Hospice seeks new chairman for board of trustees

St Michael’s Hospice is looking for its next chairman a non-executive position with a key role across the organisation.

The chairman and the board hold the Chief Executive (CEO) to account for the charity’s purpose, values and strategic priorities and provide collaborative leadership of the board of trustees, ensuring each trustee fulfils their duties and responsibilities for the effective governance of the charity. 

The chairman supports and also challenges the CEO on the performance of the leadership team and ensures the board functions as a unit and works closely with the leadership team to ensure the charity achieves agreed objectives. In partnership with the CEO the chairman acts as an ambassador and the public face of the charity.

The chairman is expected to meet regularly with the CEO and to represent the charity at various events and meetings with key stakeholders.

Irene Dibben, outgoing chairman of board of trustees says: “I’ve really enjoyed meeting such a wide variety of people; patients, supporters, organisations and seeing the warmth and love we inspire.

“I didn’t know much about the clinical side of palliative care and seeing how we support families, as well as the patient, has been inspirational. The hospice is embedded within the Hastings and Rother community and it has been a privilege to be its chairman.”

The role of chairman is a volunteer one and on average the role occupies one day a week although the chairman has to be flexible about timing and availability.

Applications are invited from across Hastings and Rother. The Hospice is also committed to increasing the diversity of its trustees and welcomes applications from under-represented groups who could help inform and develop all areas of its work.

To arrange an informal discussion please contact Karen Mason, PA to chief executive on 01424 456367. The deadline for applications will be Tuesday March 31st.

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