Trustee

  • Competitive
  • London, England, United Kingdom
  • Permanent, Full time
  • Sue Ryder
  • 14 Aug 17

Sue Ryder is looking to recruit to their Trustee Council and are seeking individuals with specific experience of advising on the utilisation of assets and opportunities, steering the investment portfolio and guiding organisations on income generation, commerciality and cost effectiveness. These Trustees will work closely with the Finance Director to ensure that finances are managed effectively and efficiently and to ensure they remain focused on the delivery of high quality care. These Trustee roles will also support the Director of Retail and Director of Hospices and Fundraising on income generation and business development.

Details about the Client

Sue Ryder is a large and complex charity delivering over 3 million hours of care in the UK each year from community services and 12 care centres. They are also now the country's second largest provider of specialist end-of-life care and a leading provider of complex neurological and long-term condition care. In a challenging environment, they have developed an ambitious five year plan, with the priorities for 2016-17 to provide and develop the best possible care; and to grow their influence. The environment is challenging – income is under pressure from tougher trading conditions on the high street; fundraising remains competitive in an environment of increased public scrutiny and negative press coverage into fundraising practices; and in the face of restrictions on public spending, it is a struggle to secure income from Health & Social care commissioners that is reflective of the cost of the care they provide.

Against this background they have achieved a great deal in the last 12 months, including:

  • Opening their first purpose built hospice at Thorpe Hall in Peterborough
  • Increasing healthcare services to include Community Nursing Teams, Hospice at Home services, befriending services and delivering support services from the high street
  • Launching Online Community and Support – providing advice and support to people at the end of life and their families 24 hours a day, 7 days a week
  • Raising over £3.5m through their Morrison's partnership which has funded new healthcare services and their Online Community and Support
  • Upgrading the IT infrastructure in shops, enabling retail colleagues to take advantage of new ways of working and collaborate with the wider organisation
  • Sue Ryder delivers services through their people: 3,200 staff and 12,000 volunteers, service users, supporters, commissioners, and those who we lobby to influence government

Detailed Job Description

The current Board is balanced and experienced and benefits from a stable executive team of able and ambitious professionals and a Trustee Council who bring considerable and varied expertise across a wide range of disciplines.

They are now looking to appoint two new Trustees – the Finance and Audit Sub Committee Chair and a Finance and Investment Trustee - to be responsible for maintaining oversight of the Charity's affairs, ensuring financial viability and ensuring proper financial and investment procedures are implemented. Trustees, acting together, govern Sue Ryder, safeguarding its assets and applying them as efficiently and effectively as possible to further the Charity's objects.

The key focus for these Trustee roles is to be responsible for maintaining oversight of the charity's affairs, ensuring financial viability and ensuring proper financial and investment procedures are implemented. Trustees, acting together, govern Sue Ryder, safeguarding its assets and applying them as efficiently and effectively as possible to further the charity's objects as set out in its governing document.

Broad areas of responsibility will cover -

  • Financial safeguarding
  • Developing strategy and policy
  • Driving management effectiveness
  • Risk identification
  • Statutory and legal compliance.
  • Candidate's Profile

Finance & Audit Sub Committee (FASC) Chair:

Interested candidates must have demonstrable and proven experience in audit and risk management gained from a career in audit or as having operated as a CFO/CEO or from sitting on Audit Committees.

All interested applicants must have the gravitas to provide leadership to FASC and to Council in Financial matters and be well versed in providing the balance between the need to be ambitious about the social purpose whilst managing risk and financial viability.

Finance and Investment Trustee

Candidates will need a background in Equity Capital markets, Fund Management or Banking and who have experience of supporting and advising on development financing and general financial strategy and looking after Investment Portfolios.

They are looking for someone who can support the FASC Chair with the responsibilities of the financial overview of the Charity.

What's on offer

This is a pro bono appointment which bring rewards other than money. If you would welcome the opportunity to make a difference in to their world, this is a great opportunity to bring your skills, knowledge and experience to help Sue Ryder deliver their mission. Travel expenses directly incurred in the role of Trustees on official business are reimbursed. Board meetings are held at various locations across the UK, with Committee meetings held in London.

Trustees are appointed for an initial three year term with the opportunity to extend for two further three year periods, subject to board performance reviews.

The time commitment is approximately fifteen to twenty days per year, comprising of five Council meetings, two Strategy Away Days and Committee meetings. Sue Ryder also encourage Trustees to become more involved with specific projects and to visit their centres.

Short listing : Week commencing 19th June 2017

Centre visits: Week commencing 26th June 2017

Final panel interviews: 3rd - 5th July 2017

First Council Meeting: 12th July 2017

Where specific UK qualifications are required we will take into account overseas equivalents. All third party applications will be forwarded to Michael Page.