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Trustee St Helena Hospice

At this exciting time of growth and development, we are looking for a trustee with commercial residential care sector experience along with the passion and commitment to support our mission of ‘helping local people face incurable illness and bereavement’.

  • Location: North East Essex

St Helena Hospice helps local people face incurable illness and bereavement, supporting them, their families, friends and carers.

We also help adults in north east Essex who have been bereaved, regardless of how or where their loved one died.

We support members of our community, helping them make their own choices and live with dignity. By focusing on their physical, emotional and spiritual needs, we aim to bring comfort and relief to all those who need it, offering the people of north east Essex individual care and total support, regardless of their diagnosis or personal circumstances.

In order to support our future ambitions, we are now seeking a trustee with experience in commercial residential care to work closely with the Chair, other trustees, Chief Executive and senior management team (SMT) to provide strategic advice, guidance and scrutiny.

With board-level experience in either an executive or non-executive capacity, you will embody our values and have the ability to represent St Helena at events and with stakeholders. Ideally the successful candidate will have social and/or business networks they are willing to use to help further our ambitions, have strong interpersonal and communication skills, and be able to challenge.

Previous experience as a trustee or non-executive director would be an advantage but is not essential.

We welcome applications from people of all backgrounds.

This is an important role within a prestigious and much-loved charity and a great opportunity to give something back to the local community.

Time Commitment: 1 day per month

Trustees are typically expected to serve on one of our committees (either Corporate Governance and Risk; Finance; Income; or Patient and Family Services) and to attend full Board meetings. Committees and the main Board each usually meet quarterly – Board meetings typically run from approx. 6-8pm although a couple of Committees are during the working day. There will also be occasional ad hoc meetings including catch-ups with the senior managers relevant to the Committee/s served on. There is normally one full development day each year. A calendar of all trustee meetings is published for the year in advance.

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

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

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

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

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Welcome to St Helena Hospice

Dear Candidate,

This opportunity has arisen at an exciting time in our journey at St Helena. We have proven our resilience and adaptability over the last couple of years by outperforming our own expectations financially and in terms of the positive social impact delivered. We know we have firm foundations, and we are now impatient to push on and deliver our ambitious plans.

Already the lead organisation for palliative and end of life care in our area, we want to extend our reach and services to also become a key provider of complex frailty and dementia care.

We are exploring moving to a new site and taking the opportunity that presents to develop business cases for new ventures that could be co-located with existing services.

We operate two very successful B2B lottery partnerships delivering lotteries for other hospices and charities across the country. We have recently launched a new home care service in partnership with a national franchisor. We have a growing retail arm, with an increasing online presence. We also have a well-established and successful fundraising operation. We want to build on this success and diversify even further.

You will be joining a welcoming, motivated, and supportive Board of Trustees, and you will find us a friendly and compassionate organisation to work with.

We want someone with proven experience in a commercial environment who will bring business skills and insight to the Board. Someone who is motivated by our social purpose, but who will help us develop and implement new ways of thinking and new business models. To support our plans, we would like someone with residential care experience.

Thank you for your interest in this role at St Helena.

Professor Nigel Pye

Chair of Board of Trustees, St Helena

About St Helena Hospice

We help local people face incurable illness, supporting them and their families, friends and carers. We also support people who are facing bereavement.

We reach out to members of our community, helping them make their own choices and live with dignity. By focusing on their physical, emotional and spiritual needs, we aim to bring comfort and relief to all those who need it, offering the people of North Essex individual care and total support, regardless of their diagnosis or personal circumstances.

We rely heavily on the help and generosity of our fundraisers, donors and volunteers. Without them we wouldn’t be here.

Our values

Our values are:

  • Passion for hospice care
  • Valuing conversations
  • Respect
  • Working together
  • Showing appreciation for all

Our approach

St Helena wants people living in North East Essex to achieve the outcomes that matter most to them and their families toward the end of their lives. We believe the best way to achieve this is through engagement with its local community, and partnerships with other organisations wanting to improve health and wellbeing.

St. Helena will work within annual budgets and annually reviewed risk-based levels of reserves, set by the Board of Trustees.

The hospice provides expert care and support to people living in North East Essex in inpatient and community settings. Our 24/7 SinglePoint service coordinates care across a range of local providers and hosts the My Care Choices Register. We support families, including children, pre- and post-bereavement. Each year we support over 3,500 people.

Covid-19 has forced us to make a number of changes to how we work and deliver services, as well as accelerating integration with the wider health and care system.

Our History

For more than 30 years St Helena has been helping local people. Over that time, we have supported tens of thousands of people.

“When St Helena was planned, there were fewer than 10 hospices in the UK. At that time people were not always open about diagnoses and prognoses, pain and symptom control was poor. There was little bereavement care and the needs of the children in a family were ignored.”

Dr Elizabeth Hall MBE, co-founder of St Helena

Key dates in our history

A public meeting was held in Colchester Town Hall in July bringing together a Steering Committee of health and social care people with the finance and legal expertise needed to get the project off the ground. By December an appeal was launched for £250,000 to fund The Hospice.

Myland Hall was acquired in February and in November the Duchess of Norfolk visited for the ground-breaking ceremony as work began to develop the site, while the Steering Committee instigated the work of specialist nurses in the community.

The Hospice opened!  We were proud to be able to support our first patients in our 15 beds.

The Hospice was officially opened in May by The Queen Mother.

Diana, Princess of Wales, officially opened The Joan Tomkins Centre in April – built to host our day therapies services, thanks to a generous donation from local businessman Robin Tomkins, in memory of his wife.

The innovative STARS programme (Supporting Talking Adjusting and Remembering Someone Special) began providing intensive bereavement support for young families.

The Education Centre was opened to share our expert knowledge and promote our philosophy of total support among health and social care professionals across North Essex.

The Tendring Centre opened in the centre of Clacton-on-Sea providing a wide range of day therapies and bereavement support services.

The Learning and Development Centre was extended and modernised.

SinglePoint, a 24/7 telephone advice line and care coordination centre, was introduced, along with the My Care Choices Register which empowers people to plan ahead and share their choices.

St Helena celebrated 30 years of supporting our community; radio and television presenter Dermot O’Leary became patron.

We look to the future with a bold new identity and ambitions to extend our circle of care to achieve our goal of being here every step of the way for everyone who needs us, helping life go in the face of dying, death and bereavement.


The charity is an equal opportunities employer and committed to a policy of treating all employees and job applicants equally. The aim is for a workforce that will be truly representative of all sections of society, in which all employees feel respected and able to give their best.

It is the policy of the charity to provide equality and fairness for all. This includes taking all reasonable steps to employ and promote employees based on their abilities and qualifications without regard to race, colour, nationality, ethnic or national origin, religion or belief, disability, trade union membership or non-membership, sex, pregnancy/maternity, gender reassignment, sexual orientation, married or civil partnership status, age, or being a part‐time or fixed term worker. It opposes all forms of unlawful and unfair discrimination.

The charity strives to prevent unfair treatment by operating fair, objective and systematic procedures. The charity treats everyone with dignity and respect and is committed to creating a work environment free of harassment and bullying.

Our accessibility provisions include:

  • Step-free access to the building, accessible workstations (e.g. desk, office), and step-free access to all key meeting rooms and toilets.
  • Interviews can be held in meeting rooms that support hearing loops.
  • Accessibility dogs are welcomed.
  • Papers and materials can be presented in different formats if needed.
  • A sign language interpreter can be accessed for an interview.
  • Working patterns / working locations can be adjusted.
  • We undertake equality impact assessments on the services we provide.
  • Our Board undertakes regular skills and diversity audits.

If you have any further needs around accessibility, please get in touch with the advising consultant for a confidential chat on how we can best fulfil your needs.

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    Closing date: Monday, 27th June 2022
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    Final Interviews: w/c Monday, 4th July or w/c Monday 11th July 2022


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