patients and staff is immense and transitioning to a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO) will enable us to build new relationships with stakeholders, diversify our income streams, and deepen our community connections.

Our team is ambitious and works diligently to turn our plans into reality. We are committed to providing the best possible experience for everyone who contacts us, supports us, or benefits from our funding.

As an independent charity, we will rely on you, our Chair/Trustee, to guide and challenge us constructively. The NHS charitable sector thrives because of the dedication of individuals like you. Thank you for joining us on this journey.

Yours sincerely,

Jill Matthews, Chief Officer

Jill Matthews, Chief Officer

Jill serves as the Chief Officer for Derby and Burton Hospitals Charity, collaborating closely with University Hospitals of Derby and Burton to ensure the delivery of Exceptional Care Together and the implementation of a five-year strategy to double the charity’s income, increase its visibility, and connect with local businesses and communities.

With a nearly four-year career, Jill’s journey in healthcare began as a pharmacy technician within the NHS. During her career, she has held pivotal roles in various capacities, including community pharmacy, general practice, and support services, both locally and nationally.  Jill steered high-profile support and transformation initiatives during her tenure at The Department of Health and NHS England, earning widespread respect within the healthcare sector. Her expertise lies in leading innovative solutions and spearheading transformative programs, particularly in primary care settings, thereby contributing significantly to the development of sustainable healthcare solutions.

Rachael Vowles, Head of Stakeholder Management and Marketing

Rachael has over 30 years of experience in PR, marketing, and communications working at board level across the NHS, local government, and various industries. She holds a Master’s in Strategic Communication, a Postgraduate Diploma in Public Relations and a Diploma in Leadership.

During her career, Rachael has managed a number of multimillion-pound marketing campaigns, leading teams in healthcare, tech, and pharmaceuticals. In 2009, she became the Director of Communications, Marketing and Engagement at an NHS Trust in the West Midlands, establishing their charity, engaging with communities on high secure/forensic service redesign, handling high-profile incidents and working with senior leaders, parliamentarians and regulators. Rachael also served as Deputy Director of Communications at NHS England for a number of years, supporting major healthcare transformation programs and recovery projects.

Rachael has extensive experience in managing patient advice services, complaints, community engagement, transformation and commissioning projects, always aiming to build positive relationships which enhance organisational reputation and increase brand value.

Before joining the charity as Head of Stakeholder Management and Marketing, Rachael worked for four years, leading a global marketing team and delivered a number of successful marketing and technology campaigns and large-scale events across the UK, Europe, and the USA. She has a special interest in behavioural science and has spent time as a visiting lecturer on entrepreneurship and marketing.

Kendre Chiles, Deputy Director of Finance for Financial Services

Kendre is an outstanding financial professional with over 22 years of experience in the NHS. A Fellow of the Association of Certified Chartered Accountants since 2008, Kendre has been a vital part of the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust (UHDB) since the same year.

In February 2023, Kendre was appointed Deputy Director of Finance for Financial Services, overseeing statutory reporting, treasury, cash management and the Trust’s capital programme.

Kendre also directs two UHDB subsidiaries, Derby Health Staffing Ltd and Pride Pharmacy Ltd and actively contributes to the healthcare finance community through involvement in HFMA groups.

Kendre and her team’s dedication has earned them the accolades of 2023 CIMA Public Sector Finance Team of the Year award and a 2024 HFMA Key Contributor Award.

Alison Furlong, Head of Fundraising

Ali is a Member of the Chartered Institute of Fundraising (CFIoF) and holds a Certificate in Fundraising (Distinction).  Ali joined the Charity in December 2023 from Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People where she held several fundraising roles, spending the last four years as the Head of Community and Events Fundraising.

Ali started her career at Rolls-Royce plc, where she worked for 18 years in a variety of corporate roles within the Purchasing, IT and Global Property teams, completing a Diploma in Supply Chain Management, with membership of the Chartered Institute of Procurement & Supply (CIPS). She changed career direction following the death of her son in 2014 after experiencing during his life the transformational support charities provide to those in need.

Ali is passionate about fundraising and enjoys building the connections between donors and beneficiaries. She is passionate about supporting donors in their fundraising endeavours, building long term relationships and ensuring their efforts are valued and thanked.

Andrea Croud, Head of Finance

Andrea is a qualified Chartered Accountant who joined the Charity full-time as Head of Charity Finance in June 2019. She had previously split her duties between the Charity and the University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Trust as a Financial Accountant since 2016. Prior to this, Andrea held various positions in the public sector, working as an accountant in local government and for the Police Authority.

Andrea is passionate about her role. She ensures the accountability of charitable funds and that the funding is spent appropriately, with the overall benefit of improving patients’ lives.

Joanne Kinsey, Head of Governance

Jo has over 30 years of experience in the NHS and is our charity Head of Governance.

Jo joined the charity in March 2023 and has extensive experience supporting executive leadership teams at the University Hospitals of Derby & Burton NHS Foundation Trust and playing key roles in major NHS transformations, including establishing the Royal Derby Hospital and securing the Trust status.

Jo decided to join the charity sector because she wanted to give something back. Her role includes overseeing governance, IG, and strategic insight. Jo’s career is marked by a commitment to improving healthcare and community services.

Debbie Bostock, Programme Manager

Debbie joined the charity in November 2023 as the programme manager. Having over 37 years’ experience in the NHS, including community, primary and secondary care, Debbie brings a wealth of management experience. Having started her career as a student pharmacy technician, Debbie progressed to leadership and teaching roles.  Prior to joining the charity, Debbie was lead commissioner for diabetes services at the NHS integrated care board.

Laura Waters – Head of Arts

As Head of Arts, Laura has been responsible for the overall strategy of the Air Arts programme with Derby & Burton Hospitals Charity for 15 years. With an MSc in Environmental Psychology, an LRSM in Music Teaching and currently studying for an MBA, Laura combines these disciplines to bring arts and culture to improve hospital environments for patients, staff and visitors. Air Arts is a nationally significant, award-winning programme which delivers a wide variety of artistic and cultural experiences to our hospitals. The team delivers a wide range of projects encompassing interior design, environmental enhancements, exhibitions, music performances, patient resources, and creative wellbeing workshops. The programme is underpinned by a wealth of research demonstrating the positive impact of creativity on health and recovery. Laura also founded and co-chairs the National Arts in Hospitals Network (NAHN), representing Air Arts and advocating for arts in hospitals internationally. She is also a professional musician, playing with the Limelight Orchestra, and various regional orchestras.

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 2nd September 2024 (Chair) / Monday 30th September 2024 (Trustees)
    First Stage Online Interviews: Monday 16th September 2024 (Chair) / Monday 21st October 2024 (Trustees)
    Second Stage In-person Interviews: Tuesday 24th September 2024 (Chair) / Tuesday 29th October 2024 (Trustees)

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