Shaun O'Leary

Shaun joined St Christopher’s, London in August 2014 as Joint Chief Executive working alongside Heather Richardson.  
Shaun O'Leary

He was previously chief executive of St Catherine’s Hospice in Crawley, for nine years. There he was responsible for major growth and change management, increasing income, diversifying services and expanding the area of operation to serve a population of c.600,000. 

Before this he worked as Director of Operations for the Prostate Cancer UK and earlier for over ten years in different HIV care and information organisations including, latterly Terrence Higgins Trust. In these organisations he undertook a variety of operational management roles encompassing counselling, therapies, PR and campaigns, information and advice services. 

Shaun was a trustee of the Men’s Health Forum for nine years and also a trustee of Hospice UK (then Help the Hospices) for four years during which time he chaired the Strategy Committee, was involved in commissioning the Dying for Change report from Demos and in the early thinking around the Commission into Hospice Care.

Shaun graduated from Warwick University in 1984 with a degree in sociology and spent the first five years of his working life in West Yorkshire Probation Service, before moving into HIV prevention and care work.  

Shaun is interested in societal responses to death, dying and loss; is a strong supporter of the Dying Matters initiative, Compassionate Neighbours, a variety of community engagement initiatives and the emergent role of doulas working in end of life care.

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