Chair of the Trustees
- Clinical Governance (Vice Chair)
- Remuneration & Employment
Christine became a Trustee in 2017, having lived in Cumbria since 1986. She has worked in the NHS since 1994, originally in a local GP practice and latterly in a wider role covering the North East and Cumbria. She applies this knowledge and experience to support the continued delivery and further development of excellent palliative care.
She has a particular interest in supporting the integration of services to make care more accessible to people in our local communities.
- Income Generation (Chair)
- Clinical Governance
Carol was appointed as a Trustee in 2015. She is a psychiatrist and has previously been medical director of mental health and community NHS trusts. She has personal experience of the excellent care provided by the hospice, and draws on her wide clinical and NHS managerial experience to support all aspects of Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw.
- Finance, Audit & Risk (Vice Chair)
- Income Generation
Hilary became a Trustee in 2017. Her working background is in arts and heritage, having worked in both the public and not-for-profit sector. She moved to Cumbria in 2003 to take up the role of director of Tullie House Museum and Art Gallery in Carlisle.
After retiring from this role, she now applies her skills and experience in governance, event management, fundraising and project management in her role of Trustee at Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw, to support the outstanding work of the staff and volunteers at the Hospice and the difference it makes within the community.
- Finance, Audit & Risk (Chair)
- Remuneration & Employment (Vice Chair)
James became a Trustee in 2016. Although now retired, he works as a student mentor, and offers coaching and mentoring to start-ups and small businesses. He also serves in various capacities on several educational, health and voluntary organisations and charities.
As a founding trustee of two charities, one concerning education and young people, the other about health and the environment, he brings extensive experience across many elements of this to the Hospice.
- Finance, Audit & Risk
- Remuneration & Employment
Rachael became a Trustee in September 2019. She is a partner in a local legal firm and is actively involved in a number of local charities.
She has personal experience of the significant impact that hospice services can make, and she is applying her legal and charity knowledge to the work of Eden Valley Hospice and Jigsaw.
Joseph joined the Board of Trustees in April 2021 after moving to Cumbria from Essex. For the past 20 years he has worked in the Education sector as a Tutor, Middle Manager and Senior Manager. His subject specialism is Business and Enterprise, and he has a practical interest in Human Resource Development. As a qualified Business Advisor and Mentor, he has helped many start-up businesses and existing businesses to set and achieve goals successfully.
Joseph has worked with the bereaved and has tutored various courses over the years around the topic of Bereavement and Loss. His skills and expertise coupled with a caring and compassionate nature provide him with an ideal pedigree to serve the hospice as a Trustee.
Bronwyn became a Trustee in 2021. She moved to Cumbria on retirement from the NHS in 2018. After training in paediatrics and clinical genetics in Australia, she moved to the UK in 1993 to take up a position in the NHS. Her NHS roles included Consultant Clinical Geneticist, and Associate Medical Director, the latter post with a particular responsibility for patient safety and quality of care. She is an Honorary Clinical Professor of Paediatrics and Clinical Genetics at the University of Manchester.
Many genetic disorders result in a decreased lifespan. Bronwyn’s interest in family directed and integrated end of life care stems from hearing the stories of many families’ experiences.
David became a Trustee in April 2021. He has always tried to give back to the community where possible, whether that’s as volunteer with the Cumbria Fire and Rescue, as a Road Awareness volunteer or now as volunteer Trustee. He has extensive senior management experience from the Retail Hospitality Industry which includes volunteer coordination, financial management, event management, funding applications, people management, health and safety, facilities and property management. David lost his mother to cancer at a young age which gave him an insight into palliative care and how important it is to families.
David has a lot of personal and professional skills to bring to the hospice. He has an in-depth knowledge of in-patient hospital care from a patient’s perspective after a severe car accident at 18 left him in hospital for a prolonged period with ongoing surgical treatment. He also has a personal experience of the requirements of family members who are dealing with loved ones with life limiting illnesses.
Mark joined the Board of Trustees in April 2021. In 2017 Mark’s Dad, Brian, spent his final days in the hospice and Mark and his family were blown away by the care, support and friendliness they were shown by all the Eden Valley Hospice team. The hospice made his family’s last few days together special and they often recall them. Mark swore then that he would do something to pay that back. Mark has been able to help the hospice’s marketing team on a voluntary basis and his nephew, Nathan, has volunteered many times for the same reason.
Mark has worked in Marketing and Communications for the best part of two decades and been lucky to work at a senior level for some of the biggest companies in the country. He has learned a lot of the planning, strategic and promotional side from some of the best people in the business and wants to bring those skills to the hospice to help it become an even better place for everyone. The hospice team have an incredible story to tell about the work they do and Mark wants to help tell that story to as many people as possible.