Charity Trustee

Help us beat Childhood Cancer

Volunteer your skills as a Trustee on our Board

Kidscan Children’s Cancer Research are seeking to appoint a number of new trustees to join the Trustee Board. In particular we are looking for trustees who have strong experience in one of the following areas:

  • Fundraising with a non-profit organisation
  • Human Resources (HR) Management

We are also looking for individuals who may be interested in becoming Secretary to the board.

As a Trustee you will be able to contribute by;

  • Ensuring the charity is fulfilling its purpose;
  • Helping to create a safe and protected environment for staff, volunteers and beneficiaries;
  • Bringing your experience to guide and support the operational team
  • Implementing and adapting the strategic vision of the charity;
  • Improving our fundraising activities to help us achieve our research goals

The Board delegates specific powers to the Kidscan Leadership Team and works with them to deliver agreed goals and outcomes in accordance with the charity’s strategy and governance. The Board has a key role in maintaining effective oversight and acting as a “critical friend” to senior Kidscan leadership. 

The prospective trustees will be able to contribute effectively to the work of the Board which: 

  • Provides entrepreneurial leadership of the charity
  • Sets the Group’s vision, values, educational philosophy and standards of charity’s conduct, ensuring that obligations to stakeholders are understood and met; 
  • Approves and monitors the charity’s strategy, business plans, budgets and key performance indicators;
  • Monitors the effectiveness of the charity’s governance arrangements, including appointments to the Board and its Committees, the use of corporate assets, related party transactions, and the management of risks and conflicts of interest;
  • Oversees the process of external disclosure and communications including the development of the brand and the management of the charity’s reputation;
  • Reviews the performance of management and determines the charity’s remuneration policy.
  • Appoints the Chief Executive and senior members of staff to manage the day-to-day activities, operations and resources of the charity, and contributes to the appointment of other senior leadership positions within the charity.

This is a voluntary position adapted to the demands of your professional career. Most of our Trustees have similar challenges and we adapt accordingly. The minimum commitments is monthly Board meetings and updates, but ideally around a total of 15 days per year. In addition, there are opportunities to participate in important Kidscan events (e.g.Royal Visits).

As Kidscan Children’s Cancer Research holds charitable status, this position will be unremunerated.

This is a strategic non-executive role to ensure the success of Kidscan as a funding provider, a charity and an active business operation. Candidates must be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to the vision and values of Kidscan.


  • Evidence of a sound understanding of the third sector
  • Ability to contribute as a non-executive to a broad range of board topics based on experience and intellect
  • Ability to think, plan and operate strategically
  • Leadership style – consensual, inspirational and firm 
  • Holding to account – achievement focus 
  • Ability to work closely with all key stakeholders at both national and international (multicultural) levels 
  • High level and broad networking 
  • High level communication skills 
  • Strong interpersonal skills 


  • Presence and gravitas 
  • Enthusiasm and passion for the role 
  • Necessary tact and diplomacy 
  • Strength of character and resolve; resilience in times of challenge
  • The ability to put together well-reasoned arguments 
  • Commitment and ability to devote sufficient time to Kidscan and the role 

To apply please send a CV and covering letter to recruitment@kidscan.org.uk 

Ambassador Charlotte is off to University

Ambassador Charlotte is off to University

Kidscan caught up with our ambassador Charlotte this week, to congratulate her again on her fantastic exam results...

Read More

Howard Spargo completes #lejog raising over £9k for Kidscan

Howard Spargo completes #lejog raising over £9k for Kidscan

Manchester business leader Howard Spargo has completed the 980-mile Lands End to John O’Groats cycling challenge, raising over £9110 for Kidscan Children’s...

Read More

New Kidscan Ambassador: James Thomas

New Kidscan Ambassador: James Thomas

James is 15 years old and was diagnosed with ALL (acute lymphoblastic lymphoma) in June 2021. After a course of chemo on Ward 84...

Read More

Newsletter Sign Up