MARIA McGill CBE is returning to Marie Curie as a new trustee, 24 years after starting her leadership career with the UK’s leading end of life charity.
Maria joins Marie Curie when the pandemic has highlighted massive inequalities and shortages at end of life for people around the UK.The charity provides essential frontline nursing and hospice care, a free support line and a wealth of information and support on all aspects of dying, death and bereavement. It is the largest charity funder of palliative and end of life care research in the UK.
Retiring in February 2020 following a 37-year career, Maria has a wealth of experience in palliative and end of life care for people of all ages. Starting her career as a Registered General Nurse in 1983, she has held two Chief Executive positions (Children’s Hospices Across Scotland (CHAS) from 2010-2020, and Highland Hospice, 2004-2010). She has served as a trustee for various organisations including Together for Short Lives and Chair for the Scottish Partnership for Palliative Care – Council.
Between 1997- 2004 she was a Clinical Services Manager and Centre Manager at the former building for the Glasgow Marie Curie Hospice, known as Hunters Hill.
Maria McGill CBE said:
“I am truly delighted and honoured to be joining the Marie Curie Board of Trustees. The past year of living through the pandemic has brought death, dying and bereavement closer to all of us, highlighting the need for palliative and end of life care. I relish the opportunity to work with a group of people, committed to ensuring the delivery of the best possible end of life care, to learning together and sharing the responsibility for something so precious as Marie Curie.”
Maria was awarded a CBE in the Queen’s 2020 Birthday Honours for services to palliative care and charity.
With her home in Edinburgh, in addition to joining Marie Curie’s Board of Trustees Maria will also join the Scottish Advisory Board, chaired by Linda Urquhart OBE.
Commenting on the appointment, Vindi Banga, Chair of the Board of Trustees at Marie Curie, said:
“Maria’s dedication to the end of life care provision aligns her perfectly with the charity. The pandemic has demonstrated the importance of palliative care as never before and Maria brings a valuable voice and experience as we continue to ensure that dying people, their carers and families get the support they need. I am delighted to welcome Maria as a new trustee.”