After ten “challenging and rewarding” years leading Acorns Children’s Hospice, David Strudley will this year be stepping down from his role as Chief Executive.
The charity’s Board of Trustees has accepted David’s intentions and the process to find his successor is already underway.
David said: “After ten challenging and rewarding years with our wonderful charity, I feel the time is right to hand over the reins to someone else so that the charity can take a fresh look and prepare itself for the next ten years.”
Since joining the organisation in 2006, David has steered the organisation through significant changes and challenging times including the financial crash of 2008.
David added: “I feel proud and privileged to have worked with such outstanding people, who have achieved so much, often with only limited resources. I want to pay tribute to every member of staff and to all the volunteers who together form the greatest workforce I have ever had the good fortune to lead.”
In the last decade the number of children being cared for by Acorns has almost doubled and the charity’s vision is to care for 1,000 children by 2020 and to provide support to more than 1,350 families including those who are bereaved.
David made special mention of the support the charity had received from the community across the West Midlands and Three Counties, which he said had enabled the charity to achieve “remarkable outcomes”.
He added: “Although I’m stepping down, my love and devotion for life limited children and their families will never cease.”
Chair of the Trustees, David Butcher, said: “I would like to take this opportunity to personally thank David for his unswerving commitment to Acorns, its children and their families.
“The organisation and those it supports have undoubtedly benefited immeasurably from his dedication and skilful leadership through some very testing times.
“On behalf of the Board of Trustees I would like to thank him for all he has achieved and wish him the very best for the future.”
David will leave the organisation toward the end of the year, following a comprehensive and smooth handover.
He will continue with his coaching and mentoring activities and intends to continue to chair the Together for Short Lives UK Transition Taskforce as it enters its third full year of operations. Meanwhile, he is conducting research to write a book on children’s hospices.