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New Trustees Wanted

02 June 2016

The Hospice is inviting applications from enthusiastic individuals to join its Board of Trustees and share responsibility for the strategic direction and governance of the charity.

The Hospice welcomes applications from a diverse cross-section of its community and is seeking candidates who have senior management or board level experience gained at a charitable, public sector or commercial organisation.

We are particularly seeking applications from those with a retail or ecommerce background or with expertise in HR or IT who can help share the future direction of the Hospice’s trading arm and back-office services. The Hospice is renowned for its innovative approach to charity retailing, winning awards for its number twenty gift shop and pre-loved furniture store Returned to Glory in Berkhamsted

The Hospice is well respected locally and nationally for its work in supporting those with life-limiting illnesses, looking after 2,000 patients and their loved ones every year. It receives just 19% of funds from the NHS and relies on fundraising and retail activities to raise the £4.8million it requires annually to fund its work.

The Board of Trustees meets seven times a year and trustees are expected to attend the AGM and an annual away day to review strategy and performance. In addition, trustees are asked to serve on Board Committees which involves attendance at additional daytime and evening meetings throughout the year. The trustee posts are all voluntary.

Alison Woodhams, Chairman of the Board of Trustees, comments:  “We rely on our trustees to provide valuable guidance and this is a real opportunity for someone to make a major contribution to a well-respected community organisation in the not-for-profit sector. With end of life care featuring prominently on the news agenda, it is a fascinating time to become a trustee of our charity, helping us make a difference to the care all local people receive at the end of their lives, regardless of their background or circumstances.

Victoria Moore, who has a background in law, has been a trustee for two years and adds, “I enjoy my role as a trustee enormously. I’ve gained huge experience which has been excellent for my portfolio and I also feel valued in sharing my expertise and thoughts. Knowing that decisions we take as a Board will affect the care of local people many years into the future is also extremely rewarding – the Hospice is a fantastic charity to be involved with.”

Interested candidates should contact Clare Miles for further information or to register their interest.  Suitable candidates will be invited for a confidential, no-obligation discussion about the role.  Clare can be reached on 01442 869556/ E:clare.miles@stfrancis.org.uk

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