A FORMER engineer taking over as chairman of Bluebell Wood says there can be no greater motivation than helping children nearing the end of their lives.
Semi-retired David Wilkin (63) has held senior roles at international companies in sectors including manufacturing, marketing and events.
He sits on the National Coal Mining Museum board and charity Real Life Options, which works with people with learning disabilities.
David, a grandad of two from Pontefract, said: “Bluebell Wood is such an important charity doing absolutely vital work.
“When the opportunity arose, I did plenty of research and the more I learned, the more I knew it was something I wanted to be a part of.
“There can be fewer greater motivators than helping to give young people who are at the end of their life, or whose time may be limited, and their families the best possible experience.”
David takes over in September from Jon Lister, who has been with the North Anston children’s hospice for six years, including four as chairman of trustees.
“I can honestly say my time at Bluebell Wood has been humbling,” said the 47-year-old dad of two, who is a chartered accountant by profession.
“The decisions we make as a team can make a real difference to people’s lives, and that motivates you like nothing else.
“I will certainly miss it, as well as all the dedicated people I’ve had the privilege of working alongside.
“My time here’s brought some of the biggest highs of my professional life, and I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. It really is a life-changing charity and it’s been an honour to be a part of.”
Also joining the trustees are chartered accountant Claire Davis, HR professional Stephen
Hall, paediatric critical care consultant Rum Thomas and solicitor Allan Skelton.
Leaving the board are Keith Metcalfe and Tricia Seymour, who have shared their extensive professional experience in management, HR and paediatrics.
David said: “I’d like to say a big thank you to Jon and all the other trustees who have worked so hard to help get Bluebell Wood to where it is today.
“And a special thank you to the operational team for steering the ship through the unprecedented crisis we’ve all faced these past few months.”
Simon Hills, Bluebell Wood chief executive, added: “We’d like to give a heartfelt thank you to Jon, Keith and Tricia for all they have given to Bluebell Wood over the past few years.
“Your expertise, insight and dedication has been truly invaluable and we wish you all the best in the future.
“We’d also like to like to offer a warm welcome to David, Claire, Stephen, Rum and Allan who all bring their own unique expertise to Bluebell Wood.”