Chief Executive

Chief Executive

  • Location

    North Chailey

  • Sector:

    Directors & CEOs

  • Job type:


  • Salary:

    circa £85,000

  • Contact :

    Jenny Hills

  • Contact email:


  • Contact phone:

    020 7820 7321

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  • Published:

    11 months ago

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Set in 36 acres of beautiful Sussex countryside, St Peter & St James Hospice supports and empowers and cares for people towards the end of life. Our friendly, professional and nurturing team of employees and volunteers work side-by-side to support patients and their carers in their journey both in the comfort of their own homes, as well as at the hospice in North Chailey.

With approximately 140 employees, over 400 volunteers and 10 charity shops across Lewes, Haywards Heath, Uckfield, Lindfield and Burgess Hill, St Peter & St James Hospice is at the heart of our community.

Our values are evident in everything we do, which is what compels our employees and volunteers to stay with us, sometimes for years. (One of our volunteers has been with us for 21 years!). Our donkeys Dylan and Dudley and resident cats, Jasper and Willow, are also much-loved additions to the friendly team at St Peter & St James Hospice!

Our current Chief Executive Barbara Williams has led the Hospice successfully for several years, ensuring that our patients and their loved ones are at the heart of all our work, including through the unique challenges of 2020. With her well-deserved retirement this year, her successor will lead the Hospice's continuing change programme, including an innovative integration of our service delivery teams, and help restore the sense of "one team" that was affected by the physical separations of staff and volunteers by Covid. Despite this challenges of the pandemic, new Chief Executive has a strong platform to build on, and will lead us forward as a unified team to rebuild our services for the future.

Key details:

Job Title: Chief Executive of St Peter & St James Hospice
Salary: circa 85,000
Hours: Full time, with occasional weekend and evening work
Location: North Chailey, East Sussex

Amongst other criteria, the successful candidate will have:

  • A demonstrable track record of success at a senior management level at an organisation/s of comparable scale and complexity.
  • The strategic ability to identify critical issues and formulate necessary programmes of work that respond to these issues and to oversee their effective implementation.
  • Experience of leading teams through organisational change, including cultural change.
  • Analytical Skills: Proven ability to critically evaluate and influence policy and strategy initiatives developed by national, regional and local stakeholders.
  • Communication Skills: Ability to communicate effectively verbally, in writing and by the use of other media, including information technology, with colleagues at all levels, Trustees, public, private and voluntary sector organisations as appropriate.
  • Commercial Acumen: Ability to identify, develop and deliver on opportunities for sustainable growth in line with our vision, mission and values.
  • The ability to manage allocated resources effectively, delivering business performance and value for money.
  • A strong alignment with our mission, vision and values.

We encourage applicants who are from underrepresented groups with protected characteristics, as we value having a diverse pool of applicants to find the best candidate.

If you would like to receive an Information Pack for this role with details on how to apply, please send an expression of interest and (optional but appreciated) a CV or professional profile in confidence to our consultant, Jenny Hills at executive@harrishill.co.uk. For an informal and confidential conversation about this position, please contact Jenny at the above address with your number and suitable times to speak.

Closing date for applications: 9am, Monday 26th July 2021.