Media spokespeople

Our spokespeople are available for media interviews about hospice and palliative care.

If you would like to set up an interview please contact our Media Team.

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.

Jonathan Ellis – Director of Advocacy and Change

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.

Carole Walford - Chief Clinical Officer

Carole is Chief Clinical Officer at Hospice UK. She joined in May 2017.

Her prior appointment was as Director of Education with Weldmar Hospicecare – a post with a dual remit to meet the needs of the staff at Weldmar Hospicecare and to lead the development of the Hospice Education Alliance (HEA).

The HEA over six years successfully brought hospices and other end of life care providers from across Dorset, Devon, Hampshire and Wiltshire together to develop high quality end of life care education for registered and non-registered staff across the region.

Carole has over 25 years experience in palliative and end of life care. After qualifying as a registered nurse at St Bartholomew’s Hospital, London  she held various senior clinical roles prior to moving into clinical teaching and education.  Higher Education roles followed at the Institute of Cancer Research at The Royal Marsden Hospital and then a subsequent joint appointment with Macmillan Cancer Support and  Kings College, London.  

In the late 1990s Carole returned to a more clinically focused role as Palliative Care Projects Manager with the North London Cancer Network followed by a successful appointment as programme lead for the eight strand "Action for London" project. "Action for London" brought together her rich and varied experience to support and work with the Directors of the then five London cancer networks to develop the cancer and end of life care workforce across the capital. 

Carole is a Registered Nurse who also holds a BSc( Hons) in Nursing , PGCE, RNT and an MSc in Palliative Care and Policy.

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