Chair of the Board - South Bucks Hospice

Job Title: Chair of the Board - South Bucks Hospice
Contract Type: Temporary
Location: High Wycombe
Salary: expenses only
Reference: TU5603
Contact Name: Emma Patmore
Contact Email:
Job Published: June 04, 2018 16:11

Job Description

South Bucks Hospicecare, comfort and support

About us

Founded in 1985, South Bucks Hospice (SBH) is a day hospice supporting patients to stay at home, providing relief from pain and the stress of serious illness. Its brand new, state-of-the-art centre, Butterfly House offers an essential local community resource for high standard patient-centred care through the provision of specialist palliative, psychotherapeutic and lymphoedema care to people aged 16 and over. Care is provided at any stage of a serious illness: cancer, MND, MS, Parkinson's, COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) and cardiac failure; to ensure the best outcome and quality of life for the patient.

SBH is there to help healthcare professionals too, with a Single Point of Access (SPA) system for them to refer patients to any of SBH’s services, and SBH also extends supportive therapies available to patient’s families, including counselling, a Bereavement Support Group, and practical advice and signposting for carers.

The opportunity

SBH’s board has eight Trustees, plus a Chair, who will retire at the end of 2018 and as such, the charity is seeking to appoint a new person to this post. He/she will continue to lead the strategic direction of the organisation and maintain the very collegiate environment of the board. The role also requires someone who can work constructively with the organisation’s leader and SMT, and one of the first tasks for the new Chair will be to lead the recruitment of a new Chief Executive.

Who we are looking for

Without NHS or other statutory funding, SBH derives its income from general and legacy fundraising. It is a member of the Hospice Lottery Partnership, which sees profits shared between 5 local hospices, has a retail operation, with two shops and two reuse centres, and encourages ways for the local community to engage in fundraising events on SBH’s behalf (see the ‘Support us’ page on the website).

The Board already enjoys a good blend of skill and experience, but someone who can add income generation/diversification to this mix would be welcome. The Chair will ideally have a track record of effectively engaging with HNW individuals and/or corporates, but someone who brings a new energy and enthusiasm as well as their networks is who SBH needs. It goes without saying that the Chair will share a commitment to offering the highest level of care for patients, their families and carers at an extremely emotionally challenging time, and instill confidence in these and all other stakeholders.


For details of how to apply, the recruitment timetable and full role details please visit the Trustees Unlimited website.