Chair of Trustees – St Wilfrid’s Hospice Eastbourne

St Wilfrid’s Hospice Eastbourne has been providing excellent end of life care to the people of Eastbourne and the surrounding area of East Sussex (a population of 240,000) for the past 40 years and last year we supported over 2,200 people. Our services are rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission.

Fiona MacIntyre, the current Chair of Trustees, steps down from this role in the autumn and we are seeking a dynamic new Chair to help us take the next steps in our remarkable history. The charity currently employs just over 200 people, has a volunteer base approaching 700 and an annual turnover of £8.5m. We have made significant advances in providing more services to more people under our current Closer to You strategy and in 2022 we will be embarking on a new 5-year plan.

The Chair is responsible for leading the Board of Trustees in its governance role and ensuring that the charity’s resources are deployed optimally in pursuit of the vision, mission and strategy. They provide effective leadership of the Board, ensuring that each Trustee fulfils their responsibilities and that there is effective but collaborative decision-making. The Chair’s relationship with the Chief Executive is crucial, providing support at the same time as constructive challenge to him and the Leadership Team. The role is a non-executive one and it’s important that the postholder is able to respect this boundary.

We are looking for someone with substantial senior leadership and Board governance experience, who can be a strong and influential advocate for the Hospice’s services. Your own professional experience will encompass general management and administration, people management, commercial decision-making and information systems and ideally, you will bring with you a good understanding of the hospice and palliative care world as well as the local health and care system. You are someone who can foster a strong team culture among what is already a collegiate and well-functioning Board. It will be a major asset if you live in the Hospice’s catchment area and are well connected locally.

The role of Chair of Trustees is a voluntary one and is not remunerated. On average this role will require 4-5 days per month, with a need for some flexibility around time availability. The Hospice is committed to increasing the diversity of its workforce and we welcome applications from under-represented groups.

Please send your CV and a covering letter to Chris Piper, Executive Assistant to the CEO, at [email protected] or by post to St Wilfrid’s Hospice, 1 Broadwater Way, Eastbourne BN22 9PZ.

For an informal discussion about the role, please contact Chris via email or on 01323 434227.

The deadline for applications will be Friday 16th April 2021.

Interviews will take place on Friday 30th April 2021