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Do you want to help advance and promote the care and safety of critically ill patients and support a small charity that punches well above its weight? The Intensive Care Society is seeking two new independent lay trustees.

The Intensive Care Society is the leading multi-professional membership organisation for doctors, nurses and other healthcare specialists engaged in the care and treatment of patients receiving critical care in the UK. We are a registered charity and limited company. We are based in Holborn, in Central London and have 3,300 members throughout the UK and a growing number of global members.

We are entering a new phase of our growth as we prepare to celebrate our 50th anniversary in 2020. During 2019 we are establishing a shadow Trustee Board, separate from our elected Council which will be chaired by our elected President.

We are looking for two independent lay trustees on an initial two year term who wish to contribute to the establishment of this new Trustee Board.

The independent lay role.

  • To play an active role in the governance and strategic oversight of the Intensive Care Society
  • To contribute to strategic discussions and governance of high risk projects
  • To scrutinise board papers, contribute to discussions, focusing on key issues, providing advice and guidance on new initiatives
  • To commit to spending personal time to prepare for meetings, read papers for feedback and follow up on specific governance activities with fellow trustees and the Chief Executive
  • To support, constructively challenge, and motivate the Chief Executive and other senior staff

One of the two independent lay trustees will also be responsible for co-chairing our Patients and Relatives Committee (see briefing information below). A vibrant group of people which normally meets four times a year.

Please note these are voluntary positions to support our charitable activities and therefore they are unremunerated although reasonable travel expenses are provided (in accordance with our travel policy).

The Person

Essential criteria

  • Demonstrable commitment to advocating the Society's work to support its members to improve the health care of critically ill patients across the UK
  • Expertise in one or more of the following areas of experience.
    • UK health system
    • Charity senior management or trusteeship
    • Policy influencing
    • Strategic fundraising
    • Marketing and commercial sponsorship
    • Charity law
    • Good communication and presentation skills.
  • A team player with a "can do" attitude and strong problem solving skills


  • Experience working at a senior level in the NHS or as a patient or relative of someone who has received critical care
  • Experience in a similar role as a trustee for a charity

Time commitment

  • You will be expected to attend at least two face to face Trustee Board meetings each year. The meetings are approximately three hours in length and held in London
  • If you are also appointed as the co-chair of our Patients and Relatives Committee you will be expected to attend an additional four face to face meetings a year. NB we encourage and support virtual meetings across all our committees where possible

In return we will provide you with

  • Insight into the operations and strategy of a complex, multi-professional membership society and charity
  • Valuable networking experience in a small Trustee Board and contributing to your continuing professional development
  • Experience as a committee member, negotiating, compromising and pooling of creativity, resources and knowledge
  • Opportunity to contribute to a charity that cares for its members so they can care for patients in the best way they can

Duration of role: 2 years subject to review and renewable for one 2 year term

Informal enquiries to ICS Chief Executive, Dr Sandy Mather, on 020 7280 4350

To apply

Submit a CV and 500 word supporting statement explaining how you meet the criteria and why you would be a good fit for this role.

Email completed applications to

Closing date 12 noon on Tuesday 30 April, 2019.