Matthew Reed, the current chief executive of The Children’s Society, has announced that he will be joining Marie Curie in February next year.
Reed will replace Dr Jane Collins as chief executive of Marie Curie next year, after seven years at the Children’s Society. Prior to that, Reed was the chief executive of The Cystic Fibrosis Trust and marketing director at Christian Aid. Between 2015 and 2016 he was the independent chair of the Birmingham Commission on Child Poverty.
Collins announced over the summer that she would be stepping down from her role with Marie Curie, having been chief executive of the organisation since 2012. Under her leadership the charity went through a rebrand and restructure, dropping "Cancer Care" from its name to focus more broadly on terminal illness care.
On his new appointment, Reed said: “I’m excited about joining the wonderful team at Marie Curie in its mission to provide care and support to people living with a terminal illness and their families. It’s a cause that resonates deeply with me on a personal level and I’m looking forward to making a start next year.
“I am of course also saddened to be leaving behind my enormously talented and passionate colleagues at The Children’s Society, but I do so incredibly proud of all that we have achieved for children and young people together in my time as chief executive.”
Vindi Banga, chair of Marie Curie, said: “I am delighted to welcome Matthew to Marie Curie. He brings with him a deep experience and track record of innovation and transformation in the charity sector. I look forward to his leading Marie Curie into our next phase as we continue to serve the growing and increasingly complex palliative care needs in the UK.
“I would also like to thank Dr Jane Collins for her dedication and hard work in the last six years as chief executive. Under her leadership, Marie Curie has explicitly broadened its remit to include any terminal illness, serving more people whilst improving the standards of care delivered.”