Following the retirement in October of Tom Hill, Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Helen & Douglas House, Chris Robinson, the current CEO at Naomi House & Jacksplace, near Winchester, will work as CEO across both charities as an interim measure for one year.
Mr Robinson will lead a review to explore the potential for closer collaboration, up to and including a possible merger, between the two organisations. Chris has considerable experience in leading charities in the sector, including CEO at CHASE Children’s Hospice in Hampton, Middlesex.
Tom Hill announced his retirement after eleven years at the charity and the Board of Trustees of Helen & Douglas House saw an opportunity to assess the benefits of greater collaboration with Naomi House, their nearest neighbour. As a result this interim measure has been agreed between the two charities.
During this period the Deputy Chief Executives at each charity, Clare Edwards at Helen & Douglas House and Mark Smith at Naomi House, will lead the day-to-day operations of the two charities and will report to Chris Robinson as CEO.
Elizabeth Drew, Chair of the Board of Trustees, Helen & Douglas House said; ‘Tom’s retirement created an exciting opportunity to explore the potential for closer collaboration between the two charities. We are continually striving to improve the quality and reach of our services and improve our sustainability. This project will help us assess how we could do this by working more closely with Naomi House.’
Chris Robinson said;‘I am delighted to be joining Helen & Douglas House as Chief Executive and look forward to my tenure there. Helen & Douglas has a great culture, a long history and many similarities to Naomi House & Jacksplace in Hampshire, which I will continue to oversee. I replace Tom Hill who has provided many years of exemplary service to the charity, the children’s hospice network and the charitable sector as a whole. Working across both strong and established organisations will give me a better insight into how we might be able to collaborate even further to the benefit of the life-limited and life-threatened children and young people who rely on our support.”