Together for Short Lives
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Children's Hospice South West
Post date
27 March 2024
Closing date
21 April 2024
South West England
40-60 hrs
Contact email

An established and successful charity, Children’s Hospice South West (CHSW) provides hospice care for children with life limiting conditions and their families in the South West of England

We are looking for individuals who share our passion for delivering our service and securing the funds to do so, and whose skills, experience and expertise can add value to the Charity.

Role Overview:

It is an exciting time to join CHSW as we emerge from our COVID-19 restrictions with ambitious plans for expansion and growth. Our Trustee Board plays a significant strategic role alongside the Senior Management Team in helping CHSW meet the needs of the children, young people and families we support, and delivering our vision. Our Board of Trustees currently has 9 independent members, and we are looking for at least 2 new Trustees to join us. We are looking to enhance the current Board’s collective portfolio of skills and experience, and we are keen to secure a broad range of relevant voices to enrich our work. CHSW recognises the enormous benefits of diverse leadership. We actively and warmly encourage applications from a wide range of backgrounds. We are also keen to support individuals for whom this may be their first Trusteeship.

All areas of skill, expertise and life experience will be considered. Particularly, but not exhaustively, we would like to strengthen our Board with further experience of:
Experience in the health sector, particularly children’s palliative care, paediatrics, medical or nursing, education and research.
Digital innovation to support our expanding digital marketing digital fundraising and IT programmes.
Retail management to provide expertise and support with the expansion plans of our retail network across the South West.

Meetings and time commitment

CHSW’s Board generally meets for a whole day face-to-face meeting 4 times a year at a central location (Exeter/Taunton/Tiverton) or one of our 3 hospices. In addition, Assurance Committees generally meet 4 to 6 times a year, usually during the day for a 2 hour meeting via Zoom. There is also an annual full-day Strategy Day and time set aside for Board Development. Board and Committee papers are circulated a week before the meetings to allow for preparation. Where possible we would like all Trustees to be able to attend in person on the full board meeting days, but we understand that this may not always be convenient for every Trustee and consideration will be given to include some remote attendance in the right circumstances. Trustees are appointed for a period of 3 years with the option of re-election to the Board for up to 9 years.

To be inspired and understand more about CHSW and this opportunity please view our recruitment brochure in our advert at

If you would like an informal chat about being a trustee with us, please call Donna Jones our PA to the Trustees and Senior Management Team on 01271 313318 to arrange.

CHSW is committed to safeguarding and promoting the welfare of children and young people. This post requires an enhanced disclosure from the Disclosure and Barring Service. We welcome applications from all sections of the community.

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