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Deborah Fielding and Mark Astarita OBE

We round up the latest movements in the hospice and palliative care sectors.

St Clare welcomes two new Trustees

St Clare Hospice has welcomed Deborah Fielding and Mark Astarita OBE to their Board of Trustees.

Deborah Fielding is an experienced NHS Chief Executive who has worked in the healthcare sector for over 40 years. She started her career as a nurse and worked as a midwife and health visitor, before moving into health service management. Deborah was the Chief Executive of the West Essex Clinical Commissioning Group until January 2018 when she took up the post of leader of the Hertfordshire and West Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership (STP). Her role as Chief Executive of the STP sees her leading the continued transformation of health and social care services across the area.

Mark Astarita OBE brings more than two decades of experience from the fundraising sector, including as Director of Fundraising at the British Red Cross for over 14 years. Mark was awarded the Order of the British Empire (OBE) in 2015 for his services to fundraising, and during his 25-year career he has been responsible for raising almost £1.5 billion pounds. Mark is also the former Chair of the Institute of Fundraising and has previously held the role of Trustee at the Voluntary Services Overseas (VSO) and St Joseph’s Hospice based in Hackney, east London.

On joining St Clare Hospice’s Board of Trustees, Mark said:

“As a local resident of Harlow, it is such an honour to be elected to the Board of St Clare Hospice, and to be a small part of bringing compassionate care and support to so many local people at the most difficult of times.

“I am passionate about the support that hospices around the UK provide having experienced hospice care personally, and I will strive to ensure St Clare continues to be here for the people of West Essex and East Herts, today and tomorrow, and in to the future, providing the best care possible to local families.”

PCPLD seeks new Chair of Trustees

Jason Davidson is stepping down from his role as Chair of the Palliative Care for People with Learning Disabilities (PCPLD) Network in the spring. The group is now looking for a new chair to lead the network into the next chapter. The board are interested to hear from individuals from either a learning disability background or a palliative care background, and ideally someone with knowledge of the palliative and end of life care experiences of people with learning disabilities.

The role of the Chair will be to provide leadership and direction to the board of Trustees with the aim of enabling the board to fulfill their responsibilities for the overall governance and strategic direction and vision of the organisation.

For more information contact London@pcpld.org. The deadline to apply is 18 January 2019.

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