St Christopher’s announces New Joint Chief Executives
St Christopher’s is delighted to announce the appointment of Heather Richardson and Shaun O’Leary as new Joint Chief Executives
Published on Tuesday, 21 January 2014
Heather has a background in nursing and has held a variety of senior positions, including most recently Strategy Adviser and Clinical Director at St Joseph’s Hospice and National Clinical Lead for Help the Hospices. In the latter role she provided executive leadership for the Commission on the Future of Hospice Care in which she observed and reported on innovation and developments in hospices across the UK, gaining significant strategic understanding and capacity. She has a PhD and a rich history in education, training and research. In the past she has served as Project Director responsible for setting up Richard House Children’s Hospice and prior to that worked as a general manager and clinical nurse specialist in the NHS.
Shaun has been Chief Executive of St Catherine’s Hospice, Crawley, for the last eight years, responsible for major growth and change management, increasing income, diversifying services and expanding the area of operation, all the while enhancing the profile and reputation of the hospice. Prior to this he worked as Director of Operations for the Prostate Cancer Charity and earlier for HIV organisations including Terrence Higgins Trust and The Landmark. Shaun was a Trustee of Help the Hospices for four years working closely with Heather both during and since that time.
Heather and Shaun have been appointed as Joint Chief Executives as a job share, each working three days a week. They have a clear model of how they will work together. Each will have some discrete areas of responsibility however both will be able to respond across the full range of St Christopher’s activities. They will commence their roles in the summer, but will attend some significant meetings before then. Dame Barbara Monroe will to continue as CEO until Heather and Shaun start.
The recruitment process was provided by Saxton Bampfylde alongside a committee made up of St Christopher’s trustees, led by Richard Saunders.