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Chair of the King George and Queen's Hospitals Charity

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust
Depending on experience This role does not attract a salary.
Closing date
5 Dec 2023

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This is an exciting and crucial time for our charity, the King George and Queen's Hospitals Charity, supporting our communities across Barking, Havering and Redbridge, and the patients and staff of our hospitals, the King George Hospital and Queen's Hospital.

We want the charity to be able to work successfully in partnership with the Trust, but also to have the autonomy to attract the best trustees and to maximise fundraising and impact. For this reason, we have just taken the decision that the charity, which is currently governed by the Trust as corporate trustee, will become an independent charity.

We are therefore looking for an exceptional leader, familiar with the NHS context and with charities. You will join the Charitable Funds Committee now as the Chair Designate and become the Chair of the independent charity in due course, likely mid/late 2024. You will be key to shaping the new opportunities for the charity and you will lead the appointment of a Board of Trustees for the charity and work with them and the Trust to set the charity's new strategy and work with the staff to deliver it.

The Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust is also evolving with an ever greater collaboration with Barts Health NHS Trust, which I also Chair. The charity Chair designate will have the support of the very successful Barts Charity and be able to work alongside them

Main duties of the job

King George & Queen's Hospitals Charity is the NHS Charity supporting Barking, Havering & Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust (BHRUT) and the Trust's staff and clinical teams - to deliver even better health and care for patients and their families. The Trust comprises two local hospitals: King George Hospital in Ilford and Queen's Hospital in Romford, and together they employ over 8,000 staff who treat thousands of patients every year. Some of the hospitals' patients have life-limiting or life-threatening conditions or rare, complex and serious illnesses.

The charity's aim is to fundraise to give patients better care and a better experience, including the provision of the most up-to-date medical equipment, better support services for patients and their families, and essential refurbishment of the staff areas. Other areas supported include patient welfare, staff welfare, research and general charitable hospital purposes in accordance with the objectives of the Charity. The Charity does not subsidise the core responsibilities of the NHS, but enhances the essential services provided by them to make the hospital journey the best it can be for everyone.

Charitable donations to the hospitals fall into four categories:
  • Medical equipment
  • Information & technology
  • Comfort & the environment
  • Research & training

About us

Under the leadership of our Chair Jacqui Smith and Matthew Trainer, our Chief Executive, we provide care for the residents of three of the most diverse London boroughs. More than half of our 7,500 strong workforce are from black, Asian and minority ethnic groups and most live in Barking and Dagenham, Havering and Redbridge. We also provide healthcare services to people in south west Essex, and specialist neurosciences services to the whole of the county.

Our services include all the major specialties of large acute hospitals, operating from two main sites - King George Hospital in Goodmayes and Queen's Hospital in Romford. We also provide outpatient services at Brentwood Community Hospital, Barking Hospital, Loxford Polyclinic, and Harold Wood Polyclinic. We have two of the busiest emergency departments in London.

As we recover from Covid-19, we're proud to be leading the way nationally in reducing the time our patients wait to get the treatment they need. The pandemic provided the drive forour teams to innovate and change.

We know we have more work to do to improve waiting times for urgent and emergency care, and our performance against the four-hour emergency access standard remains challenged, in comparison to many other London trusts.

We are particularly proud of our regional Neurosciences Centre Radiotherapy Centre Hyper Acute Stroke Unit and dedicated breast care service at King George Hospital. We're also pleased to be part of the NEL Cancer Alliance.

Job description

Job responsibilities

For further information on this role, please see the attached detailed Job Description and Person Specification.

The person specification listed below is not the full specification requirements for the role. Please ensure you review the full specification on the job description prior to submitting your application.

Applicants are advised to read all the information on the advert and the supporting information before completing and submitting an application. As you complete your application please ensure you clearly demonstrate how you meet the criteria in the person specification for this post by adequately completing the supporting information section of the application form.

All new staff appointed at the Trust are subject to a probationary period.

Applications should be made online, however, queries regarding the application process or assistance with completion of the form (for applicants with a disability) can be made to Bali Dhani, Recruitment Manager via email Further details regarding the post may be obtained by contacting the manager as per the contact details above.

Person Specification



  • Charity Trustee experience
  • Demonstrable experience chairing a board or equivalent, and developing its membership
  • Knowledge about and experience of an NHS Trust (or Trusts) may be an advantage
  • Leadership experience
  • Experience of business planning, strategic thinking and vision

Capabilities (skills/abilities)


  • The ability to motivate and engage people in a vision for the future
  • Strong communications skills

Employer details

Employer name

Barking, Havering and Redbridge University Hospitals NHS Trust


Trust Board Dept



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