Pil­grims Hos­pices wel­come new chief ex­ec­u­tive on board

Kentish Express Ashford & District - - Helping Others -

The East Kent Pil­grims Hos­pices has ap­pointed a new chief ex­ec­u­tive who is join­ing the char­ity from Danone where she is global med­i­cal di­rec­tor.

Cate Rus­sell takes the post va­cated by pre­de­ces­sor Steve Auty, who stepped down fol­low­ing the up­roar over plans to close beds at the Can­ter­bury hospice.

The mother of two is a for­mer nurse, who trained with East Sur­rey Health Trust and has 20 years ex­pe­ri­ence in the health and phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal in­dus­try.

Mrs Rus­sell will over­see the char­ity’s op­er­a­tions and cen­tres in Ash­ford, Can­ter­bury and Thanet and its com­mit­ment to pro­vide end-of-life care for in­pa­tients and those be­ing cared for at home.

The hospice faced crit­i­cism ear­lier this year when it an­nounced plans to close beds at Can­ter­bury hospice in a bid to save money and shift its fo­cus to more care in the com­mu­nity.

The con­tro­versy forced the char­ity to re­con­sider and it sub­se­quently dropped the pro­posal.

The char­ity’s chair­man of trus­tees Richard Davis said: “I am very pleased that Cate has de­cided to ac­cept the role of chief ex­ec­u­tive.

“I look for­ward to work­ing with her to en­sure that Pil­grims Hos­pices is at the heart of the lo­cal com­mu­ni­ties it serves, as we con­tinue to de­liver the high­est qual­ity hospice care we pos­si­bly can.”

Mrs Rus­sell and her hus­band Gor­don are plan­ning to make their new home in the area when she takes up the post next Fe­bru­ary.

From left, Yvonne Fer­nando with Char­ing Surgery prac­tice man­ager Kay Acott and Sarah Fenn from Kent Ca­nine Part­ners

Pil­grims Hos­pices new chief ex­ec­u­tive Cate Rus­sell

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