The challenges of being a hospice CEO were already significant before the pandemic – and Covid has only extenuated them. 

The Virtual Hospice CEO Group is an exclusive forum for up to 15 hospice leaders. We discuss the threats and opportunities the sector faces, helping CEOs to frame their strategic thinking in a supportive, open environment.  We meet for 90 minutes via zoom every month with invited expert speakers on our chosen topic. They are encouraged to provoke and stimulate us to think outside our comfort zone. There is also the chance for members to share their ideas and concerns with a group of peers. 

‘The group provides a very beneficial forum to discuss ideas and initiatives, to question our assumptions and see how we can push the boundaries in our thinking. Having an external speaker provides fresh insight and getting the thoughts of other CEOs gives a really helpful hospice perspective’  Nicki Shaw, CEO of Princess Alice Hospice 

Last Session: December 2022 

Great to hear from Shaun O'Leary and Heather Richardson, the outgoing joint CEOs of St Christopher's in the last of this year’s sessions. Lots of fascinating insights into how having joint CEOs adds to personal and organisational resilience, as well as learning how they managed senior management, board and external relations. Good luck to both in their future roles.


Other sessions have included;  

Matthew Reed, CEO of Marie Curie on ‘What will it mean to be a hospice in the era of Covid-19’
Katy Saunders & Laura Dale-Harris from Social Finance talking about their ‘End of Life Care Integrator fund’ and social investment more widely.
Martyn Drake, author of ‘The Commercial Charity’, a very interesting and provocative read
Mark Astarita, formerly Director of Fundraising at The British Red Cross discussing ‘Resetting the Hospice Income Generation Model.’
Philip Kirkpatrick, Deputy Managing Partner and Head of Charity at Bates Wells, discussing ‘Governance in the post-Covid world’ - modernising charity governance structure and practice.
Joe Saxton of NfP Synergy who discussed his recent paper on charities charging for services.
David White, Commercial Director from St Christopher’s on ‘The Future of Retail Post-Pandemic'   

For more information on the Virtual Hospice CEO group, please contact me


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