Trustee

Are you looking for an engaging role supporting a long-standing local health charity through a period of transition?

We are looking for two new Trustees to join our Board. We are keen to increase diversity of thought, professional and lived experience in our Board, and we are particularly keen to hear from people who have a good understanding of health care services for adults and children or have significant business experience, are good strategic and empathetic thinkers, and have some insight or knowledge about any of the following areas:children’s services, long term conditions, palliative and end of life care, or business and organisational development, governance and stewardship however, we would consider applications from people with skills in other areas.

As a member of the Board of Trustees, under the charity’s governing documents you must act in the best interests of the Hospice at all times. You must be able to contribute actively to the Board of Trustees role, working with the senior management team to agree the strategic direction for Butterwick Hospice Care, agreeing overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.

You would also strive to safeguard the values of Butterwick Hospice Care and support the chief executive officer.

We are looking for two trustees with either paediatric nursing/clinical experience or business skills and an appreciation of other aspects of the work of the charity, who would be prepared to advise, support and develop strategic plans for the charity: other areas of interest include:

  • Financial management, income generation and enterprise.
  • Digital strategy, media application and marketing.
  • Trading/retail subsidiaries and social enterprise.
  • Human resource management and organisational development.
  • Volunteering management.
  • Funding/foundations/fundraising.
  • Collaborative partnerships.
  • Social investment and impact.

For more information please contact: [email protected]

Who are the charity’s trustees?

The Charities Act 1993 defines charity trustees as the people responsible under the charity’s governing document for controlling the administration and management of the charity, regardless of what they are called. At Butterwick Hospice Care the charity trustees are known as the Board of Trustees.

The Board of Trustees appoints from among the trustees a Chair and a Vice Chair.

The role of the board of trustees

The role of the trustee board is to ensure Butterwick Hospice Care meets the charitable purposes of the organisation as set out in the Memorandum of Association, Butterwick Ltd. The Board of Trustees must always act in the best interests of the Hospice, exercising the same duty of care that a prudent person would do when looking after the affairs of someone for whom they have responsibility. The Board of Trustees must act as a group and not as individuals.

Duties of a Board of Trustees member

The Board of Trustees comprises:

  • The chair
  • The vice chair
  • A number of trustees

The duties of a trustee/board member are to:

  • Ensure that Butterwick Hospice Care complies with and pursues its objects as set out in the Memorandum of Association, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations.
  • Ensure Butterwick Hospice Care applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects, in particular it must not spend money on activities which are not included in the objects, however worthwhile they may be.
  • Contribute actively to the Board of Trustees role in agreeing with the senior management team the strategic direction for Butterwick Hospice Care, agreeing overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets.
  • Safeguard the good name and values of Butterwick Hospice Care through the receipt of reports monitor the financial stability of Butterwick Hospice Care.
  • Appoint and support the chief executive officer and monitor his/her performance; normally the role of the Chair and Vice-Chair of Trustees.
    In addition to the above statutory duties, each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the Board of Trustees reach sound decisions. This may involve leading discussions, challenging discussion, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives, evaluation or other issues in which the trustee has special expertise.

Minimum time commitment

Trustees are expected to attend an induction session at Butterwick Hospice Care prior to their first board meeting. Board meetings are held four times a year, normally 5 – 7pm. Trustees are expected to attend all board meetings, or to send written (emailed) comments to the Chair if they are unable to attend as well as tendering apologies.

Trustees will be asked to join one of two board sub-committees, The Business sub committee meets four times a year, the Quality, Safety and Risk sub-committee meets six times per year, for approximately two hours.

In addition, where issues arise or projects are identified trustees may be required to attend more frequently

An additional annual meeting is allocated to strategic planning.

Meetings are normally held at Butterwick Hospice Care, Middlefield Road, Stockton-on-Tees, TS19 8XN, but may once per year meet at Bishop Auckland Hospice, Woodhouse Lane, Bishop Auckland

Papers are distributed one week in advance of meetings.

Person specification

Each trustee must have:

  • A commitment to the mission of Butterwick Hospice Care.
  • A willingness to devote the necessary time and effort.
  • Integrity.
  • Strategic vision.
  • Good, independent judgement.
  • An ability to think creatively.
  • A willingness to speak their mind and professionally challenge, through discussion, colleagues and members of the Hospice Senior Management Team.
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of a team and to take decisions for the good of Butterwick Hospice Care.
  • Speak on behalf of the Hospice if required to do so, and attend as necessary corporate or fundraising events.

The Board of Trustees collectively needs skills and experience in:

  • Clinical/health services policy/practice.
  • Financial management, income generation and enterprise.
  • Legal services related to voluntary sector management/employment.
  • Public policy and public affairs.
  • National and local voluntary sector.
  • National and local government and statutory bodies.
  • Digital strategy and media application.
  • Trading/retail subsidiaries and social enterprise.
  • Human resource management and organisational development.
  • Volunteering management.
  • Funding/foundations/fundraising.
  • Collaborative partnerships.
  • Social investment and impact.

Tenure

The role will be for an initial three-year term. Re-appointment for a further 3 years with agreement of all parties.

Annual review

Each Trustee will meet with the Chair for an annual review the purpose being to discuss and agree any continuing professional development requirements to assist improve the Board of Trustees.