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A few words from our new Chief Executive

Tony McLean has now been with us for a week, and here are his first thoughts of working at St Joseph's Hospice:

The first thing I wanted to say was I’ve been really struck by the warmth of the welcome I have received at the hospice so far – it has been really tangible and gratifying, so thank you for your incredible welcome.

It is very clear that as soon as you walk into the hospice, you can feel the impact that we have on our patients and their families, right from the beginning of their journey at Reception, up to the clinical environments.

The dedication of the staff and volunteers has really struck a chord, and you should all be immensely proud of what you all do here.

I have already started to think about how I might add value to St Joseph’s; ensuring it’s here for the next 113 years. I’ll be working closely with the Board of Trustees and the Senior Management Team to ensure that we are improving in all areas, year on year.

As well as my professional knowledge as a nurse and long term experience as a CEO, I think I also bring a lot of commercial experience from my previous roles, and hope I will help to bring about changes and, wherever possible, improvements at the hospice without affecting patient care.

In my home-life, I’m a Makum by birth (from Sunderland so definitely not to be confused with a Geordie), and have spent the last twenty plus years in the London, Hertfordshire and Essex areas. Despite being down South for so long, I’m still a huge Sunderland AFC fan! (so have some pity for me). The hospice isn’t far from my home in Hertfordshire, where I live with my wife and our three daughters.

I’m hugely privileged and excited about being part of St Joseph’s, and I feel a great sense of personal pride in now having my name linked with such a prestigious organisation.

Thank you, again, for making me feel so welcome.

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