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Chief Executive Officer Birmingham Hospice

Woodrow Mercer
Birmingham, West Midlands
£107,000 + DOE
Closing date
4 Jul 2024

Job Details

Job purpose

The role of Birmingham Hospice's Chief Executive Officer is to ensure all its services are delivered in accordance with the spirit and intention of the Hospice’s Mission and core values and meet all the requirements of the statutory and regulatory environment.

As the charity’s most senior manager, you will be responsible for the leadership and day-to-day operations and management of the Hospice. You will work with the Board of Trustees and staff in developing and implementing the charity's strategic direction.

We seek an experienced leader who will bring extensive experience from a relevant charity or healthcare environment with a similar scale of breadth and complexity. You will have a proven track record with a demonstrable ability to develop and deliver impactful strategies whilst inspiring the people around you to succeed as an empowered and high-performing team.

The position of Chief Executive Officer is vital in shaping our activities, strategy, and future. 

About us

Birmingham St Mary’s and John Taylor Hospices merged in 2021. Now unified under one name, Birmingham Hospice, we care for more people than ever before. Our patients are at the heart of everything we do and have been throughout our combined 157-year history. From caring for those in our Inpatient Units to providing vital day services in our Living Well Centres and supporting families with personalised bereavement counselling, we care for our community when they need us most.

We care for around 1,000 people (on average) every day – at our hospice sites, in the community, or their own homes. We are the primary provider of adult hospice care in Birmingham. We care for people with a variety of complex conditions, including cardiovascular diseases, chronic respiratory diseases and kidney failure, as well as cancer. Our vision is a future where everyone with a life-limiting illness will live and die with dignity and in comfort. Our mission is to enable more people from all communities to access the care they choose at the end of life.

Birmingham Hospice is dedicated to collaborating with community partners to enhance the quality of care and support services we provide our patients and their families. Through strategic partnerships with healthcare providers, social service agencies, advocacy organisations, and other stakeholders, we can expand our reach, improve access to care, and address the diverse needs of our community.

By working with our partners, we can leverage our combined resources, expertise, and networks to ensure that every individual facing end-of-life care receives the compassionate and personalised support they deserve. Our commitment to building strong and meaningful partnerships is at the core of our mission to provide exceptional hospice care to those in need in the Birmingham area.


Person Specification (Essential):


  • Experience of leading organisational transformation and change management projects.
  • Robust management experience at a senior level including financial clear sightedness
  • Extensive staff management experience including: HR planning, selection and recruitment, appraisal, staff development, staff wellbeing, health and safety, performance management, succession planning
  • Working strategically to develop successful partnerships and alliances at local, regional and national levels

Skills and abilities:

  • A strong strategic outlook with the ability to define and articulate the vision to internal and external audiences.
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills: including public speaking, negotiation, presentation, listening and report writing.
  • Excellent leadership skills, with a collaborative, facilitative and coaching approach to staff; and flexibility in terms of dealing with an ever-changing environment
  • Sound commercial acumen demonstrated in a senior decision-making capacity.
  • Robust understanding of the current health care and environment and the challenges facing the hospice sector.


  • Work flexibly including out-of-office hours work and being on call.
  • Being able to work constructively and openly with trustees and establish excellent relationships between the board and the staff team.
  • Evidence of continued professional development


Why join our team:

Everyone at our charity is here to make a difference. Our staff are knowledgeable, committed, open, friendly and fun – they understand and buy into the values of a hospice.

93% of respondents from our latest staff survey said that they are proud to tell people they work for Birmingham Hospice.

We’re committed to making our charity a brilliant place to work, and have been awarded the Agenda Consulting Employee Engagement Award for demonstrating ongoing high levels of employee engagement within our organisation.

Birmingham Hospice is a certified Level 2 Disability Confident Employer.

The Disability Confident scheme aims to help employers make the most of the opportunities provided by employing disabled people. It is voluntary and has been developed by employers and disabled people’s representatives.

Disability Confident Employers are recognised as going the extra mile to make sure disabled people get a fair chance

Birmingham Hospice has received the Investors in Diversity accreditation in recognition of its commitment to equality, diversity and inclusion. The award, given out by the National Centre for Diversity, is acknowledged as the national standard for equality.

It provides organisations with a bespoke approach for improving Fairness, Respect, Equality, Diversity, Inclusion and Engagement (FREDIE) practices in the workplace.

Birmingham Hospice is committed to the fair treatment of staff and potential staff, regardless of age, race, religion or belief, gender, sexual orientation, gender reassignment, responsibilities for dependents, physical or mental disability, marriage and civil partnership or offending background.



For a full JD including duties of the post holder, contact Sean Nicholson at Woodrow Mercer

In order to apply for the position, applicants will need to submit the following:

A CV setting out your career history, with key responsibilities and achievements. Please ensure you have provided reasons for any gaps within the last two years.

A Statement of Suitability (no longer than 1250 words) clearly articulates how your personal skills, qualities, and experience align with the role by referencing the essential criteria in the person specification. This document is your chance to demonstrate how you are the perfect fit for the position.

The remuneration for this role will be discussed with applicants.

Closing date for applications: 5pm on 28th June 2024

Confirmed Interview date: 11th July 2024, 9am – 5pm; shortlisted applicants will need to be available throughout the day onsite to participate in group and individual activities as part of the selection process.


Woodrow Mercer Healthcare have made thousands of placements of skilled, dedicated and expert interim consultants into the NHS.

What makes us different is our commitment to transparent commercials, long term relationships and being the most knowledgeable recruitment team in the market.

Our Healthcare Recruitment Consultants are unmatched in our experience and track record in this market. 

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0121 720 3955
55 Colmore Row
United Kingdom
B3 2AA

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