Chief Executive Officer

Francis House Children's Hospice

  • Salary

    Dependent on qualifications and experience

  • Hours of work

    Full time

  • Closing date

    17 May 2024

Who we are

Francis House Children’s Hospice is recruiting for a new Chief Executive Officer (CEO) and Company Secretary to lead us into the next phase of our journey.

Francis House Children’s Hospice is a centre of excellence providing specialist palliative and end-of-life care services to the families of children and young people with life-limiting and life-threatening conditions from across the north west of England.

Our aim is to meet the physical, emotional, social and spiritual needs of the children and young people and their families and improve their quality of life by providing support that is holistic and personalised.

We pride ourselves on caring for the whole family and supporting young people for the remainder of their short lives. From our site in Didsbury, Manchester, we provide respite accommodation for the whole family in Francis House and an age-appropriate facility for teenagers and young adults in Francis Lodge.

Established in in 1990, the Hospice has an international reputation for excellence and provides advice and experience to help with the establishment of hospices all around the world, including Bosnia-Herzegovina, Japan, Belarus and the Czech Republic.

A multi-disciplinary team supports more than 600 families with respite care, day care, homecare, sibling support, parental support, end of life care and symptom control, and emotional and bereavement support.

The care provided by Francis House is additional to that provided by the National Health Service and is not part of any statutory provision. To deliver our care, Francis House relies on the generosity of the many people who have contributed over the years to help support thousands of special families and young people.

We are recruiting for a new CEO following the announcement of the retirement David Ireland our current Chief Executive.

Job advert for chief executive

About the role

Chief Executive of Francis House Children’s Hospice

Salary on application (dependent on qualifications and experience)

Salary Package also includes:

  • Company Pension Scheme (NHS pension holders may be able to transfer pension)
  • Group Income Protection Scheme (premium paid by Francis House Family Trust)
  • Hours 37.5 per week

Core hours of work on site are Monday – Friday 9.00am – 5.00pm however this post requires the successful person to work some additional hours necessary for the safe operation and public promotion of the Hospice.

Eligibility for Post

Previous experience of a Senior Management role, preferably in a charitable or similar setting.

Closing Date for Applications

Friday 17th May 2024

The interview process will be in two stages:

  • Formal interview in question and answer format.
  • A shortlist of applicants to make a presentation on Thursday 20th June 2024.

Download an application form

For more information and a job description please contact Karen Smail on 0161 434 4118 or email