A Fairymount native has been appointed the CEO of a children’s hospice in Wales. Tŷ Hafan, the hospice for children in Wales, has announced its former chairperson and trustee, Maria Timon Samra’s appointment as CEO, taking over the reins from Rob Jones who served as chief executive for the past three years.
Having provided stewardship to the charity as a non-executive director for nearly four years from 2013 to 2016 and led Tŷ Hafan’s board of trustees as chairperson, Maria is a long-term champion of and advocate for the Charity.
With previous experience including director of transformation at Barclays, interim CIO / head of BIS at Welsh Water and managing director at KPMG, and most recently, director of her own management consultancy, Maria will now use her expertise in leadership along with her sound understanding of the hospice to steer the charity as it faces its biggest fundraising challenge since the hospice doors opened 21 years ago.
CEO, Maria, explained: “I feel very privileged to return to the Tŷ Hafan family, four years on, in this critical role. My immediate focus will be tackling the income challenges precipitated by the lockdown and addressing the operational challenges so we can continue to safely meet the needs of care in light of the coronavirus outbreak.
“Beyond that, I am really looking forward to supporting our staff and our families as we emerge from this crisis and building on the work of my predecessor, Rob, himself a Tŷ Hafan Dad, to secure the future and deliver on our mission to deliver expert care to life-limited children and their families.”
Maria added:“I’ve been so impressed by the resilience and passion displayed by everyone at at this difficult time and how they have adapted to new ways of working as they continue keep the doors open for families in crisis while also developing innovative virtual care programmes. I eagerly await the moment I can meet staff, families and supporters in person.”