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Chair The Children’s Hospital Charity

This is an opportunity to lead the board of our charity that is raising funds to support the provision of specialist treatment, life-saving equipment, new facilities, a comfortable environment and vital research, which changes paediatric care for thousands of children from across the world.

  • Location: Sheffield
  • Salary: Unremunerated, with reasonable expenses paid

We are The Children’s Hospital Charity , and we are dedicated to raising funds to buy life-saving equipment, fund vital research and treatment, and create a comfortable, and engaging environment for patients, their families, and staff at Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust.

Sheffield Children’s is a leader in children’s health, and shapes future paediatric care, globally. Ours is one of only three specialist standalone children’s Trusts in the UK, alongside Alder Hey and Great Ormond Street. Children and young people travel from all over the country, and the world, to the international centres at Sheffield Children’s, which provide highly specialised care. This includes anything from neurosurgery and intensive care, to support with the management of long-term conditions like cystic fibrosis or sleep difficulties. Sheffield Children’s also provides community and mental health care, as well as acute and specialist services for children from 0-16 years old.

Here at The Children’s Hospital Charity, we change children’s lives every day by supporting ground-breaking medical treatment and creating a comfortable, engaging environment. Donations, fundraising and sponsorship help to create a healthier future for children and young people who visit. We have recently completed our appeal for a new £6m helipad, meaning children who need emergency medical care can access it quickly, and with dignity. Thanks to the generosity of the public, charities and local businesses supporting us to raise funds, the new helipad will reduce delays for patients who need urgent critical care from across South Yorkshire, Derbyshire and Lincolnshire. Sheffield Children’s is one of only five dedicated Major Trauma Centres in England, and is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This helipad ensures children from across the region arrive at our centre quickly and safely, to give them the best chance of receiving the care they need.

The charity has also funded a new, multi-million pound, state-of-the-art ward for patients undergoing treatment for cancer, leukaemia and blood disorders at Sheffield Children’s. The team on the ward provide some of the best childhood cancer care in the world for the 90+ patients that visit every year, with the hospital’s five-year survival rate matching the best figures reported by countries internationally.

It is an exciting time to join the board of The Children’s Hospital Charity as we embark on fundraising for the newly announced National Centre for Child Health Technology (NCCHT) – a world-first research and technology centre. As the hospital approaches its 150th anniversary, our new Chair will lead the charity through a period where there will be the opportunity to create a joint campaign to both celebrate this anniversary and to raise significant funds to support Sheffield Children’s.

This is an opportunity to lead the charity’s board in developing our strategy, scaling our activity and driving more impact. Our new Chair will promote and represent our amazing achievements, and support and develop our brand.

As our current Chair, Paul Firth, comes to the end of his term this year, we are looking for someone who is passionate about our charity and its aims, and someone who has a strong empathy and understanding of the impact our fundraising achieves for Sheffield Children’s. In particular, our new Chair will bring robust experience of charity governance, will be someone who has experience of building and developing meaningful relationships, and be a strategic leader who supports our board and strong executive team to lead the charity through the next stage of development as we look to further grow, develop and diversify our income streams.

We are looking for someone who will be an ambassador for us, and will actively support and represent us, in partnership with our Chief Executive, at events throughout the year. Our new Chair will be someone with a connection to our hospital, Sheffield and our surrounding areas, and will work closely with the board of Sheffield Children’s.

Our board currently meets monthly, in the evenings for two hours. Quarterly, our Chair and Chief Executive meet with our investment advisors; and we have an annual strategy away day.

Overall, we expect the time commitment to be about 2 days per month. This includes preparation for board meetings, regular meetings with our Chief Executive, ad hoc discussions with fellow board members, liaising with our colleagues at Sheffield Children’s and attending events throughout the year.

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

Jennifer Horan | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070497


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The money raised through donations buys life-saving equipment, funds vital research and treatment for thousands of children from across the world and helps us create a comfortable, engaging environment for our patients at Sheffield Children’s.

Our Mission:

Our mission is to enhance Sheffield Children’s, giving children and young people the best chance of a healthier future. We connect supporters to Sheffield Children’s, funding enhancements above the NHS provision and help to make it a brilliant place to work and visit.

The money we raise funds innovative projects, ground-breaking research which shapes future paediatric care, specialist medical equipment, new facilities and create an engaging environment built with children in mind.

Our Strategic Aims:

We aim to be a values-led charity, supporting Sheffield Children’s in paediatric care.

Our aims are:

  • Work together as one team
  • Build our profile
  • Increase recurrent unrestricted income
  • Raise the funds
  • Nurture long-term partnerships

Our Values:

  • Compassion
  • Accountability
  • Inclusivity
  • Together
  • Excellence

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

Jennifer Horan | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070497

The Children’s Hospital Charity is committed to providing equal opportunities for all employees, workers, volunteers, and job applicants, and to prevent unlawful and unfair discrimination. We aim to create a culture that encourages and values diversity, and that appoints, rewards, and promotes staff based on merit.

We offer the following amenities:

  • Accessibility dogs are welcome
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for interviews
  • Working patterns and locations can be adjusted

The Charity’s main building is reached by a number of steps, and at present does not have step-free access; we are keen to rectify this, but due to the elevated position above street level and the location of the building within a conservation area, these changes are likely to be complex and require significant capital expenditure. As we recently purchased the building, we are now planning to develop a multi-year capital expenditure plan which will set out a plan to improve the office environment, as well as access to the building.

Prior to these changes being made, should a Trustee be appointed that does require step-free access or hearing loops, we would look to hold meetings in an alternate location to ensure our meetings are accessible to all.

Whilst we have not previously provided papers in alternative formats or utilised a sign language interpreter, we would be happy to provide this.

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

Jennifer Horan | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070497

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    Closing date: Monday 19th June 2023
    Candidates informed of outcome: Wednesday 28th June 2023
    Interviews: Monday 3rd July 2023

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