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Chair of Trustee Council | The Guild of Health & St Raphael / GoHealth

We seek an experienced Chair who understands good charity governance to lead the board of an innovative Christian charity at an exciting moment in our history as we have recently relaunched our membership communities.

  • Location: London
  • Salary: Unremunerated with reasonable expenses reimbursed

About the role

The Guild of Health & St Raphael is an innovative Christian charity working in partnership with public health, and medical and psychological science and practice, to promote human flourishing.

We are at an exciting moment in the history of the charity as we have recently relaunched our membership communities after a period of reflection and review. The restructuring was inspired by the need to address our own financial deficit while developing resources to help meet the growing needs for community care and support for health and wellbeing. In doing so, we have reaffirmed our aims and objectives as an organisation and have focused the outputs of the charity so that we can meet these aims. We are also responding to the needs of our communities where mental health issues are on the increase and the health and care services are subject to ever increasing pressure to meet the demands and expectations placed on them. Individuals and communities are suffering. Given there are more churches than health centres in the UK, with quality training and resourcing, churches can be well placed to help meet the challenges facing society.

The GoHealth Community resources individuals to connect the Christian faith with health. Members receive a monthly resource bundle, online training courses, reductions at events and an online community. The Healthy Healing Hub project aims to resource local churches by providing the theological bedrock, the confidence and the resources to meet some of the health needs of their community as part of their mission in the world. This project directly connects the health needs of the community with the mission of the church to bring human flourishing by:

  • Promoting the church as a hub for health and healing.
  • Learning from one another about how to promote human flourishing.
  • Creating networks of people who are passionate in linking faith and health.
  • Helping people to connect with the church as a hub for wellbeing.
  • Praying for all who are suffering.
  • Researching healing from an academic viewpoint.

Finally, the third membership community is Chrism which is for our academic and professional members. We publish a biannual journal and run an annual conference.

As we seek to build on this momentum, we are looking to appoint a new chair who will work with the Council of Trustees and the CEO to lead sustainable growth. As a Christian your background and experience will speak to our purpose and you will have the knowledge and experience to support our plans to help scale-up our work, develop the charity’s income by increasing membership through each of the hubs, and other incomes sources, and raise our profile.

Who we are looking for

The role will suit an experienced chair who understands good charity governance, can provide leadership and direction to the Trustee Council and enable it to provide robust governance and strategic direction. We are looking for someone who will enjoy mentoring and supporting our talented Chief Executive and help us realise our ambition to be the go-to place for health and healing in the UK.

We are ideally looking for someone who has experience in healthcare, healing, wellbeing or within a social care setting. You will need to be ecumenically oriented and have the strategic skills to assist us to achieve our planned growth.

The time commitment for the Chair is about 1-2 days a month spread across board and committee meetings, working with the executive and other engagements. The term of office is three years and can be extended for additional terms.

For an informal discussion about the role please contact our advising consultant:

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

Closing date: 9am, Monday 5th July 2021

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Philippa Fabry

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Welcome from Dr David McDonald, chair of the board of trustees

Thank you for your interest in becoming the chair of The Guild of Health & St Raphael.

I have been a trustee of The Guild of Health & St Raphael for the just over a decade and chair for half of that time. It has been enormous privilege to be part of this charity particularly as we have wrestled together to discern the way ahead in the changing landscape of health, healing and the Mission of the Church in this area.

Working alongside our Chief Executive The Revd. Dr. Gillian Straine we have developed and grown our work creating The Healthy Healing Hub project, which links churches across the country with the Guild to support their healing ministry. Building on our early successes in this area we want to continue to extend and grow this area of work, which runs in parallel with our GoHealth Community, offering members access to resources, events and courses, and our biannual journal Chrism exploring how to improve healthcare through spiritual engagement.

To help us do these we now seek a chair to work closely with Gillian and us as a Trustee Council to help develop our strategy, which will focus on enabling us to scale our Healthy Healing Hub project and continue to drive financial sustainability and funding development. As our organisation evolves, we also need an experienced chair to help the Council grow its effectiveness and impact, ensuring we can galvanise and optimise the contribution of our talented trustees.

This is a pivotal time to be joining us and you will play a key part in helping us grow sustainably and impactfully. Being a Christian with experience in the medical, health or wellbeing sectors, with a keen interest in wellbeing will be important, as will your ability to be outward facing when needed and able to mentor and support our talented Chief Executive.

The Guild of Health & St Raphael is ecumenical and international in its reach. Accordingly, trustees are drawn from a range of Christian denominations across the UK.

If you believe you have the skills and qualities, we are seeking and would like to work with us to continue to grow our work then we would like to hear from you.

Dr David McDonald
Chair of the board of trustees

About The Guild of Health and St Raphael

The Guild of Health & St Raphael’s work is focused on the healing ministry of the church. We are a membership organisation, and the focus of the work of the staff team and trustees of the charity is to enable and support the lives and work of our members as well as grow the organisation.

Since 1905, we have been an innovative organisation working with medical and psychological science to promote human flourishing. We have a long history of taking a holistic view of health and wellbeing taking into our remit mindfulness, environmental engagement, justice and peace movements and taking seriously the need for healing amongst the young and old in all parts of society.

We are at an exciting moment in the history of the charity as we recently relaunched our membership communities after a period of reflection and review. The restructuring was inspired by the need to address a large deficit. In doing so, we have reaffirmed our aims and objectives as an organisation and have focused the outputs on the charity so that we can meet these aims. We are also responding to the needs of our communities where mental health issues are on the increase and the health services are subject to ever increasing pressure to meet the demands and expectations placed on them. Individuals and communities are suffering. Given there are more churches than health centres in the UK, with quality training and resourcing, churches can be well placed to help meet the challenges facing society.

The GoHealth Community resources individuals to connect the Christian faith with health. Members receive a monthly resource bundle, online training courses, reductions at events and an online community.

Within UK society, The Healthy Healing Hubs Project aims to resource local churches by providing the theological bedrock, the confidence and the resources to meet some of the health needs of their community as part of their mission in the world. This project directly connects the health needs of the community with the mission of the church to bring human flourishing by:

  • Promoting the church as a hub for health and healing.
  • Learning from one another about how to promote human flourishing.
  • Creating networks of people who are passionate in linking faith and health.
  • Helping people to connect with the church as a hub for wellbeing.
  • Praying for all who are suffering.
  • Researching healing from an academic viewpoint.

“I am really excited by the Healthy Healing Hubs project and believe that this marks a big potential step forward in developing the Church’s ministry of healing, which is such a central part of our mission in and to a hurting world.  I look forward to seeing it develop across the country and am hugely grateful to the Guild of Health and St Raphael for taking this very strategic initiative.”

The Rt. Revd James Newcombe, Bishop of Carlisle

Finally, the third membership community is Chrism which is for our academic and professional members. We publish a biannual journal and run an annual conference.

Staff

The Guild employs three members of staff: the CEO (The Revd. Dr. Gillian Straine), the Company Secretary (Christopher Garman), a resource development partner (Wendy Lloyd) and an online training partner (Graham Fender Allison). We use contractors to help with copy editing and marketing.

Financial Overview

The 2019/2020 annual income was £53,225 which was realised through: 7% donations & legacies, 18% charitable activities, 75% investment income.

We aim through the development of the HealthyHealing Hubs project, the other membership communities and other events to see our income increase year on year by attracting new grants; through the sale of resources and training.

Our aim is to generate enough income to be self-sustaining from revenue income by 2025. The planned changes to the charitable activities have now been implemented and the financial benefits of the changes should now be seen, and the year-on-year deficit should now reduce with the goal of generating a surplus by 2025. In the meantime, there is an understanding that there will be withdrawals from investments to cover the deficits.

As at 31 March 2020 the charity’s investments amounted to £663,634 and were held by the Guild of Health & St Raphael.

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Our Board of Trustees

Trustees

Where possible we make use of conference calls and digital communication for some of our meetings. Face-to-face meetings are, however, also regarded as essential and usually held in London.

The board meets 4x year.

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    Timetable

    Closing date: 9am, Monday 5th July 2021
    Shortlisting: Friday 9th July
    Interviews: w/c Monday 12th July

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