We round up the latest appointments and movements in the sector.
Arthur Rank Hospice Charity appoints new CEO
Sharon Allen OBE, currently CEO of Skills for Care, has been appointed as Chief Executive of Arthur Rank Hospice Charity in Cambridgeshire.
Skills for Care supports 21,200 adult social care employers in England to improve the skills and knowledge of more than 1.47 million workers. Since joining in 2010 Sharon has helped Skills for Care put workforce development issues at the heart of the fierce debate about the future of adult social care services. She will take up her new role at Arthur Rank Hospice Charity in April.
Commenting on her new position, she said:
“I wanted a new role that really embedded me in the local community where I live and this opportunity at Arthur Rank Hospice Charity offers me a chance to make sure that people across Cambridgeshire can access high quality palliative and end of life care services that meets their needs,” says Sharon Allen.
“Leading the highly skilled hospice team brings together my absolute commitment to local services with everything I have learnt throughout my career, particularly over the last nearly nine years at Skills for care.
“I have really valued the skills, knowledge and commitment of everyone who has worked at Skills for Care who have transformed us into the go to organisation for all workforce matters in adult social care. I know whoever succeeds me will be taking over an organisation that is in a very good place thanks to the tireless efforts of a hugely talented group of professionals who I will miss greatly.”
St Ann’s Hospice announces new Capital Campaign Director
St Ann’s Hospice in Greater Manchester has announced the appointment of Marla Cunningham as its new Capital Campaign Director.
Marla joins the charity from her most recent role as Development Director of HOME, the Greater Manchester Arts Centre, where she led the £25million capital fundraising campaign and established a revenue fundraising programme. She has also previously worked as Development Director of the Royal Exchange Theatre in Manchester.
“I’m so pleased to be joining St Ann’s at what is an incredibly exciting time in the organisation’s history. I can’t wait to start pulling together plans that will help the charity to lay its foundations to ensure it can continue to provide the very best in hospice care for the next 50 years, and for the next generations of patients, their carers, families, and healthcare professionals in Greater Manchester.
“My main focus will be to ensure that the specialist teams at St Ann’s can continue providing world-class care in the very best facilities possible to ensure patients – whatever life-limiting illness they have – continue to receive truly holistic, individualised care, at a time which can see many feel extremely vulnerable. It’s a privilege to join such a well-regarded institution.”
Havens Hospices is looking for new Trustees
Havens Hospices in South East Essex is searching for new Trustees as they expand with the development of a new hospice.
Richard Player, Vice Chair of Trustees, said:
“The charity needs a new adult hospice to continue caring and supporting individuals with a life-limiting illness, and their families. Every month we have to turn away 11 people because we do not have the beds available.
“We now need to look for new Trustees with Fundraising and Marketing or People (HR, Volunteer Services and Training) experience to support the charity’s future mission. Not only will our new Trustee be helping us secure the future of local hospice care, but will also get the opportunity to develop both personally and professionally.”
For further information or to apply contact Joanne Fleming
New CEO Joins Hospiscare
Peter Brennan is the new Chief Executive Officer of Hospiscare in Devon.
Peter first became involved with Hospiscare as a corporate supporter, then individually joining in fundraising challenges like the Sahara and Icelandic Treks. He went on to build a strong personal connection with the charity volunteering as a Hospiscare Trustee for three years prior to becoming CEO this month.
Speaking about his new role, he said:
“I am genuinely excited to get started in this role and to follow through with the intentions of the charity.
“We want everyone approaching the end of their lives to receive the best possible care and to die well in their preferred place of care.
“In response to what patients and families have told us, the vision for the next few years is to continue delivering outstanding care for patients with any type of terminal illness and provide support for their families.
“We will also expand our Hospiscare@Home service, an extension of the Clinical Nurse Specialist provision, into more areas across our patch. This is aimed at patients with a life limiting illness who want to stay at home at the end of their lives, offering hands-on nursing care at home when required, any time of day or night.”
Peter Andre named Patron of Chestnut Tree House and Together for Short Lives
Musician and media star Peter Andre has been named Patron for Chestnut Tree House children’s hospice and Together for Short Lives. The announcement follows Peter’s appearances at the Together for Short Lives’ and Disney Nutcracker Ball in November, and Chestnut Tree House’s Snowman Spectacular Fundraising Ball in December.
Describing how he felt when he first visited Chestnut Tree House in Sussex, he said:
“It was so different to what I thought it was going to be. It has an incredible atmosphere – you walk in and everything is so calm and everyone is smiling…and definitely no hospital feeling about it.
“Children have the space to just be children, and parents can relax and spend quality time with their child knowing that there are others to help. And it’s not just about the care Chestnut Tree House gives while the children are here. Families can come in a year later, two years later; they’re always going to be welcome.
“I’m really blown away by the work of Chestnut Tree House and Together for Short Lives. What they do is incredible and I am honoured to become a Patron of both charities.”
ellenor Chief Executive steps down
Claire Cardy has decided to leave her position as Chief Executive of ellenor in Kent. Claire joined the senior management team at ellenor firstly as Director of Patient Care and was later appointed Chief Executive. She will remain in the role until 31 March 2019.
Over the past five years Claire has led the charity’s rebrand and the hospice received an ‘Outstanding’ Care Quality Commission (CQC) rating and the Kent Charity of the Year award. Under her leadership the hospice was featured in TV series ‘The Hospice’, which showcased the support the charity provides.
“After a busy five years as Chief Executive of this remarkable charity, I feel that now is the right time to move on and allow others the opportunity to lead ellenor in the next stage of its development, as we enter the second year of our new five year strategic plan.
“I am incredibly proud of what has been achieved here and feel privileged to have worked and met so many remarkable people, who are motivated to make a positive difference to the lives of local families. I will remain a loyal advocate of the hugely important work that ellenor does, caring for patients of all ages and their families at such an important time.”