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.

The Rt. Hon. Lord Howard of Lympne, CH, QC, Chair of Hospice UK

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.
Seventy-five per cent 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 The Rt. Hon. Lord Howard of Lympne, CH, QC – co-opted 
Deputy Chair Christine Gibbons, Chair St Ann’s Hospice, Manchester – elected with second term of office ending in 2020
John Stephen Co-opted
Paul Dyer Co-opted
Emma Reynolds Co-opted
Stephen Greenhalgh CEO, St Catherine's Hospice, Preston – elected with first term of office ending in 2017
Tony Collins CEO, Saint Michael's Hospice, Harrogate and chair of the Advisory Council until 2019
Tina Swani CEO, St Mary's Hospice, Birmingham –
elected with first term of office ending in 2020.
Kate Tomkins
 
Chair, Dorothy House Hospice Care – elected with first term of office ending in 2021
Chris Heginbotham
Chair, St John’s Hospice Lancaster – elected with first term of office ending in 2018
Karen Field
Finance Director, Arthur Rank Hospice – elected with first term of office ending in 2021
Carole Walford
Director of Education, Weldmar Hospicecare Trust – elected with first term of office ending in 2018.
Stephanie Peters Head of Marketing and PR, Thames Hospice - elected with first term of office ending in 2020

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

Founder

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

Vice Presidents

Our Vice Presidents are:
  • Martyn Lewis
  • Mick Thorpe
  • Hugh Scurfield
  • Professor David Clark.

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