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Trustees’ Week - 6 to 10 November – Introducing Chris Tilley

Wednesday 8th November

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Farleigh Hospice is a charity, governed by a Board of Trustees. They are responsible for ensuring that Farleigh is solvent, well-run and meets its purpose.

Our eleven trustees each make a valuable contribution to Farleigh. They bring their own talents, viewpoints and experiences to the Board and their individual committees, to support us in achieving our objectives. During National Trustees’ Week we have been celebrating their achievements, along with the other one million trustees across the UK.

Here, we talk to Chris Tilley – a trustee since 2023 and a member of the Financial Governance Committee.

What is your professional background and experience?

I am an experienced finance professional with over 18 years' experience in the financial services industry. Having graduated from Loughborough University, I qualified as a chartered accountant with Ernst & Young in 2009 and am currently an Executive Director at Coutts & Co, focussing on corporate finance and private equity investments. Prior to joining the board of Farleigh, I was a governor at a leading Essex primary school.

What motivated you to become a trustee at Farleigh Hospice?

Having directly experienced the amazing care and support Farleigh Hospice provides to those with life-limiting illnesses, I was passionate about becoming a trustee to support the charity that makes an incredible difference to families across the mid-Essex community. I wanted to provide my time, commitment, support and guidance to the leadership team to ensure the continued success of the charity as well as be part of the amazing work that Farleigh, and of its staff and volunteers, provide.

How do you think your skills and experience best add value?

As a chartered accountant I have a broad range of skills and more than 18 years’ experience in the financial sector in roles where financial scrutiny, governance and risk management were of high importance. Alongside my financial acumen I have excellent skills in communication, leadership and relationship building. I also love being part of team and am passionate about working together to make the best use of the Farleigh’s resources.

I was previously a governor at a leading Essex primary school for five years and have a first-hand understanding of the governance required and the valuable support that can be provided to the senior leadership team of a charity.

I’m also open, honest and bring a supportive and collaborative approach to everything I do. I have a positive, can-do attitude and love to meet new people and get involved in new projects, which I hope will benefit Farleigh and the wider community.

What is the most important thing to you when you are acting in your role as a trustee?

The most important thing to me when acting in my role as a trustee is ensuring that Farleigh continues to provide patients and their families with excellent palliative, end of life and bereavement care when they need it.

What do you enjoy doing in your own time?

I am married with two children and I am a keen sportsman. When I’m not watching my own kids play sport, I enjoy playing football, running and skiing. I also love travelling and spending time with friends and family.

To find out more about Chris and our other trustees, please visit Trustees - Farleigh Hospice