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Below are current job vacancies within the Stoma Care field, please note ASCN UK do not endorse these role and it is purely an advert. If you would like to advertise a role here please contact for more information and costs.


Colostomy UK

Clinical Trustee

Colostomy UK is a national charity that offers support and advice to people who have had any type of stoma surgery (ostomates) and to their friends, families and carers. Our projects help empower ostomates to return to sports, hobbies and other activities after their surgery and give them the confidence to take on fresh challenges. We also advocate for ostomates’ rights and are their voice on the bigger issues. Our campaigns raise awareness of ‘life with a stoma’ and encourage organisations to make their facilities and people more inclusive.

The role

As a charity trustee at Colostomy UK, you will play a critical role as part of our board. Key responsibilities include.

  1. Governance: Actively participate in the governance and strategic direction of the charity, ensuring our Purpose, Aims, Vision and Values and objectives are upheld.
  2. Financial oversight: Provide oversight and scrutiny of the charity's financial management, ensuring resources are used efficiently and in alignment with our purpose..
  3. Fundraising: Support fundraising efforts, contribute to the development of fundraising strategies, and assist in securing resources for our activities, service, programs and initiatives.
  4. Committee participation: Serve on specific committees or working groups as needed, leveraging your skills and expertise to advance our objectives.
  5. Ambassador: Act as a figure head for the organisation, representing us at various events and activities. 

Skills and experience:

We know that people from certain backgrounds are under-represented at board level, and we are particularly keen to receive applications from people of colour, people with disabilities, hidden conditions and neurodiversity’s, people from disadvantaged backgrounds and people who identify as being LGBTQIA+ so that we have better representation to help develop our work and support all communities in our society.

To be considered for this role, you should have. 

  • Substantial background as a Stoma Care; Stoma Care or Colorectal nurse or a Surgeon, either currently in employment or retired but still actively involved in the stoma community.
  • Passionate about improving the life of people with a stoma.
  • Able to demonstrate a good understanding of current developments in stoma and colorectal management, NHS changes and challenges faced by people with a stoma
    • A strong commitment to the charity's purpose and values.
    • A willingness and able to dedicate time and effort to fulfil trustee responsibilities.
    • Relevant skills, experience, or expertise that can benefit the charity (e.g., lived experience finance, legal, fundraising, marketing, HR, campaigning, volunteering etc.).

The charity’s work and strategic objectives are overseen by the board of trustees, who meet at least four times a year to review the organisation’s work, finances and services and to agree the charity’s strategic goals. The CEO and relevant managers also attend these meetings. 

The day-to-day operation of the charity is led by the CEO, Libby Herbert, supported by a small team of employees and a large, fabulous volunteer base.

There are various committees, all comprising of trustees and operational staff who meet regularly to discuss the charity’s operations and progress on strategic objectives, and who make recommendations to the full Board of Trustees. These currently include:

  • Finance Committee
  • Management Committee
  • Income Generation Committee
  • Strategy Committee

Time commitment:      

  • Trustees are expected to attend induction sessions at Colostomy UK as soon as practicable following their appointment, preferably prior to their first board meeting. Some of these can be done virtually. However, a visit to the office will be essential. 
  • Trustees are expected to attend at least 3 out of 4 board meeting a year – Two of these meetings are held virtually and two meetings are all day meetings, in person at our Head Office
  • Trustees are also expected to attend our AGM (Annual General Meeting where we sign of the previous year’s accounts) - Normally held at the weekend or in the evening. Also, one strategic planning day (held during normal office hours).
  • Trustees will be asked to join specific committee / team meetings too.
  • Trustees may be asked to join at least two other events over the course of the year (Open days, Engagement Events, Fundraising Events etc...

Benefits: Although this is a voluntary role, reasonable expenses (such as travel for meetings) will be reimbursed.

To apply

If you are passionate about making a difference and being part of an amazing team. Plus have the time and dedication to give to our charity through serving as trustee.  Please send your CV and a brief statement of interest to our CEO, at by midnight on 29 April 2024.

In your cover letter, please tell us:

  • About your relevant experience 
  • What skills and qualities you will bring to the role
  • Why you’d like to volunteer for us.
  • Where you saw the job advertised 

If you would like to discuss the role, you can call Libby on 0118 228 1377