Acorns Children’s Hospice Announces New CEO

Acorns Children’s Hospice announced today that Trevor Johnson has been appointed as the charity’s new Chief Executive.

Trevor will take up his position at Acorns in March next year and replaces Toby Porter, who stepped down as Acorns CEO in September after six years at the helm.

Trevor will join Acorns from his current position as CEO of Katharine House Hospice, a charity which provides specialist palliative care for adults with life-limiting conditions across North-Oxfordshire and South-Northamptonshire.

Trevor Johnson stands in a garden, smiling at the camera
Trevor Johnson

“An honour to join this cause”

Speaking of his appointment, Trevor said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be appointed Chief Executive of Acorns, a charity which delivers such vital care and support to hundreds of children and families across the region every year.

“As someone who is very familiar with the hospice sector, I’m excited to be leading Acorns and helping the charity as it works towards its ambition to reach even more families with the care they need.

“Acorns is a place where families can build memories and encounter support they often didn’t even know was there, at a time when they needed it most. It’s an honour to join this cause, and I’m very much looking forward to working with the fantastic teams across the charity to take Acorns forward over the coming years.”

Acorns, which opened its first hospice in Birmingham in 1988, provides specialist palliative care to babies, children and young people across the West Midlands and Gloucestershire. In the past year, the charity has cared for more than 700 children and supported more than 900 families, including the bereaved.

Mark Hopton, Acorns Chairman, said: “We are delighted to have appointed Trevor as our new Chief Executive. We undertook a rigorous selection process and my fellow Trustees and I were extremely impressed by Trevor’s energy and experience and the way he demonstrated his commitment towards the charity’s Vision.

“We very much look forward to welcoming Trevor to Acorns in March next year, to take Acorns forward as we build upon the first year of our three-year Strategy and ensure we can continue providing vital care to any child and their family who needs us.”

About Trevor Johnson

Trevor Johnson grew up in East London and Essex and began his career in retail with a number of leading brands. In 2010 the opportunity arose for him to move to the charity sector, joining Havens Hospices in Essex as Director of Trading.

Over time, Trevor expanded his remit, becoming Director of People at the charity, achieving the Investors in Volunteers accreditation in 2015 and the Queen’s Award for Volunteering in 2017.

After a spell of seven months as acting CEO in 2019, Trevor became Director of People and Income Generation before accepting the role of CEO at Katharine House Hospice in Banbury, Oxfordshire in March 2021.

Trevor lives in Worcestershire with his wife of 24 years and a cat called Bo.


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About Acorns Children’s Hospice

Due to the sensitive nature of Acorns care services it refrains from using the words ‘terminal’ or ‘terminally ill’ in its press releases and public communications when describing the children who use Acorns and the conditions that they have. Instead, Acorns uses the words ‘life limited’, ‘life limiting’, or ‘life threatening’. Acorns kindly requests that you respect this in your communications when referring to Acorns Children’s Hospice. Acorns children have a lot of living to do. Thank you.

Acorns provides specialist palliative nursing care and support to babies, children and young people aged 0 – 18 years who have life limiting or life threatening conditions. The charity offers families emergency and end-of-life care, short breaks, therapeutic and psychosocial support, bereavement support, sibling services and family support. Care is tailored for each individual child and includes all their medical, emotional, cultural, religious and spiritual needs. This care is provided both within the hospice and a family’s home.

  • It costs £27,000 every day to run Acorns services providing care for children and support for their families. The charity relies heavily on donations to fund the majority of its activities.
  • Acorns is a UNICEF Rights Respecting organisation (Silver award), recognising our commitment to the Rights of the Child.