GHT Non-Executive Advisory Board

Okay, folks. I don’t normally advertise jobs here. In fact I don’t think I’ve ever done it before. And if you’re looking to get rich quick, forget this one, it’s unremunerated.

But this is an important set of posts and there is nothing I would like more than actual Greenwich folk to apply for them.

There are five vacancies on the Greenwich Hospital Trust Non-Executive Advisory Board. The description says the board members will be there

“To provide advice and guidance, as a member of the Greenwich Hospital Advisory Board, to the Director on all matters relating to the running and organisation of the Hospital in particular on its governance, strategic direction, policy, investments, charitable outputs and performance.”

Now, obviously, anyone on the board would need to be putting the interests of the charity at the top of all agendas. But that doesn’t necessarily mean it needs to be antagonistic to the interests of Greenwich in doing that. In fact I would argue that it is in the Trusts’s long-term investment interests to protect Greenwich as a thriving, independent, quirky town that people come to because it’s different to all the other high streets.

Yes, tourists visit the obvious attractions – the ORNC, the Observatory, the Maritime Museum, the Cutty Sark. But every weekend thousands of Londoners who have already ‘done’ the tourist bit come for the funky market, unusual shops and the flurry of galleries that are opening at the moment (more about them in another post.)

It’s in Greenwich’s long-term interests to ensure that the mix of interesting, different stores remains, and that giant, faceless chains those Londoners could get without leaving their own high streets don’t move in. Charging ridiculous rents and crazy service charges is driving away long-standing small businesses (just take a look down Turnpin Lane just now for proof of that) and that just can’t be in the interests of an albeit wealthy charity that has trustees to pacify.

You’ll see from the application address just how geographically remote GHT is. I would love to see some real Greenwich people, who have the required experience in investment banking, property asset management, financial, accounting, education, charity or law but who also have a personal interest in the town where they live applying for this.  We are their long-term investment.


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