Our spokespeople are available for media interviews about hospice and palliative care.
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Tracey Bleakley – Chief Executive
Tracey is the Chief Executive of Hospice UK, the national charity for hospice care.
She joined Hospice UK in January 2016 and before then was CEO of the Association of Police and Crime Commissioners.
Her previous roles include Chief Executive of the Personal Education Group (pfeg) where she led a successful campaign for financial education to be included in the National Curriculum.
She was also UK Director of the charity MEND, which tackles obesity and promotes health living, and spent 13 years in management consultancy with Price Waterhouse, Accenture and ITV.
Tracey has board positions at the Insolvency Service, the Money Advice Trust, and Mid-Bedfordshire Citizens Advice Bureau.
She holds an engineering degree, MBA, postgraduate qualifications in International and Social Policy and is a Chartered Director.
Dr Ros Taylor MBE DL – Clinical Director at Hospice UK
Ros is Clinical Director at Hospice UK. She combines her role at the charity with her work as a palliative doctor at the Royal Marsden Hospital in Fulham, London, one of the world’s leading specialist cancer treatment hospitals.
Ros joined Hospice UK as a director in October 2014. Prior to that she had been a trustee at the charity since 2009 and was also the Director of the Hospice of St Francis in Berkhamsted, a position she held from 1996 until 2015.
She qualified as a doctor at Cambridge University in 1981 and has more than 20 years’ experience in palliative care, working across hospice, community and hospital settings.
She has a special interest in medical education, medical humanities, ‘whole person care’ and has lectured widely, both nationally and internationally.
Ros is also a Deputy Lieutenant in the County of Hertfordshire and was awarded an MBE for Services to Hospice Care in 2014.
Jonathan Ellis – Director of Policy and Advocacy
Jonathan Ellis is Director of Policy and Advocacy at Hospice UK, which he joined in January 2007.
Jonathan has over 15 years’ experience of working in health and social care policy within the voluntary sector, and experience of political campaigning at a local and regional level.
Prior to working at Hospice UK, he worked for more than eight years in the policy team at Help the Aged, where he ended up as Senior Policy Manager for Health and Social Care, responsible for the charity’s care policy work.
Before joining the voluntary sector in 1998, he worked in local government in one of the first joint appointments between a local council and the then health authority, overseeing the county-wide administration of residential and nursing care placements.
Antonia Bunnin – Director of Hospice Support and Development
Antonia is Director of Hospice Support and Development at Hospice UK.
She leads on delivering a range of programmes to support Hospice UK’s 220 member hospices and also its grants programme. She began working at the charity in May 2013.
Prior to joining Hospice UK, Antonia was a management consultant working with health and social care organisations in the public and not-for-profit sectors.
She has previously held senior roles in a number of charities, including chief executive of Guild Care, a charity providing residential and community services for older people and carers in West Sussex. Before that she was Director of Policy and Campaigns at Breakthrough Breast Cancer and Head of Public Affairs at the Royal College of Nursing.
Antonia holds degrees from the universities of Oxford and Warwick and an MBA from the University of London.