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Who we are

The King’s Fund is an independent charitable organisation working to improve health and care in England. We were founded in 1897 by the Prince of Wales, later King Edward VII, to raise money for London’s voluntary hospitals. The work of the Fund has evolved over time in response to the changing needs of the population, but our mission – to improve health and care – has endured. The money invested in the Fund more than a century ago provides a substantial proportion of our income, enabling us to maintain our independence. We are not aligned with any political, professional or other interests.  

Our work today involves understanding developments, challenges and opportunities across health and care. We use this understanding to influence policy and practice and to help people navigate the complexity of the systems in which they operate. We understand that our vision can only be achieved through collective action involving many organisations and sectors, so we seek to collaborate with and learn from a broad range of partners – including local and national NHS organisations, local government, people using health and care services, the voluntary and community sector and others – working together to achieve our goals.  

We are able to succeed as an organisation because we value our people. Our staff bring a rich variety of talents, experience and expertise. Every part of The King’s Fund makes a vital contribution towards our vision of securing the best possible health and care for all, and we can achieve more by bringing our skills and expertise together. 

Our vision

Our vision is that the best possible health and care is available to all. We aim to be a catalyst for change and inspire improvements in health and care by:  

  • generating and sharing ideas and evidence  
  • offering rigorous analysis and independent challenge  
  • bringing people together to discuss, share and learn  
  • supporting and developing people, teams and organisations  
  • helping people to make sense of the health and care system. 


Our new strategy

This is an exciting and important time for The King’s Fund as we embark on the delivery of a new 5-year strategy. Our work spans the breadth of health and care policy and practice, giving us a unique understanding of the strategic context for health and care now and in the future. Within this, we focus our resources around specific priority areas where we believe we can maximise our impact.  

By engaging with our staff and people from across the health and care system, we have chosen three areas of focus for the next five years where the opportunity for The King’s Fund’s skills and resources to improve health and care is greatest.  

We will work with people in the health and care system to: 

  • drive improvements in health and wellbeing across places and communities 
  • improve health and care for people with the worst health outcomes 
  • support people and leaders working in health and care.  

The role

The role of The King’s Fund Board of Trustees is to manage and regulate the affairs of the Fund. The Board ensures compliance with the objects, purposes and values of the organisation in accordance with the Royal Charter. The Board ensures that the organisation complies with all relevant laws, regulations and requirements of its regulators, and in particular that it submits annual returns, reports and accounts as required by law. Trustees' responsibilities are summarised below:

  • Ensuring that the organisation complies with its governing document, charity law, company law and any other relevant legislation or regulations. 
  • Ensuring that the organisation pursues its objects as defined in its governing document. 
  • Ensuring the organisation applies its resources exclusively in pursuance of its objects. 
  • Contributing actively to the Board of Trustees’ role in giving firm strategic direction to the organisation, setting overall policy, defining goals and setting targets and evaluating performance against agreed targets. 
  • Safeguarding the reputation and values of the organisation. 
  • Ensuring the effective and efficient administration of the organisation. 
  • Ensuring the financial stability of the organisation. 
  • Protecting and managing the assets of the organisation and ensuring the proper investment of its funds.  

Successful candidates will need to demonstrate evidence of the following attributes and experience: 

  • Commitment to the objectives and values of The King’s Fund and to the Nolan seven principles of public life: selflessness, integrity, objectivity, accountability, openness, honesty and leadership.  
  • A track record of success in contributing at the highest level to the running of an organisation in the public, private or voluntary sector, and of dealing with complex issues. 
  • Understanding and acceptance of the legal duties, responsibilities and liabilities of trusteeship. 
  • Willingness and ability to commit the time to the Board as indicated below. 
  • Knowledge and understanding of health and social care policy.  
  • Absolute personal and professional integrity. 
  • The practice of collective and compassionate leadership. 
  • An inclusive approach, with a belief in the importance of embracing diversity in its broadest sense. 
  • Excellent communication skills. 
  • Proven success in working with a diverse team of influential people. 

Candidates for these roles may come from a number of backgrounds. However, in light of our strategic priorities, current experience in local government, social care, primary care or population health will be particularly valuable. Previous experience as a non-executive director or trustee is not essential.  

Applications are particularly welcome from BAME candidates and women.   

Timing, time commitment and remuneration

Trustees are elected for a term of three years, with the possibility of renewal for a further term of three years. The Trustee Board meetings are held 6 times a year in London, one of which may be an all-day strategic planning meeting.   

Trustees are also expected to engage with the Chief Executive and Senior Management Team outside the regular Board meetings to provide guidance and undertake the range of activities as outlined above.  

This is an unpaid position, except for the reimbursement of travel expenses.  

How to apply

To register your interest, please send a copy of your CV, a supporting statement and completed equal opportunities monitoring form to The information on the form will be used for monitoring purposes only and will not be disclosed to anyone involved in assessing your application.   

The deadline for application is Friday 6 December 2019

A nominations committee made up of trustees and led by the Fund’s current Chair, Sir Christopher Kelly, will be responsible for selection decisions. 

Please note 

No agencies please.

We regret that we cannot respond individually to all applicants due to the high number of applications we receive. If you have not been contacted within three weeks of the closing date, please assume that you have not been shortlisted for interview. Please note that we are unable to offer feedback to applicants who are not shortlisted for interview. 

The King’s Fund is committed to equal opportunities in all its activities and appointments will be determined solely on merit. Applications are welcomed from all sections of the community, including those from minority ethnic groups and those with disabilities.