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Chair Princess Alice Hospice

Princess Alice Hospice is a centre of excellence and an outstanding provider of palliative and end of life care for patients and families. Join us as our new Chair at this exciting time of development for the Hospice.

  • Location: Esher, Surrey
  • Salary: Reasonable expenses paid
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Tuesday 7th May

Who we are.

Princess Alice Hospice cares for patients and families across Surrey, South West London and Middlesex, through illness and bereavement and for as long as they need us. Many people think that hospices are all about dying. We disagree. We believe that end of life care is about helping people live every moment to the full in comfort and dignity. It’s about creating space whether at home or in our Hospice where families can enjoy special moments and create precious memories together.

We are a centre of excellence and maintain the highest professional standards so that our care is the very best it can be. We were delighted to retain our outstanding CQC rating in 2022, and we continue to place people at the heart of everything we do.

In 2022, we launched a new strategy for our future: Evolve, Innovate, Improve, Inspire; which provides us with the ability to adapt and develop in a time of uncertainty and change, whilst ensuring that we remain focused on our long-term vision:

Our communities will have the best care and support before, during and after death.

Having recently appointed our Chief Executive, Nigel Seymour, it is an exciting time of change and development for the Hospice. With our current Chair, Sean Hilton, retiring later this year, we are now seeking a Chair to build on our legacy and achievements to date and bring the values and vision to lead us into the next chapter.

Who we are looking for.

We are seeking an exceptional people leader, skilled in developing collaborative, values-driven boards and cultures. Our new Chair will be respectful of our successful history, whilst bringing constructive challenge, fresh ideas and creative thinking. They will be compassionate, collaborative and visionary, able to galvanise our dedicated Board and provide strategic support to our outstanding Chief Executive and leadership team.

Alongside extensive senior leadership experience, you will be commercially astute, bring a strong understanding of modern board leadership, and have a proven track record of strategic thinking and innovation.

It is crucial that our new Chair is a confident and credible ambassador, able to forge strong relationships across the sector and represent the hospice externally when appropriate. System leadership experience and/or knowledge of the wider healthcare system would be an additional advantage.

You will demonstrate a deep and genuine commitment to diversity and inclusion, and in reaching underserved and overlooked communities.

Above all, you will be intrinsically values-driven, compassionate, and committed to the vision and mission of the Hospice.

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

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

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

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Welcome from CEO and Outgoing Chair

I’m delighted you’re considering applying for the position of Chair of Princess Alice Hospice. As our new Chief Executive (with 17 years of experience in the organisation), I know it will be an incredibly rewarding time ahead for somebody who relishes a challenge and who believes passionately in delivering person-centred care to everyone in our community.

Our culture is values-led and we work hard to make everybody – our staff, our volunteers, and the people we care for – feel welcome and that they truly belong. We’re frequently told what a special organisation Princess Alice Hospice is, but we’re never complacent; we challenge the ways we work and we know we need to go further to reach underserved and overlooked communities, who believe that hospice care isn’t for them.

We’re rated ‘Outstanding’ by the CQC and we enjoy an excellent reputation, but we will continue to face significant challenges; a growing demand for our care services, changing demographics in our local community, availability of workforce, and in our funding and in how we collaborate and integrate with the wider healthcare system to best meet the needs of our local community. You will be working with an exceptional Senior Leadership Team, talented trustees and expert advisors who are truly dedicated to the cause, and ready to respond to these challenges.

We’re all incredibly proud to be here and are passionate about nurturing and developing the Hospice through our next exciting chapter. We’d love to talk to you if you’d like to be part of something special, too.

Nigel Seymour


Thank you for your interest in this position, and I hope that the contents of this microsite will stimulate that interest further. Princess Alice Hospice is a marvellous, values-driven organisation that balances compassion and professionalism in delivering end of life care across Surrey and South West London. I am in my twelfth and final year as a Trustee – Chair since 2021 – and it has been a privilege to have been involved with the work and aspirations of PAH through good times and challenging times.

Best wishes,

Professor Sean Hilton

Outgoing Chair

Our Vision 

Our communities will have the best care and support before, during and after death.

Our Mission 

We will develop hospice ways of working so that we can best deliver services that place people at the centre of everything we do.

Who we are

We are an organisation full of dedicated people who are passionate about providing outstanding, compassionate care at end of life. Our care is person-centred and focuses on providing the right care, by the right people, at the right time and in the right place; it extends to those closest to that person too, by being there for them before, during and after death. We support our wider communities in their grief, learning and loneliness, and we’re working hard to reach people in our communities who don’t get fair access to personalised, end-of-life care, too.

We are experts in our field, and we are educators of families and carers, care homes, schools and professionals, actively supporting underserved people. We collaborate successfully and we seek to influence end of life care through leadership and advocacy.

We are welcoming and we don’t pay lip service to diversity and inclusion. Our comprehensive work program in this area is a testament to this and we work hard to embed our values-led culture across the organization. We want everybody to know they belong here and we believe you can’t go far wrong if you treat people with respect and compassion at all times.

We are proud of what we do and we’re ambitious for our future because we know just how much we’re needed by our communities, and how much we will continue to be needed.

Looking forward, we face significant challenges, notably in the growing demand for our care and the changing demographics of our local community, availability of workforce, and in how we are funded. We also need to do more to help the growing number of people who need us in the communities that are underserved and overlooked. All this against a backdrop of global uncertainties, a cost of living crisis and a healthcare system under increasing strain. This requires us to be innovative in our approach, seizing opportunities, whilst never losing sight of our person-centred approach to care.

We are big enough to continue on our journey of continuous improvement and innovation, but small enough to take courageous decisions when it matters, adjusting our focus when needed. Our Board of Trustees is made up of passionate and skilled volunteers. Our senior leadership team is full of talented, collaborative experts, who are extremely proud to be here. Our wider organisation is full of dedicated, caring colleagues who understand that the little things matter too.

We are all people who believe that hospice care is for living.

We are a community of compassion.

We are looking forward to meeting you.

Accessibility information

At Princess Alice Hospice we are passionate about creating an inclusive workplace that values diversity. We are fully committed to equality of opportunities, and we warmly welcome applications from all backgrounds and cultures.

We are signed up to the Disability Confident scheme and to Mindful Employers and we guarantee to interview all disabled applicants who meet the minimum criteria for the vacancy. We are a place where you can be you.

We understand that different members of the community have different access needs and have made some modifications to the way we do business to accommodate people from diverse communities and abilities. We offer the following amenities:

  • Step free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for interview.
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted.

11% of our workforce are from diverse ethnicities (16.6% Retail employees and 8.3% of Hospice-based employees are ethnically

diverse). This is slightly lower than the percentage of ethnically diverse communities in our care areas.  9.6% of our employees have declared a disability.

Applicants with a disability are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process to discuss steps that could be taken to overcome operational difficulties presented by the role, or if any adjustments or support are required regarding the recruitment process.

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

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

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

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Tuesday 7th May 2024
    Candidates informed of outcome: Wednesday 15th May 2024
    First Stage Interviews (online): Wednesday 22nd May and Thursday 23rd May 2024
    Informal (in person) trustee and staff discussions: w/c 27th May 2024
    Second Stage Interviews and additional informal stakeholder sessions (in person): Thursday 30th May 2024


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