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Charity Trustees sought for the Board of NHS Charities Together, the national NHS charity that has raised over £150m and supported 1.5m NHS staff since March 2020.

  • Location: London and Warwick (currently virtual meetings)
  • Salary: Unremunerated

NHS Charities Together is the national charity partner of the NHS and the umbrella membership organisation for NHS charities throughout the UK. We represent, champion and support the work of more than 241 NHS Charities which in turn support the Hospitals, Community and Mental Health services and Ambulance services throughout England, Scotland and Wales. Our key stakeholders and partners range from national government organisations and departments such as the NHS and the Department of Health and Social Care, as well as local and regional NHS Trusts and Health Boards, our 241 NHS charity members, corporate partners and brands, media organisations and public supporters.

We are an ambitious organisation looking to develop and evolve. We have enjoyed unprecedented and substantial growth since March 2020 and we are now seeking both Member and Independent Trustees who share our ambition to join the Board and help shape our future.

Who we are looking for

We are looking for experienced professionals with a genuine and demonstrable interest in the NHS who will lead us on our journey as we build on our past successes to shape our future.

We are particularly interested in receiving applications from people with strategic expertise in a range of areas including: finance, risk, charity governance, NHS strategy and leadership (with policy influencing skills at a national level), and national membership organisations.

We believe that the best boards are those that reflect the communities they serve and we are therefore particularly keen to hear from people from under-represented groups.

A proportion of our Trustee positions are reserved for Trustees or Board Members from our Member Charities and we are particularly keen to hear from NHS Non-Executive Directors with an interest in NHS Charities. However, two of our vacancies are for Independent Trustees and we would welcome applications from anybody with the skills and experience we are looking for.

The term of office is three years and initially the likely time commitment is around one day a month based on four to five board meetings per year, participation in a committee, informal meetings and external representation. Meetings are held in London or Warwick (although currently virtual).

If you think you have the qualities we are looking for and the desire to make a contribution, please get in touch. For a confidential conversation about the role you can contact our advising consultants:

Jennifer Horanjennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070 497

Liz Holderness | liz@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07872 031 079

Closing date: 12noon, Monday 8th March 2021

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About NHS Charities Together

NHS Charities Together has more than 240 member NHS charities across the UK each of which supports its own part of the NHS with fundraising and charitable grants to help them do more than they could do with government funding alone.

Through NHS Charities Together, member charities collaborate on nationwide fundraising and advocacy campaigns, such as celebrating the NHS Birthday every year on 5th July with the NHS Big Tea. Collectively these charities give over £1m every day to the NHS so that people can stay well for longer and get better faster. They have funded capital projects, pioneering research and medical equipment at our hospitals and helped patients access the best possible care.

There is so much affection for the NHS and this was evident following the launch our Covid-19 Appeal in March 2020, to support staff, volunteers and patients through the immediate and long-term effects of the coronavirus pandemic.

More than £150m has been raised so far, thanks to generous donors and fundraisers including the late Captain Sir Tom Moore whose high-profile efforts inspired the nation. Covid-19 Appeal funds are being dispersed as grants to NHS Charities to fund everything from wellbeing rooms and areas for staff, iPads to connect isolated patients with loved ones, and hardship funds for those affected financially by Covid-19.

NHS Charities also play a key role in mobilising volunteers to support NHS staff, brightening hospital wards and waiting areas with colourful and engaging art and building an important link between our hospitals and our communities. Other NHS Charities support mental health trusts, community health trusts and ambulance trusts.

To read real life stories of the difference NHS Charities make, visit the NHS Charities Together website and the NHS Big Tea website.

NHS Charities Together

Founded in 2000, the Association of NHS Charities started as an informal group of the largest NHS Charities which came together to provide mutual support and a forum for discussion. Since then, we have changed our name to NHS Charities Together (to better reflect what we do and who we support) and grown steadily, welcoming charities both large and small from across England and Wales, as well as Scotland and Northern Ireland. Today NHS Charities Together represents over 240 charities. The organisation was formally constituted as a charity in 2008 and was incorporated as a charitable company in late 2019.

NHS Charities Together provides a forum for nationwide fundraising and advocacy campaigns, provides advice and guidance to its members, bespoke conferences and training days covering issues and development opportunities specific to NHS Charities, as well as access to online resources and support through exclusive member pages on the website. In 2018, the 70th year of the NHS, NHS Charities Together launched a brand-new vision and strategy for the next five years, outlining the next exciting phase for NHS Charities.

Vision, Mission and Values

NHS Charities Together’s Vision is to:

‘Inspire NHS Charities to become the Nation’s biggest independent supporters of Health and Well-being’

Our Mission is:

That we will support the development of NHS charity members to enable them to:

  • become high functioning charities
  • add great value to their associated NHS Trust(s), its patients and staff as well as their wider communities
  • be recognised by their Trust as a major strategic partner

Our Values are:

To strive to be an organisation that:

  • Is accessible to all charities in the sector, corporate and independent
  • Is proactive in all its activities
  • Believes in working together with members and creating networking opportunities for all
  • Always seeks to promote best practice, including the unique status and governance of NHS charities
  • Is reflective and learns from its experiences

Strategic Objectives:

  1. We will be the number one source of support and development for NHS charities, promoting charity best practice, fostering mutual support and discussing matters of mutual interest
  2. We will be the authoritative voice for NHS charities to represent members’ views to key stakeholders and where possible to collaborate with them in pursuit of our vision
  3. We will promote the profile of NHS charities nationally
  4. We will ensure NHS Charities Together is a financially sustainable organisation that develops its staff, ensuring it has the right skills and resources to achieve its five-year strategy
  5. We will demonstrate the impact of NHS Charities Together and of our members

Our Future

This is an exciting time to join NHS Charities Together. Our strategy informed the business plan for significant growth and development of our services. These include the strengthening of our events programme to offer further learning and development opportunities for members; increased mutual support through regional groups and virtual support forums, to expand advice and guidance through expert member panels or technical specialists. Plans also include the establishment and advancement of a brand new digital resources programme.

2020 propelled the Charity onto the national stage and cemented its role in leading nationwide fundraising for the NHS. It also accelerated the use of remote resources and changed the way we support our members. The challenge now is to consolidate that change whilst reviewing how we can best fulfil our mission to support the development of our member charities in future.

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

    Jennifer Horan | jennifer@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07519 070 497

    Liz Holderness | liz@peridotpartners.co.uk | 07872 031 079

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    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.


    Please take note of the interview dates and please let us know if any dates are difficult for you:

    Closing date: by 12noon, Monday 8th March 2021
    Candidates informed of outcome: Friday 19th March 2021
    Interviews: Wednesday 31st March and/or Wednesday 7th April 2021

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