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Board of Trustees

The Board of Trustees fulfil their key role and function in overseeing and directing the affairs of the charity, ensuring that it is well run and delivering the charitable outcomes for which it is established.
Board members are appointed on the basis of their experience, expertise, and community involvement and for their commitment to and passion for the Hospice’s work.
The Rev Canon Richard Norburn (Founder)
Charles Simpson (Chairman of the Board)
Susan Hayter
Ann Langdon
Ian Morgan
Marion Miles
Malcolm Leith
Matthew Vernon
Michelle Masson
Diane Buddery
Karen Chandler – Smith
Chris Minett
Tess Wright

The Board has four Committees with specific terms of reference and functions delegated by the Board and with a Trustee as chairman appointed by the Board.

Committees in detail

The Finance and Investment Committee

Oversees all financial aspects of the Charity’s activities. It reviews the budget and monitors performance against it. It also considers the appointment, resignation or dismissal of the external auditors and approves their annual fee. The meetings are attended by the Chief Executive, and the Finance Director.

The committee reviews the:

  • Charity’s investment strategy and monitors investment performance
  • Audited financial statements of the Charity and recommends them to the Board
  • Reports from the external auditors and monitors management actions to implement recomendations made in reports from the auditors

The Clinical Committee

Oversees all clinical matters with particular reference to palliative care standards and medicines management. The meetings are attended by the Chief Executive, the Clinical Services Director and the Consultant in Palliative Medicine.

The Human Resource Committee

Reviews and monitors remuneration and employment policy and recommends to the Board of Trustees the annual employee percentage salary increase. The meetings are attended by the Chief Executive and the Human Resource Director.

The Income Generation Committee

Oversees fundraising and marketing strategy, policy and performance and reports its findings and recommendations to the Board. The meetings are attended by the Chief Executive and the Fundraising and Marketing Director.

Also oversees the strategy, policy and performance of the retail operation and reports its findings and recommendations to the Board. The meetings are attended by the Chief Executive, Fundraising and Marketing Director, Finance Director and Head of Retail. Two trustee members are also Directors of St Nicholas Hospice Trading Ltd.

Not only do many of the fundraising events have an important role in raising funds, they are also good fun and quite often offer a broad range of experiences.

I myself took part in the Hospice I’m a CEO Get Me Out of Here jungle challenge, which saw me complete challenges I never thought I would be able to, or get the chance to.

Charles Simpson