Mountbatten CEO Nigel Hartley has been awarded an MBE (Member of the Order of the British Empire) in His Majesty The King’s 2023 Birthday Honours List.

Nigel has been recognised by King Charles III for his services to hospice and end-of-life care over the past 35 years.

He joined Mountbatten Isle of Wight as CEO eight years ago and in 2019 also took charge of Mountbatten Hampshire following a new partnership between the organisations.

“I am delighted and humbled to receive this award and it is a testament to everything my Mountbatten colleagues and myself continue to achieve together, developing and delivering relevant and sustainable 24/7 services for the communities we are here to serve.”

Today, the Mountbatten Group is one of the largest hospice services in the country, serving a population of around 1 million people across Hampshire and the Isle of Wight, providing end-of-life services in people’s homes and at its hospice buildings.

Previously, Nigel worked at St Christopher’s Hospice in London alongside Dame Cicely Saunders, founder of the modern hospice movement.

He also worked early in his career at London Lighthouse, a centre for people living with HIV/AIDS, and following that at Sir Michael Sobell House Hospice in Oxford.

Nigel has published three books about his work and has an international reputation as a writer and lecturer in the field.

“The award is the result of the work of many hands and I accept it on behalf of all Mountbatten staff, volunteers and supporters who continue to be an inspiration to me.”

Sir Ian Cheshire, chair of trustees at Mountbatten, paid tribute to Nigel.

“The Board of Trustees is delighted to hear of Nigel’s MBE, which is richly deserved for his long and outstanding record of service as our Chief Executive,” he said.

“It is also recognition for the broader Mountbatten team and a reminder of the wonderful job they have all done.”