New CEO to take over the helm at Hospice UK

Oct 16, 2015

Tracey Bleakley has been appointed the new Chief Executive of Hospice UK, the national hospice charity which supports and champions the work of more than 200 hospice care providers across the country.

Tracey Bleakley is currently Chief Executive of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners and has worked at executive level in the charitable and public sector since 2009. She will be leading the work on enabling hospices to provide palliative care to those who need it in their place of choice. She will continue the work on developing the role of Hospice UK as a membership organisation.

Confirming the appointment, Lord Howard of Lympne, Chair of Hospice UK said:

"I am delighted that Tracey will be joining Hospice UK as our new Chief Executive.

“Hospice UK has big ambitions for hospices to play a more prominent role in sharing their expertise more widely to transform end of life care across all settings, including a reinvigorated partnership with the NHS.

“Tracey has an excellent track record at Board level and a wealth of experience in the public and charitable sector and the requisite skills and experience to deliver our vision.”

Commenting on her appointment Tracey said:

“I am delighted to be taking on the leadership of Hospice UK at such an exciting time for the hospice care sector and at such a critical juncture for the end of life care. There is a growing public awareness about the huge difference that high quality end of life care can make for dying and terminally ill people and their families. There is a critical need for more of this kind of care to support the UK’s increasing number of older people. I look forward to working with hospices to champion this cause and develop our service offer for the future.

“Having had family members experience such high quality care in my local hospice I am delighted to support organisations that provide such care”

Tracey will be joining Hospice UK at the end of the year.

She succeeds former Chief Executive David Praill who stepped down earlier this year after 18 years in the role.

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. This service is managed by Hospice UK. You can also follow ehospice news on Twitter at @ehospicenews.

Media enquiries

Please contact Stephen Clark on 020 7520 8224 or by email s.clark@hospiceuk.org. For out of hours media enquiries please call 07881 940 318.

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