At a glance


  • Business development / Sales
  • Commissioning / Contracting
  • Legal


London, B93 0LL
Remote opportunity
Travel limit? n/a


Either in or out of office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-5 hours / month
Trustees meet 3 times per year. At least one meeting is usually held in London (although for now all meetings are virtual).


17 Oct 2021

We are a professional and learned Society, supporting healthcare professionals in primary, community and integrated care to deliver high quality, patient-centred care to individuals with respiratory conditions.   

What will you be doing?

We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.  We are also particularly interested to hear from applicants who can demonstrate knowledge Law and/or Commercial partnerships/pharmaceutical companies

The statutory duties of a trustee

  • To ensure that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations, including providing public benefit
  • To ensure that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document
  • To ensure the organisation uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects: the charity must not spend money on activities which are not included in its own objects, no matter how worthwhile or charitable those activities are
  • To contribute actively to the board of trustees' role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets
  • To safeguard the good name and values of the organisation
  • To ensure the effective and efficient administration of the organisation
  • To ensure the financial stability of the organisation
  • To protect and manage the resources of the charity and to ensure the proper investment of the charity's funds
  • To appoint the chief executive officer and monitor his/her performance

Other duties

In addition to the above statutory duties, each trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience they have to help the board of trustees reach sound decisions.

This will include:

  • Maintaining absolute confidentiality on all aspects of the trustees’ business
  • Scrutinising board papers
  • Ensuring robust systems are in place for internal financial control and the protection of PCRS-UK’s funds and assets
  • Leading discussions, having good, independent judgement
  • Be willing to speak their mind and discuss issues constructively
  • Being able to focus on the key issues
  • Providing guidance on new initiatives
  • Taking appropriate professional advice in all matters where there may be a material risk to PCRS-UK, or where the trustees may be in breach of their duties

What are we looking for?

PCRS believe diversity and inclusion is a key part of good governance and we particularly welcome applications from all ages and backgrounds, especially from those currently under-represented on the Board of Trustees.  

Essential Criteria for all Applications: 

  • Be over the age of 18
  • Have an understanding of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of being a Trustee (see useful resources and Statutory responsibilities below).
  • Have access to the internet and be willing to attend meetings online.
  • Be willing to travel to London for meetings/ activities held in person (when face to face meetings are resumed).
  • Demonstrate an interest in and commitment to the work of the PCRS and its cause of 'optimal respiratory health for all'
  • Be able to work collaboratively and work as a team to serve the best interests of the PCRS.
  • Show good independent judgement and share their opinions with others.

We are interested to hear from applicants with a legal background to help support the Board and CEO on the complex contractual agreements and partnerships that the Society enters into.  For this role we are specifically looking for people with:

  • A relevant legal qualification
  • Experience of providing legal support and advice (to a charity or commercial enterprise)
  • Ability to develop and review policy documents
  • Ability to develop and review contractual documents

We are also interested to hear from applicants a background in corporate partnerships, commercial enterprises and/or the pharmaceutical industry. The Society works in close partnerships with a number of corporate partners.  It is essential that the Board has a good insight and understanding of this aspect of the healthcare sector.  For this role we are specifically looking for people with

  • Experience of the commercial healthcare sector – gained either at a pharmaceutical company or similar enterprise
  • An understanding or experience of high level stakeholder partnerships/collaborations with the pharmaceutical or similar sector.

What difference will you make?

The Primary Care Respiratory Society (PCRS) supports all Health Care Professionals in primary, community, and integrated care settings.  We develop an optimal, holistic, patient-centred approach to delivering quality care for all people with respiratory conditions. We are advocates for the improvement of care and outcomes for people with respiratory diseases, bringing together all professions, offering them a welcoming, supportive, inclusive, non-hierarchical community where everybody has a voice.

The PCRS vision is ‘optimal’ respiratory health for all.

Our aim is that, together, we can benefit every person with, or at risk of, lung disease

Our objectives are to:

  • promote interest in, educate and facilitate research for the benefit of the public into all aspects of common respiratory conditions found in Primary Care
  • provide an authoritative opinion where required on matters relating to all aspects of common respiratory conditions found in Primary Care
  • accredit and endorse methodologies, research, products, individuals, education, and bodies after proper consideration; and
  • provide information for subscribers and others on all aspects of common respiratory conditions found in Primary Care.
  • Trustee roles are unremunerated, however, by being a Trustee at PCRS, you will have the opportunity to contribute towards and help shape the work and activities of one of the foremost respiratory professional Society’s in the UK. 

What's in it for the volunteer?

Somebody dies every 5 minutes from a lung condition. Hospital admissions for lung disease have risen over the past seven years at three times the rate of all admissions generally.    The burden of care sits with healthcare professionals in primary, community and integrated care where patients access routine and emergency care.  PCRS activity addresses the needs of respiratory patients through the provision of expert clinical help and guidance of primary care health professionals.   By joining the Board of Trustees, you will be helping to support our work to improve patient outcomes. 

Before you apply

Please send a CV and accompanying statement outlining why you would like to join the Board and how you meet the criteria/skills we are looking for. Applications should be made via the Reach Volunteering Portal Deadline for application: 17th October. Provisional Interview Date: w/c 1st November 2021
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • The Primary Care Respiratory Society (PCRS) supports all Health Care Professionals in primary, community, and integrated care settings.  We develop an optimal, holistic, patient-centred approach...