“St John’s Winchester combines a long and proud history of providing care and support for older people in need in the Winchester area with ambitious plans for further growth and expansion in our provision. We are now entering a period where we face a number of key strategic choices and decisions which will determine the shape and direction of our charity for the years ahead, and in which our board of trustees will have a vital part to play.
We have a strong and collegiate board of experienced professionals with a range of skills, but with one of our trustees now coming to the end of their term we are looking recruit someone with strategic financial management skills and experience. If you would like to be part of this fascinating and very worthwhile charity at this crucial point in our history, I would encourage you to apply.”
Roger Bright, Chair of Trustees.
We are seeking a trustee to fill a vacancy on our board which will arise on 1 April 2020.
We are looking particularly for a trustee with substantial skills, knowledge and/or experience, gained in the commercial, public or not-for-profit sector, in financial strategy/planning and financial management who could also take on the role of chair of our board’s Audit, Risk and Finance Committee, working closely with our Finance Director and her team.
St John’s Winchester has a great history as one of the oldest charitable foundations in the UK with origins believed to be in the 12th century. While we are part of the historic fabric of the City of Winchester we have a thoroughly modern, caring and innovative approach to our core activities. We currently house a vibrant almshouse community, operate our Moorside home to care for older people living with dementia and provide our Hand in Hand service to support older people living in the wider Winchester community.
Through many bequests and endowments over centuries St John’s has built up a substantial commercial and residential property portfolio which is managed to generate income to fund our charitable activities.
The Charity has ambitions to expand, focused on:
• Building more supportive communities where older people can live well
• Expanding our Hand in Hand service and creating new offerings to support older people in the wider community to live well
• Providing care and support to older people to live well with dementia
• 84 residents in independent supported living in our almshouses
• 31 residents in our dementia care home with 24 hour nursing provision
• 24 people supported to live in their own homes under our Hand in Hand scheme since its launch in November 2018
Finances – 2018/19
• Income from all sources: £3.66m
• Total expenditure: £4.01m
• Net assets: £56.2m, including investment properties £36.1m, listed investments £12.6m, and properties used for charitable purposes £7.6m
• 87 employees
• 13 Trustees (including three vacancies in the course of being filled)
• St John’s operates within the regulatory scope of the Charity Commission and the Care Quality Commission (CQC). We recently received “Good” ratings from the CQC both for our almshouses (July 2019) and for our Moorside care home (August 2019).
It is important that our board, collectively, has the full range of skills, knowledge and experience needed to exercise effective governance of the charity both today and in the context of anticipated developments. Equally, in line with the requirements of charity law and best governance practice, each of our trustees, whatever their specialised skills, knowledge and experience, is expected to take responsibility for, and to engage fully in, every decision the board makes in every sphere of the charity’s activities.
From each of our trustees we seek a commitment to:
• act exclusively in the best interests of the charity and in accordance with our objectives and values
• work in a collegiate way with other board members
• collaborate with our senior management and staff, supporting them with advice and assistance where appropriate while respecting their delegated operational authority
• inform yourself about all aspects of the charity’s governance, activities and assets, not just those in which you have particular interest or expertise
• attend and participate fully in all board meetings (four half days a year plus one whole day) and meetings (four half days a year) of any board committees of which you are member. Willingness to serve on board committees is welcomed but is not an absolute requirement: trustees serve on committees according to their particular expertise and to the amount of time they are able to devote to their trusteeship, given their other commitments.
We offer our trustees:
• a full induction to the charity, its organisation, financial affairs and operations, and the role and responsibilities of our trustees
• familiarisation with our charitable services and our real property assets
• training or briefing from time to time on developments affecting the charity in significant areas of the law or best practice
• opportunities to join in events/activities in the daily life of the charity and our residents
St John’s trustees are not paid but are entitled to reclaim out-of-pocket expenses. Trustees are appointed for a term of three years and can be reappointed for a second term of three years.
To apply please send your current CV with a letter explaining why you would like to serve, and how you could contribute to, St John’s as a trustee, to Richard Corden (a trustee of St John’s and chair of our Staff and Governance Committee) at email@example.com by 21 February 2020.
If you have any questions before deciding whether to apply please also contact Richard Corden at firstname.lastname@example.org