WOKING & Sam Beare Hospice, the hub for palliative and end-of-life care for North West Surrey, has appointed Siân Wicks as its chief executive.

She succeeds Marian Imrie, who announced her intention to retire from the role last December. The appointment is effective from Wednesday, June 21.

Siân is an experienced chief executive, non-executive director and previous chief nurse with almost 40 years’ experience. She has a record of providing strategic direction working in health and social care across the NHS and the independent and charity sectors.

Most recently, Siân was the chief executive of Haven House Children’s Hospice in Woodford Green, London. She is also the chairman of the board of Achieving for Children.

Siân said: “I am thrilled and delighted to be leading Woking & Sam Beare Hospice and Wellbeing Care and to be part of the North West Surrey Alliance, which is united in its vision in breaking down organisational boundaries to deliver the best and most sustainable outcomes for the local community.”

Tim Stokes, the hospice chairman, said: “I am delighted Siân has joined us as chief executive, bringing with her a wealth of sector expertise. The board looks forward to supporting and working with Siân and the management team. 

“On behalf of the board, I thank Marian for the magnificent contribution she has made to the hospice since she was appointed chief executive in 2019. Her leadership has helped to secure the hospice’s position as a vital part of the North West Surrey healthcare system. We wish Marian all the best in her retirement.”