Hospice UK’s Chair Lord Howard of Lympne is to retire from his role at the national hospice and palliative care charity this autumn after eight years leading its board of trustees.
The peer and former leader of the Conservative party, joined the charity in 2010 - the same year he made his maiden speech in the House of Lords.
He will continue to lead the charity’s Board of trustees until November of this year, by which time he will have served two full terms.
Tracey Bleakley, Chief Executive of Hospice UK, said:
“Michael is a tremendously dedicated Chair and has made a huge impact on Hospice UK’s work. His many achievements to date include helping to secure a VAT rebate for hospices and developing a five year national strategy for the hospice movement.
“Michael has gone above and beyond to develop our work to transform care for terminally ill people and their families. Over the coming months I know he will continue in this vein and drive through major projects to support Hospice UK’s work, including one looking at the impact of hospice-led innovations on the time spent in hospital by people towards the end of their lives.”
Lord Howard commented:
“It is an honour to lead Hospice UK and champion the work of the hospice movement which I regard as one of the finest jewels in our healthcare crown. I will continue to do all I can to support hospice care during the remaining months of my tenure.
“These are exciting times for the hospice movement which is growing from strength to strength and developing innovative services to expand its work more widely. With increasing numbers of older people living for longer with complex conditions, more people are becoming aware of the extraordinary support provided by hospices for those with life-limiting conditions and their families.”
Hospice UK is soon to begin the selection process for a new chair and is hoping to announce the appointment this autumn.