Tŷ Hafan, the hospice for children in Wales, has appointed a new Chief Executive to steer the charity as it continues to evolve to meet the future needs of life-limited children and their families across Wales.
Kate Phipps is currently Chief Executive at John Taylor Hospice in Erdington, Birmingham, the oldest non-denominational adult hospice in the UK.
After five years at the helm there, Kate will join Tŷ Hafan on 18 April having led their successful journey out of NHS ownership to become a gold standard not-for-profit social enterprise that delivers end of life care across Birmingham and into the West Midlands.
As well as her extensive knowledge and experience, Kate brings a calm and positive energy and an innovative approach that will be key in supporting Tŷ Hafan as it continues to fulfil its mission to deliver the highest standard of free care and support to the families of life-limited children in Wales.
Speaking of her new appointment, Kate said: “I am very excited and delighted to join Tŷ Hafan, an organisation that is much loved in Wales because of the way that its staff provide care and support and the value placed on the importance of family life.
“I am inspired by the support for Tŷ Hafan from the people of Wales. I know that Tŷ Hafan enables children, young people and families to embrace all that life has to offer in circumstances that are the most trying. At Tŷ Hafan, our job is to make that a little easier.”
Chairperson of Tŷ Hafan, Maria Timon Samra, said: “I am delighted to welcome Kate to our organisation. It is an exciting time at Tŷ Hafan and I am confident the charity will go from strength-to-strength under her leadership. Kate inherits a professional, committed and highly experienced team and will work with them to deliver our strategy and to lead our innovation in a world that is increasingly challenging for charities.
“Tŷ Hafan is such a rewarding charity to be a part of. You get to see first-hand how the children and families benefit from the free care we provide and witness how much they derive from the services and activities available to them.”