Prospect Hospice names Irene Watkins as new CEO

By Nick Batten on 7 June, 2019

Swindon-based palliative care charity Prospect Hospice has appointed Irene Watkins to be its new Chief Executive Officer with immediate effect.

The charity says that Irene, who has been the interim Chief Operating Officer at Prospect Hospice since September 2018, was appointed to her new role following a rigorous recruitment process.

She has over 25 years’ experience in senior management in the health and social care sector, having held positions in both Australia and the UK. She also has experience in palliative and end-of-life care, as well as quality improvement and operational senior management from her time working for Macmillan, a national care home group, and more recently, in the social housing sector.

Tim Willis, Chair of the Trustees, said, “The Board of Trustees have been highly impressed with how Irene has addressed the challenges faced by the hospice since her arrival. We recognise that this new role builds on her former position and we’re confident that as CEO, Irene will be able to continue leading Prospect Hospice to deliver our mission and vision.

“I speak on behalf of all Trustees when I say that we are pleased that this appointment is someone known to staff and volunteers, and who has done much to bring people together following the CQC inspections. As we plan for an exciting future, Irene’s appointment offers us continuity to focus on bringing about the future that Prospect Hospice deserves.”

Speaking about her appointment, Irene said, “I am delighted to have been appointed as the new CEO at Prospect Hospice. From my very first days at Prospect Hospice, I have been amazed by the dedication, passion and skills of the staff and volunteers at the charity, and the amazing care that they have provided to local people in Swindon and north-east Wiltshire.

“When the position arose to become the Chief Executive, I felt that this would be a wonderful opportunity to build on the future for Prospect Hospice and to ensure that it stays at the very heart of the local community that it serves.”

Pictured above: Irene Watkins