At the start of Hospice Care Week, we’re delighted to announce the appointment of Frank Noble as the new Chief Executive at the Hospice. Frank has replaced Simon Caraffi and is already enjoying the role and getting to know staff, volunteers, patients and families alike.
Frank joins the Hospice from a full career in the Royal Engineers, including 12 years working in the business-side of Defence.
During his service, Frank was awarded the Queen’s Commendation for Valuable Service for his contribution to the Northern Ireland peace process.
He moved to Bristol 10 years ago and ran defence equipment procurement programmes at Filton before taking a role managing the Defence’s training estate across the world, responsible for a team of 3,500 people.
Frank left the army in 2015 and became Operations Director at Clifton College looking after the non-teaching aspects of the College from running the estate to organising the catering and cleaning.
During his spare time, Frank volunteers with the Bristol Army Cadet Force, supports Bristol Bears rugby and is a third generation Chelsea FC supporter.
Frank said he felt welcomed as soon as he came to the Hospice, “I initially had a sense of nervousness about what working at a hospice would be like, because of the nature of the work done here, but that went as soon as I walked through the door. I quickly saw that St Peter’s is a place full of life, joy, energy and humour. Everyone has been so lovely and welcoming.”
Frank sees that following the opening of the new Inpatient Unit in 2018, the Hospice now needs time to consolidate. He says, “The organisation has just been through a massive project with the building and opening of the new inpatient unit. We now need time to consolidate and give everyone and everything a chance to settle down.
“There is a lot of change going on in the NHS and local clinical commissioning groups. As an organisation we need to take a breather and look at where the NHS is going.”
Frank continues, “I have always seen myself as a custodian of something. It’s a case of me looking after this wonderful charity for future generations.”