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Chief Executive Officer St Mary’s Hospice

Don’t miss this fantastic opportunity to work a stone’s throw from the magnificent Lake District National Park as the new CEO of St Mary’s Hospice in Ulverston and make a real impact for the local community.

  • Location: Furness Peninsula and South Lakes
  • Salary: Up to £85,000
  • Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 13th May

Who we are.

St Mary’s Hospice provides care and comfort for patients in South Cumbria living with any life-shortening illness or long-term condition and their family. The hospice is open to people with any diagnosis, religion, or race, and we support people from the moment of diagnosis, and their families for longer.

We have a huge range of clinical services that we offer across the community; In-Patient Care, Hospice at Home, Fast Track, Complementary Therapies, Dementia Service, Creative Therapy, Day Hospice, Family Bereavement Support, Respite Care, Spiritual Care and much more!

In addition, we run charity shops in Ulverston, Barrow, Millom, Grange Over-Sands and Dalton, plus a fantastic furniture warehouse in Barrow, as well as our wonderful Orangery Café at the Hospice building.

About the role.

Our current CEO, Val Stangoe, will be retiring this year following a successful 11 years in post. Whilst Val has been a dynamic force for the hospice and will be very much missed, we are now seeking a new CEO to lead us into our next exciting chapter and phase of strategic development.

Who we are looking for.

We are seeking an inspiring and visionary leader with a demonstrable track record of galvanising high-performing teams and values-led cultures.

A natural and authentic people leader, you will successfully evidence your ability to balance care and compassion with firm decision making.

You will be a creative thinker, able to evidence prior experience of innovation and progressive strategic development. It is essential that our Chief Executive can also bring strong financial acumen.

In addition, you will bring experience of working in a complex and diverse multi-disciplinary environment, and with a broad range of stakeholders. You will be a confident and credible ambassador, committed to linking with our local community and developing outstanding relationships and partnerships.

Whilst prior experience within a charity and/or healthcare environment would be advantageous, it is certainly not essential. Similarly, we welcome candidates who would be open to relocating to South Cumbria — so long as there is a motivation to immerse yourself in our local community.

Above all else, you will be intrinsically aligned to our values and committed to equity, diversity, and inclusion.

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

Rachel Davies | rachel@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07961 208037

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

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Welcome from the Chair

Dear candidate,

Thank you for your interest in the role of Chief Executive at St Mary’s Hospice.

St Mary’s vision is that everyone affected by advancing illness and death will be cared for with kindness and have the support and expert care they choose.

Despite a challenging climate and economic context for hospices, it has been a successful year for St Mary’s — and it is reassuring to see that our financial position at the end of the year is so positive. Both our fundraising and retail and hospitality teams have bucked the financial trend to increase income again this year.

Our current Chief Executive, Val Stangoe, will be retiring this year following a successful 11 years with the hospice. As we look back with gratefulness on all that Val has delivered and achieved for St Mary’s, we look forward to the next exciting chapter of our story and all the possibilities a new Chief Executive will bring.

We are seeking a compassionate and inspiring leader who will be committed to developing our work, bringing vision and outstanding people leadership experience. St Mary’s is an incredibly special place, and you will be joining a committed and formidable team of outstanding staff and volunteers. I certainly feel very proud to lead such an inspiring organisation.

I do hope this pack inspires you to apply.

Andrew Wren

About us

All services are free at the point of use. Our principle sources of funding are from fundraising within our local community, along with core funding from our local Clinical Commissioning Group.

  • Our Ulverston building offers 8 inpatient beds, used for a mix of end of life care and symptom management.
  • Our Hospice at Home service provides daytime nursing care and overnight support in patients’ own homes across Furness and South Lakes.
  • Our Fast Track service is offered to people who are assessed to be within 12 weeks of death. Its function is to support people at home to die where that is their choice, and it provides support for washing, eating, dressing and so on, up to four times a day depending on assessed need.
  • Our Living Well Service helps people with advancing illness maintain independence and well-being through therapeutic activities such as exercise, creative work, education on symptom management, emotional support, and a Day Hospice.
  • The Bereavement and Family Support Service offers face-to-face and remote support from volunteers as well as online peer support. This service is available whether or not the person who died used hospice services. We can refer families to specialist children’s services if needed.
  • Our Admiral Nurse service is focused on people living with dementia and their family carers. They will be part of the monthly multiagency Dementia Hub working out of the Living Well Centre. We’ve also started Dementia Cafés, where people with dementia and their families can come together for peer support in an understanding environment.
  • The St Mary’s Living Well Centre in Barrow offers a range of activities and services to improve the quality of life for people with advancing illness and their families. Services are provided in collaboration with partners from the third sector, NHS, and the local authority.
  • Launched in February this year, our Compassionate Communities approach focuses on ensuring equity of access to our services. By widely sharing information, delivering education, actively encouraging and supporting all areas of our community in developing ease around discussions of death, dying, and grief, we are breaking down barriers of accessing hospice care, connecting communities and empowering people to support themselves alongside and in partnership with established services such as those provided by St Mary’s Hospice.

Our vision

St Mary’s vision is that everyone living with illness and death in South Lakes gets the kindness, love and expert care we’d wish for ourselves.

Our mission

We give expert care and compassion so those affected by advancing illness have comfort, choice and dignity.

Our values

Caring: we will make every contact count by treating each individual with kindness, empathy, compassion and respect.

Aspiring: we will continually learn and develop and we will strive for excellence in everything we do.

Professional: we will deliver high standards through team work, a skilled workforce and managing with integrity.

Sustainable: we will use our resources carefully and create a broad range of income sources to protect the future of hospice care.

About Ulverston and the Lake District

The Lake District, also known as the Lakes or Lakeland, is a mountainous region and national park in CumbriaNorth West England. It is famous for its landscape, including its lakes, coast, and the Cumbrian mountains; and for its literary associations with Beatrix PotterJohn Ruskin, and the Lake Poets.

The Cumbrian mountains, or fells, include England’s highest:[4] Scafell Pike (978 m (3,209 ft)), Helvellyn (950 m (3,120 ft)) and Skiddaw (931 m (3,054 ft)). The region also contains sixteen major lakes. They include Windermere, which with a length of 11 miles (18 km) and an area of 5.69 square miles (14.73 km2) is the longest and largest lake in England, and Wast Water, which at 79 metres (259 ft) is the deepest lake in England.

The Lake District National Park was established in 1951 and covers an area of 2,362 km2 (912 square miles), the bulk of the region. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 2017.

Ulverston: The Perfect Cumbrian Town.


St Mary’s Hospice is an organisation that prides itself on being flexible for all individuals and family-friendly, with a focus on work/life balance. This was our USP before the pandemic, although nowadays, this way of working has become more mainstream.

While clinical staff are required to work on site by the nature of their work, shifts are mostly by choice worked as condensed hours of 36 across 3 long days. Most non-clinical staff work in a more hybrid way, with teams sharing regular presence on site to ensure accessibility to others who need them.

The hospice aims to be somewhere that welcomes people of all backgrounds into a single team with a shared mission. The community that supports us is diverse and we aim to reflect that community in our workforce.

Our accessibility provisions include:

  • Step-free access to the building, all key meeting rooms and bathrooms, and an accessible workstation.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcome.
  • Interviews can be held in meeting rooms that support hearing loops with advance notice given to ensure all rooms used for interview are suitably supported.
  • 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.

Further information

Alternative working patterns or locations can be accommodated to some extent. However, being CEO is a highly visible role that requires a significant amount of time on site.

We are a flexible organisation which has taken measures to accommodate people with disability including physical disability, mental health issues and neurodiversity (hybrid working, accessibility supporting IT packages, positioning of offices and desks and so on) and family-friendly working with shift variations, shortened hours and hybrid working.

Our workforce is mostly of a white British background which is representative of the area we work / live in. Our most ethnically-diverse local area is Barrow, where we have most recently been engaging support from volunteers from the refugee population.

As a care organisation, we have always tended to a largely female workforce and this gender split can be seen at all levels including throughout the senior team.

Over the years, St Mary’s Hospice has included LGBT staff and Trustees and we have good links into the local LGBTQ support group.

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 consultants at Peridot Partners:

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

Rachel Davies | rachel@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07961 208037

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    Rachel Davies | rachel@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07961 208037

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    Closing date: 9 a.m. Monday 13th May 2024.
    First stage interviews (virtual): Tuesday 28th and Wednesday 29th May 2024
    Stakeholder sessions (in person): Monday 3rd June 2024
    Final panel interview (in person): Tuesday 4th June 2024

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