Ardgowan Hospice welcomes new CEO
Local woman, Linda McEnhill, has been named as the new Chief Executive Officer at Ardgowan Hospice.
Linda has been involved in palliative care for 25 years, during which time she has worked in a range of settings as a practitioner, manager, director and lecturer, working both in Scotland and England.
Keith McKellar, Ardgowan Hospice Chair, said, “We are delighted that Linda has agreed to become our new CEO and we are looking forward to continuing to develop Hospice care under her leadership.”
Having previously been involved with Ardgowan Hospice, when she worked at the Prince and Princess of Wales Hospice, helping to set up the three hospice Butterfly Children and Young People Bereavement Service back in 2010 Linda says she is pleased to have the opportunity to work with the Ardgowan team again. She added, “I have happy memories of Ardgowan – always a warm, friendly welcome and I look forward to working with staff and volunteers to support those living in our community affected by life limiting illness.”
During her career, Linda has held various social work and counselling roles, including Widening Access Manager for Hospice UK. It is from this background that her passion to improve care at the end of life for people with learning disabilities has been fuelled.
In 1998, her desire to see equitable access for all people to high quality end of life care led her to establish the National Network for Palliative Care of People with Learning Disabilities, which aims to raise awareness of the palliative care needs of people with learning disabilities and to share and promote best practice. This work was recognized when she was awarded the first Hambro-Macmillan Associate Fellowship in 2003.
An award was later created in her name to recognise organisations and individuals who have made a significant difference to the end of life care of people with learning disabilities.
Born in Glasgow, Linda now lives in Kilmacolm with her husband of 37 years, Peter, and their three-year-old Dalmatian, Mungo.
She has degrees in Theology, Social Work and Hospice Leadership and is a qualified Clinical Hypnotherapist.