Birmingham St Mary’s Hospice welcomes a new CEO today as Simon Fuller takes over the joint leadership of Birmingham St Mary’s and John Taylor Hospices.

Simon has been CEO at Donna Louise Hospice for children and young people in Stoke-on-Trent for nearly three years, where he has spent the last 18 months preparing the organisation for merger.

Prior to this, Simon was Director of Services at the national charity Teenage Cancer Trust where he worked for 11 years, helping to create 28 young people’s units and developing cancer services across the UK.

Simon takes over the role from Penny Venables who has been joint CEO of Birmingham St Mary’s and John Taylor Hospices since April and CEO at John Taylor for nearly four years.

He said: “It’s a huge privilege to be CEO of Birmingham St Mary’s and John Taylor Hospices and I’m looking forward to working alongside the teams at both hospices.

“We are living and working in difficult times but, despite these challenges, staff and volunteers have continued to support people who desperately need palliative and end of life care.

“I would like to thank Penny Venables for all her hard work in laying the foundation for the next chapter in the development of palliative and end of life care across Birmingham.”

Chair of Birmingham St Mary’s and John Taylor Hospices, Harry Turner, said: “I am delighted to welcome Simon Fuller as joint CEO.  He brings a wealth of experience to the role as well as passion and commitment to delivering the very best end of life care for patients and families across the city.

“I look forward to working with Simon and building on the leadership and achievements of Penny Venables who has achieved so much for both organisations.”

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