Dignity plc, the UK’s only listed provider of funeral and end of life services, is pleased to announce the appointment of Kate Davidson as Chief Executive Officer, effective from 10th June 2022. The Company also confirms that Gary Channon’s final day as CEO will be 9th June, when he will also step down from the Board following the Group’s Annual General Meeting.
After a number of years with the business in her early career, Kate re-joined Dignity in June 2021 as Chief Operating Officer and was appointed to the Board in January 2022. She is part of the Company’s Executive Committee and has primarily been focused on organisational change, regulation, operational efficiencies, and delivery of Dignity’s future development projects.
With over 15 years of experience in the funeral and crematoria industry, Kate began her career in the crematoria sector within Local Government, later joining Dignity in management and strategic roles spanning eight years. In 2019, Kate joined crematoria and cemetery operator Westerleigh Group as Commercial and Operations Director, but her passion for Dignity and its people drew her back to the business last year.
Kate Davidson, CEO Designate, said:
“It is my honour and privilege to have been appointed by the Board to lead Dignity at such a critical time in its history. I am excited to bring a fresh perspective as we continue to deliver our new strategy during a period of structural, regulatory and societal change. Whilst my long-term aim is to build a strong and enduring business that delivers a high-quality service, I am passionate about shaping a new organisational culture within what is a fairly traditional industry. After all, it is our people that make us great. By creating an environment where our colleagues can grow, are supported to be their best and learn from each other, Dignity will be well placed to fulfil its potential to be a unique and leading provider of end-of-life services. We are in a strong position to deliver positive outcomes for all stakeholders – our customers, employees, and investors.”
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