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Chief Executive and Trustees | Katharine House Hospice

Katharine House Hospice is looking to transform as an organisation and now seeks a new Chief Executive Officer and four new trustees to help successfully navigate the next stage of their exciting journey.

  • Location: Banbury, Oxfordshire
  • Salary: CEO: £75,000, with more possible for an exceptional candidate

Welcome from Jonathan Williams, Chair of Trustees

Dear Candidate,

Thank you for your interest in Katharine House Hospice. We hope this pack provides all the information you need about our charity and the exciting plans we have for the future.

We are proud of everything that has been achieved since our inception nearly 30 years ago, not least during the Covid-19 pandemic, and we firmly believe that our fantastic team offers the very highest standard in all aspects of palliative care across the communities we serve in North Oxfordshire, South Northamptonshire and South Warwickshire.

Those communities are the bedrock of our success, providing tremendous support for our activities. But, in common with the great majority of hospices in the UK, we face serious financial challenges.

To continue to provide the level of service, and to further enhance it in future, we need to embrace a new model. Our Board decided to seek a collaborative arrangement with Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH), who provide similar services through the Sobell House Hospice in the rest of Oxfordshire. Both parties are enthusiastic about the potential offered by the plan and have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to allow us to press ahead. We are now firmly on track to implement the changes in Spring 2021.

Katharine House Hospice Charity will become a fundraising organisation at that time and we now seek to refocus and put in place the very best trustees and executive team to move us forward. The financial challenge will continue unabated, but we are confident that we can rise to it with the continued help of our supporters. These are exciting plans. We hope you are inspired to consider providing the enthusiastic and effective leadership that we seek.

Best wishes,

Jonathan Williams
Chair of Trustees

About the roles

Katharine House Hospice provides specialist palliative care for adults with life-limiting conditions across North Oxfordshire, South Northamptonshire, and South Warwickshire.

Over the last 30 years, we have been privileged to care for so many people in our local community, and we are working tirelessly to ensure we can continue to provide this to everyone who needs us in the future.

We are now entering an exciting time of transformation as we partner with Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH) and work together to maintain and improve services for adults affected by life-limiting illnesses – ensuring that the right care is in place at the right time for those who need it. It is an opportunity for us to drive positive change and to protect the clinical services that we provide.

Whilst the Covid-19 pandemic has increased pressure on resources, it has also enabled us to think about how we work with others and the opportunities this creates. Over the coming years, the need for high-quality palliative care will increase, and by aligning what we need to achieve into a direct partnership with the NHS, we are establishing the strongest possible platform for end-of-life care for the local community.

By working in partnership with OUH, we will also make the best use of our funds and direct these to where they are needed most – meeting the needs of our community.

The changes we have committed to make mean that we are also seeking to transform our leadership by appointing a new Chief Executive and four new Trustees to help us successfully navigate the next stage of our exciting journey.

If you would like to know more about this role please contact Lucy Mavers

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Who we are looking for

We are looking for an inspiring, empowering and people-focused leader with a proven senior leadership track record of success in an organisation with a strong fundraising or commercial focus. Our next Chief Executive will take the lead in establishing the new fundraising Charity, help build the new culture and drive our strategy forward with passion and enthusiasm.

With demonstrable experience of leading change and transforming organisational culture, you will embrace the Hospice’s vision and empower our dedicated team of staff and volunteers.

With strong commercial acumen and financial awareness, you will bring a commitment to increasing income generated solely for the support of the Hospice. You will also provide the strategic leadership, energy and vision to enable the Charity to achieve challenging income generation targets through the development of comprehensive financial and fundraising plans.

To succeed, you will need to be a competent networker and credible ambassador. Someone with experience of being able to raise the profile of an organisation with supporters and stakeholders at all levels. As an enthusiastic and polished communicator, you will have the ability to influence others and generate significant support to fund the continuation of the range of services this Hospice delivers to patients and their families.

Katharine House Hospice is an equal opportunities employer. We are committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We celebrate diversity and actively encourage applications from people from diverse backgrounds.

To arrange a confidential chat, please contact our executive search advisor at Peridot Partners:

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

Closing date: 9am, Monday 18th January 2021

Who we are looking for

This is an exciting time for Katharine House Hospice. In order to support our development and growth as a fundraising charity, we are looking for four Trustees to strengthen our dedicated Board. Our Board is currently healthcare focused and we recognise the importance of diversifying in every sense. We would particularly like to attract professionals with the strategic expertise to enable a more commercial culture and guide the generation of significant levels of income in future years.

We are looking especially, but not exclusively, for people who bring substantial senior functional experience and knowledge in one or more of the following areas:

  • Commercial income generation and entrepreneurial spirit
  • Fundraising in the charity sector across a range of disciplines in particular with corporates and major donors
  • Marketing/Communications/Brand
  • Digital
  • Finance & Accounting

Our Trustee positions are unremunerated but reasonable travel expenses will be reimbursed.

Our Board meetings take place every two months, as do our Sub Committee meetings which include:

  • Finance, Audit & Risk
  • Fundraising and Retail
  • General Management

To arrange a confidential chat, please contact our executive search advisor at Peridot Partners:

Grant Taylor | 07958 690184 | grant@peridotpartners.co.uk

Closing date: 9am, Monday 18th January 2021

Additional links:

Trustee Board and Committee Timetable

About us

Our care is offered throughout the local community. While many of our patients come into the hospice, we care for many more in their own homes, care homes or in the hospital. We care for their families and carers too.


Our clinical services and how we make a difference

Through the unstinting efforts of our teams of doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants, allied health professionals, general staff, and the regular support of some 350 volunteers, we provide specialist palliative care for adults living with a life-limiting illness. Our care is provided throughout the community, in the hospice, and in the Horton Hospital, and helps patients, their families and friends to manage their physical, emotional and spiritual needs.

Our commitment to the community is constantly evolving.

Since we first opened our doors in 1991, we have constantly reviewed what is needed, and adapted and extended our services to reflect that. Over the past year, we have supported more than 900 patients and their families and, over the past four years, have driven a huge amount of positive change to extend existing services and introduce new ones to meet the needs of the local area.

This includes:

  • Extending our community nursing service to support patients in their homes from five to seven days a week.
  • Delivering the highest possible standards of care to those people who are admitted to our ten-bed Inpatient Unit.
  • The expansion of our Living Well Service to reach out to a broader community of day patients, offering activities such as art and crafts, family history, creative writing, mindfulness and relaxation, health walks, support for carers and Dementia Friends training. Additional activities have also included a bathing service, hairdressing and complementary therapies offer.
  • Setting up a Covid-19 response centre at the peak of the pandemic, temporarily increasing our bed capacity from ten beds to 24.
  • Introducing a volunteer telephone companion service supporting people who feel isolated in their own homes by linking them to dedicated volunteers.
  • End-of-life care and support to patients and their families in the Horton Hospital.
  • A bereavement support service to help children, teenagers and adults after someone dies.
  • A specialist lymphoedema clinic for people with cancer-related swelling.
  • The reintroduction of physiotherapy to help patients with breathlessness, mobility, and health.

We also regularly work together with care homes, hospitals, district nurses, GPs and other local healthcare providers, collaborating to maintain the highest standards of care for patients and their families. We share ideas and best practice with other hospices, commissioning groups and professionals to ensure the service we provide is as efficient as possible.

While our care has been exceptional, we are always striving to do more, to develop our thinking, and tailoring our services so that what we provide is the support that our community needs. The proposed partnership is the next step on our journey to continuing to provide the services that are right for our community.

What we do

Vision, mission and values

Why we exist 

We exist because every individual’s journey matters.

Our aim

If you are diagnosed with a life-limiting condition, you will be given every opportunity to live fully with your illness. You will be cared for sensitively through to death, and your friends, families and carers will be helped to continue with life after loss.

Our role

We offer individualised care to those facing life-limiting illnesses. We support people when they need it, where they need it and how they need it. We work in partnership and help educate other professionals so that they can deliver great care too.

Our values

When you become a part of the Katharine House community, we want you to be:

Fulfilled: life is for living, right up until the last moment, and here you will be able to do that alongside people who recognise what you are going through and accept you as you are. Our individualised approach to care gives you the freedom and opportunity to continue a full and vibrant life and our warm and friendly team will help you to access a range of support.

Respected: every person’s situation is unique, so we will always treat you and your family that way. We will work with you to identify the type of care you would find most helpful, as well as the different places and times you would most appreciate support. We will listen to you and respect your choices, while always making sure that you are well informed and can feel confident about the help you’re receiving.

Reassured: you will always be cared for by competent, knowledgeable and sensitive people, who fully recognise your situation and will respect your privacy. We have strong partnerships with a variety of both local and national healthcare providers, making sure that we can offer high-quality and holistic care, and we are continually investing in our staff so that we can stay on top of new developments that could improve the support we offer you.

Our stories

“Katharine House Hospice made the most unbearable thing to happen in our lives a peaceful, sometimes happy, but above all, bearable experience. I cannot fault any of the care and support that my beautiful wife received. We are forever grateful for your kindness.”

“Thank you seems so inadequate after all you have done. From the moment she arrived she felt secure and what a privilege to spend her final time there. The gardens, care and kindness were what she needed. We all felt comfortable being at the hospice and your care extended to us all.”

“In the last two days of his life and when his death was approaching fast, we were moved into a private room, including amazing views and room for the whole family. We had privacy but never felt alone day or night.”

“Our family will never forget what the hospice did for our dad and how you ‘gave him back to us’ for the end of his life. We had lost him the two weeks before his admission and we were at the point of feeling lost and as if we were failing him at home. You took that physical burden and you gave us the strength to face the end as a family. You gave back a proud man with integrity, his dignity that had been cruelly stolen by his disease. You gave our family hope, friendship and a feeling of never-ending gratitude and some memories we may never have had without you.”

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    Katharine House Hospice is an equal opportunities employer and is committed to creating an inclusive environment for all employees. We celebrate diversity and applications are actively encouraged from individuals from diverse backgrounds.

    We wish to encourage applications regardless of race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origins, sex, disability, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, marital or civil partner status, pregnancy or maternity, age or religion or belief. All applications will be considered solely on merit.

    Disabled applicants are invited to contact us in confidence at any point during the recruitment process, to discuss steps that can be taken to overcome any operational difficulties.


    Chief Executive

    • Closing date: 9am, Monday 18th January 2021
    • Longlist review: Friday 22nd January 2021
    • First interviews: w/c Monday 25th January 2021
    • Shortlisting: Friday 29th January 2021
    • Second interviews: w/c Monday 8th February 2021


    • Closing date: 9am, Monday 18th January 2021
    • Shortlisting: Friday 29th January 2021
    • Interviews: w/c Monday 15th February 2021

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