Application deadline: 
Friday, 31 January, 2020 - 17:00
Coping with Cancer

Coping with Cancer has been delivering care and support to patients with cancer in North East hospitals for over 37 years.  Mainly our services have been delivered in Oncology Day Units and Macmillan Centres, but we are in the midst of great changes…….and need experienced professionals who are passionate about making a difference to people’s lives.

We are looking to recruit 4 individuals to formally join our Executive Committee in 2020.  Prior trustee experience is not necessary as we will be offering full training, but your skills and experience in areas such as Quality, Law, PR or knowledge of working with the NHS is vital to our future success.

We are a small team of 30 staff and volunteers with an expected turnover of £170,000 to March 2020 and a new Chief Executive who has instigated a significant change programme.  We have introduced new systems, policies, processes and training to bring us up to date in all areas.  We are about to launch our new website with new logo and communications plan to increase general awareness and understanding about our services.  We are planning to move to new offices and increase our services - and need to increase our board and strengthen our governance.

Please take a look at the following Job Description and Person Specification.  If you would like to apply, please send a letter telling us why you are interested and what you would bring to the role. Please also enclose your CV, including two professional references.  If you would like to discuss the role or have any questions about joining us, please contact Maggie Bailey at

Application deadline 31st January 2020.

Interviews w/c 10th February 2020

Trustee Role Description


The Board of Trustees are responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of Coping with Cancer North East, developing the organisations aims, objectives and goals in accordance with the governing document, legal and regulatory guidelines.

Trustees of CWC:

  • Will work together to provide leadership and strategic direction to the organisation;
  • Ensure that CWC meets its charitable objectives as laid out in the articles of association;
  • Ensure that CWC is effectively run and meets all of its legal and regulatory requirements;
  • Ensure that assets are safeguarded and used efficiently for those for whom the organisation exists;
  • Ensure that the organisation is accountable financially and in other ways; and
  • Take on specific roles as required for the smooth operation of the Board of Trustees and the organisation.


Trustees of CWC are expected to contribute around ten hours per month to the organisation and to attend at least three ordinary board meetings per year, in addition to the Annual General Meeting  We are keen to set up new sub committees in 2020 to focus on strategic growth plans for the future so would be looking for enthusiasm for this additional commitment.  All trustees retire from office together at the end of the AGM but may be re-elected or re-appointed by vote.


As an Association, membership of the Executive Committee (Trustee Role) is restricted to those over the age of 18 and we also ask for a satisfactory DBS check.


The role is a voluntary position, although reasonable travelling expenses can be refunded.

Person Specification

These are the competencies that we expect all Trustees of Coping with Cancer North East to possess.


  • Knowledge and experience of voluntary sector issues
  • Empathy with cancer diagnosis and treatment issues
  • Willing and able to promote the success of Coping with Cancer North East
  • Good communication skills and the ability to work as part of the Board to further the organisation’s aims
  • Competent computer user and able to communicate regularly by email
  • Able to exercise independent judgement and take reasonable care, skill and diligence in their role on the Board
  • Willing and able to fulfil the legal duties of a Charity Trustee


CWC depends on Trustees having a wide range of skills, and each Board member should have strengths in complimenting subject areas.  We are currently specifically looking for Trustees with knowledge in one of the following areas.

  • In depth knowledge of NHS Commissioning and Forward Strategy
  • Health and Safety/Risk Management and Quality
  • Knowledge of legal issues and requirements
  • Public Relations and ICT management