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On the move

Author: Leila Hawkins
30 August 2017
  • L-R: Helen Knight and Julie Gorry
  • Allison Mann

This month’s instalment of the latest arrivals and movers in the hospice sector.

Allison Mann is new director of Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice

Allison Mann has been appointed hospice director of Sue Ryder Thorpe Hall Hospice in Peterborough, fulfilling a childhood dream. As a little girl she wanted to work at the 17th century Thorpe Hall before even knowing what the building was used for.

Years later she worked on the wards as a nurse, before becoming head of clinical services and now, 17 years on, the hospice director.

Reflecting on her time since starting at the hospice, Allison said:  

“I can honestly say that every day over the 17 years since then, I have finished my shift knowing that my team and I have made a difference. To be leading that team now is an absolute privilege and one I feel incredibly proud to have been given.”

“In this new role I have the chance to influence future provision of end of life care across the region. As a nurse that is all I have ever wanted – to ensure patients and their families receive the very best care.”

Debbie Jones appointed chief executive at Butterwick Hospice Care

Debbie Jones will take over as chief executive of Butterwick Hospice Care in Stockton-on-Tees on September 1. She is the current National Service Improvement Manager for NHS Property Services, and has previously had several roles in health service management.

Commenting on her new position, she said:

“I am extremely excited, and humbled, to be asked to take on this responsibility in an incredibly important organisation that means so much to people in our region.”

The hospice’s chair of trustees Judith Hunter MBE, said:  

“Debbie was appointed from a very strong field of health care professionals and I am confident that we have someone with the experience, leadership skills and empathy to take the organisation into a new era.”

Julie Gorry retires as chief executive of Wirral Hospice St John’s

After 12 years Julie Gorry has retired as chief executive at Wirral Hospice St John’s

Looking back on her role she said:

“I wanted to say thank you to everyone involved with making the hospice the great place it is.  Trustees, staff, volunteers, patients and their families and supporters – it has been a privilege to meet and work with you.”

“I have had a wonderful 12 years, and will always look back on my time as chief executive with great affection.  There have been many challenges and many achievements, and the overpowering feeling I have is one of warmth and affection.”  

“To my great pleasure, everyone always says what an inspirational place the hospice is, with which I totally agree.  Thank you to all staff and volunteers so much for your energy, your example, and your support. The hospice would be lost without you.”

Helen Knight took over the position at the beginning of this month.   

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