Chair of Trustees

Chair of Trustees

At a glance


  • Governance
  • Strategic development and planning


Stanmore, HA7 4LP
Mainly at the office
Travel limit? No limit


Either in or out of office hours Estimate of time needed:
3-7 hours / week
The time commitment for the Chair equates to approximately 12 days a year.


20 Dec 2019

This is an exciting opportunity to join and lead the RNOH Charity. We are looking for a new Chair of Trustees who will offer strategic and supportive leadership to our highly effective, collaborative and committed board.

What will you be doing?

The role of Chair of the Board of Trustees is to lead and develop the strategic direction of the Charity, and ensure the delivery of results by monitoring performance. The Chair is responsible with the Board for ensuring compliance with all legal responsibilities and maintaining the highest standards of corporate governance. 

What are we looking for?

In addition to the qualities required of a Trustee of the Charity, the Chair must also meet the following requirements:

Skills, Knowledge and Experience

  • Experience of operating at a senior strategic leadership level within an organisation with a track record in supporting growth and success.
  • Strong leadership skills able to foster and promote a collaborative team environment and effectively engage and manage wide ranging stakeholders.
  • Understand and accept the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of Trusteeship.
  • Strategic and forward looking vision in relation to the Charity’s objects and aims.
  • Good, independent judgement, political impartiality and the ability to think creatively in the context of the organisation and external environment.
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills, with an ability to facilitate, mediate, influence and respect the confidences of colleagues.
  • Balancing tact and diplomacy with willingness to challenge and constructively criticise.
  • Be comfortable in an ambassadorial role and possess gravitas to lead the organisation.
  • Demonstrate a strong and visible passion and commitment to the Charity and its strategic objectives.
  • Strong networking capabilities that can be utilised for the benefit of the Charity.
  • Desirable to have a broad knowledge and understanding of NHS hospitals, the voluntary and community sector and current issues affecting it.

RNOH Charity recognises the value and importance of diversity. We welcome applications from individuals with disabilities, Black, Asian or Minority Ethnic (BAME) backgrounds, LGBT+ and from different socioeconomic and educational backgrounds.

What difference will you make?

Your leadership will support the Board to fulfill its responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of the Charity. You will make a difference by facilitating and stimulating excellent, well-rounded and carefully considered strategic decision-making whilst working in partnership with the Chief Executive and other senior members of staff to achieve the aims of the Charity.

What's in it for the volunteer?

By becoming our new Chair you will be part of a cutting edge and pioneering organisation, which aims to continue making a significant difference in the lives of the 150,000 people who come to the hospital every year. The RNOH has been at the cutting edge of orthopaedic care for over 100 years. This is an exciting time to join our Charity and help steer its strategic direction to continue providing its invaluable work for more years to come.

A few more details

  • Board meetings take place in Stanmore, London.
  • The Chair will serve at least one three-year term to be eligible.
  • The role of Chair is not remunerated, although reasonable out-of-pocket expenses may be claimed.
  • We welcome applications from individuals looking to join the Board as Trustees.

Before you apply

Please submit a CV and covering letter via the TrusteeWorks team. In the cover letter please include how your skills and experience match the person specification, why you wish to join the board and any other relevant details in support of your application.
  • Campaigning
  • Education
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Local / community
  • The RNOH Charity is a vital partner in the way the Royal National Orthopaedic Hospital (RNOH) delivers care. Since its inception in 1997, the RNOH Charity has received and administered millions of...