Hospice UK unveils next chief executive

Toby Porter will join in September from Acorns Children's Hospice

Toby Porter
Toby Porter

Hospice UK has appointed Toby Porter as its next chief executive.

Porter, who has spent the past six years as chief executive of Acorns Children’s Hospice, succeeds Tracey Bleakley, who stepped down at the end of 2021 to become chief executive designate of the Integrated Care Board for Norfolk and Waveney’s Integrated Care System.

Before joining Acorns, Porter was chief executive of HelpAge International, the secretariat to a global network of civil society organisations working with and for older people.

He has also worked for charities including Save the Children and Oxfam, leading responses to the 2004 Asian Tsunami and conflicts in Kosovo and Rwanda.

He said: “Hospices deservedly have a very special place in the hearts of local communities across the UK for the incredible care they provide.

“But there are still far too many people dying in hospitals or at home who are unable to access hospice standards of care at the end of their lives and whose families do not receive adequate bereavement support.

“This needs to change. We need new approaches to end-of-life care in the UK, and new conversations about death and dying.”

Paul Jennings, chair of Hospice UK, said: “We’ve known and worked closely with Toby for several years. His leadership at Acorns has been fantastic, and his vision and passion for hospice and end-of-life care is impressive.

“Toby also brings superb, high-level experience from other sectors, which we know we will learn and benefit from.”

Porter will take up his new role in mid-September.

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