Hospice trustees: what you need to know

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We’re conscious that trustees, especially those who are new to the role, may feel daunted by both the amount of information available on good governance and by current media scrutiny of charities.

With that in mind, our workshops will offer participants: 

  • greater clarity about the core role when acting as a hospice trustee 
  • more indepth knowledge of legal responsibilities and duties as a trustee of a charity and a director of a company limited by guarantee
  • increased awareness of working in partnership with the chief executive and/or senior management
  • a structured opportunity to network with trustees from other hospices.

We’ll also be looking at some ‘hot topics’ such as board responsibilities in relation to fundraising, quality governance and risk management but will allow time for participants to explore their own interests or concerns.

Overall, we want people to leave the workshop feeling more knowledgeable and confident in their role as a hospice trustee, with a clear idea of what they need to know and where to find useful resources. 

With an informal but intensive and interactive format, the workshops will provide an ideal environment in which participants can test out their own ideas and share their experiences with trustees from other hospices.

Antonia Bunnin, Hospice UK’s director of hospice support and development, explains: “We’re delighted to offer this additional strand in Hospice UK’s governance support programme for hospice trustees and boards. Other elements of the governance support programme currently include our new board development programme and a series of online publications but we’ll be adding new opportunities and resources during 2016.”

For information about the trustee workshops and to book places visit the Hospice UK website. For more information on any aspect of Hospice UK’s governance support programme, contact Jean Hindmarch, projects director at Hospice UK, at J.hindmarch@hospiceuk.org

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