A NEW chairwoman has been appointed to the Earl Mountbatten Hospice’s board of trustees.
Sara Weech will take over the role from the outgoing chair, Peter Kingston.
Mr Kingston had been due to step down in October but has decided to quit ahead of that date to enable a new chair to work closely with the hospice’s interim chief executive, Jo Blackburn.
Mrs Blackburn’s contract has been extended by the trustees to ensure a longer period of continuity.
She was originally appointed on a six-month contract after the sudden departure of the hospice’s chief executive, Tina Harris due to personal reasons late last year.
Her departure followed a restructuring that saw fundraising manager, Karen Eeles leave and as a result, several high profile fundraisers withdraw their support for the charity.
Mrs Weech said she was delighted to be taking up a post at the head of an organisation that occupied such a special place at the heart of the community.
She said: "We hear a lot about the fantastic work that goes on across the Island to support and raise funds for the hospice, and rightly so, because the passion and dedication of our supporters and volunteers is absolutely vital in helping us provide hospice services to Island people.
"It is important to remember that this passion and dedication is also shared by the clinicians at the hospice whose expertise ensures that the standard of care provided is second to none and a management team that collectively has a huge amount of experience and expertise in the complex field of hospice and end of life care.
"I look forward to working with those associated with the hospice, including the many staff and volunteers who help make the hospice’s work a success, to ensure we continue to occupy a special place at the heart of the community."
Mr Kingston said: "It has been an honour to have served as chairman of Earl Mountbatten Hospice, which is so highly respected by the people of the Island and by all who have had the benefit of the wonderful care that is provided be a very special group of people."
Mrs Blackburn added: "I am delighted to be working with Sara who, in her time as a trustee, has already demonstrated considerable knowledge as well as an understanding of the hospice and all its activities from fundraising through to the clinical side of the organisation."