A new chief executive has been appointed for Kirkwood Hospice in Dalton.
Michael Crowther has taken up the position of leading the team at the hospice, which provides specialist end-of-life care to adults from across Kirklees.
Mr Crowther has joined Kirkwood from Locala, where he was head of business development and performance. He has vast experience in the healthcare sector having worked in and around the NHS for the past 20 years.
He takes over the role from joint chief executives Hilary Turner, who retired in January, and Christine Springthorpe, who will retire at the end of May.
Mr Crowther, who lives in Mirfield, is a family man with strong family values. It was his mother, a long serving district nurse in Huddersfield who first ignited his passion for delivering better outcomes in palliative and end-of-life care.
“My mum worked as a district nurse in Huddersfield for many years.” said Mr Crowther.
“When my nana was ill in 1997, my mum was able to help make it possible for her to die at home. I realised then how difficult it can be to make this happen.
“Ever since then I have been gravitating towards a role which can make a real difference to how people live with life limiting conditions, and to how they eventually die.”
Mr Crowther is understandably proud to be leading Kirkwood in the next stage of its development and is determined to ensure it continues to provide outstanding care to those who need it the most.
He said: “Kirkwood Hospice has such a great reputation locally for the good work that it does. When the chief executive position became vacant I just knew I had to apply.
“I have found that everyone working here is passionate about what they do. This is a very warm and caring place, and that goes hand in hand with hard work and high standards. I am very proud to tell people I work at Kirkwood Hospice.
“I will be leading an organisation that is already very successful at what it does. Our priorities will be to protect what Kirkwood has achieved and the values that have led to its success, whilst continuing to look forward. We need to ensure that Kirkwood embraces future challenges and turns them into opportunities.”
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