Trustees & Advisers on our International Board

Job Title: Trustees & Advisers on our International Board
Location: Unknown
Salary: 0 - 0
Reference: BCH_trustee vacancies_ICAEW
Contact Name: Naomi Taylor
Contact Email:
Job Published: July 11, 2018 16:24

Job Description

Are you looking for an opportunity to make a difference but not sure how?

Maybe your skills are what our charity (BCH) needs as we make some important changes to our structure to ensure future sustainability for our important work caring for life-limited children in China.

We are currently planning to move the overall management of our children’s palliative care work in China from our present UK based International Board to a new Board within China itself and need to recruit trustees to the International Board to help implement this strategy.

We also want to review the purpose and strategic direction of our charity to ensure it fulfils its Mission Statement following this change, and the future role of the present UK based International Board.

BCH has sister charities in the US, Australia and Hong Kong that support us.

Current trustees on the International Board are based in the UK, US and Australia.

New trustees can be based anywhere in the world.

For those not wanting to take on the full role and responsibilities of a trustee we are also seeking individuals with particular experience of China who are willing to act as part time advisers to the charity.

Both roles are voluntary and are not accompanied by any financial remuneration.

Our Mission

The mission of Butterfly Children’s Hospices (BCH) is to promote excellence in children’s palliative and hospice care in China (and other similar locations) through leadership, collaboration, advocacy and education.

About Us

Butterfly Children’s Hospices is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (CIO), registered in the UK, working with the Chinese government to provide loving care and treatment for children with life-limiting conditions and life-threatening illnesses in China.

We have a children’s hospice, The Butterfly Home, in Changsha, Hunan Province, and support other projects in the country with specialist nursing care and advice for children who have palliative care needs, including those with complex illnesses and at the end of life.

Our Work

Focussing on our role as advocates for palliative care in China we have undertaken the following:

  • Organised and hosted three National Conferences in China
  • Made a video in Mandarin Chinese to educate the public and healthcare professionals on the role of palliative care for very sick children and their families
  • Translated education materials for healthcare professionals
  • Developed a training programme in Mandarin Chinese
  • Participated in events to include children’s palliative care into healthcare policy
  • Worked with teams in two major hospitals to develop and deliver palliative care services for children

Trustees and Advisers

For both the trustee and adviser roles we are looking for people with the following skills and experience:

  • Knowledge of how businesses and charities work in China
  • International experience in children’s palliative care at a senior healthcare professionals level, particularly in South East Asia
  • Organisation development skills
  • Ability to draw on legal experience
  • Publicity and fundraising experience, including the use of social media

Time commitment for trustees

  • Attend quarterly board meetings (held via conference call);
  • Attend sub committees (e.g. finance, fundraising);
  • Provide guidance on issues in which the trustee has special expertise;
  • Contribute advice and support on an ad-hoc basis.

Time commitment for advisers

  • Be available on an ad-hoc basis for advice and discussion with the CEO and trustees;
  • Attend quarterly Board meetings from time to time to give their opinion on planned actions and progress.

How to apply

The Role Description and Person Specification for these posts is available on our website at

Please contact for more information or to arrange an informal discussion about the role.

If you would like to express your interest in either of these positions, please send a covering letter along with your CV as an email attachment to