George Cameron, Treetops Hospice Care Chief Executive is retiring after nine years with the local hospice. Julie Heath, who has been on Treetops Board of Trustees for twenty two years, has been appointed as the new Chief Executive.

Treetops, based in Risley, provides nursing care and emotional support for adults with life limiting conditions, their families and carers, living in Derbyshire and Nottinghamshire.

Wonderful organisation

George Cameron

George Cameron – retiring Chief Executive

George, 65yrs, from Farndon, Newark, retires on 31 October and said he was incredibly proud of the hospice and its growth to meet the needs of the local community:

“I have spent nine lovely years working for this wonderful organisation.

“I have seen so many changes over this time including the building of the Day Care Unit in 2010, the Cheetham Centre in 2014, and now our plans to build an In-Patient Unit on the Risley site.

“It has not only been physical changes that have happened but the growth in our services. Our Hospice at Home Service has doubled its provision and we now provide over 41,800 hours of nursing care in patients’ homes.

“Well-being Days have been introduced to the Day Care portfolio. Bereavement counselling has grown into the Therapeutic Service it is today and new support services, such as Human Resources, Facilities and Marketing have been introduced.”

The organisation will be in good hands

George added his praise for the hospice staff, volunteers and supporters:

“These achievements have happened as a team effort and I would like to thank the Board of Trustees for their backing, the staff and volunteers for their hard work and support, and all our supporters who have enabled all this to happen through donations of time or funding.

“The organisation will be in good hands with Julie taking over as Chief Executive, and an experienced Senior Leadership Team taking the organisation forward to new heights. I will watch with interest the developments of the In-Patient Unit and other services.”

Fantastic opportunity

Julie Heath – incoming Chief Executive

Julie Heath, from Nottingham, has been the Chair of the Treetops Board for seven years and comes to Treetops after working in Adult Care. She is looking forward to her new appointment:

“During my many years as a trustee, I’ve witnessed the growth of Treetops Hospice Care into the wonderful organisation that it has become today. I’m passionate about providing choice, empowerment and the highest of quality services to those we work for and their loved ones.

“I’m so excited to have this fantastic opportunity and I feel a great sense of pride to be a member of the Treetops family.  I’m looking forward to the next exciting stage in Treetops evolution and with the support of all the staff, wonderful volunteers and supporters, I know that it will continue to be a great success.

Treetops has flourished

“On behalf of the Board of Trustees, I want to thank George for the sterling contribution he has made to Treetops. During his stewardship, Treetops has flourished in all aspects and has won national and local acclaim for the quality of its services and for being a great place to work.”

Earlier this year, Treetops was ranked 6th in the Sunday Times 100 Best Not-for-Profit Organisations to Work For 2018 and awarded three-star accreditation for extraordinary levels of staff engagement.

The hospice services include Support and Information, a Day Care Unit, Hospice at Home nurses and Therapeutic Services including counselling, art therapy and complementary therapy. All services are provided free of charge.