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Legal Trustee

Legal Trustee

  • Location

    Eastbourne, East Sussex

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    Trustee / Non-exec Director

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  • Published:

    7 months ago

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St Wilfrid's Hospice provides specialist palliative and end of life care to the people of Eastbourne and surrounding parts of East Sussex, a catchment area covering 235,000 people. We do this though a multidisciplinary staff team of 180 and c.600 volunteers, at our state of the art hospice building and in the community.

Our mission statement is 'reaching out to transform end of life care'. We are rated 'outstanding' by our regulator the Care Quality Commission and in the last year we reached over 1,400 people at the end of their lives, plus those close to them, with person-centred support for their physical, psychosocial and spiritual needs.

Our current strategy is all about reaching more people with both cancer and other life-limiting diagnoses and doing so 'closer to you', in other words at a time and place of people's choosing. We have ambitious plans to expand our work and to do so we need to grow the level of support, financial and otherwise, from our communities.

St Wilfrid's constitution allows for a Board of Trustees of between six and fifteen people, elected for three year periods, with the option to be reappointed for up to three consecutive terms. There are typically six board meetings per year starting late afternoon plus a Strategy Awayday. Trustees are also asked to sit on one of the sub-committees (Audit, Remuneration & Appointments, Clinical Governance and Retail), which typically meet quarterly (Remuneration & Appointments meetings are as required). Full induction training is given as well as additional opportunities for governance or other training related to the hospice's work.

Trustee responsibilities

As a trustee you are responsible for:

  • Determining the strategy and overall policy framework for the charity.
  • Safeguarding and promoting the mission, vision and values of St Wilfrid's Hospice.
  • Ensuring the charity operates in an effective, responsible and accountable manner, complying with charity law.
  • Ensuring the charity's activities are sustainable and assessing key risks and mitigating strategies.
  • Contributing to the effective functioning of the Board of Trustees.

Trustee competencies

Trustees should be able to demonstrate the following qualities and competencies.

  • Committed to the mission, vision and values of St Wilfrid's Hospice.
  • Able to think and plan strategically.
  • Able to assimilate and analyse information and challenge constructively where appropriate.
  • Maintain confidentiality.
  • Be constructive of other trustees' opinions and staff members' contributions at meetings.
  • Take a balanced and objective view.
  • Able to make collective decisions and stand by them.
  • Able to respect the boundaries between executive and governance functions.
  • Understand the importance and purpose of meetings and be committed to preparing for them adequately and attending them regularly.
  • Be willing to be bound by Nolan's seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

Current need

We are currently seeking to recruit a new trustee who, in addition to the competencies outlined above, has a specific legal background. Her/his expertise will ideally be in the area of corporate and charity law and/or commercial law. This is not to replace the need to obtain specific legal advice and representation for aspects of our work, but to act as a point of reference and oversight. This trustee once appointed will join the Audit Committee.

Both the Chair, Fiona MacIntyre and the Chief Executive, David Scott-Ralphs, would be willing to have an informal chat about a trustee role with St Wilfrid's. To arrange this with one of them, please contact Chris Piper on 01323 434 227 or It is envisaged that there will be an appointments process for this role and we will require a brief CV.

The closing date for applications is 29th September.