Sue Ryder CEO to step down

Heidi Travis is to step down as chief executive of palliative care charity Sue Ryder next year.

Travis is to leave in Spring 2024 after 14 years with the charity. She joined as a director before becoming CEO in 2013.

According to the charity Travis “has decided that the time is right for her to semi-retire”.

“Heidi leaves Sue Ryder in a strong position with an exciting future and will be greatly missed by the staff and volunteers,” said the charity’s chair Rima Makarem.

“Heidi will continue to lead this fantastic organisation as we recruit for a new chief executive and I hope to be able to update on the new appointment in the first few months of 2024.”

Travis spent five years as a non-executive director for Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust before joining Sue Ryder.

She has also been a lay member of Aylesbury Vale clinical commissioning group and worked as a non-executive director at Bucks Healthcare NHS Trust.

In addition, she spent three years as a director for her own business consultancy and more than two decades at Marks and Spencer as an executive and head of planning and strategy.

Earlier this week it was announced that Sue Ryder is to receive more than £1m over the next three years as part of a £8.7m investment by the Julia and Hans Rausing Trust to support hospices amid the cost-of-living crisis.

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