At a glance


  • Digital strategy
  • Digital Trustees
  • Financial management
  • Business development
  • Fundraising strategy
  • Governance


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


Either in or out of office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-5 hours / month
4 Board meetings per year normally held at the end of the working day, plus membership of a board sub-committee as requested (4 meetings a year).


17 Apr 2020

We are looking for new trustees who will ensure that the interests of the RNOH Charity are advanced appropriately and effectively and the organisation is enabled to achieve its stated mission and objectives.

What will you be doing?

You will work with fellow Trustees, taking collective responsibility, to:

  • Provide clear strategic direction for the Charity.  Regularly review the mission, strategic aims, guiding principles and overall plans for the organisation
  • Regularly review progress against objectives, ensuring delivery of the business plan within budget
  • Determine and set down policies which cover key areas of organisational life, and are in keeping with the organisation’s overall aims and values
  • Ensure that the organisation operates within its charitable objectives, in compliance with all legal duties, and where possible, in accordance with best practice
  • Ensure that the Board of Trustees is structured and organised in such a way as to achieve effectiveness and efficiency as a governing body
  • Ensure the financial health and stability of the charity with systems in place for effective financial accountability, internal financial control and the protection of the charity’s funds and assets
  • Assure that decisions taken by the Board are implemented and support the Chair to constructively challenge this
  • Set high standards in order to achieve ‘best practice’ in all aspects of the RNOH Charity’s work, including its governance
  • Take part in the annual review with the Chair and also input constructively into the appraising of the CEO, the Vice Chair and the Chair
  • Share skills and provide information, knowledge, contacts, funds, other support as broadly as possible, in order to support the full range of the organisation’s activities
  • Safeguard the good name and values of the Charity.

For more details about Trustees' Duties, please see the candidate pack.


What are we looking for?

We are interested in hearing from individuals with any relevant experience, although the following skills and experience have been identified as particularly desirable:

  • Finance (Expected to chair the Finance Committee)*
  • Fundraising
  • Digital Marketing
  • Charity Sector Governance

- Trustees must have a strong empathy with the Charity’s vision, mission and values. 

- Trustees must conform to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership. 

- Members of the Board of Trustees are jointly and severally responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of the RNOH Charity, its financial health, the probity of its activities and developing the organisation’s aims, objectives and goals in accordance with the governing document, legal and regulatory guidelines.

- All Trustees should also be aware of, and understand, their individual and collective responsibilities, and should not be overly reliant on one or more individual trustees in any particular aspect of the governance of the charity.

*Please see Chair of Finance Committee role description (please request) and person specification for further details.

What difference will you make?

As a Trustee, you will support the Board to fulfill its responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction of the Charity. You will contribute to the Charity by actively participating in strategic decision-making, jointly with the rest of the Board of Trustees, 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?

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

• There will also be a couple of other days including a Trustee Away Day throughout the year.  
• Trustees’ appointments are for 3 years, with the possibility of being re-appointed for a maximum of 3 terms.
• Board meetings take place in Stanmore, London. 
• The role of Trustee is not accompanied by any financial remuneration, although out-of-pocket expenses may be claimed. 

Before you apply

Applications must be made via Reach Volunteering or sent via email on Please submit a CV and covering letter. In the covering 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...