Lay Trustee (Non-medical role)

Lay Trustee (Non-medical role)

At a glance


  • Marketing strategy
  • Financial management
  • Strategic development and planning
  • Legal
  • HR
  • Health and safety
  • Business advice / analysis


King's Cross, WC1X 9DH
Mainly at home, or mainly at the office.
Travel limit? No limit, open to candidates from further afield.


Either in or out of office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-5 hours / month
Meetings at least four times per year and an appropriate time commitment will be required over the course of the year.


08 Oct 2021

HIS is looking for a new Lay trustee who would enjoy the opportunity to contribute their expertise to provide the robust and dynamic governance needed to ensure HIS remains on mission & achieves its ambitions to grow.

What will you be doing?

In this role, and along with the Council and Chief Executive, the Lay trustee will help inspire, set and maintain the charity’s vision, mission and values. The Lay trustee will help to deliver the 2020-2025 strategy, and ensure compliance and accountability for finances, legal and governmental obligations are met. Please see the candidate pack for further details.

What are we looking for?

Candidates should not have a clinical background. We are particularly interested to hear from individuals from any professional background who can demonstrate an inquisitive and proactive approach and support our ethos: that HCAIs can, and must, be reduced to the lowest possible levels.

HIS is committed to creating an inclusive culture that supports equality and diversity, and we welcome applications from any individual who supports the Society’s objectives and wishes to make an active contribution to their delivery.

Attributes and disposition

  • Understand the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • Willingness to put time and effort into the trustee role
  • Commitment to the organisation
  • Respected and trusted by others
  • Independent and sound judgment
  • Impartiality, fairness and confidentiality
  • Willingness to speak his or her mind
  • Tact and diplomacy
  • Respectful of others
  • Willingness to learn new skills and to take part in trustee training
  • Have strategic vision
  • Creative thinking
  • Ability to work effectively as a team member
  • Good communication and interpersonal skills.

Skills and experience

  • Lay Trustees should not be medically qualified
  • Demonstrable professional experience in any sector
  • Previous trustee experience (useful but not essential)
  • Experience of committee work (useful but not essential)

What difference will you make?

Over the next 5 years we will grow and increase engagement with our professional membership and the general public, and it is this latter aspect that will specifically benefit from the views of a Lay Trustee. We will run a diverse programme of events, and fund research that will demonstrate that excellent science underpins excellence in clinical practice, and we will also invest in public engagement events. We will invest in the JHI and more closely integrate the journal with the Society.

What's in it for the volunteer?

As a Lay Trustee you will help inspire, set and maintain the charity’s vision, mission and values.  You will help to develop the strategy, and ensure compliance and accountability for finances, legal and governmental obligations are met.

A few more details

The Reach TrusteeWorks Team are delighted to be supporting Healthcare Infection Society with their trustee recruitment. Please do contact us at if you have any questions about the role or about trusteeship in general.

Before you apply

Please write a short letter outlining: why you are interested in joining our board, your relevant skills and experience (see Who we are looking for) and how you think you could apply your skills and experience to strengthen our board. Please also attach a CV or similar (LinkedIn profile, portfolio etc). For an informal chat with HIS please contact the TrusteeWorks team who will be able to arrange this.
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Training / employment support
  • The Healthcare Infection Society (HIS) is a charity (no.1158172) whose objectives are to advance knowledge of, foster scientific interest in and disseminate information about the prevention and...