Job Title: Trustee
Contract Type: Permanent
Location: Aylesford
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: J65865
Contact Name: Eleanor Urben
Contact Email:
Job Published: March 06, 2020 16:49

Job Description

Situated near Maidstone Heart of Kent Hospice provides compassionate, friendly and free, end-of-life care for nearly 1,500 patients and their families facing the challenge of terminal illness in Maidstone, Aylesford, Tonbridge, Malling and the surrounding areas


The Hospice has an excellent reputation within the local community for the quality of our care, which has been further endorsed by an overall Care Quality Commission rating of ‘Outstanding’ following an inspection in February 2017.


Role summary

The Board of Trustees, who are also directors of the Hospice, determines the overall direction and development of the Hospice through good governance and clear strategic planning.   


Trustees support the Executive Team in the delivery of the Hospice's 2018-2021 Strategic aims:


  • Priority 1 Local Care - Establish a mode of Hospice support within our communities


  • Priority 2 Flexible, person-centred care - Develop our services so they can meet a wide range of patient and family needs


  • Priority 3 Specialist care - Provide specialised care to every patient and maintain reputation as centre of excellence


  • Priority 4 Skilled, compassionate care - Be the organisation of choice for colleagues and volunteers


  • Priority 5 Care for our cause - Enable our local community to regard the Hospice as the local cause to support


The Governance structure of the Hospice consists of the main Board and three Board Committees - Governance, Risk and Remuneration, Clinical Governance, Finance and Income Generation.  Trustees usually sit on one Committee in addition to the main Board.


What are we looking for?

The Hospice would welcome interest from candidates with sound business, management and strategic skills.


In addition to the above statutory duties, all Trustees should use any specific knowledge or experience they have to help the Board of Trustees reach sound decisions. This will involve focusing on key issues and providing advice and guidance requested by the Board on issues and initiatives relevant to the area of the Hospice's work in which the Trustee has special expertise.


What difference will you make?

Trustees are fundamental to the development and sustainability of the Hospice which delivers tailored and individualised care to each patient and their family, free of charge, within their own home or in the Hospice to improve their quality of life.


What's in it for the volunteer?

Trustees have an opportunity to contribute their skills to a local independent charity which supports the local community.


Trustees will be a part of a professional board supporting a passionate and dedicated team.


Time Commitment

Main Board: Quarterly in the evening, Approx. 2 hours. One Committee: Quarterly, office hours, Approx. 2 hours. Ad hoc attendance at other events.


Deadline: 13 Mar 2020