Well-known Cystic Fibrosis West campaigner Martina Jennings has been appointed as the new CEO designate of the Mayo-Roscommon Hospice Foundation.
Hollymount-based Ms Jennings will take over from Cynthia Clampett on her retirement in the coming months.
In a statement this morning (Wednesday), Mayo-Roscommon Hospice said: “Martina brings a vast level of experience to Hospice having worked in the corporate world for the last 20 plus years, both in sales and senior management. For the last four years she has been Head of Commercial Sales Miele Ireland, prior to this she was Account Director with O2 Ireland for a number of years, managing their Top Tier accounts.
“She is a high achiever, skilled at implementing innovative business strategies that bring results. In addition to her business experience she has also, on her own initiative, made a substantial contribution to the charities sector through her involvement with Cystic Fibrosis West. She founded and chaired CF West, an organisation set up to build a state of the art clinic for Cystic Fibrosis patients in the West of Ireland. This clinic was open to patients in September 2015. In her fundraising efforts she has completed the New York and Dublin City Marathons and has climbed Kilimanjaro. Martina was awarded Mayo’s Most Inspirational Woman in January 2015.
Outgoing CEO Cynthia Clampett welcomed the appointment.
“We are all looking forward to Martina joining our Hospice family, she is a very impressive woman, is passionate about the job and has researched and understands what is required of the role. Martina is joining Hospice at a very exciting time when we are about to commence building our Mayo Hospice. She will bring an energy and new dynamic to the Foundation. On a personal basis I am delighted that I am leaving the future management and vital work of Mayo Roscommon Hospice Foundation in such safe and capable hands,” said Ms Clampett.
Martina Jennings said she is ‘delighted and honoured’ to be chosen as the new CEO.
“I look forward to working with the staff, board and community, to continue to build on the foundations of success that have been laid. It is daunting to step into the shoes of Cynthia as she has been synonymous with Mayo Roscommon Hospice, and has built it up to what it is today. I have promised her that I will mind it for her, and I intend to keep that promise. There are exciting times ahead with the building of both hospices, and we will work hard as a team to complete both projects, while continuing to provide the vital palliative care service.”
Work is due to commence on building the Mayo unit mid 2017 with completion by late 2018 and the construction of the Roscommon unit will then follow.
Before the foundation of Mayo Roscommon Hospice, there were no specialist services for terminally ill patients in Mayo and Roscommon. The Foundation was established in 1992 and their headquarters are in Knock.