Christina Quinn, chief executive of St Luke’s Hospice Plymouth, has been confirmed as one of three people who died in a dive boat fire in Egypt on Sunday.
A spokesperson for her family said: “It is with great sadness that we confirm the tragic death of Christina Quinn in Egypt. She was a sister, daughter, wife, aunty, friend, and rock to many. She will be missed beyond words. We would ask for privacy at this time.”
Christina, 58, took up her role as CEO at St Luke’s in May this year following a long and impactful career with the NHS, most recently as Director of NHS South West Leadership Academy.
Charles Hackett, Chair of St Luke’s Trustees, said: “Christina was incredibly passionate about St Luke’s and its place at the heart of the community it serves, and we are devastated to lose her warmth, wisdom, and leadership.
“Before her recent appointment, Christina had served for six years in a voluntary capacity as chair of St Luke’s board, working closely with the senior management team and her fellow trustees and earning their respect, trust, and appreciation.
“With her vibrant and engaging personality and her down to earth, caring nature, as CEO she was quickly building strong and meaningful relationships both inside and outside the organisation.
“We will miss Christina enormously and our hearts go out to her family and close friends at this tragic time.”