New CEO at John Taylor Hospice

John Taylor Hospice welcomes a new CEO today as Simon Fuller takes over the joint leadership of John Taylor and Birmingham St Mary’s 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 CEO at John Taylor for nearly four years and joint CEO of John Taylor and Birmingham St Mary’s Hospices since April.

He said: “It’s a huge privilege to be CEO of John Taylor and Birmingham St Mary’s 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 live 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 John Taylor and Birmingham St Mary’s 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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“The care was second to none”

“At such a heartbreaking and difficult time, the nurses and care assistants knew exactly what to do and to say – we’d have been lost without them. The care they provided for my beautiful wife was second to none and I’ll be forever grateful.”

Roger Perks

“Nothing is too much trouble”

“I can’t thank hospice teams enough. From fitting grab rails in my house and ordering a reclining bed, reviewing of all my medication, providing me with new medical equipment and even helping to organise domestic help for us at home – they’ve covered everything but are always willing to do even more.”

Jackie Bannister

“I don’t know where I’d be without them”

“The support I get is truly is invaluable and I honestly don’t know where I’d be without them. I’m able to talk openly about my illness and ask for advice and support if I need it. I’ve made some incredible friends and the hospice is a very special place full of laughter and kindness. “

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