New trustees appeal as charity heads towards 50th anniversary

Date: 04/03/2019
Author: Claire Briscoe
Company: St Ann's Hospice

A local charity is looking for three new trustees to join its board of directors and help steer the organisation towards its 50th anniversary.

St Ann’s Hospice cares for thousands of people with cancer and other life-limiting illnesses every year from its three sites in Little Hulton, Heald Green and The Neil Cliffe Centre in Wythenshawe Hospital, as well as via a range of community and outreach services. It will be celebrating 50 years of care in 2021, and is keen to welcome three new professionals to its board.

Jackie Oldham, Chair of St Ann’s, explained: “Our trustees are all volunteers and each brings a unique set of skills and experience to the hospice.

“St Ann’s is a complex business, with fifteen shops, a lottery, and a range of fundraising and trading activities running alongside the core health and social care services we offer. The team at the hospice is providing world-class specialist support to local patients and their families, at a really difficult time in their lives, and I’m proud that we are always striving to be leaders in our field by sharing that knowledge and best practice and collaborating with others.

“It’s an exciting time for St Ann’s. We’re approaching our 50th birthday and have ambitious strategic plans to ensure we’re able to reach even more local people from our communities than ever before. It’s our duty to make sure that future generations in Greater Manchester have access to high quality palliative and end of life care, and we’d love our new trustees to help us to ensure that’s the case.

“We’re aiming to broaden the experience of the board as we continue to innovate, to develop links externally, and strengthen our finances. I’d love to hear from anyone with senior strategic leadership or board experience who feels they can help us to evolve and continue providing our much-needed care well into the future.”

The first new board member will be a fully qualified accountant, and would assume the role of Honorary Treasurer, overseeing and monitoring the financial matters of the hospice in accordance with the governing and legal requirements. Knowledge and experience of capital campaign projects and an understanding of the fundraising landscape would be an advantage.

The hospice is also seeking a new board member with considerable strategic clinical experience, as well as experience of driving transformation in a clinical setting. In addition, a third new board member would ideally have considerable strategic legal experience, including experience in build environment or construction. Again, knowledge of capital campaigns would also be advantageous, along with an interest in charity and corporate social responsibility.

St Ann’s is a registered charity and receives around a third of its funding from the NHS, with the rest – around £20,000 a day – fundraised thanks to the generosity of the local community in Greater Manchester.

For more information, or to apply for a trustee role, please visit www.sah.org.uk/jobs