Hospice UK CEO set to retire after 18 years

Apr 21, 2015

Hospice UK today announces that its chief executive will retire this summer after 18 years leading the national hospice care charity.

David Praill joined the charity in 1996, when it was then known as Help the Hospices. Over that time he has led the organisation through a period of significant growth and helped increase its influence to become the national voice for hospice care.

His achievements include developing Hospice UK’s grants programme to support hospices and launching ehospice – the leading global news and information service for hospice and palliative care.

As Co-Chair of the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA) – a global action network – David has worked with organisations around the world to champion and influence the delivery of high quality, affordable care, especially in developing countries.

David will step down as chief executive in July.

Recruitment for a new chief executive will begin soon this month.

David has long experience working in the hospice sector. Prior to joining Hospice UK, he worked at St Luke’s Hospice in Harrow and Brent, where he started in 1991.

Lord Howard of Lympne, Chair of Hospice UK, said:

“On behalf of the Board, I would like to thank David for his immense contribution to Hospice UK’s work over nearly two decades. During that time he has spearheaded key organisational changes to our governance structures, established and developed our grant programmes to support hospice care and led several successful initiatives to move end of life care higher up the national agenda, including the influential Demos report.

“He has also played a major role in raising public awareness about hospice and palliative care, both in the UK and globally through his role as Co-Chair of the Worldwide Hospice Palliative Care Alliance (WHPCA). In particular, his unremitting efforts to improve access to palliative care in developing countries are to be greatly commended.

“We are deeply grateful for all that David has achieved and for his longstanding and tireless dedication to the hospice care sector.  We are pleased that his future plans include contributing to the sector in different ways, including through his work with international hospice and palliative care organisations.

“We wish David every success upon his retirement from Hospice UK this summer.”

Hospice UK Chief Executive David Praill said:

 “It has been an incredible privilege to have led Hospice UK for the last 18 years but the time has come for a change.

“I have enjoyed an extraordinarily rewarding career in the hospice care sector and am proud of what has been achieved, both in supporting hospices and promoting hospice care more widely, in the UK and overseas.

“I am keen to continue to contribute to the hospice care sector and will remain involved in its work in a variety of ways after I leave Hospice UK.

“In recent years and following its recent rebrand and new campaigning focus, Hospice UK has created a stronger national voice for hospice care. There is much more to be done and I look forward to seeing it grow from strength to the strength in the coming years.”

Notes to Editor

  • Hospice UK is the national charity for hospice care and the only membership body for organisations providing hospice care. We support and champion the work of more than 200 of these organisations across the UK.
  • Hospices, and other organisations which provide hospice care, offer vital care for people with terminal or life-limiting conditions and also support their families and carers.
  • For further information about hospice care follow us on Twitter @hospiceukPA.
  • Get all the latest news from the hospice and palliative care sector, as well as patient stories, on ehospice UK at: www.ehospice.com/uk This service is managed by Hospice UK. You can also follow ehospice news on Twitter at @ehospicenews.

Media enquiries

Suzanne Stevenson at Hospice UK on 020 7520 8296 or by email at s.stevenson@hospiceuk.org.

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