Trustee - Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People, Loughborough Leicestershire

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Organisation: Rainbows Hospice for Children and Young People

Location Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 2HS
Where the role is based Mainly at the office
Travel limit East Midlands
Application deadline 07 Aug 2017
Opportunity type Trustee/Governor
Reference number J55356

Opportunity description

Rainbows Hospice for Children & Young People is based in Loughborough, Leicestershire, and is the only hospice across the East Midlands that delivers a comprehensive range of support services nursing and care.

The role

Role of Trustees:

The members of the Board are collectively responsible for the governance of the hospice. They must ensure that it operates in a manner that:

  • enables it to fulfil the objectives set out in the governing document; uses its assets and resources exclusively for charitable purposes in line with the governing document; ensures strong financial stability
  • pays due attention to charitable and company law;
  • upholds the hospice’s philosophy and values
  • retains Rainbows’ reputation for excellence
  • Trustees are appointed for a fixed term Trustees must work together at all times and act in the best interests of the hospice. Trustees must not pursue personal or sectional interests at the expense of hospice interests and must declare any conflict of interest.


You will help plan and fulfil our strategic future and make policy decisions to ensure we are accountable to our families, our sponsors, the Charity Commission and the public in general. 

The demand for our service continues to grow and we are committed to remain ahead of the game exceeding expectations, and we need excellent skills of committed individuals who can help us grow the service we offer.   The best boards are diverse, with people who have a real understanding of the needs to be met and others who have specific skills and knowledge that can complement that. 

Rainbows is interested to hear from outstanding candidates with board level experience, and significant expertise as a registered Nurse, Doctor, Therapist or Social Worker. Alternatively, in Education, Property Management, Finance, IT or PR & Marketing.

Rainbows supports children, young people and their families from many multi-cultural and multi ethnic communities across the East Midlands.  We welcome applications reflective of the region and rich diversity of the communities we serve.   

If you would like to explore further what it could mean to be part of the Board of Trustees please contact us via the Reach Volunteering website. In addition, on Wednesday 2nd August, between 5 pm - 6.30 pm, there is an opportunity to visit the hospice to meet our Trustees for an informal discussion.

The closing date for these posts is 11.59pm on Monday 7th August 2017

Required skills

  • Financial management
  • Business development
  • General management
  • Change management
  • Governance
  • Strategic development and planning
  • Advice / advocacy

Person description

Trustee Roles: Rainbows requires outstanding individuals with board level experience, who have significant expertise in one of the following areas;

  • Education - as a Deputy or Head Teacher
  • Finance - an Accounting Partner or a Banker
  • Business - a strategist with a strong business background and experience of leading a business, preferably within the property management sector
  • PR & experience of Marketing using a variety of media, including digital
  • IT - expertise in IT service development and management
  •  Legal – a Solicitor, preferably with expertise in business and employment law


The qualities of a trustee will include:

  • A high level of integrity
  • Evidence of a commitment to the organisation and its objectives
  • A good understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship
  • Willingness to devote the necessary time and effort to their duties as a trustee
  • Able to see the bigger picture and think creatively & strategically
  • Possess sound objective judgment and a willingness to offer constructive challenges
  • The ability to work effectively as a member of a team welcoming different points of view
  • Applies attention to detail
  • Ability to build trust and confidence with other Board members, the Senior Management team and stakeholders
  • Encourages team working and collaborating with/motivating others. Generic skills required as a trustee are:
  • The ability to absorb and analyse large quantities of information.
  • The ability to understand information and communicate this to different audiences
  • Evidence of setting goals together with monitoring and evaluating performance and programmes in commercial or non-profit organisations
  • A track record of applying a consultative supportive leadership style to include delegation for implementation to a Senior Management team
  • Skilled in problem solving and delivering solutions
  • Experience of aligning policies/procedures/practices to reflect ethos and values of Rainbows. Fit and Proper Persons Checks:
  • All trustees will require a satisfactory enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) Check
  • Trustees must meet the requirements of the CQC guidance on Fit and Proper persons

What impact the opportunity will have

As a Trustee for Rainbows Hospice your commitment will make a direct difference to the families we support. The work involved in being a trustee can be demanding but is also immensely rewarding, providing both expected and unexpected opportunities for personal development.

What’s in it for the volunteer?

You will be joining a multi-skilled and talented Board of Trustees, currently nine, who have a collective responsibility to govern our work. They ensure that Rainbows is well managed, delivers on its promises, and continues to demonstrate good governance and excellence in all areas of our operation. The rewards of working with, and learning from, people from different backgrounds and skills will be great. You will help us plan and fulfil our strategic future and make policy decisions to ensure we are accountable to our families, our sponsors, the Charity Commission and the public in general.

Time commitment

Either in or out of office hours

Board meetings are bi monthly.

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