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Trustee (Property) St Christopher’s Hospice

Use your expertise in commercial property development and/or construction and join the board of an outstanding, high-profile provider with a national and international reputation as an innovator in end-of-life care, research and education.

  • Location: 51-59 Lawrie Park Road, London SE26 6DZ
  • Salary: Reasonable expenses paid

Who we are.

The modern hospice movement began at St Christopher’s over 55 years ago. Our legacy is strong, and our Trustees are currently considering the future health needs of our community so we can continue to deliver the best possible care.

We currently have two vibrant sites in South East London, providing excellent multi-professional care alongside our extensive community work. Last year, we provided care and support to over 7,500 people in the local area, with over 500 inpatient admissions, over 5,000 outpatient appointments, and over 13,000 home visits. We also have 24 charity shops supporting and contributing to our work, with over 500,000 customers visiting our stores last year.

Last year, we launched our new strategy – Making Your Time Matter, 2023-2026. We want to be part of a world where all dying people and those close to them have access to equitable care and support when and wherever they need it. We want to achieve this by tackling inequalities, fulfilling a national and global leadership role, creating a sustainable business model, equipping the future workforce and tackling ethical issues. We want to continue to share cutting-edge thinking and test solutions to improve care, we want to explore assisted dying with our communities and make recommendations to policymakers.

To achieve our vision, we are undertaking a significant refurbishment of our main site and planning our estate requirements to match our future needs. Our new Trustee will play a key role in supporting us as we develop our site and plan our estate for the future to continue to innovate best practice in the hospice movement. Our new Trustee will work closely with our Board and our executive team, in particular our Director of Finance and Corporate Services, our Project Director and Estates Lead.

About the role.

Our Trustees work closely with our executive team to ensure we continue to provide outstanding care, maintain our international reputation for education and research, and remain appropriately resourced to serve our community in the future. Our Trustees provide strategic leadership and expertise from a range of backgrounds and industries, giving St Christopher’s the direction and insight to continue as a world leader in palliative care.

We are looking for a new Trustee with executive-level commercial property experience to add to our existing skilled and diverse team of Trustees as we deliver outstanding care across South East London. We are actively considering the care our community will need in the future and how our estate supports this. As a Trustee, this is an opportunity to be part of shaping St Christopher’s vision, and always keeping the needs of the community at the forefront of what the hospice does. Experience in property and/or construction will be vital in ensuring the property strategy is congruent with our care strategy. We are looking for someone with a knowledge of the property market in South East London with an affinity or passion for our work in end of life care.

Our new Trustee could come from a variety of sectors including property development and/or construction. Strategic leadership experience, ideally at board level, and experience of programme management of projects up to £100m are crucial.

Time Commitment

The board meets quarterly between 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. at our Sydenham site. We have an annual Board Away Day and an AGM. Trustees join one of our subcommittees, which meets quarterly for an hour and a half online. Overall, including events, preparation for board meetings, and ad hoc conversations with fellow board members and the executive team, we expect the overall time commitment to be the equivalent of up to a day a month spread across various engagements.

We welcome applicants from our underrepresented areas, which include applicants from ethnic minority groups and diverse age and socio-economic groups.


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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About St Christopher’s Hospice

Our History

The hospice was founded in 1967 by Dame Cicely Saunders and, nearly 60 years later, her words still remain at the heart of everything we do: “You matter because you are you and you matter until the last moment of your life.” Her legacy – focused on individualised and holistic care, concerned with change in the broader health system and society, as well as direct care – remains central to our work today.

Our Vision

At St Christopher’s Hospice, our vision is of a world in which all dying people and those close to them have access to care and support, whenever and wherever they need it. This global ambition separates the work of St Christopher’s from most other hospices and reflects our history and position within the sector as a founder hospice, established to generate and share a philosophy of care that would have an impact well beyond the reach of St Christopher’s work in South East London.

We believe that each person is unique, and we tailor our care to meet social, emotional and spiritual needs, alongside physical needs. Our goal is to help people live well until they die and support those affected by the loss of a loved one. Every year we provide care and support to over 7,500 people across South-East London, both at home and in the hospice. Our model of care and support spans specialist palliative care, education and training for professionals, learning for the public and broader societal change related to death, dying and loss. This breadth and depth aims for upstream impact as well as improved experience and outcomes for people dying imminently in our care.

Our Work

Dame Cicely’s vision for St Christopher’s focused as much on the development of research and education as well as practice. She recognised that the impact of St Christopher’s would be limited if it were to focus on the delivery of care only. Our ongoing concern to reduce inequalities at the end of life has driven a similar pattern of investment in research and education alongside care in more recent years. We have recently opened a new £6.5m centre through which related education and training will be delivered, known as St Christopher’s Centre for Awareness and Response to End of Life (CARE). It is open to the public as well as professionals; to people across the world and the UK, as well as local people and colleagues in health and social care. We are regularly involved in research studies related to end of life led by academics from across the world and are currently generating a new research strategy.

St Christopher’s has two bases in South East London – one in Sydenham and one in Orpington. Our base in Sydenham is home to inpatient and outpatient care, our new Centre for Awareness and Response to End of Life (St Christopher’s CARE) and office accommodation. Our base in Orpington is home to some of our community palliative care teams and outpatient services. In addition, we have 24 charity shops, which in 22/23 received over half a million visitors.

St Christopher’s enjoys a workforce of over 500 paid staff and over 1000 volunteers. 19% of our volunteers have been with the organisation for over 5 years. We were awarded the Investing in Volunteering Award in 2021.

The organisation needs just over £25m each year to meet the costs of its services. In 2020/21 it spent £18.5m on care including bereavement and nearly £2m on education, training and research including £700,000 specifically for Community Action.

We raise 63% of our income from voluntary sources to deliver our services. Our relationship with local people and their communities is important for us for many reasons and their support is key to our success and long-term sustainability. In 20/21 we received £7.6m from legacies, £5m from trading and other commercial activities and donations to the value of £4.5m.

The NHS funds in the region of £9m per year as part of a collaborative partnership to identify and meet the end of life needs of local people living in Bromley, Croydon, Lewisham, Lambeth and Southwark, a population of 1.6m people.

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