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The Role

The role: Trustee

Location: Occasional travel to Victoria Charity Centre, 11 Belgrave Road, London, SW1V 1RB

Time commitment: 1–2 days per month

Remuneration: The role of Trustee is not accompanied by any financial remuneration, although expenses for travel may be claimed

Responsible to: The Board of Trustees, led by the Chair


About Sands

Sands is the stillbirth and neonatal death charity.  We operate throughout the UK, supporting anyone affected by the death of a baby, working to improve the care bereaved parents receive, and promoting research to reduce the loss of babies’ lives.

Sands was founded in 1978 by a small group of bereaved parents devastated by the death of their babies, and by the total lack of acknowledgement and understanding of the significance and impact of their loss.

Since then, Sands has played a key role in raising public awareness of baby death across the UK, supported thousands of parents whose babies have died, worked closely with Health Care Professionals to improve the care bereaved parents receive, and funded much social and medical research to help better understand why babies die and prevent such tragedies.
We are made up of staff and volunteers. The Sands Helpline works together with our local volunteer Groups and befrienders to ensure that anyone affected by the death of a baby has access to compassionate, experienced  support.

Our Improving Bereavement Care team works with health and social care professionals to provide training and resources to support them in delivering the very best bereavement care for parents.

Thanks to the hard work of our supporters we are able to fund crucial, high-quality research to understand why babies die and find new interventions to prevent more deaths. Our Research and Prevention team work at national level on quality-improvement initiatives to make maternity and neonatal care safer. ______________________________________________________________________________________________________

About the role

As a member of the Board of Trustees you will:

• Provide strategic oversight and leadership, ensuring that Sands pursues its stated objectives through its vision and mission

• Ensure that Sands operates in accordance with the principles of good governance, complying with its Articles of  Association, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations

Main responsibilities:

• To work with internal and external stakeholders in pursuance of Sands’ aims and objects, as defined in the Articles of Association, and to act in accordance with Sands’ values and principles

• To contribute to the Board’s role in providing strategic direction for Sands; setting an overall strategy, approving the business plan and budget, defining goals and targets, evaluating performance, and taking appropriate action with regard to risk management

• To ensure that Sands complies fully with all relevant legislation and regulations including, but not limited to, company, charity, employment, and health and safety law

• To ensure that Sands uses its resources exclusively in pursuance of its charitable objects, with funds being used to best and most appropriate effect 

• To safeguard the good name and values of Sands

• To ensure the financial stability of Sands, and to protect and manage the assets of the charity ensuring the proper investment of its funds

• To ensure the effective and efficient administration of Sands, including having appropriate policies and procedures in place

• To promote collaborative working and communication across the charity

• To be responsible for the appointment, supervision, support, appraisal and remuneration of the Chief Executive

• To attend and contribute to Board Meetings and Sub-Committees as appropriate

• In addition to the above statutory duties, each Trustee should use any specific skills, knowledge or experience, he or she  has to help the Board of Trustees reach sound decisions


The Person

Essential knowledge, skills and experiences:

1. Demonstrable understanding of and commitment to Sands and its strategic objectives

2. A commitment to the values and principles of Sands

3. An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship, or be willing to learn them 

4. An ability to analyse information; use good, independent judgement; and a willingness to challenge constructively when necessary

5. An ability to work professionally and respectfully as a member of a team, making collective decisions which support the vision and mission

6. A commitment to ongoing training and development

7. A commitment to equality and diversity

8. A willingness to devote the time and effort needed

9. A commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership


As Sands evolves as an organisation it requires within its Board sufficient varying expertise and experience in a wide range of areas. In particular, we are currently looking for Trustees who can demonstrate knowledge and experience of at least one of the following:

     • Paediatrics / maternity care / neonatal care
     • Sound understanding and experience of diversity in its fullest sense
     • IT / technology

We also welcome relevant knowledge and experience which relates to either the work of Sands or to the workings of the third sector. 


How to apply

To apply for this position, please provide the following two pieces of information:

• A comprehensive CV, including details of your achievements in each role and details of two referees

• A supporting statement, explaining how you believe your skills and experience match the requirements of the role, directly addressing the criteria as outlined in the person specification

Applications should be submitted to

For an informal and confidential discussion about the role please contact

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