Wayne de Leeuw appointed as new CEO of Dorothy House

By Nick Batten on 16 July, 2019

South West-based charity, Dorothy House Hospice Care, has appointed Wayne de Leeuw as its new Chief Executive.

He replaces John Davies who is moving on after leading the Hospice for over four and a half years.

Previously promoted to Deputy Chief Executive in July 2018, Wayne de Leeuw, took on the CEO role earlier this month as part of a planned succession. His appointment by the Board of Trustees comes following a successful clinical career both at the Hospice for sixteen years and prior to this in a variety of roles in the NHS.

Dorothy House says that John Davies will be missed by many people. The charity’s Executive Team and Heads of Department are committed to taking John’s legacy of strategic vision and passion for Dorothy House forward. Wayne de Leeuw as Chief Executive will be supported by Tony De Jaeger (Finance), Ruth Gretton (Nursing and Quality Assurance), Tony Rees (HR) and Emma Frampton (Medical care).

Kate Tompkins, Chair of the Board of Trustees at Dorothy House, said, “John Davies’ strategic vision and business skills have enriched the work of Dorothy House and he has shown great kindness to patients, families and carers.

“Looking ahead, we are delighted to welcome Wayne de Leeuw as Chief Executive who has been instrumental in aligning the charity’s services with the NHS Ten Year Plan, building strong relationships with local Primary Care Networks and has been a driving force in setting up the East Mendip Alliance prior to bringing a similar partnership model to Wiltshire to make sure people can access the right support at the right time.”

Wayne de Leeuw, Chief Executive at Dorothy House, said, “The last four and half years have enabled the Hospice to develop and launch a bold, seven-year strategy to deliver quality palliative and end of life care to double the patients in our community by 2025.

“Today’s healthcare landscape is challenging, the NHS is evolving the delivery of care services in the community, charities are facing increased financial pressure and social care needs are becoming more complex. However due to the Hospice’s stable financial foundations and the skilled staff and volunteers who fund and deliver the care people need, we are in an excellent position to meet these challenges head on.”

Pictured above: Wayne de Leeuw