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Hospice delighted to announce new CEO

04 September 2017


The Hospice of St Francis has appointed Kate Phipps-Wiltshire as its new CEO with effect from the beginning of September.

Kate Phipps-Wiltshire is an experienced CEO in the hospice sector having led both adult and children’s hospices. Her 25-year career also includes public service in local councils, the NHS and charities.

Alison Woodhams, Chair of Trustees at The Hospice of St Francis, said: “We have found a strong and experienced leader in Kate and we are absolutely delighted that she is joining us in September. Kate has a passion for life affirming care and her enthusiasm and dedication to the hospice sector shone through at interview.

 “She has an impressive track record in setting up award-winning innovative services and we were impressed with her experience in motivating teams, building strategic alliances and working in partnership with not-for-profit, NHS and social care organisations. These qualities will be vital in her leadership role at The Hospice of St Francis as we look to reach more people with life-limiting illnesses with our specialist care.” 

Kate said: “With a powerful history and an outstanding CQC rating, The Hospice of St Francis is an incredible place. It holds an ambition to be the best in its field, an ambition I share. 

“I want the word hospice to be associated first and foremost with hope. Our society is living on the cusp of change, in the shape of its population and pattern of health and illness.  There is so much we can do to help people living with a progressive or life-limiting condition and their loved ones. 

“Alongside extending the scope of our care, I am mindful of the income we need to sustain our vital services.  I want to thank everyone who raises funds for us.  We would like the Hospice of St Francis to become the charity of choice for even more fundraisers and volunteers and the employer of choice in the locality.  I am always looking for the next challenge having tandem skydived and coast walked for previous charities!” 

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