Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity have announced that Gill Raikes is stepping down in April as Chief Executive of Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity after nearly nine years at the helm.
Gill has shepherded the Charity through nearly a decade of events, appeals, carol concerts and fun runs. Recently she has managed the Charity through the changes in how we work due to the pandemic, including running the Charity’s first emergency appeal, whilst at the same time fulfilling the day-to-day pledges to fundraise for new imaging equipment and our Patients’ Fund.
Gill Raikes said:
“My time at Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity has been an incredible privilege. Seeing the power that fundraising can achieve and the differences to people’s lives is very moving.
“I feel immensely lucky to have been part of the amazing fundraising movement. I hope every fundraiser celebrates the joy of making the world a better place. I want to pay tribute to the Institute of Fundraising, which has been with me every step of the way, and lately also to ACEVO – both have been fantastic friends and mentors. I will miss fundraising, but I know I will stay in touch with many amazing people I have met along this journey.”
Gill worked as a journalist and then a press officer before starting her fundraising career with the National Trust more than nearly four decades ago. She has been Chief Executive of the Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity since July 2012. Her future plans include moving to the Welsh borders.
In 2010 Gill was awarded an MBE for services to conservation, following her work at the National Trust. Gill received a lifetime contribution award when she was chair of the Institute of Fundraising Conservation Board in 2007 and since then has been vice-chair of the Institute of Fundraising.
Richard Hunting, Chairman of Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity, said:
“Everyone at the Charity wishes Gill all the best for her next adventure. It’s hard to imagine the Charity without her, but whatever happens next, we will all keep working hard to raise funds for staff and patients at our two wonderful hospitals with the same passion that Gill brought to her leadership.”
Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity
Royal Brompton and Harefield Hospitals Charity raises funds to help staff and patients at Royal Brompton and Harefield hospitals. Based in Chelsea and Harefield, respectively, the two hospitals are the UK’s biggest specialist cardio-respiratory centre.