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Independent Specialist to the Board of Trustees

Independent Specialist to the Board of Trustees

AAGBI Foundation (charitable arm of the Association of Anaesthetists)

Seeking to appoint an Independent Specialist to the Board of Trustees

The Association of Anaesthetists (the Association), founded in 1932, is the national professional organisation for around 10,000 members, representing the largest medical specialty in the NHS. The AAGBI Foundation (the Foundation) is the charitable arm of the Association. The two legal entities are separate but operate under one brand identity as the Association. A Long Term Strategy has been developed by the board and senior management to guide future direction for the Association.

A strategy for engagement of independent specialist or lay members was adopted by the board in 2016. Under this strategy, a number of independent specialists have been appointed to committees and to the board. Within this strategy, the Foundation is seeking to recruit a second Independent Specialist to join its Board of Trustees. As a Trustee the Independent Specialist would also be a co-opted member of the Council, which acts as an advisory group to the board.

The charity's aims are to enhance patient safety, education and research in anaesthesia. Anaesthetists (including intensive care and pain specialists) are involved in over 60% of episodes of in-patient care in the NHS.

The Association and the Foundation together provide education (via meetings, seminars, & web-based learning), research funding, guideline development, wellbeing support (such as mentoring) and international work in low resource countries, as well as publishing one of the world's leading anaesthetic journals and maintaining a renowned heritage centre.

About the Foundation

The Foundation is a charity registered in England and Wales and in Scotland, and a company limited by guarantee. The Board of Trustees is the governing body of the charity. Its sole corporate member is the Association, which appoints the majority of board members, apart from up to five independent trustees who are appointed by the Foundation's own board.

The Independent Specialist will be appointed to one of the five independent trustee roles. The majority of trustees are anaesthetists and the Independent Specialist will add a breadth of experience and knowledge to the Board.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for governance of the charity. Its members oversee strategic and annual business plans and budgets, working with the Chief Executive Officer and senior management, who are responsible for operational delivery. The Board of Trustees is advised on charitable governance by the Chief Executive Officer and by specialist professional advisors when required.

For further information on the Foundation see Foundation Statutory Report and Accounts.

About the Independent Specialist Trustee role

The role offers an opportunity to contribute to the governance and strategic development of a leading medical charity dedicated to promoting patient safety and quality of care in Great Britain and Ireland and internationally. The role description is set out below.

Applications invited by Monday 24 August 2020. Expressions of interest are invited via a letter and CV to the Chief Executive Officer, Karin Pappenheim. Your application should address the role description and person specification. Please send your letter and CV to Karin Pappenheim at

Following an initial short-listing process interviews will be held on 10 September 2020.

For more information and informal discussion

Contact Karin Pappenheim, Chief Executive Officer for informal discussions and more information by email to: