Martlets has announced that Michael Edwards will be stepping down as Chairman at the September AGM, upon completing his term of office. 

In a farewell, note to the staff and volunteers at the hospice, Michael said: “I have derived such satisfaction from working with the staff, volunteers and fellow Trustees at the Martlets in supporting the essential work that takes place at the Hospice and in the Community, and have gained a tremendous appreciation of the work of hospices generally - it has been a wholly positive and valuable experience.

Over the last two years we have been fortunate to appoint an excellent CEO, experienced individuals to the positions of Finance Director and Head of Income Generation, as well as five very enthusiastic Trustees who, along with the rest of the Leadership Team and Board, are committed to ensuring the Martlets continues to deliver its unique blend of high quality services and life changing hospice care to the people of Brighton and Hove.

The high regard in which the work of the Martlets is held by the local community, and the willingness of individuals to volunteer, and raise much needed funding, has been a constant source of inspiration during my time in post. I would like to wish Martlets, its staff and many supporters every success in the future.” 

Imelda Glackin, CEO of the Martlets said: “ Michael has brought a wealth of skills and expertise to the role of Chairman of The Martlets. He has offered support and guidance to me in my role as CEO and provided structure and an enhanced focus on Governance to the Board of Trustees, which has been widely appreciated. I am extremely grateful for his energy and commitment during his term as Chair and on behalf of the LeadershipTeam, I would like to wish Michael every success in the future".     

Martlets Board has established a Committee led by Christine d’Cruz to recruit the new Chairman. In the meantime, Kevin Smyth, Honorary Secretary to the Board, has assumed the role of Interim Chairman.