Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees is responsible for the strategic direction and governance of the charity, ensuring we fulfil our objectives and adhere to our philosophy and values.

Chair of Hospice UK, Robert Peston, with CEO Tracey Bleakley and Vice-Chair Christine Gibbons

It does this by making sure that Hospice UK operates in a manner that:

  • Lets us fulfil the objectives set out in our constitution.
  • Uses assets and resources for charitable purposes.
  • Acts in the interests of its members.
  • Gives due attention to charitable and company law.
  • Adheres to the organisation’s philosophy and values.
  • Upholds the reputation of the organisation.
Two-thirds of our trustees are elected from within and by members with the remainder being co-opted primarily for their specialist knowledge and skills (the number of co-opted trustees is not to exceed one third of the total number of trustees), and the chair of the Advisory Council and Forum of Hospice Chairmen also having a place on the board.

The role of trustee of Hospice UK is voluntary and trustees do not receive any remuneration for their services on the Board.

The term of office for each elected trustee is four years, with a maximum of two consecutive terms. Email us if you would like to find out more about the governance of Hospice UK 

Current trustees

Name Description
Chair Robert Peston
Deputy Chair Christine Gibbons – elected with second term of office ending in 2020
John Stephen Co-opted
Paul Dyer Co-opted
Emma Reynolds Co-opted
Tony Collins CEO, Saint Michael's Hospice, Harrogate and chair of the Advisory Council until 2019
Tina Swani CEO, Birmingham St Mary's Hospice –
elected with first term of office ending in 2020.
Kate Tompkins
Chair, Dorothy House Hospice Care – elected with first term of office ending in 2021
Dr Mike Miller Trustee, Naomi House and Jacksplace Hospices, elected with first term of office ending in 2022
Sonia Rees
Finance Director, Acorns Children's Hospice, elected with first term of office ending in 2022
Stephen Roberts CEO, North Devon Hospice – elected with first term of office ending in 2021

Each trustee sits on at least one board committee, and some also sit on the organisation’s expert committees.


Anne Duchess of Norfolk CBE (30 August 1927 to 8 April 2013)

Vice Presidents

  • The Rt. Hon. Lord Howard of Lympne, CH, QC
  • Ilora Finlay, Baroness Finlay of Llandaff
  • Martyn Lewis
  • Mick Thorpe
  • Hugh Scurfield
  • Professor David Clark.

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