Marie Curie's chief executive, Dr Jane Collins is set to step down from her role in Spring 2019.
In a message to staff, Dr Collins said she is “confident” the charity is now in a “great place” and that it is now “the right time” for her to step down from her post.
“During my time at Marie Curie I have been impressed and humbled by the incredible work that you do," she wrote to staff.
"I am also very proud of our progress. From our successful rebrand to the introduction of our Information and Support Service, new research and care programmes, and significant improvements we have made to the quality and safety of care we provide.
“We have directly supported more people, and changed the lives of even more by influencing governments, health and social care decision makers on the importance of quality end of life care. Thanks to the incredible work of our Fundraising teams, we have also managed to get out of deficit.”
Dr Collins joined Marie Curie as CEO in September 2012. Prior to that, she was the chief executive of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children for 11 years, having previously been the medical director of the hospital. She was also the Chief Executive of the Great Ormond Street Hospital Children’s Charity.
She currently holds a number of roles outside Marie Curie, which include being trustee at the King’s Fund. She is also the co-chair of the Ambitions in End of Life Care Group, a member of the Cicely Saunders Institute Advisory Council, the Palliative Care Leadership Network and is a member of the HELIX Centre of End of Life Care Steering Committee.
“I would like to thank Dr Jane Collins for her total commitment and excellent contribution during her tenure as chief executive,” the charity’s chair Vindi Banga said.
“She will leave Marie Curie significantly stronger both operationally and financially; and having broadened its support beyond cancer patients to those with other ailments as well.”