Hospice recruits financial expert

Alison Woodhams PNL-151019-113233001
Alison Woodhams PNL-151019-113233001

The Hospice of St Francis is looking for a new treasurer to join its board of trustees.

The Berkhamsted-based hospice provides palliative and end-of-life care, supportive care and education across west Herts and south Bucks.

The board consists of 12 members from a variety of backgrounds who develop the hospice’s strategy and work with the hospice management to meet agreed objectives.

The charity needs to raise over £4.8 million a year, and only about 20 per cent of its costs are met by the NHS.

The new treasurer will be a qualified accountant who has worked in a senior finance role and have had an extensive career in financial management.

Outgoing treasurer Alison Woodhams, who worked in senior roles at the BBC and University College London and will take over as chair of the board of trustees next year, said: “I became involved with the hospice because of the outstanding care my father received towards the end of his life from his local hospice. Being on the board has given me the opportunity to use my financial management skills and expertise, as well as my knowledge of the not-for-profit sector, to contribute to the development of the hospice’s strategy.

“I am proud to take on the role as chair of trustees. I’d really urge anyone with senior financial qualifications and experience to get involved.”

The board of trustees meets six times a year, with an annual conference to review strategy and performance.

In addition, trustees are asked to serve on board committees, which involves attending additional meetings throughout the year.

For the treasurer, this includes chairing the Finance & Fundraising Committee.

The posts are voluntary but expenses are paid.

Interested candidates should contact Clare Miles at 01442 869556 or clare.miles@stfrancis.org.uk