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Nursing charity chief exec announces her departure

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The chief executive of the Cavell Nurses’ Trust is to stand down in December after two years in the role.

Kate Tompkins, who originally took up the post of acting chief executive in March 2012, said she had reached a “natural point” at which to hand over leadership of the national nursing charity.

“Kate has made a real difference to our standing as a national charity as well as to that of the legacy of Edith Cavell”

Simon Knighton

Ms Tompkins, who has a background in district nursing, is also a former Royal College of Nursing regional director and was a chief nurse at a community and mental health NHS trust.

She said: “Over the last two years I have worked hard to bring the trust to a point where, together with the legacy of its founding spirit Nurse Edith Cavell, it is becoming nationally better recognised with a stronger team and supporter base.

“I have very much enjoyed this time but, within the trust we now have ambitious plans for 2015 and future years together with a realistic opportunity to achieve them,” said Ms Tompkins.

“I feel, therefore, that there is now a natural point to hand the leadership on to build on the work that I have done and the many friendships that I have made,” she said “I will continue to wish it every success for the future.”

Kate Tompkins

Kate Tompkins

Ms Tompkins’ decision to stand down was announced a reception in London on 12 October to commemorate the 99th anniversary of the death of Edith Cavell.

Trust chair Simon Knighton said she had done a “fantastic job”. “Kate has made a real difference to our standing as a national charity as well as to that of the legacy of Edith Cavell,” he said.

“Over the next three months Kate will work with trustee Stephen Charlton and I to ensure a smooth and effective handover,” he added.

Mr Knighton said the charity would be making a further announcement in “due course” concerning its leadership.

The Cavell Nurses’ Trust provides help and support to registered nurses, midwives, healthcare assistants, student nurses and retired nurses during difficult times.

Formerly known as NurseAid, it was originally set up in 1917 following the public outcry that followed the execution of WWI nurse Edith Cavell.

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