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New Chair of Trustees for Avante Care & Support

Avante Care & Support is pleased to announce the recent appointment of Jackie Churchward-Cardiff, as its new Chair of Trustees. Jackie succeeds Peter Smallridge CBE at the Kent based regional charity that provides care and support to over 1,000 people through its dementia care homes and Home Care & Support service.

Jackie has extensive experience of healthcare in both the private and public sector having worked with the NHS or healthcare providers in Europe, Australia and Canada for almost 40 years.

Currently, Jackie runs her own company providing clinical strategy leadership for hospital development projects and is also a Non-Executive Director at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

After qualifying as a nurse in 1981, Jackie went on to have a 22-year career in the NHS and held a number of clinical posts in teaching and District General Hospitals, before she became Director of Regional Specialties at the Royal London Hospital in 1989. Jackie’s last NHS executive position was as Director of Operations for the Barts and Royal London NHS Trust. Having then joined HCP in 2001, Jackie initially worked on hospital PFI bids and developed successful consultancy services for the company to support development in care delivery systems and infrastructure. She was appointed Chief Executive Officer in 2009, a position she held until she retired from HCP in April 2013. After her retirement, she went on to set up her own company, Clinical Strategies, to continue selected healthcare consultancy, mainly to develop new solutions and pathways in response to changing needs and service pressures.

In 2015, Jackie became a Non-Executive Director at East Sussex Healthcare NHS Trust.

Speaking after her appointment, Jackie said,

I am very excited to be asked to lead Avante Care & Support. These are challenging and uncertain times in health and social care, but I am confident that Avante Care & Support is well placed to take advantage of the opportunities that exist. I am looking forward to working with the Board and management team to deliver high quality care to our residents and service users, and to grow the scope of our business.
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Stuart Cross, Managing Director at Avante Care & Support commented on the appointment saying,

I am delighted that Jackie Churchward-Cardiff has accepted our invitation to become Chair at Avante Care & Support. We have an ambitious strategy to deliver high quality care and to develop our services, and Jackie’s background and wealth of experience will be invaluable as we press forward.

Jackie Churchward-Cardiff succeeds Peter Smallridge CBE, who has been Chairman of Avante Care & Support for over 6 years. During Peter’s time as Chairman he has overseen growth, development and the re-branding of the organisation and helped ensure the organisation’s prominence throughout the South East. Peter has stepped down as Chairman but will remain as a Trustee.

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