Independent Chair

Christchurch

Reference Number: 8765SIaa

Independent Chair

Christchurch

  • Shape the future of cancer research, prevention and support
  • Create an enduring legacy within your community
  • Lead and foster a high performing Board

The Cancer Society of New Zealand (CSNZ) is an independent charity dedicated to reducing the impact and incidence of cancer.  Established in 1929, the Society has a long-standing history of providing comprehensive community support, education, and advocacy to promote cancer prevention, early detection, and research.

Southern Cancer Society is a new entity, formed through the merging of two Divisions of Cancer Society – Canterbury-West Coast and Otago-Southland, to lead the next evolution of services across most of the South Island.  The organisation delivers a range of inter-related activities including the funding of research and innovation, the provision of community cancer services, advocacy and  a wide range of fund-raising programmes.   The 2024/27 strategic priorities are ambitious and focussed on growing R&I investment, prioritising early detection, extending reach, generating sustainable funding and partnering for impact.

The new governance structure will be comprised of the Southern Cancer Society (the operational arm), the Holdings Entity (responsible for asset protection and investment) and our Cancer Research and Innovation Trust.  

This role is for the inaugural Independent Chair of the Southern Cancer Society and Holdings Entity.   

Currently the Board meets monthly, however, as the new governance structure is bedded in there is an opportunity for this to be reviewed. This is a non-remunerated role.

Candidates can be based anywhere in the South Island.  A passion and commitment for the cause is key.  You will have strong relationship and stakeholder engagement skills, with influence and mana across the sector and/or South Island.  Commitment to Te Tiriti o Waitangi and improving cancer outcomes for Māori is key to this Chair role(s).

This will be supported by proven strategic thinking abilities, strategic leadership, business acumen and a sound appreciation of the governance role. Board experience is essential, and experience in a Chair role would be an advantage.