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Director of Finance and Corporate Services | Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust

Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust is recruiting a Director of Finance & Corporate Services to join our ambitious charity at an exciting time of raising funds for the high profile capital campaigns for two new hospitals in Cambridge.

  • Location: Cambridge
  • Salary: c£75,000

Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) is an independent charity raising funds to support Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, comprising Addenbrooke’s and The Rosie (maternity hospital).

Our hospitals deliver expert care for patients – locally, regionally and nationally:

  • Addenbrooke’s provides emergency, surgical and medical care for local people and is also a leading national centre for specialist treatment and services in organ transplantation, cancer, neurosciences, paediatrics, rare conditions and genetics.
  • The Rosie, based on the same site, is a women’s hospital and the regional centre of excellence for maternity care. It has its own theatre suite, foetal assessment unit, ultrasound department and neonatal intensive care unit.

Whether it’s treatment for an emergency, acute condition, pregnancy or long-term illness, we believe that every patient deserves the highest quality of care available. Thanks to the immensely generous support of our donors, Addenbrooke’s and The Rosie hospitals can provide a level of patient care beyond that which can be delivered by NHS funding alone.

The charity is currently undertaking a strategic review and a new five-year strategy is being developed for commencement in 2022/2023.


The charity relies entirely on funds raised through patients and their families, businesses, philanthropic individuals, charitable trusts and foundations.

Charitable donations fund capital projects, equipment, specialist staff, extra comforts and vital research to find potential cures and help save lives locally, nationally and worldwide.

ACT is a medium sized charity with big ambitions.

Currently managing £25m of reserves made up of approximately 500 individual funds with patient care, research, and educational purposes across a wide range of specialities.


In addition to ongoing investment to support ground-breaking research into new treatments and diagnostics, visionary plans for the future continue, as the charity develops its fundraising activities.

Over the coming year, the charity is fundraising for a life-changing surgical robot to transform surgery and has launched an ambitious income target of £40m to contribute to the major capital campaigns for two new hospitals – Cambridge Children’s Hospital and Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital due to open in 2025.

Who we are looking for

The Director of Finance & Corporate Services will be a key member of the Senior Management Team (SMT), together with the Chief Executive, Director of Fundraising and Director of Capital Campaigns.

Reporting to the Chief Executive and working closely with the Trustees, Honorary Treasurer, Board Committees and the Senior Management Team (SMT), the Director of Finance & Corporate Services will lead the Charity’s financial affairs ensuring effective financial management, planning and reporting.

They will advise the Trustees and Chief Executive on all financial, investment, governance and regulatory matters, and as Company Secretary, liaise with bankers, solicitors, auditors, insurers and other advisers on legal and constitutional matters.

With a relevant professional finance qualification, the Director will provide strong and strategic leadership of financial and information management, technology, facilities management, company secretarial, and able to deputise for the Chief Executive on all matters.

Our Director will be highly collaborative with excellent interpersonal skills and significant experience of managing and developing high performing teams, ideally within a fundraising-led organisation.

Closing date: Monday 18th October 2021

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

Liz Holderness | liz@peridotpartners.co.uk | 0787 2031 079

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Liz Holderness

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Addenbrooke’s Charitable Trust (ACT) is dedicated to changing patients’ lives at Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie hospitals, making them better in every way and helping deliver exceptional patient care.

The hospitals, Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie are managed and governed as part of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH), one of the largest and best-known hospital trusts in the country. CUH is the acute, general and maternity healthcare provider for its local community, delivering services through its hospitals, Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie. The Foundation Trust is also a regional centre for specialist treatment; a major provider of education for clinical staff; and the principal clinical research partner of the University of Cambridge.


  • To further any charitable purpose or purposes relating to the general or any specific purposes of Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (CUH) and the National Health Service,
  • To advance and promote all or any aspects of the health and welfare of the public,
  • To advance and promote knowledge and skills in healthcare, including engaging in and supporting health-related research (and the dissemination of its useful results), education and training.

In practice, this meant that ACT:

  • Funds new and additional services where the NHS has no obligation and/or insufficient resources to do so;
  • Enhances services above the level that can be provided by government funds;
  • Supports innovative services and research on a time-limited basis, pump-priming new initiatives and bridging gaps in funding from other sources.



To be a leading charity that achieves exceptional benefits for NHS patients.


As an independent registered charity that raises funds to support Addenbrooke’s and the Rosie, the Cambridge University Hospitals. To connect givers and causes, funding projects and facilities that are beyond the boundaries of the NHS to achieve the highest possible standards and outcomes in patient experience, clinical care, research and education.


Supportive, Innovative, Ambitious and that we ACT with Integrity.


ACT is a fully independent charity with an annual income of £7m supporting Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust.  It ceased to be an NHS charity on 1 April 2017.

The Board of Trustees are collectively responsible for the overall governance and strategy of the Charity and for ensuring that the Charity acts in a way that is consistent with its object and results in public benefit. They are responsible for the administration of the Charity and for ensuring that assets are properly managed, controlled and safeguarded in accordance with company and charity law.

The Board delegates responsibility to six committees, each reporting to the Board of Trustees and chaired by a Trustee:

  • The Finance and General Purposes Committee: oversees and provides advice on audit, administration, finance, risk and employment matters. Chair: Keith Wade
  • The Charitable Expenditure Committee: reviews and decides upon applications for grants and overseeing charitable expenditure. Chair: Dr Fiona Cornish
  • The Investment Committee: advises on the Charity’s investment policy and oversees the investment management process. Chair: Keith Wade
  • The Human Resources and Remuneration Committee: oversees and reviews policies and issues affecting staff and volunteers. Pay and remuneration for key management personnel is recommended to the Board of Trustees by the Remuneration Committee. Reference is made to other NHS charity salaries and sector wide senior salary benchmark reports in arriving at their recommendations. Chair: Chris Rees (also Vice-Chair of Trustees)
  • The Nominations Committee: oversees the process of recruitment and selection of trustees and the Chief Executive Officer on behalf of the trustee body. Chair: Dr Rosalind smith (also Chair of Trustees)
  • Fundraising Committee: oversees fundraising for charitable purposes and advises the board on policy, processes and procedures for the support, control and direction of charitable fundraising. Chair: Dr Mike Knapton


The Board of Trustees delegates the day-to-day operations of the Charity and delivers its charitable objectives with the Chief Executive: Shelly Thake and the Senior Management Team (SMT). The Principal Officers of the SMT include the Chief Executive, Director of Fundraising, Director of Finance &Corporate Services and Director of Capital Campaigns. Overall there are 38 employees.

The charity has a team of professional fundraising staff, and its activities include community and hospital-based fundraising, direct marketing and development of long-term relationships with individuals and grant-making bodies.

The Charity is reliant on the support of around 27 volunteers, who provide support in various ways to including organising community fundraising events, expert advisors and providing administrative support to Charity staff across all areas.


The charity relies entirely on funds raised through patients and their families, businesses, philanthropic individuals, charitable trusts and foundations.

Every donation, helps ACT invest in the pioneering technology that is making surgery quicker, safer and more pain-free. It supports innovative research that is constantly finding more effective treatments and is leading the battle against COVID-19. It enables the charity to buy patient comforts to calm anxieties in waiting areas and during MRI scans and helps the hospital teams whose dedication and expertise transform lives.

In addition, the charity funds new services and facilities for the benefit of patients and their families, enhances existing services to levels over and above those that could be achieved through NHS funding alone, and supports the research and innovation that continually drive improvements to healthcare, through grants and bridging funding gaps.


Over the coming year, the charity is fundraising for a life-changing surgical robot that will transform surgery, speeding up procedures, reducing recovery times and allowing surgeons to treat even more patients. This is more important than ever with the backlogs caused by COVID-19.

There will be ongoing investment to support ground-breaking research into new treatments and diagnostics that benefit patients at Addenbrooke’s as well as across the world.

The pandemic has strengthen ACT’s commitment to bring together the needs of their hospitals – Addenbrooke’s and Rosie with the support of generous donors to continue making Addenbrooke’s better than ever.

Visionary plans for the future continue, as the charity develops its fundraising activities for two major capital campaigns for the new Children’s Hospital, as well as the Cancer Research Hospital, both opening in 2025.

Cambridge Children’s Hospital

This brand new hospital will be for every child and young person in the East of England. Combining mental and physical health care, with a University of Cambridge research facility embedded within, the hospital will bring a whole new approach to child health. The focus will be on prevention and detecting illnesses as early as possible.

This is a unique opportunity to create a pioneering new facility, to treat young people in a whole new way. Established by Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, Cambridge and Peterborough NHS Foundation Trust and the University of Cambridge, it is a partnership which brings together unrivalled clinical and academic knowledge.

Learn more here.

Cambridge Cancer Research Hospital

Together Cambridge University Hospitals and the University of Cambridge are building a brand-new dedicated Cancer Research Hospital.

It will bring together world-class clinicians from Addenbrooke’s Hospital with cutting-edge Cambridge research and industry, enabling early detection of cancer and delivering bespoke, precision treatments that will radically improve patient outcomes. Together this will accelerate the detection of the disease and lead the way in precision medicine and set the standard nationally and internationally.

Learn more here.

Cambridge Global Health Partnerships

The Charity runs an international programme, Cambridge Global Health Partnerships, which facilitates and co-ordinates NHS staff volunteering in less developed health systems. It works with hospitals, governments and health organisations in countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America to provide specialist expertise, support shared learning and encourage sustainable change.

The Partnership involves NHS staff from Cambridge University Hospitals and other NHS care providers in the region visiting and working with partners abroad, and staff from partner organisations visiting the UK to share their experience and expertise. This work contributes directly to the achievement of the UN Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) 3.

Cambridge Global Health Partnerships website

Further Information

Annual Report and Accounts 2019-2020 (Accounts for 2020-2021 will be available in October)

Annual Impact Review 2020

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    Closing date: Monday 18th October 2021

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    First Stage Interviews: TBC

    Second Stage Interviews: TBC

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