New chairman appointed for St Michael’s

Celia Pyke-Lees, Julian Avery and Irene Dibben
Celia Pyke-Lees, Julian Avery and Irene Dibben

A FORMER hospital trust manager has been appointed as the new chairman of St Michael’s Hospice.

Irene Dibben takes over Julian Avery, who retired from the position this week after serving nearly nine years as a trustee for the St Leonards charity and more than eight years as chairman.

Mrs Dibben has been a trustee of St Michael’s Hospice since 2012, having previously been chairman of East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust until April 2011, when she stepped down.

She was also an human resources director at Reuters plc.

Announcing the appointment, Celia Pyke-Lees, hospice chief executive, said; “I am delighted that Irene has agreed to take on this very important role.

“She has been long involved in the healthcare sector and we are very excited about the wealth of skills, leadership and intellectual ability that she will bring to the hospice.

“I would also like to thank Julian Avery on behalf of all those connected with St Michael’s Hospice for his exceptional service to the hospice, the board, staff and patients during his time as our chairman over the past eight years.

“He has been unfailing in his support and has led us successfully through some major changes.

“We are all so pleased that Julian has agreed to take on the role of president and that he will continue his work with the Patrons Circle.”

Mrs Dibben said: “It’s a great honour to be chosen as the chairman for St Michael’s Hospice and I am absolutely delighted to be taking up this role.”

Mr Avery this week said: “It has been a huge privilege to have been hospice chairman and I would like to thank everyone for all their support, encouragement and help.

“I am honoured to have been asked to take on the role of president and I look forward to continuing a close involvement with the hospice.

“I know that Irene will do a wonderful job and I wish her, Celia and all the team every success in the future.”