Board Trustees (Foundation or Trust Board)

Cranford Hospice

Board Trustees (Foundation or Trust Board)

Organisation description

Cranford Hospice Trust – Te Kahu Pairuri o Cranford Ki Te Matau-a-Maui and the Cranford Hospice Foundation work closely together to ensure that high quality specialist palliative care services are available in Hawke’s Bay, now and in the future.

Cranford Hospice Trust employs around 80 staff in the community and inpatient clinical services and in three retail stores. We are also supported by hundreds of volunteers. About half of our operational costs are provided through contracts with the government, and the rest we fundraise with the assistance of generous organisations and individuals every year.

Cranford Hospice Foundation is Cranford’s capital endowment trust. The Foundation invests funds to produce an income to help run Cranford’s day to day hospice services. The Foundation owns the land and building from which Cranford operates and is responsible for the capital project to build our new hospice facility.


Why our work matters

Hospice is not just a building, it’s a philosophy of care. We care for the whole person, not just their physical needs but also their emotional, spiritual, and social needs too. We care for families and friends as well, both before and after a death. Our goal is to help people make the most of the time they have left and to enable them to live every moment.


Particular skills/competencies sought

Both charitable trusts are seeking experienced board members to enhance their already strong governance teams. As our kaupapa are so aligned, we are running a joint recruitment process to ensure good skill mix across both boards.

We would like to hear from people with governance experience in addition to professional, practical experience in one or more of the following areas:

  • Legal
  • Fundraising and partnerships
  • Championing health equity
  • Te Tiriti, tikanga or Iwi relationships

Key Responsibilities:

  • Contribute to the strategic leadership of the Trust and Foundation.
  • Ensure robust governance and oversight of the organisations’ operations.
  • Champion the values and mission of Cranford Hospice Trust and Foundation.


Commitment required

Each board meets once per month for 2-3 hours, usually in person. In addition, there will be some work and preparation time between meetings.

Whilst these positions are voluntary, there is an expectation that trustees will have the time and energy to commit to being an active part of the governance team and be based in the Hawke’s Bay. Fundraising and connecting with the community are important parts of the role of a Cranford Trustee and we ask our members to make themselves available to attend several events per year.


To apply

Please complete the form below and upload your CV and cover letter.

If you have a particular interest in either Cranford Hospice Trust or the Cranford Hospice Foundation please specify that in your cover letter.

We plan to hold interviews in Hastings in early June.


Board Trustee Role Description

Board Trustee Application