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About the organisation

The Prince of Wales Hospice provides specialist palliative care in the Five Towns area (Pontefract, Castleford, Knottingley, Normanton, Featherstone and surrounding area) to people whose illness is no longer curable.

The Prince of Wales Hospice has been providing care to people with a life-limiting illness since 1989.  

Our services are available to any adult from the Five Towns area of the Wakefield District.

Our vision is to enable everyone in the community to live well and die well knowing their loved ones are supported.

We provide specialist care for adults with a terminal diagnosis. We focus on the person and not just the illness, supporting them and those around them

About the role

Our previous Finance Trustee is stepping down after 13 years and we are looking to recruit a new Trustee to ensure that we can deliver on our missions and vision. 

You will be supported by a stable and capable finance team, who manage the day to day operational matters.  Your role will be to ensure that you have the strategic oversight of the financial position and investments, communicating with the Director of Finance on these matters.  You will need to be able to explain the risk associated with different aspects of the strategic plan, comment on the audit reports (including internal audits) and lead financial discussions at Board.


  • Understand the Hospice aims and objectives as set out in its governing document and ensure it operates in accordance with them;

  • Ensure appropriate governance and that the Hospice operates within the law and complies with its governing document. This includes compliance with Charity and Company Law as well as other laws and regulations that apply to the Hospice;

  • Work with the Board of Trustees to agree overall strategy and business objectives and that progress against these are monitored;

  • Work with the Board of Trustees to understand and act upon financial and other monitoring information presented;

  • Safeguard the reputation and values of the Hospice;

  • At all times maintain effective relationships with: - the Collaborative Chief Executive Office of the Hospice to enable the team to achieve the Hospice goals; the staff and volunteers of the Hospice through the line management structure; - the Hospice’s external stakeholders, Patrons and Hospice benefactors; and the wider community

  • Be active as spokesperson and figurehead of the Hospice as appropriate and when required; and

  • Support the Hospice by attending events and fundraising activities.

Finance responsiblities:

  • Ensure the financial implications and risks of the strategic plans are understood by the Board of Trustees;

  • Lead discussions on of the annual budget adoption which ensures the ongoing financial viability of the Hospice;

  • Oversee the financial affairs of the Hospice to ensure they are legal, constitutional and within accepted accounting practice;

  • In liaison with the Collaborative Chief Executive Office and Director of Finance be assured that records are kept, effective financial systems, procedures and controls are in place;

  • In liaison with the Collaborative Chief Executive Office and Director of Finance ensure that all necessary financial reports, returns, accounts and audits are produced/submitted in line with legislation and regulatory requirements;

  • Regularly review and interpret the management accounts of the Hospice and ensure these are effectively interpreted to the Board of Trustees, ensuring fellow Trustees aware of their financial obligations;

  • To lead discussions on the Hospice’s investment strategy;

  • Appraise the financial viability of plans, proposals and feasibility studies and ensure these are interpreted to the Board of Trustees;

  • To lead discussions on the statutory audit report and any financial internal audit reports.

  • To be a member of the Resources Committee;

  • To undertake the role of Honorary Treasurer;

  • To review the quality of the audit and take a lead on auditor selection and appointment;

  • Work with the Board of Trustees and the Hospice to enable it to fulfil its purpose;

  • Participate in the annual review of the Board’s performance;

  • Undertake and actively contribute to the Board annual appraisal process;

  • Willingly participate in Board related training and seeking appropriate advice and information relevant to your role.

General Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Volunteers are required to abide by the Health and Safety at Work Act, attend annual mandatory training sessions and ensure they comply with Hospice policies and procedures at all times;

  • Members of the Board of Trustees are asked to demonstrate commitment to their own personal development and are required to make a positive contribution to fundraising and raising the profile of the Hospice;

  • Strict confidentiality applying to all aspects of Hospice business must be observed at all times.

Our ideal candidate


Essential: Experience of interpreting financial information


  • Experience of working at Board level

  • Experience of influencing and monitoring strategies and business plans

  • Voluntary sector or healthcare experience


Essential: Qualified Accountant (ACA, ACCA, CIMA, CIPFA) min 3 years post   qualification


  • Relevant knowledge of the Hospice

  • Relevant knowledge of NHS and CCG

  • Relevant knowledge of the charitable sector



  • Good financial analysis and interpretation skills

  • Strategic vision

  • Good independent judgement

  • Possesses tact, diplomacy, persuasion and negotiation skills

  • Excellent communication skills

  • Ability to work effectively as part of a team



  • Positive professional approach and image

  • A willingness to lead

  • Integrity

  • A commitment to the Hospice and its objects



  • Meets eligibility criteria of acting as a Trustee   (signed declaration)

  • Declares any conflict of interest with the Hospice

  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal   duties, responsibilities and liabilities of a Trustee

Your commitment

  • To really get to know the Hospice and its work, we ask for a commitment of 3 years

  • You will need to attend 4-6 Board meetings and around 4-8 sub-committee meetings each year

  • To represent the Hospice at external events and meetings

  • All meetings take place in Pontefract, West Yorkshire and Trustee posts are unremunerated

What’s in it for you

A great opportunity to join a Board of Trustees - the Hospice has an in-house Finance Team so this role is very much focused on oversight and leading the finance discussions for the Board. 

Most importantly, you can make a real difference to Hospice care and play a virtal role in shaping the furture of our Hospice services. 

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Finance Trustee

The Prince of Wales Hospice

Apply by

16 Mar 2024







Time commitment

0-5 hours per month
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