000152 - Polly Symondson Recruitment
Polly Symondson Recruitment, PSR, Specialist Regional Recruitment for the Charity Sector, Cheltenham, UK
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Job Number: 000152

Job Title: Trustee
Charity: Katharine House Hospice
Salary Range: Unrenumerated (reasonable expenses reimbursed)
Contract: 3 year term. (Board meetings every 3 months)
Location: Adderbury, Oxfordshire
Deadline for application: Rolling


Katharine House Hospice provides specialist palliative care for adults in Oxfordshire, South Northamptonshire and South Warwickshire
The hospice is in Adderbury, Oxfordshire, and is the base for all activity, which includes an Inpatient Unit; a team of community nurses, who care for our patients in their homes; a Living Well service for those that are living with life-limiting conditions and a bereavement service for family and friends after the death of a loved one.

In 2021, after an extended review period, a formal agreement was entered into with the Oxford University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (OUH). This transferred the provision of the clinical services to the OUH under a contractual arrangement, requiring the charity to grant-fund the activity.

This was done to secure the future of the palliative and end-of-life service for our community, in the faceof rising costs and an unpredictable philanthropic environment.


Katharine House Hospice is governed by a Board of Trustees who are responsible for the strategic direction of the hospice as well as ensuring ti meets its regulatory requirements.

Responsibility for the day-to-day management of the hospice is delegated to the Chief Executive and Senior Leadership Team.

Trustee Board meetings take place every three months. The work of the Board is supported by the following committees:

  • Finance, Audit &Risk
  • Income Generation &Marketing
  • General Management

Trustees are also expected to act as ambassadors for the hospice and may be asked to represent it at fundraisingand community events.

Katharine House Hospice is governed by its Memorandum and Articles of Association. tI is a Registered Charity in England and Wales Number 297099, and a Company Limited by Guarantee Number 2133391.

Trustees are appointed for a fixed term of three years, and normally serve two terms, but a third term may be served by mutual agreement.

Trustee positions are unremunerated, although reasonable expenses will be reimbursed.

All Trustees receive a full induction on appointment.


Trustees make a significant contribution to the running of Katharine House Hospice. Through the diversity of their knowledge, skills and experience, as well as the time they give freely, they play a key role in enabling the charity to achieve its aims of ensuring all those affected by life-limiting conditions receive the support and care they need.

For a Trustee with a specific professional specialism of fundraising, the task would be to work to develop a positive and supportive relationship with the Head of Fundraising and Head of Retail. The Board would look to this individual to help to assure them that the Senior Leadership Team are reaching the right balance between stretching income targets and realistic results when budgeting, setting sensible expenditure budgets and achieving ROIs that are appropriate.

Person Specification

All Trustees must have the ability to think strategically, be positive, supportive
and able to engage Katharine House Hospice executives and stakeholders in constructive conversations.

Trustees must be willing to be ambassadorial and to use skills to actively support the organisation’s development.

Trustees must be flexible and able to commit the time and attention to learn about and contribute to the charity’s work. This includes attending meetings, taking responsibility for ongoing induction and learning, asnwell as proactively building meaningful understanding, insight and relationships with Trustee colleagues and Katharine House Hospice executives.

Potential Fundraising Trustees should demonstrate:

  • A strong commitment to the vision and strategy of Katharine House Hospice, and an interest in the hospice sector more broadly.
  • Experience of managing income generation across multiple income streams in a third sector organisation, and reporting to the organisation’s Board of Trustees on that activity.
  • Professional experience of managing strategic issues, interpreting complex information and of contributing to business planning.
  • An ability and willingness to contribute their skills in a meaningful way to further the interests of the hospice.
  • An ability and willingness to act as an ambassador for Katharine House including attending fundraising and other relevant events. An ability to work
    effectively as a member of a team, which includes: actively participating in discussions, respectfully listening to the points of views of others and helping the team reach decisions that are in the best interests of Katharine House.
  • Excellent communication skills.

For a full copy of the information pack including full person specification and details of how to apply, please contact us via the form on this page.

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