Rewarding and interesting opportunity with the Institute of Health Visiting

The Institute of Health Visiting is currently looking for a new Treasurer to join our Board of Trustees to help guide us on financial matters. This is an exciting time to join our charity and make a lasting impact to our work. Join a well-established and supportive Board of Trustees who all bring a wealth of experience and knowledge across many different sectors including health & social care and commercial experience in marketing, communications and public affairs.

We’re looking for an Honorary Treasurer with an understanding of charity sector finance and governance, to ensure the robust management of our financial operations and risk management as we grow. This is an interesting opportunity for someone with finance experience in the private, non-profit or public sector, and to join a Trustee Board that is passionate about supporting the work of the Institute to improve health outcomes and reduce inequalities for babies, young children and families through a strengthened health visiting service.

The role of Treasurer is to help oversee the financial work of our Charity, and not to be involved in the day to day running of the iHV’s finances – full details of the role are set out in the job description.

We want to represent all the communities we serve. Appointment will be made solely on merit. However, the iHV is fully committed to increasing the diversity of our Board and we are particularly keen to receive applications from people from all sections of the community, including people from minoritised ethnic groups or people with other protected characteristics.

Applications close: 9am, 15 March 2022.  Successful applicants will be informed as soon as possible after that.


Exciting and unique opportunities with the Institute

The Institute was set up in 2012 to support the work of health visitors to help give every baby the best start in life and in so doing to reduce health inequalities.  It is now a very well established academic professional body which reaches across the UK and internationally and works with many partners including, increasingly, users of health visiting services.

The main areas of focus of this award-winning organisation are on research, education, quality assurance, leadership and partnership work which come together to develop practice in health visiting.  However, we also have a significant social media and online presence which reaches very many others who either work with health visitors, are parents or are interested in learning about the work of the Institute. In particular, we produce a unique set of Parent Tips offering best evidence in a range of areas to parents, our most popular product.

The iHV is seeking to appoint two new trustees who have expertise in either:

  • Business development


  • Marketing/External relationships

The new Trustees will be passionate about the importance of investing support at the start of life to improve every child’s outcomes and will be experienced professionals in their fields. Previous experience in the charity sector would be helpful but not essential.

Applications close: 12 noon on Friday 28 June.  Successful applicants will be informed as soon as possible after that.

Interviews: Interviews will take place on Thursday 11 July in London.  We advise all applicants to keep this date free.


We are delighted that our founding member and trustee, Professor Dame Sarah Cowley,  has been listed in the Nursing Standard/RCNi Celebration of 70 influential nurses and midwives from 1948 to 2018 – a list of nurses and midwives to celebrate 70 years of the NHS.

Sarah has had a distinguished career in health visiting and research culminating in being one of the four founders of the Institute.  In the 2013 New Year’s Honours List,  Sarah was awarded Dame Commander of the Order of the British Empire (DBE) in acknowledgement of her services to health visiting.

Dr Cheryll Adams CBE, Executive Director iHV, said:

“I am so delighted that Sarah has been chosen for this great honour which is thoroughly deserved. She had positively influenced the lives of many families and the careers of many health visitor researchers over her career.”

Professor Dame Sarah Cowley commented:

“I am honoured to be included amongst such luminaries.”

Professor Sally Kendall MBE

We are delighted that Sally Kendall, professor of community nursing and public health at the University of Kent, has been awarded an MBE for services to nursing and to research in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List.

Dr Cheryll Adams CBE, Executive Director iHV, said:

“This is fabulous news. Sally was one of the four founders of the Institute and remains one of our Trustees.  She has a particular responsibility in supporting our research developments which she fulfils with huge energy and commitment.”