• Cranford Hospice CEO steps down

Cranford Hospice CEO steps down

Cranford Hospice Chief Executive Officer Janice Byford-Jones has announced she is stepping down after seven years at the helm. 

Joining Cranford Hospice at a pivotal time, Byford-Jones led the successful transfer of governance, services and operations of the organisation from Presbyterian Support East Coast to the newly established, Cranford Hospice Trust.

“I have felt honoured and privileged to lead such an amazing organisation," Byford-Jones says.

"The team of dedicated staff and volunteers are passionate and truly special people. The level of care, support and education that Cranford provides for the rohe (local area) can only be achieved with the support that the Hawke’s Bay community provide year on year. 

"I have found it to be a truly humbling experience. To all the people I have had the pleasure of meeting and working with, ngā mihi nui. I urge you to continue to support this very caring and unique organisation.”

She is not taking another role at this point and is looking forward to spending more time with her whānau.

Board Chairperson Frané Rosandich says Janice has been an integral part of Cranford’s development and will be missed by the Board, staff, volunteers, and people that whom she has worked with. 

"Working in healthcare during a pandemic has certainly had its challenges, but under Janice’s leadership Cranford Hospice has continued to provide the best possible palliative care to over 1,000 families in Hawke’s Bay a year."

"We have exciting times ahead with our new hospice at Chesterhope just on the horizon. The Board and I are incredibly humbled by the commitment from our community, and we look forward to being able to share more about our project over the next couple of months.

“We are all deeply sorry to be losing Janice, however, I know that she has a wonderful team that will continue to provide the excellent support and care for the people of Hawke’s Bay that the organisation is known for.”

Byford-Jones will continue in her role as CEO until October, during which time a recruitment process will run to allow a smooth transition to the next phase of the organisation’s journey.

She looks forward to handing over the rākau (baton) to the new leader.