The UK Charity, Together for Short Lives, announced last week that Andrew Fletcher will replace Barbara Gelb, OBE on as Chief Executive Officer. Andy will step into his new role in the organisation on 25 June 2018.
Announcing the appointment, Dr Hilary Cass, OBE – Together for Short Lives Chair said: “I’m delighted to announce Andy Fletcher’s appointment as Together for Short Lives’ new CEO. Andy is an outstanding and accomplished charity leader, with the knowledge, vision and ambition to lead Together for Short Lives’ bold five-year strategy ‘Together for the 49,000+’. Andy has a strong track-record in children’s palliative care and a long-term passion for improving the care and experience for seriously ill children, young people and families. We look forward to Andy leading our ambition to deliver change so that children’s palliative care services are adequately funded, understood and supported, and every child and family get the very best care and support.”
Andy Fletcher has been Chief Executive of Longfield, a provider of community hospice care in Gloucestershire, since June 2015. Prior to joining Longfield Andy was Director of External Affairs at Together for Short Lives. A teacher by training, Andy’s career has involved leading strategic development, public affairs and communications in the private and voluntary sectors. He was previously Director of Communications and latterly Joint Chief Executive of the National Childminding Association.
On his appointment Andy Fletcher added: “It’s a privilege to be appointed as CEO for Together for Short Lives, a charity I know well and am passionate about. It’s an exciting time for the charity as it embarks on delivering a bold new strategy for change to help make sure that the UK’s 49,000 seriously ill children and young people, and their families get the very best care and support. There is much to do to ensure children and families are empowered and get the right support, that services are sustainable and co-ordinated and that the public better understands children’s palliative care and the vital role it plays in children’s lives. We cannot achieve change alone. I will look forward to working with families, Together for Short Lives’ members and partners, and all those involved in children’s palliative care, to deliver lasting change – so no child or family is ever left behind.”