Hospice chief to retire after 18 years in role
St Francis director to bid farewell to ‘robust’ team
THE director of a hospice is hanging up her hat after 18 years in the role.
Dr Ros Taylor, director of the Hospice of St Francis, has announced she is to retire from the charity at the end of the financial year – March 2015.
During her 18 years at the helm she has overseen the hospice – which cares for people from Chesham, Amersham, the Chalfonts and surrounding villages – in its expansion from a small local hospice in Shrublands Road, Berkhamsted, to a leading centre for palliative care and teaching at its bigger Spring Garden Lane site.
She will continue to help shape the national debate around end of life care in her part-time role as Help The Hospices’ national director for hospice care, but is proud to be leaving the hospice with a ‘robust and experienced’ clinical leadership team, which includes consultant Dr Sharon Chadwick leading the medical team and Clare Hearnshaw, the newly appointed director of care and clinical development.
Dr Taylor said: “I’ve played my part but none of the care or development would have happened without the hard work, generosity and loyalty of the staff, volunteers and community who have joined me along the way.
“My decision to retire is two-fold. I’ve taken on a part-time role as national director for hospice care from October and I anticipate this role will grow.
“I also believe
it’s time for me to step aside from the hospice to allow a new leader to support the next era of change.
“I’m absolutely confident that the talented and committed team of staff and volunteers will sustain the hospice long into the future, but March is a while away and until then it’s business as usual.”
The hospice’s chair of trustees Charles Toner said: “Ros has made an enormous contribution to the hospice for 18 years.
“There’ll be ample time to recognise her contribution more fully in the coming months.
“The Board of Trustees can now begin the process of recruiting a successor to continue the development of the hospice’s services and meet the changing needs of people in its catchment.”
OUTGOING: Dr Ros Taylor, director of the Hospice of St Francis