Chair of Trustees

London (Central), London (Greater)
Competitive Salary
27 Feb 2019
25 Mar 2019
Contract Type
Full Time

The Royal Free Charity is one of the largest NHS charities in the UK and  supports The Royal Free NHS Foundation Trust at The Royal Free Hospital, Barnet Hospital and Chase Farm Hospital by providing funds to enhance and complement their work. We do this through four key strategic objectives: adding value to the patient experience, helping improve the staff experience, investing in the physical and technical environment and investing in medical research and facilities. We are passionate to make every day feel better for every NHS patient, and working with the Trust, ensure that the patient comes first and their journey through the hospital is of the highest quality. We also work alongside UCL and the Royal Free in their drive to extend their knowledge of medical conditions for the benefit of us all.

We are proud of our recent achievements which include raising money for The Pears Building, a £62million flag-ship project to build a globally leading medical research centre into immunity and transplantation. This will be the largest development at the Royal Free for over 40 years and will drive major improvements in NHS care and research. We have also given more grants to improve patient experience, increased our research grants, and developed new support hubs for patients with long-term conditions to improve their health and well-being. Hundreds of skilled and dedicated volunteers share our goal of making the patients experience the best it can be and give their support and kindness to patients every day of the week across all three sites.

We are now looking for a new Chair of Trustees to join our highly capable and committed board and staff team, to help us realise a vision for the future that is aligned and as ambitious as our Trust partner, creating shared goals, and importantly continuing to focus on enhancing the patients’ experience.

As our Chair you will play a key part in helping shape our next strategic phase to grow the impact of the charity, build our fundraising capability and keep us focused on delivering our flagship Pears Building Project.

We are looking for an experienced and inspirational Chair who will bring significant strategic leadership skills to shape our vision and strategy. You may have a local connection and/or been a patient at the Trust. Your ambition must match our own and we are looking for an activist and ambassador, able to represent our work to a range of audiences, from major donors, to community supporters and key NHS stakeholders. Your communication, influencing and negotiation skills will be well developed and you will bring a diplomatic and emotionally intelligent approach. Whether you have a background in the private, public or charity sectors you must be patient focused and able to proactively support our fundraising activity. If you have experience of the NHS or healthcare this would be helpful, but not essential.

For more information and to apply please visit the dedicated microsite:

To arrange an informal chat about the role, you can contact our advising consultants at Peridot Partners, Philippa Fabry on 07772 902071 or or Michael Earnshaw on 07494 595178 or  

Closing date: Monday 25th March 2019.

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