Swindon’s Prospect Hospice has appointed Jeremy Lune as its new CEO.
The charity, which has been rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission, provides end-of-life care to people throughout the Swindon and north east Wiltshire area including Royal Wootton Bassett, Marlborough and Pewsey.
Jeremy has lived in Swindon for over 35 years and has worked in the charity sector for almost two decades. He is also familiar with the hospice sector thanks to his experience as a trustee for another hospice in the south west and will take over the reins in May from outgoing CEO Irene Watkins.
Jeremy said, “Prospect Hospice is an organisation that does incredible work, delivering palliative and end of life care to those who need it; work that is only going to become more important in the future. Everything that the hospice does is driven by the people in our community, which I find to be truly inspirational and I consider it a genuine privilege to be joining the organisation as it looks to the future.”
Kevin Howard, Chair of Prospect Hospice, said; “It was a highly competitive field and candidates were put through an intense interview process to find the person that was right to lead the charity through its new strategy and beyond.
“In Jeremy we’ve found someone who is more than suited to the role. He brings with him a wealth of charity experience but, above that, an understanding of what it takes to make a charity like ours work. He’s familiar with the area, experienced in retail and income generation and what impressed us most was his consideration for the people that make Prospect Hospice what it is; our staff, volunteers, patients and community that supports our work.
“I would like to put on record my thanks, on behalf of the charity, to Irene who will shortly be leaving the role. She joined us at a pivotal time and worked incredibly hard with staff across the Hospice to ensure our work is recognised as ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission. Added to this she led us through the challenges of the pandemic ensuring staff were well supported in their roles and able to support our patients through such a difficult time.
“Irene has achieved great things for the charity and I thank her for her incredible hard work and dedication. In Jeremy, we have someone who will continue this work and lead the charity into a bright future.”