Marie Curie appoints new chief executive

Marie Curie has appointed the former CEO of The Children’s Society, Matthew Reed, as its new chief executive.

Reed was chief executive of The Children’s Society for seven years, prior to which he was chief executive of the Cystic Fibrosis Trust and marketing director of Christian Aid.

Between 2015 and 2016, Reed was also the independent chair of the Birmingham Commission on child poverty.

He has a degree in theology from the University of Oxford, a degree in engineering and management from the University of Nottingham, and a Masters in management from the University of Surrey.

Commenting on his appointment, Reed said: “I’m excited about joining the wonderful team at Marie Curie in its mission to provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness and their families. It’s a cause that resonates deeply with me on a personal level and I’m looking forward to making a start next year.

“I am of course also saddened to be leaving behind my enormously talented and passionate colleagues at The Children’s Society, but I do so incredibly proud of all that we have achieved for children and young people together in my time as chief executive.”

Marie Curie chair, Vindi Banga, said: “I am delighted to welcome Matthew to Marie Curie. He brings with him a deep experience and track record of innovation and transformation in the charity sector. I look forward to his leading Marie Curie into our next phase as we continue to serve the growing and increasingly complex palliative care needs in the UK.”

He added “I would also like to thank Dr Jane Collins for her dedication and hard work in the last six years as CEO. Under her leadership, Marie Curie has explicitly broadened its remit to include any terminal illness, serving more people whilst improving the standards of care delivered.”

Matthew Reed will join Marie Curie in February 2019.

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