Our Board

The Trustees of the Hospice are the directors of Princess Alice Hospice for the purposes of the Companies Act 2006. One of the Trustees usually serves as Vice Chair of the Board and Sean Watson took over this role from Andrew McIntosh on 12 September 2018. Trustees and committee members are not paid and give their time voluntarily. The Charity Commission has given permission for the Hospice to provide Trustee Indemnity Insurance cover.

Professor Fiona Ross CBE - Chair

Fiona has been a nurse, academic and manager. She was formally Dean at Kingston University and St George’s, University of London.

Gail Cookson

Gail has over 25 years’ experience in fundraising, starting at Help the Aged in direct marketing. Since then she has worked in a number of different roles and has been a Director of WPN Chameleon, a direct and digital agency in London for 12 years. She joined the Board in 2015. She has a grown up daughter and lives in Hampshire.

Despina Don-Wauchope - Honorary Treasurer

Despina joined the Board in 2016, having served as a committee member on the Finance and Retail committees for a number of years. Despina is a Chartered Management Accountant and has more than 30 years’ experience working for a number of FTSE100 companies. She has most recently worked in the Retail sector, and has experience across a number of other sectors including real estate, consumer goods and the airline industry.

Professor Sean Hilton

Sean is Emeritus Professor of Primary Care at St George’s, University of London and Emeritus Professor of Medical Education at the University of Nicosia. He was a GP partner for 30 years in Kingston upon Thames, and appointed Professor at St George’s in 1993. He joined the Board in 2012. Throughout his clinical and academic career he was committed to palliative care and is continuing this interest with the Hospice.  He is also Chairman and trustee of the DIPex charity, which is an Oxford-based charity supporting patient information and experience.

 

Jeannine Nolan

Jeannine joined the Board in 2012. She runs her own independent communications consultancy, which has a strong bias towards the healthcare sector. After studying French and Spanish at Trinity College, Dublin, Jeannine gained a postgraduate diploma in Business Studies with Languages at Edinburgh University.

Christopher Roshier

Christopher Roshier joined the Board in 2011. As a Chartered Accountant he spent 20 years in the City as a merchant/investment banker. Christopher feels that as a Trustee he can use his skills and expertise to the benefit of the Hospice.

Sean Watson - Vice-Chair

Sean joined the Board in 2012 and is a member of the Governance and the Finance Committees. He read law at Manchester University. He is a consultant to City law firm CMS Cameron McKenna, where he was until recently a partner. He is also a Non-Executive Director of Argus Media.

Dr Peter West

Peter is a health economist with over 40 years’ experience working for consulting groups, universities and government agencies across the UK, Ireland, Australia, USA and in developing countries on a wide range of cost-effectiveness studies in health economics. He has had two terms as a non-executive director of NHS Trusts. He joined the Board in 2014 and also works as a freelance consultant to pharmaceutical firms and NHS bodies.

Andrew Jennings

Andrew joined the Board in March 2018 and has been a member of the Finance and Audit Committees for 5 years. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant and recently retired from Ince & Co solicitors having spent the previous 30+ years working with lawyers.

Karen Roberts

Karen joined the Clinical Strategy Committee in 2015 and recently advised the Hospice on its five-year Talent & People Strategy.  She has over 25 years experience of managing Human Resources in global companies and currently runs her own independent consultancy.  She has particular expertise in talent management and leadership training and development.  She has worked for BP as a Vice President Human Resources and for Centrica as Head of Talent Management and Executive Development, and has a MSc in Organisational Consulting.

 

Dr Heather Patel

Heather is a recently retired GP with 35 years experience. Her practice was in Claygate where she worked closely with the Princess Alice Hospice on behalf of her patients.

 

Professor Deborah Bowman MBE

Deborah is a Professor of Medical Ethics and Law and a Clinical Ethicist who has combined a successful academic career with effective and values-based senior leadership in Higher Education. She takes institutional responsibility for education, impact and public engagement, equality and diversity, and organisational development.

Throughout her career, she has worked in policy settings and public organisations. She is a broadcaster, mainly for BBC Radio, and maintains a wide portfolio of external public engagement activities.

Jamie Tolentino-Deludet

Jamie has extensive experience in digital marketing and innovation, encompassing web development, SEO, PPC, UX, copywriting, analytics as well as managing digital campaigns in the Americas, Europe, Australian and Asian regions. Previous roles include being a Digital Marketer at Investec Asset Management (now Ninety One) and an Innovation Strategist at Quirk (now Mirum) after completing a BSc Psychology at University College London (UCL).

Currently working for StoneShot, a digital agency, she helps the traditional industry of financial services become digitally enabled. She is passionate about digitally empowering the healthcare sector and is also a Trustee for Breast Cancer UK.

Jamie was formerly a committee advisory member for the Hospice.

Monica Harding

Monica has worked as a CEO, Director and consultant in the UK and internationally across government, charity and business sectors.  She works with teams on setting strategic direction, communications, advocacy, strategic partnerships, and business transformation.  She has held trustee positions with a number of international charities. She has four school-age children, lives in Thames Ditton, and is also a Governor at a local school.

Tim Hewens

Tim joined the Board in 2021 and is a member of the Finance & General Purposes committee. Tim is a solicitor and a partner at Osborne Clarke LLP where he specialises in M&A and Private Equity. He was previously a trustee of Walton Charity and the RG Foundation. He has two children and lives in Walton-on-Thames.

Our committees

The Finance and GP Committee

The Finance and General Purposes Committee, chaired by Despina Don-Wauchope, oversees the finances and infrastructure of the Hospice. It is responsible for reviewing and recommending to the Board the annual budget and financial strategy and monitoring performance against budget during the year. It oversees the investment of the Hospice’s funds, recommending on the appointment of an investment manager and reviewing their performance, highlighting any changes which might affect responsibilities. It also oversees all matters relating to infrastructure, facilities, IT and property (excluding the retail shops).

Members

  • Nicki Shaw
  • Diane Rickwood
  • Angela Grimes
  • Martin Osborn
  • Professor Fiona Ross
  • Andrew Jennings
  • Sean Hilton
  • Christopher Roshier
  • Sean Watson
  • Tim Hewens
  • Despina Don-Wauchope
  • Darren Webb
  • Jane Formby

The Audit and Risk Committee

The Audit and Risk Committee, chaired by Professor Sean Hilton, oversees risk management and governance processes, external audit and internal risk and quality reviews. It reviews the management of systems for internal control and advises the Board on exposure, mitigation and lessons for quality improvement. It manages the relationship with the external auditors, reviews feedback on their performance and value for money and advises on reappointment as appropriate.

Members

  • Nicki Shaw
  • Professor Fiona Ross
  • Diane Rickwood
  • Peter West
  • Sean Watson
  • Sean Hilton
  • Andrew Jennings
  • Jon Cunliffe
  • Sarah Tullett
  • Nigel Seymour
  • Karen Frend
  • Jane Formby

The Clinical Strategy and Governance Committee

The Clinical Strategy and Governance Committee, chaired by Heather Patel, is responsible for overseeing clinical strategy, education and research. It provides assurance on the development, implementation, safety and effectiveness of the clinical services delivered by the Hospice. It monitors clinical activity, performance and risks against the annual business plan, raising issues to the Board where necessary. It also oversees relationships with our health and social care partners regarding grants, contracts and service level agreements. The committee monitors health and education policy and regulation and keeps the Board informed as appropriate.

Members

  • Nicki Shaw
  • Professor Fiona Ross
  • Dr Jennifer Todd
  • Lesley Munro
  • Angie Redpath
  • Jane Berg
  • Peter West
  • Dr Heather Patel
  • Sean Hilton
  • Deborah Bowman
  • Duncan Burton
  • Monday Ugiabe
  • Jane Formby

The Income Generation Committee

The Income Generation Committee, chaired by Jeannine Nolan, deals with the identification, development, implementation and effectiveness of income generation such as legacies, donations, fundraising and retail outlets (excluding NHS grants). It reviews growth opportunities and risks across all income sources and ensures compliance with regulatory requirements.

Members

  • Nicki Shaw
  • Angela Grimes
  • Cherie Noy
  • Professor Fiona Ross
  • Christopher Roshier
  • Jeannine Nolan
  • Sean Watson
  • Sean Hilton
  • Gail Cookson
  • Rob Aldous
  • Tim Moody
  • Jamie Tolentino-Deludet
  • Monica Harding
  • Jane Formby

The People and Communities Committee

The People and Communities Committee, chaired by Karen Roberts, oversees the development, implementation and effectiveness of the talent and people strategy, community engagement and communication and marketing programmes. It oversees and reviews HR governance, the volunteer strategy and undertakes workforce reviews, ensuring the hospice is fit for the future.

Members

  • Nicki Shaw
  • Karen Garforth
  • Professor Fiona Ross
  • Vanessa Hill
  • Julia Russell
  • Sean Hilton
  • Peter West
  • Gail Cookson
  • Karen Roberts
  • Mary Houghton
  • Veronica Eagles
  • Jane Formby
  • Ester Kitto
  • Maxine Obeng

The Remuneration and Nominations Committee

The Remuneration and Nominations Committee, chaired by Professor Fiona Ross, CBE, has a membership of the Committee Chairs, the Vice Chair of the Board and the CEO. It meets at least annually to consider succession planning for the leadership team, to recommend changes to the remuneration of the Chief Executive (with exception when her own renumeration is discussed) and Senior Management Team, to receive reports from the Chair on trustee skills and succession and oversee arrangements for a search committee for senior management and trustee recruitment.

Members

  • Nicki Shaw
  • Professor Fiona Ross
  • Jeannine Nolan
  • Sean Hilton
  • Heather Patel
  • Despina Don-Wauchope
  • Karen Roberts
  • Diane Rickwood

Senior Leadership Team

Nicki Shaw - Chief Executive

Nicki Shaw CEONicki joined Princess Alice Hospice as Chief Executive in March 2011. Before that she worked for more than ten years at the British Heart Foundation (BHF) in a variety of leadership roles. Her career has spanned the commercial, regulatory and voluntary sectors. She has enjoyed the opportunity of taking the learning and experience gained within one sector and applying them effectively into another, cementing her practical experience by studying for a Master’s in Public Administration at Warwick Business School. In her spare time Nicki is a trustee for two charities, is a keen traveller – almost always to sunny places with a café culture, and a mostly keen exerciser.

Jennifer Todd - Medical Director

Jennifer Todd Medical DirectorJennifer began working as a Palliative Medicine Consultant at Princess Alice hospice in 2008, initially in a joint post with Kingston Hospital Trust; since 2019 she has been based solely at the Hospice.

Diane Rickwood - Director of Finance and Operations and Company Secretary

Diane Rickwood Director of Finance and Operations and Company SecretaryDiane trained in industry with British Aerospace, studied for a B.A. (Hons) degree in Accounting and Finance and went on to qualify as a Chartered Management Accountant. After employment in the retail sector and specialist accountancy recruitment she moved into the not-for-profit sector as Bursar for a Voluntary Aided school. She joined Princess Alice Hospice in 2002, became Finance Director in 2008, and has held her present post since April 2012.

Nigel Seymour - Director of Digital, Marketing, Communications and Performance

Nigel Symour Director of Digital, Marketing, Communications and PerformanceNigel joined the Hospice in 2007. His passion for fundraising started at university where he chaired the Raising and Giving (RAG) committee. After leaving university with a degree in Media Communication he headed into the charity sector. Nigel has worked with Sense, the deaf blind charity and Crusaid, the national charity for HIV/AIDS in roles focussed on mass participation events, direct marketing, corporate fundraising, legacies and internal and external communications.

Angela Grimes - Director of Income Generation

Angela Grimes Director of Income Generation

Following a degree in International Politics and French, Angela’s interest in fundraising developed during the seven years she spent working at the British Council.

This resulted in a career path in the third sector, including working at Community Service Volunteers (CSV), One Parent Families (now Gingerbread), and seven years as Head of Fundraising at a prison charity.

She joined Princess Alice Hospice in 2012 after being inspired by the care given to her father in a Birmingham Hospice.

Angela brings particular specialisms around fundraising relationship management and securing major donations and is now heading up the Retail division of the Hospice as well.

She lives in Cheam with her husband and two sons.

Karen Garforth - Director of People Services and Organisational Development

Karen Garforth Director of People Services and Organisational Development

Karen joined Princess Alice Hospice in September 2019, after 8 years at the conservation charity WWF, where she was the Director of HR for the UK.

Karen started her early career as a graduate trainee with the Scottish Health Service, working in hospitals in the Glasgow area, before moving to British Gas where she spent 17 years.

After heading up the HR team in the West of Scotland, Karen moved south and held a variety of senior leadership roles in Customer Service and Service Quality at British Gas headquarters and also at their parent company, Centrica.

 

Lesley Munro - Director of Patient Care, Community Engagement and Support

Lesley Munro Director of Patient Care, Community Engagement and SupportLesley joined the team in April 2021. Lesley is a nurse by professional background and has held a number of leadership roles in the acute and community sectors, mostly in Hampshire although her first nursing role in England was just up the road in Ashford and St Peter’s.