Job Title: Trustee Role(s)
Location: London
Reporting to: Chair of the Board of Trustees
Contract: Voluntary
Salary: Not Applicable
Date closes:Monday, 11th April 2022 at 10am
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Role Purpose

Oracle Cancer Trust is a small, dynamic charity working to advance the fight against Head and Neck Cancer and ensure that the medical community, patients, and families get as much support as possible to beat the odds with regards to this disease.  Oracle has successfully navigated the pandemic and has a new CEO, an engaged Board of Trustees and a strongly committed community from whom they get great support and guidance.  Oracle has recently completed a strategic market review which included discussions and input from all their key stakeholder communities and from which they have developed a new mission and strategy.

Oracle is seeking one or more Trustee(s) to support them in their mission to deliver against an ambitious but exciting new growth plan, building on its strong foundations with a three-pronged focus on

  • Increasing awareness and education of Head & Neck cancers in the wider community
  • Addressing delivery gaps within the Head & Neck cancer centres and delivery teams
  • Promoting more knowledge and better outcomes through research grants.

They know that early diagnosis has a direct correlation to more positive outcomes in cancer. However, lack of awareness, socioeconomic barriers and deprivation are all contributing to delayed diagnosis. COVID-19 has widened these gaps even further and the NHS is struggling to respond, leaving many communities behind. Oracle is actively engaging with key Head & Neck multi-disciplinary teams across the UK to understand how best to tackle these inequalities and there are some very tangible projects that are simply not happening due to lack of funding.

Objectives for 2022 include:

  • Increasing our impact across awareness raising, medical team firefighting and advances in treatment approaches.
  • Launching two major campaigns: Bringing Medical Research to Life & Addressing Inequality in Head & Neck Cancers
  • Continuing to develop relationships with individuals, major donors, corporates and trusts & foundations.
  • Increasing our annual income target with strong cash position that allows us to initiate call for new research projects to fund (Currently 10 live research projects).
  • Developing solid working relationships and collaboration with national Head & Neck Cancer medical community (all large UK H&N Cancer centres).
  • Helping set up a UK Head & Neck Cancer Coalition that promotes collaboration across UK Head & Neck Cancer Charities, Industry Partners (eg. Pharma) and BAHNO.
  • Continuing to deliver above and beyond with our small but high caliber team

Key Responsibilities

As a member of the Board of Trustees, you will provide strategic leadership and oversight for the organisation as it seeks to fulfil its charitable objects. You will ensure the Charity operates in accordance with its governing document and meets its legal and regulatory requirements.

At the present time the Board comprises 5 Trustees drawn from a variety of different backgrounds and representing different skill sets. The Board includes those with expertise in marketing, investments, finance, strategy and other areas.

Our trustees are jointly and severally responsible for the overall governance and strategic direction of Oracle Cancer Trust, its financial health, probity of its activities, and for setting and overseeing the delivery of the organisation’s aims and objectives.

The Board of Trustees are seeking to make a number of new appointments to the Board to strengthen its knowledge, skill base and connections. In particular we are interested in recruiting individuals with knowledge in the following areas:

  • Head and Neck Cancer from a public health perspective or senior clinician
  • Fundraising
  • Pharmaceutical and/or Medical Device Corporate Social Responsibility
  • Accounting and Financial Management
  • Business MD/CEO level

We seek individuals who are well connected and who can introduce us to their networks as we seek to grow and improve our positive impact on Head and Neck Cancer in the UK.

Skills and Experience

You possess:

  • A willingness to commit to Oracle Cancer Trust, and to devote the necessary time and effort.
  • Strategic vision.
  • Sound, independent judgment and a willingness to speak your mind.
  • An ability to think creatively.
  • An understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship.
  • An ability to work effectively as a member of the team.
  • A commitment to Nolan’s seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.

You will have:

  • An understanding of the UK charity sector.
  • Sympathy for the issues of public good and donor wishes in funding Head and Neck cancer research, awareness building and helping fill the gaps of NHS on the ground issues.
  • Excellent networking skills, influencing and communicating skills.

You will be:

  • Able to provide direction and vision to Oracle Cancer Trust and its staff.
  • Able to travel to 1-2 meetings per year in London and otherwise able to join Board and other meetings virtually.
  • Able to provide strategic oversight, support and challenge to our Executive Team.
  • Over the age of 18.
  • Eligible to serve as a Trustee and not disqualified from acting as such.

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