New chairman at St Catherine’s Hospice

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The chairman of Saint Catherine’s Hospice’s board of trustees is stepping down after four and a half successful years in the role.

Ian Westmoreland says he has enjoyed his time as chairman and has welcomed his successor, former deputy chairman Diane Flint.

He said: “The greatest pleasure has been working with the staff and volunteers and being part of a culture where absolutely everything, from the chief executive and trustees down, is focused on providing care for the patients and their families.

“I am particularly proud of the wonderful volunteers, without their help it would be impossible to achieve what the hospice does.”

In his period as chairman, the hospice has provided extra beds as part of building improvement work, begun a programme of working on end of life care in local care homes, integrated the Macmillan nurses team in Saint Catherine’s, worked towards providing a hospice at home service and worked more closely with Marie Curie. The way healthcare is funded has also changed, with the shift from health trusts to the new clinical commissioning groups.

Mr Westmoreland wished his successor well in the role, saying: “Diane has been an excellent trustee and I have every confidence that she will be an excellent chair too.

“I am delighted that she has taken on the role.”

Mrs Flint, who is a freelance HR Consultant from Kilnwick, near Driffield, became a member of the hospice trust in 2008, when she joined its fundraising committee.

She became a board member two and a half years ago and deputy chairman last year.

Mrs Flint said: “Ian will be a hard act to follow, particularly in terms of the time and dedication he has given to the hospice.

“We have been very fortunate as he has been tireless in his commitment to Saint Catherine’s – I can only hope that I can live up to that.”

She says she is looking forward to helping spread the word about the work the hospice does across the huge geographic area it covers.

“The hospice covers 1,600 square miles, taking in Whitby, Malton, Scarborough, Bridlington, Driffield and everywhere in between,” she said.

“I look forward to continuing to spread the message about our excellent work.”