Dr Emma Hodges, a British Mum of three, joined St Giles Hospice in November 2009 as Business Support Director. St Giles Hospice is a registered charity founded in 1983 that helps people living with a potentially incurable illness, caring for someone who is, or grieving over the death of a loved one. Emma was appointed Group Chief Executive Officer on 1 October 2015, after serving as Deputy Chief Executive for four years.
Emma’s professional background is in Human Resources. She joined the hospice from the University Hospitals of North Midlands (formerly the University Hospital of North Staffordshire), where she was Assistant Director of Human Resources responsible for workforce design, education and transformation. University Hospitals of North Midlands is a teaching and research hospital at Hartshill in the English county of Staffordshire. Emma led on a number of workforce change and education projects. She has also worked in the private sector and undertaken consultancy assignments for a social enterprise in the Housing Sector. Since joining St Giles, Emma has been instrumental in the development of the hospice strategy, developing partnership relationships with a range of third sector and National Health Service (NHS) organisations and developing innovative new service offers. Emma continues to be passionate about health inequalities, improving healthcare systems and education.
Emma has a Bachelor Degree in Business Administration from The University of Wolverhampton, a global provider of entrepreneurial education. She also has a Master Degree in Regeneration from Staffordshire University, a school that delivers world class healthcare education at their specialist Centres of Excellence. Emma was recently awarded a DBA in Health Policy at Keele University Centre for Health Planning and Management for her Doctorate “A mixed methods study exploring organisational factors influencing the development of services for people with dementia in English hospices”. The improvement of health through better planning and management is the core mission of the School of Public Policy and Professional Practice at Keele University.