Chair of Trustees

Job Title: Chair of Trustees
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Stanmore
Salary: Unpaid voluntary role
Reference: J64712
Contact Name: Eleanor Urben
Contact Email:
Job Published: March 24, 2020 12:28

Job Description

We are looking for a new Chair of Trustees who will offer strategic and supportive leadership to our highly effective, collaborative and committed board.

About the RNOH Charity

The RNOH Charity is a vital partner in the way the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) delivers care. Since its inception in 1997, the RNOH Charity has received and administered millions of pounds’ worth of donations, which have funded numerous essential projects around the hospital.

The Charity's main purpose is to raise funds to help the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital provide world-class care for patients with musculoskeletal conditions, and to support the hospital's pioneering work in orthopaedic research and education. It strengthens the vital work of the RNOH on an on-going basis by funding extra services and facilities that are beyond the reach of the hospital’s NHS budget.

The Charity’s main focus over the last three years has been to fund major capital projects which support the redevelopment of the RNOH site in addition to helping the hospital deliver other key services. The Charity’s success is displayed in the new Stanmore Building, the Spinal Cord Injury Centre expansion, the volunteer and buggy service, an equipment library and pioneering research projects. These new facilities and services clearly showcase the significant contribution made by the Charity. During this period, the Charity has awarded grants amounting to over £5 million. In October 2016, the Charity became an independent organisation and subsequently appointed its first ever chief executive precisely two years later, in October 2018. This represented an important step change in the development and enterprise of the Charity.

About the role

The role of Chair of the Board of Trustees is to lead and develop the strategic direction of the Charity, and ensure the delivery of results by monitoring performance. The Chair is responsible with the Board for ensuring compliance with all legal responsibilities and maintaining the highest standards of corporate governance. 

Person specification

In addition to the qualities required of a Trustee of the Charity, the Chair must also meet the following requirements:

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • Experience of operating at a senior strategic leadership level within an organisation with a track record in supporting growth and success.
  • Strong leadership skills able to foster and promote a collaborative team environment and effectively engage and manage wide ranging stakeholders.
  • Understand and accept the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Trusteeship.
  • Strategic and forward looking vision in relation to the Charity’s objects and aims.
  • Good, independent judgement, political impartiality and the ability to think creatively in the context of the organisation and external environment.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills, with an ability to facilitate, mediate, influence and respect the confidences of colleagues.
  • Balancing tact and diplomacy with willingness to challenge and constructively criticise.
  • Be comfortable in an ambassadorial role and possess gravitas to lead the organisation.
  • Demonstrate a strong and visible passion and commitment to the Charity and its strategic objectives.
  • Strong networking capabilities that can be utilised for the benefit of the Charity.
  • Desirable to have a broad knowledge and understanding of NHS hospitals, the voluntary and community sector and current issues affecting it.

RNOH Charity values and promotes diversity and are committed to equality of opportunity for all and appointments made on merit. The Charity believes that the best boards are those that reflect the communities they serve.

The Charity particularly welcome applications from women, people from the local black and minority ethnic communities, and disabled people who we know are under-represented in chair and trustee roles.

The Charity’s  recruitment processes are conducted in accordance with the Code of Governance to ensure that they are made on merit after a fair and open process so that the best people, from the widest possible pool of candidates, are appointed.

Other information

  • Board meetings take place in Stanmore, London.
  • The Chair will serve at least one three-year term to be eligible.
  • The role of Chair is not remunerated, although reasonable out-of-pocket expenses may be claimed.
  • We welcome applications from individuals looking to join the Board as Trustees.

Time commitment

The time commitment for the Chair equates to approximately 12 days a year.

How to apply

Please submit a CV and covering letter via the TrusteeWorks team. In the cover letter please include how your skills and experience match the person specification, why you wish to join the board and any other relevant details in support of your application.

Closing date for applications is 3rd April 2020