Jayne Cooper has decided to step down as Chief Executive of Woking & Sam Beare Hospices and to hand the reins over to a successor who will lead the organisation through the next stage of its development. Taking over as CEO is Marian Imrie, an experienced senior healthcare manager who joined our Board of Trustees three months ago. She has now stepped down from her Trustee’s role in order to take on the Chief Executive position on a full time, unpaid voluntary basis.
Marian Imrie was director of the Nuffield Woking Hospital for two years and has held senior roles in the NHS, BMI Healthcare, HCA and Aspen Healthcare. She has a background in accountancy and lives in Camberley.
Chairman Tim Stokes commented: “Jayne Cooper has decided to step down and her leadership has steered the hospices through a period of great change culminating in the relocation of services to its current facility in Goldsworth Park. Jayne has managed this transition with great efficiency ensuring that the exemplary care that we provide for our patients and their families in both the community and within the hospice has been maintained at the highest level. She has been actively engaged with our communities in the important work of promoting the role and the nature of hospice care in addition to shaping the development of its longer‐term strategy.” Tim added “Marian brings a wealth of general and commercial management experience in the healthcare sector to her new role.”
The Board of Trustees would like to express their thanks and gratitude to Jayne Cooper for her management of the organisation since her appointment in May 2017, and wish both her and Marian every success in their new ventures.
Today [Friday 11 May], we announced our vision for the future at a special event to launch our new Five Year Strategy [2018 – 23], which was attended by the Rt. Hon Philip Hammond MP.
Woking & Sam Beare Hospices delivers care and support to patients with life-limiting illnesses, as well as supporting their carers and family members, to a region with a population of approximately 360,000 people [which includes Spelthorne, West Elmbridge, Surrey Heath, Runnymede, Woking and North Guildford]. Our services are a life-line to many people with life-limiting illnesses and their families. It is therefore imperative that our services are accessible to all those that need them.
Jayne Cooper, CEO of Woking & Sam Beare Hospices, comments: “The face of hospice care and its role within the community is changing across the UK, this is largely due to our communities living longer but there is also a shift in how we provide our specialist palliative care services. We are a central part of a coordinated approach with our healthcare colleagues from across our region for patients with life-limiting illnesses. Now our new state-of-the-art hospice has been open for almost one year, it is time to reflect on all of our learning and to look to the future to ensure our services are of the highest standards and that they are accessible to all who need them.”
The purpose of the hospice’s launch event, attended by the Rt. Hon Philip Hammond MP, whose constituency of Weybridge and Runnymede forms part of the region that Woking & Sam Beare Hospices delivers care across, is to engage our community in our plans for the future.
Ms Cooper adds: “Our Five Year Strategy [2018 – 2023] sets out our organisational goals and ambitions and is reflective of the changing face of hospice care. Through the delivery of innovative and collaborative working with other healthcare providers, partners, supporters, other organisations and our community, we have set out key priorities for the organisation. This includes our plans for developing a robust and sustainable model of specialist palliative care and building solid two-way engagement across our community.”
As part of the event, Mr Hammond was taken on a tour of the new Woking Hospice facility in Goldsworth Park Centre. He then join a number of hospice key supporters for a short presentation about the hospice’s plans for the next five years.
Jayne Cooper concludes: “We are a central part of the Surrey Community and announcing our plans in this way is an opportunity for us to share with the community what we plan to deliver for them over the next five years. For many of our patients we only get one chance to get it right and this is the most important driver for the delivery of our new strategy.
I am very grateful to Mr Hammond for taking time out of his busy schedule to join us at our launch event. I am excited about the future of hospice care and I feel honoured to be leading such an innovative and forward thinking organisation such as Woking & Sam Beare Hospices. But we could not do all we do without our staff, volunteers, supporters and partners. I therefore would like to take this opportunity on behalf of all of us at the hospice to say thank you and we look forward to our continued future journey together.”
To read more about our Five Year Strategy and our vision for the future please click here.
17th May 2017
New permanent hospice CEO annouced
At a special reception at the House of Lords on the 16 May it was officially announced that Woking & Sam Beare Hospices’ interim CEO and Director of Nursing, Jayne Cooper, has been appointed the new permanent CEO. This announcement comes as our charity is about to move into your new state-of-the-art hospice in Goldsworth Park Centre, Woking.
Marc Riggs, Chair of our Board of Trustees, broke the news and commented; “Recruiter Veredus conducted a thorough search on our behalf and a wide range of suitable candidates were considered. Following the completion of this process I’m delighted to announce that the best candidate for the job has accepted the role on a permanent basis, and Jayne Cooper is now confirmed as CEO of Woking & Sam Beare Hospices.
“With the imminent opening of our cutting edge facility, the Board of Trustees and I are confident that the future of hospice care across Surrey is now in extremely capable hands, and there are many exciting opportunities ahead.”
Jayne Cooper has been interim CEO as well as Director of Nursing for just over seven months. Under her leadership our charity is due to open your brand new hospice to its first patients by the end of May.
Jayne Cooper added; “I’m thrilled to be leading Woking & Sam Beare Hospices with such a wonderful new facility. This is a fabulous organisation, with an amazing team of staff and volunteers. I could not be more proud of them and all we have achieved. Going forward it is now possible to put Surrey on the map for leading the way in specialist palliative care.”
Woking & Sam Beare Hospices, which covers the whole of North West Surrey and each year delivers specialist palliative care to over 1,400 patients and their families, will now be searching for the best candidate to fill the Director of Nursing post, which Jayne has been covering whilst also being interim CEO. Any applicants interested should contact our Human Resources Department at firstname.lastname@example.org.
8th December 2016
Goodbye to CEO Nigel Harding
Staff, volunteers, Executive Team members and dignitaries turned out in force on Thursday 3rd November to thank outgoing CEO of Woking & Sam Beare Hospices, Nigel Harding and bid him farewell as he steps down from his post. Around 50 people assembled in the Day Care room of Woking Hospice for tea, cake and speeches.
The leaving celebration was attended by Woking Hospice Founder Rhod Lofting, who gave a moving speech to thank Nigel for his contribution, David Perry former Chairman of the Hospices, who also spoke, Mayor of Woking Cllr Anne Murray and a host of people from the present and past of the Hospices. In the CEO’s own emotional speech, he praised the work of his team and expressed his sadness at leaving and his excitement at the impending opening of the brand new facility, saying:
“I’m simply the oil in the machine; my job has been to help all of these wonderful people to do their work. It’s been a privilege to lead you all but now it needs a fresh pair of eyes in this exciting time and Jayne is exactly the right person for this.”
Mr Harding has been CEO of our Hospices for six years and in his tenure has seen building work on the new hospice in Goldsworth Park through to near completion. He leaves to take up a position in St Joseph’s Hospice, Hackney; the oldest and largest hospice in the UK.
He is succeeded by Jayne Cooper, who will be Interim CEO.
Jayne joined the Hospices in September 2015 as Director of Nursing from the Buckinghamshire NHS Trust where she was Associate Chief Nurse for Integrated Medicine and a member of the Executive team responsible for the operational, financial and quality delivery of services and strategic objectives, overseeing over 800 nursing staff.
A Registered Nurse (Child), in 2011 Jayne was a recipient of the prestigious Florence Nightingale Foundation Children and Young People Leadership Scholarship which allowed her to develop her strategic thinking, management and leadership skills and to optimise her professional impact.
Speaking of her new role Jayne Cooper said: “I’m really looking forward to leading the Hospices during this intense period of activity and as we implement our plans for the future which I know will help to transform the provision of palliative care in North West Surrey.”