Wessex Cancer Trust is a vibrant charity, which has spent almost 40 years supporting people in Hampshire, Dorset, Wiltshire, the Isle of Wight and the Channel Islands. We exist to provide local support for people living with or affected by cancer, irrespective of their age, stage and the type of cancer.  Support includes information, advice, practical help, counselling, complementary therapies and peer group support.

In recent times, the Trust launched a major growth plan to develop community based cancer support centres. It also expanded its children’s services. It has now achieved its short term goals,largely in Hampshire, and is going through a period of consolidation before the next expansion further into Dorset and Wiltshire.

A number of our trustees have retired recently and we are now seeking fresh energy in three specific areas:

Finance (Qualified Accountant)


PR and or Fundraising

Main Tasks

  1. Work with the Board in ensuring that it fulfils its responsibilities for the governance of the organisation.
  2. Ensure that the Board operates within its charitable objectives, and provides a clear strategic direction.
  3. Work in partnership with the CEO and senior staff helping to achieve the organisation’s mission.
  4. Help steer Wessex Cancer Trust through a financially challenging period so it can enter the next exciting period of expansion and transition.


Main Duties

  • Consider and approve strategic, budget and policy objectives.
  • Work with the Board to ensure that the organisation's financial dealings are prudently and systematically accounted for, audited and publicly available so as to meet the relevant regulatory requirements.
  • Monitor progress towards planned objectives and to ensure the implementation of its decisions.
  • Regularly to review major risks and associated opportunities, and satisfy itself that systems are in place to take advantage of opportunities, and manage and mitigate the risks.
  • Promote the organisation to a wider audience of potential donors and beneficiaries.


Additional Tasks


Our treasurer has recently retired, leaving is without an accountant on our Board. We need someone who is ACA qualified, ideally with experience of audit and standard tax. This trustee will work closely with the Head of Finance to support budget formulation, annual reporting, and to be a sounding board as a fellow professional.  Ideally you will be able to explain complex financial information in a way people who are not from a financial background will understand.  This trustee also sits on the Finance Work Group, a committee that meets in between Board meetings.



The Trust has a trading subsidiary, WCT Wessex Ltd. This currently includes eight charity shops based in Hampshire and on the Isle of Wight. We are looking for someone to be a Director of this company who is not an employee or a trustee. We hope to find someone who has a background in retail, either in the private or charity sector. The CEO of the Trust is the MD of the trading company so chairs the Retail Work Group, which also includes two trustees, Head of Finance and Head of Retail.


PR and/or Fundraising

We have a very successful fundraising and marketing team so would like to have a Board representative with knowledge and expertise in this area.  We are particularly keen to welcome people with local media connections, or experience of engaging with high profile stakeholders.

Terms of Service

Trustees is elected for a four year term, and can be re-elected for a second term if they so wish.  Trustees are unremunerated but necessary expenses are reimbursed.

Time Commitment: 4 Board Meetings Per Year, 4 committee meetings per year, and also represent the Charity at occasional events and meetings with key stakeholders.

Person Specification

Outline of the attributes we are hoping our new trustees will bring: 

  • Interest in and commitment our aim to support local people with cancer.
  • Understanding of the role and responsibilities of Trustees.
  • Willingness and ability to attend four Board meetings annually. Board meetings are held quarterly on Wednesday evenings at HQ in Chandlers Ford.
  • Availability to attend very occasional events in the evening, weekend, and sometimes during the working day.

 For more information please contact Cait Allen at [email protected] or call 02380 672200.