Children’s hospice CEO takes top role at Hospice UK

Hospice UK has announced the appointment of children’s hospice boss Toby Porter as its next chief executive.

He will join the national charity in September from West Midlands based Acorns Children’s Hospice, where he has been CEO for the last six years.

For the last four years he has represented children’s hospices on Hospice UK’s advisory council, and he is also a member of NHS England’s National Children and Young Person’s Palliative and End of Life Care Governance Group.

“It’s a real thrill for us to welcome Toby as our new chief executive, said Hospice UK chair Paul Jennings.

"We’ve known and worked closely with Toby for several years. His leadership at Acorns has been fantastic, and his vision and passion for hospice and end of life care is impressive. Toby also brings superb, high-level experience from other sectors, which we know we will learn and benefit from.

"Having steered the hospice sector through the pandemic – securing hundreds of millions in government funding support – Hospice UK is now leading critical discussions about the future of end-of-life care in this country.

“As health and social care services in all parts of the UK evolve, we have an opportunity to reshape, strengthen and improve end of life care for all. I’m so pleased that Toby will now be driving that work.

Porter will replace interim CEO Craig Duncan, who has led the organisation since the beginning of the year.

I feel very honoured to be asked to lead Hospice UK and join its highly respected team and support the hospice and end of life care sector nationally,” said Porter, whose roles have also included CEO of HelpAge International.

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