New Chief Executive at Children’s Hospice


A new Chief Executive has taken the helm of The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice.

Mike McDonald has been appointed as the new Chief Executive of the Trentham-based Hospice, which supports around 180 children with life-limiting conditions from across Staffordshire and South Cheshire.

Mike, aged 46, from Whitchurch, Shropshire, where he is also Deputy Town Mayor, has been at the Hospice for four years, lately as Director of Finance and Resources.

He said:

“We have a fantastic team at The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice Trust and it is an honour to have been chosen to lead the organisation.

“We do face some challenging times ahead, but with the continued generous support of our local communities we will be able to face them head on to maintain the services relied on by our children and families. As a charity, we receive minimal Government funding to provide, let alone grow, these services, so without our supporters we simply wouldn’t exist.”

Mike’s appointment follows the announcement of the retirement of his predecessor Nuala O’Kane, who served as Chief Executive for six years.

Paying tribute to Nuala, Mike said:

“I also have to recognise the outstanding success of the Charity under the leadership of my predecessor, Nuala O’Kane – if I can match half of her achievements, then I will be very pleased indeed!”

In a special thank you to families, staff, trustees, volunteers and supporters, Nuala highlighted how they had made her time at the Hospice so enjoyable and satisfying.

She said:

“Leading such an important local charity as The Donna Louise Children’s Hospice Trust is a great responsibility, but also a privilege.  I feel very fortunate to have had the opportunity and am proud of what has been achieved over the past six years. I have every confidence that under Mike’s leadership, the organisation will continue to go from strength to strength.”