23rd Oct, 2020

Chair of hospice to step down after 16 years of dedicated service

Rob George 15th Oct, 2020 Updated: 15th Oct, 2020

LONG-SERVING St Richard’s Hospice chairman John Bawden has announced he will step down in April next year.

The respected chief has given 16 years of dedicated volunteer service to the hospice and became chairman in 2007 after previously spending three years as a hospice governor and vice chairman of the charity’s New Hospice appeal.

He will be succeeded by Jenny Cowpe, current vice chairman and a member of the governing team for 20 years.

“I believe we are the custodians of this marvellous organisation and I know with the support of the hospice team and the wider community, St Richard’s will be in safe hands in the years ahead,” Mr Bawden said

Mrs Cowpe, who lives in Malvern, has a depth of experience and understanding of both healthcare and academia, based on her career spanning both the NHS and university sectors.

Hospice chief executive June Patel said: “John has made a tremendous contribution to St Richard’s over many years. His inspirational leadership, dedication and vision have been a huge part of making St Richard’s the much-valued charity at the heart of our Worcestershire community that we are today.

“Jenny has a wealth of knowledge and understanding of our work and will lead the wider hospice team to continue to offer the best possible care and support to patients and families when they need us most.”

Visit www.strichards.org.uk for more.

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