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New recruit at Lichfield charity delighted to land dream job

The latest recruit to Lichfield charity St Giles Hospice’s senior management team admits the post his her dream job.

Emma Hodges

Emma Hodges

Thirty-seven-year-old Emma Hodges has taken up the post of Business Support Director at the hospice, assuming responsibility for non-clinical services including human resources, facilities, finance, estates and contracts.

She joins St Giles from the University Hospital of North Staffordshire, where she held the position of assistant director of HR, and says she jumped at the opportunity to become part of the St Giles team – because the charity holds a special place in her heart.

Emma explained:

“My father was cared for at the hospice and so St Giles meant a great deal to me and my family even before I became aware of this job.

“Having gained a lot of job satisfaction from working within the NHS, I only ever wanted to work in the public sector or for a charity. I suppose it could have been any charity, but the fact it was this charity in particular really made the difference for me. I know how much the hospice means to so many local people and I’m absolutely delighted to be part of the team.”

Emma, who lives in Rugeley with her husband and three young children, is currently in the process of completing a masters degree in regeneration, by distance learning.

Her CV also includes a year spent working for an HR consultancy in Australia , before swapping her daily commute by ferry across Sydney Harbour for the “Victorian chimneys” of Stoke-on-Trent in 2002.

Despite only being in her new position for a few weeks, Emma says she has already settled down well and is looking forward to the challenges ahead.

She said:

“It’s a fantastic job – it’s wonderfully varied and I never know what’s going to come through the door when I arrive at work each morning. I knew it was going to be a friendly place to work but the welcome I have been given was more than I ever expected. A few people have said it’s as if I’ve always been here, and St Giles is a wonderful place to settle into.”

Peter Holliday, Chief Executive of St Giles Hospice, added:

“We’re thrilled to have Emma on board. She was the standout candidate for the job and she brings a wealth of experience, skill and know-how to the position.

“These are exciting times for St Giles, with the first patients set to be admitted to our new In-Patient Care Centre in just a few weeks’ time. With Emma on the team, we can look forward to the next stage in the hospice’s strategic development with added confidence.”

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