Trustees with varied experiences required for Keech Hospice Care

Trustees with varied experiences required for Keech Hospice Care

At a glance


  • Property management / relocation
  • Digital strategy
  • Digital Trustees
  • Business development
  • Fundraising strategy
  • Researching funders / writing proposals


Luton, LU3 3NT
Mainly at home, or mainly at the office.
Travel limit? Bedfordshire or Hertfordshire


Mostly during office hours Estimate of time needed:
0-5 hours / month
15 days a year, including: 5 board meeting and 1 full day meeting,


28 Feb 2020

Highly experienced professional with a desire to help lead our charity? Extensive background in either: *Facilities, Contracts and Buildings, *Income, Fundraising or Retail, *Clinical or *Digital Marketing and Communications? 

What will you be doing?

Trustees wanted to help lead our charity, with specialism in one of the following areas:

  1. Income, Fundraising or Retail
  2. Clinical
  3. Digital Marketing and Communications                                                                 
  4. Facilities, Contracts and Buildings

The trustees of Keech Hospice Care are charity trustees for the purpose of the Charities Acts and are also Directors of Keech Hospice Care Limited and Directors for the purposes of Companies Acts.

As the Board of Trustees, the trustees are legally responsible, both individually and corporately, for the activities and governance of the charity. They are ultimately responsible for everything the charity does and how it does it. The overriding duty of trustees is to act in good faith within charity law and to make sure the charity pursues its aims (as set out in the governing document); uses its assets exclusively to pursue those aims; and acts in the interests of its beneficiaries.

Key relationships: Board Trustees, Chief Executive, Senior Management Team


Key Responsibilities: Board Members act collectively as a Board and are legally accountable for the activities of the charity and hospice. They share responsibility for the strategy and future direction of Keech Hospice Care and the effective and efficient delivery of its plans and functions.


As a trustee you will be required to: Attend meetings of the Board; Participate in the Board’s annual work programme of reviews; Undertake portfolio roles as directed by the Chair; Be involved in the work of the Board, including membership of any committee or working group established by the Board; Take an ongoing interest in the work of the charity and have a general awareness of its work and the environment within which it must operate; Promote the charity with external stakeholders where appropriate; Participate in Trustee Visits to the hospice; Carry out the duties of a trustee in accordance with the Seven Principles of Public Life (selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership).

What are we looking for?

Skills, knowledge and experience


  • A track record of securing value for money and effectiveness.
  • Commitment to Keech Hospice Care and an empathy with, and commitment to, its aims, ethos and the values of the hospice.
  • Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to carrying out trustee duties.
  • One of the following specialisms:
  1. Facilities, Contracts, buildings experience
  2. Income/fundraising/retail.
  3. Clinical
  4. Digital Marketing and Communications


  • Experience in change management and organizational transformation.
  • Senior experience in the health sector in general and end of life care in particular.
  • Working at a board or senior manager level in a public, private or charity sector context.

Personal criteria:

  • No conflict of interest between your business activities and your role as trustee in line with the Seven Principle of Public Life.
  • Ability to question intelligently, debate constructively, challenge rigorously and decide dispassionately.
  • Ability to listen sensitively to the views of others, inside and outside of the Board of Trustees and to gain the trust and
respect of other Board and SMT members.
  • Ability to seek and obtain full and satisfactory answers within the environment of the Board.

Ability to role model our values and to challenge Trustee’s when they are being compromised

What difference will you make?

As a Charity, we rely on our Trustees to lead us in making the difference when it matters the most.  Our board of trustees are a group of volunteers who take overall responsibility for the hospice and act collectively to govern it.

On a day-to-day basis, our chief executive and senior leadership team run the charity; however, our trustees are ultimately responsible in law for the hospice, its assets and activities.

Our trustees are appointed because their experience and skills enable them to take on the responsibilities of the hospice, and are committed to helping us achieve our vision and purpose.


Our purpose is to care for our patients and to support their families and friends. We aim to give the most appropriate and effective treatment and care to our patients; to assist in the relief of their physical and emotional suffering; and to help them lead a purposeful and fulfilling life in their home or in the hospice. We will offer a well-co-ordinated, multi-professional and ‘seamless’ service, which integrates hospice specialist palliative-care services with primary, secondary and tertiary health-care services, other
voluntary/independent agencies, social services and, in the case of children and young people, education services. Our approach will be non-judgemental and non-discriminatory. We consider it equally important to give support to those who care for our patients, whether they are professional carers, members of the family, friends or trained volunteers.

What's in it for the volunteer?

  • Be part of an amazing cause.
  • Help us in making the difference when it matters the most
  • Be part of a charity who have been recognised as one of the best not-for-profit employers in the UK after coming in at 18 in the prestigious Sunday Times Top 100 list.
  • Gain strategic experience
  • Develop skills
  • Be part of an amazing team

Before you apply

To apply, please submit your CV via the Reach Volunteering platform
  • Children / families
  • Health and well being / research and care
  • Young people
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