Martin House Children's Hospice appoints chief executive

Clair Holsworth steps up from interim chief executive to lead the charity on a permanent basis

Clair Holsworth
Clair Holsworth

A charity that provides hospice care for children and young people has appointed a new chief executive. 

Martin House Children's Hospice has named Clair Holdsworth as its chief executive following the departure of Martin Wanhurst last year. 

Wanhurst stood down in July after nearly three years in the role. Holdsworth has been acting as interim chief executive since his departure.

She has worked at the charity for nearly five years, and was previously its director of clinical services.

The charity cares for babies, children and young people with life-limiting conditions, offering planned respite, emergency care, symptom control and end-of-life care, as well as support for bereaved families.

Holdsworth said she was excited about the role and plans to deliver on “ambitious voluntary income growth plans”.

Tim Halstead, chair of trustees at Martin House Children's Hospice, said: “Over the last nine months, Clair has done an outstanding job as interim chief executive, in circumstances that have almost certainly been more challenging than any Martin House has faced since it was founded. 

“It is clear that she has the strong support of her colleagues and we feel that, with Clair at its head, Martin House is in a really strong position, which is a testament to the way that she has taken on the challenges of the last year.”

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