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Hospice Chair of Trustees

Heart of Kent Hospice
Aylesford, ME20 7PU
£0.00 - voluntary
Closing date
16 Mar 2021

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Charity, Healthcare
Contract Type
Consultancy / Strategy
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Job Details

Heart of Kent Hospice, established in 1991, provides exceptional care for people with terminal illnesses in Maidstone, Aylesford, Tonbridge, Malling and surrounding areas. The Hospice has built an excellent reputation within the local community for the quality of our care which has been further endorsed by the Care Quality Commission who have given the Hospice an overall rating of Outstanding.

The Hospice is seeking to appoint a confident, inspiring Chair of Trustees. 

Role summary

The Chair will lead the Board of Trustees, who are also directors of the Hospice, to determine the overall direction and development of the Hospice through good governance and clear strategic planning, alongside commitment to our organisation values.

The Chair will provide leadership and direction to the Board to take the Hospice forward, building of the success of recent developments and initiatives; and enable the Board to fulfil its responsibilities for governance and ensure its effectiveness. The Chair will establish a strong, supportive relationship with the Chief Executive and will ensure that the values of the Hospice underpin all of the Board's decisions and activities.

In addition to the above statutory duties, the Chair and Trustees should use any specific knowledge or experience they have to help the Board of Trustees reach sound decisions. This will involve focusing on key issues and providing advice and guidance requested by the Board on issues and initiatives relevant to the area of the Hospice's work in which the Trustee has special expertise.

Person description

The Hospice is looking for an excellent communicator with strong leadership and strategic skills who has senior executive/non-executive experience and a proven ability to build good relationships and networks.

Heart of Kent Hospice is committed to building a culture that is diverse and inclusive. We recognise the benefits and opportunities of having a diverse community of Board members are actively encouraging applicants from a wide range of backgrounds. 

What’s in it for the volunteer?

The Chair will be fundamental to the development and sustainability of the Hospice which delivers tailored and individualised care to each patient and their family, free of charge, within their own home or in the Hospice to improve their quality of life. 

The Chair will have the opportunity to contribute their skills to a local independent charity which supports the local community.

The Chair will lead a professional board supporting a passionate and dedicated team.

Time commitment

  • Main Board, quarterly, approx. 2 hours
  • One Committee, quarterly, approx. 2 hours
  • Support to CEO
  • One away day per annum
  • Ad hoc attendance at other events

How to apply

Please apply via the Reach Volunteering site. Deadline: 26 Mar 2021.


Reach is the leading skills-based volunteering charity in the UK. We are the single biggest source of trustees for the voluntary sector in the UK. Connecting people, skills and good causes is our mission and our passion. 

What we do

We help charities and other non-profits find the skills they need to thrive. Every year hundreds of charities recruit volunteers through our service. These volunteers share their skills as trustees, advisors or mentors, carrying out short term projects or ongoing operational roles.  

Our goal is to create a step change in the quality, range and scale of skills-based volunteering and trusteeship in the UK. We are proud of our growing impact.

Why we do it

Charities can boost their capacity, increase their effectiveness and innovate / find new ways of doing things when volunteers donate their professional skills. Trustees play a crucial role in leading charities and overseeing their work. When the trustee board of a charity has a good mix of skills and professional experience, it can govern more effectively.

By supporting charities to recruit volunteers and trustees with valuable skills, we help charities increase their capacity and strengthen their governance.

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020 3943 9901
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