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Chair of the Board of Trustees | Hospice in the Weald

This is an exciting opportunity to lead the board of a highly respected and successful hospice. You will oversee the delivery of a new three-year Strategy and Business Plan, launched this year, with the aim to provide hospice care to more and more people across West Kent and East Sussex.

  • Location: Tunbridge Wells, Kent
  • Salary: Unremunerated

About Hospice in the Weald

Hospice in the Weald is an ambitious organisation, providing hospice palliative care to people across West Kent and East Sussex. It costs £8 million per year to run the Hospice, with only 11% of funding provided by the government. We are reliant on the support of the community we serve to donate and fundraise in order to maintain our vital services.

In 2020, Hospice in the Weald commemorates 40 years of celebrating life and dignifying death.

The need for Hospice palliative care is growing rapidly, and we are thriving, but never complacent. We have set out in our Strategy and Business Plan how we will meet more and more of the unmet for Hospice care. We have recently expanded our offer to include two new services: last year we opened the UK’s first Cottage Hospice, which offers a “home plus” environment for patients to continue to be cared for by their loved ones, and this year will launch a new service providing Hospice care for children and young people with life-limiting illnesses.

In 2019, we undertook a review of our mission, values and strategic aims. We have strengthened our organisational capability and performance, which has included significantly growing the number of patients we see and will be launching our new three-year Strategy and Business Plan in April 2020.

About the role

Our Board of Trustees plays a vital role in the work we do, providing governance to secure the long-term direction of the Hospice. Establishing and monitoring strategy and ensuring we remain true to our values and we fulfil our strategic aims.

The Board currently has eight Trustees including the Chair and operates with three Committees. Each Committee is chaired by a Trustee and the Chair is ex-officio on all committees: Finance and Commercial Committee, Clinical Governance Committee and Children and Young People’s service Committee.

Our Chair, Simon Lee, will be standing down at the end of his term of office and so we are seeking a successor to take over at our AGM in December 2020.

We are seeking a Chair who is able to further enable our mission through their positive approach, connections and active fundraising, all of which are critical to realising our future ambitions.

As Chair, you will be joining an organisation with an engaged and accomplished Board and a capable and expert Chief Executive and Hospice Leadership Team. Working alongside our excellent Chief Executive the Chair will oversee the delivery of our new three-year strategy launching in April 2020.

This is a very high-profile role in the community and a fantastic opportunity to Chair the Hospice at a time of exciting growth and development.

The time commitment is up to two days per month, based on four annual board meetings; time to review the strategy and performance of the Charity, as well as appraisal of budgets and annual accounts. There is an AGM and one development day. The time also includes regular contact with the CEO, and representing the Hospice at external meetings and events.

Trustees are expected to serve an initial term of three years and can be re-elected to serve a further term to not exceed six years in total. Appointments are announced at the Charity’s Annual General Meeting.

Who we're looking for

We are looking for someone who is passionate to lead and represent Hospice in the Weald and its mission. You will lead and guide the Board through effective chairing experience, and be excited by the opportunity to support and enable implementation of the mission, values and strategic aims of the Hospice.

We need excellent commercial acumen and executive experience in business or public sector at a senior level, with a successful track record of leading or developing a complex organisation.

We need an inspiring and engaging leader who has a high profile and strong reputation to help us increase our access and connections in our community. You will be an effective networker who can build strong relationships and work with multiple and diverse stakeholders, as well as excellent interpersonal skills, emotional intelligent and political skills to influence and work collaboratively to empower others.

Your style will be collaborative and supportive, acting as a critical friend and will bring experience of managing effective teams and know how to drive and monitor strategy and keep it on track.

We need our new Chair to be able to join us in our mission to provide compassionate, personalised and holistic care for everyone in our community living with a terminal illness, and for those important to them. We also aspire to raise awareness of the importance of good Hospice Palliative Care, so that people living in the communities we serve have the best opportunities to celebrate their lives and die with dignity.

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

Liz Holderness | liz@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07872 031079

Closing Date: 9am, Monday 15th June 2020

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

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Dear Candidate,

We are an ambitious organisation, providing Hospice palliative care to people across West Kent and East Sussex. It costs £8 million per year to run the Hospice, with only 11% of our funding provided by the government. We are reliant on the support of the community we serve to donate and fundraise in order to maintain our vital services. Over 1,000 volunteers give their time to the Hospice helping us run efficiently and effectively as part of the local community. In 2020 Hospice in the Weald is celebrating 40 years of celebrating life and dignifying death.

I joined Hospice in the Weald as Chair nearly six years ago, over which time we have built on our position as a respected provider of outstanding care. Our current Chief Executive joined in 2010 and has driven our work to meet more and more unmet need. We have strengthened our organisational capability and performance, which has included significantly growing the number of patients we see. We have also recently opened the UK’s first Cottage Hospice, which offers a “home plus” environment for patients to continue to be cared for by their loved ones.

In 2019 we undertook a root and branch review of our mission, values and strategic aims, ahead of publishing our new three-year Business Plan and Strategy in April 2020. There are three themes running through our Strategy:

  • Good communication to ensure that every patient, and those important to them, are aware of the full range of services available to them through Hospice in the Weald
  • Continuing to be a leader in Hospice Palliative Care, whilst building organisational resilience and developing our whole workforce
  • Integration with Primary Care Networks

Many people are aware that this Hospice, like others, is about Dignifying Death. However, fewer people recognise that Hospice in the Weald is as much about Celebrating Life as it is Dignifying Death. The people who have been seen by one of our Services know this very well, but it’s not clear to the community more generally. This is one of the biggest challenges facing all Hospices, helping people to understand fully the nature of our work, so that we can provide more Hospice care to more people, at a time when it will have the greatest benefit for them.

As Chair, you would be joining an organisation with an engaged and accomplished Board and a capable and expert Chief Executive and Hospice Leadership Team.

Simon Lee
Chairman of the Board of Trustees

About Hospice on the Weald

Hospice in the Weald is a well-established and highly respected local charity serving the communities in West Kent and northern East Sussex. This year, we celebrate 40 years of celebrating life and dignifying death.

The Hospice provides care completely free of charge to patients with a terminal illness, their families and carers. It costs £8 million per year to run the Hospice, with only 11% of our funding provided by the government. We are reliant on the support of the community we serve to donate and fundraise in order to maintain our vital services.

We deliver our services with over 250 highly experienced staff and around 1,100 committed volunteers. In addition to fundraising events, we also raise income through our 25 retail shops.

Our newly launched Cottage Hospice service is the first of its kind in the UK, offering a “home plus” environment for patients to continue to be cared for by their loved ones within a home from home environment, and our Hospice care for children and young people is an example of both of these things.

We serve approximately 350,000 people in our communities who know that we are an outstanding Hospice offering an extensive range of services. We are an ambitious organisation which continues to innovate and grow, and our focus is on ensuring we meet more unmet need.

Our mission

Compassionate, personalised and holistic care for everyone in our community living with a terminal illness, and for those important to them.

Our services

We deliver specialist care through teams of nurses, doctors, nursing assistants, counsellors, chaplains and other professionals including therapists (such as occupational therapy, physiotherapy, creative arts, music therapy and wellbeing therapies) and carer support workers. We care for people through our range of services which include:

  • Hospice in the Home
  • Hospice Day Service
  • Cottage Hospice
  • Counselling and Support service
  • In-Patient Ward
  • Children and Young Person’s Hospice service

Over the last 40 years, the Hospice has continued to grow, and our focus now is on ensuring we meet more unmet need. To date, our care has been provided for adults and people over the age of 18 and with the support, expertise and resources that we have gathered over the last four decades of caring for local people, now is the time to extend our care to children and young people.

This summer, Hospice in the Weald will launch a new service providing hospice care for children and young people with life-limiting illnesses. This will be our sixth service and will be developed and delivered in collaboration with other local organisations that provide care for children and will enable many families and children to be cared for at home. This is the most significant change in our service provision yet and will help meet unmet need in a new part of the community.

Foundations for the Future is our next step in preparing for the continued increase in demand, and an update to our thinking. As demand for our services continues to increase, we must continue to adapt and improve our services to support all who need them. This project is about creating a larger flexible space to enable us to continue to meet increased demand, to increase attendance in Hospice Day Service and improve our provision of care.

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If you would like more information, or wish to have an informal conversation about the role, you can contact our advising consultant at Peridot Partners:

Liz Holderness | 07872 031079 | liz@peridotpartners.co.uk 

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Timetable

Closing date: 9am, Monday 15th June 2020
Shortlist review: Thursday 18th June
Final panel interviews: w/c Monday 29th June
Appointment starts: AGM Tuesday 8th December

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