Staff and Trustees

Staff

Mike Keel Chief Executive

Mike Keel joined St Michaels in October 2015 bringing with him nearly twenty years of hospice senior management experience. Mike has a clinical background having trained and served as a nurse in the military before moving into management and leadership.  He has re-located to Herefordshire where he has family.

Sue Morgan Director of Care

Sue Morgan joined St Michaels Hospice in January 2015 as Director of Care.

Sue is responsible for the Hospice’s clinical services, leading clinical service development and supporting the provision of high-quality care. Delivery and provision of medical services within the hospice is led by the Medical Director.

Sue has over 20 years nursing experience across a variety of specialities and care settings. She also comes with 12 years strategic management experience across the NHS and Charity sector.

Ruth Denison Director of Income Generation and Marketing

Director of Income Generation and Marketing

Tony Blower Medical Director

Tony Blower joined the hospice in January 2000 as the Medical Director and Consultant in Palliative Medicine. He has 29 years experience as a doctor, 24 years of which in palliative medicine and 17 years as Consultant and Hospice Medical Director.

Tony is responsible for the specialist palliative medical care provided to patients via the hospice services. In addition to providing Consultant led care personally, he manages the hospice medical team and supervises the training of Doctors to become future Palliative Medicine Consultants.

Tony also sits on the regional specialist training committee and local End of Life Network strategic meetings. He has developed a special interest in the palliative care of people with complex neurological conditions.

Davina Harvey, MA FCIPD People and Facilities Director

Davina joined St Michael’s in May 2016 with over seven years’ experience in the hospice movement. She is the charity’s first People & Facilities Director.

Before hospice work she was Director of Medical Workforce and Education, and Deputy Director of HR at Broomfield Hospital in Chelmsford and before that at the British Medical Association.

Jean Fisher Head of Education

Jean Fisher joined St Michaels Hospice in September 1984 as Ward Sister of Inpatient Care, and made the transition to education during 1990/91.

Jean is responsible for the Hospice’s education services, both for Hospice staff and volunteers and for  external health and social care staff accessing our education programmes, from health care assistant level to senior consultants.

Jean comes from a nursing background with forty years of experience, of which thirty-one is within hospice and palliative care and education. Specialist areas of interest include Pain Management, in which she achieved an MSc qualification, and the teaching of Communication Skills, which is the cornerstone of all effective care.  Jean is part of a national team of Advanced Communication Skills Training facilitators

Anthony Hall Head of Supportive Care

Anthony has worked at St Michael’s since 2010 and has overall responsibility for all the supportive care and rehabilitation teams working across the Hospice. These include: social care, spiritual care, mindfulness, bereavement, counselling, physiotherapy, occupational therapy and complementary therapy.

Anthony is a Health and Care Professions Council-registered Music Psychotherapist and has worked for over 15 years in a variety of health care settings including forensic psychiatry, children with autism, and adults with severe learning disabilities.

He is qualified with the Chartered Management Institute holding a Diploma in Management and Leadership. Anthony is also a published author in a number of academic journals and has written a chapter for a recent book on Guided Imagery with Music.

Stephen Rabbitts Head of Support Services

Head of Support Services

Trustees

Alister Walshe Chairman of the Board

Alister Walshe has served as a Trustee of St Michael’s for twelve years and held the office of Chair of Trustees for the last five.

He is an estate agent by profession and owner of Stooke Hill and Walshe. He brings his property skills and extensive Herefordshire network to the Board and charity.

Alister is Hereford born and bred and farms 40 acres in his spare time.

George Nairn Vice Chairman

George has served as a Director of the Hospice for a total of 14 years. A graduate in Economics and Social Studies his career has mainly been spent in Industrial Management with a large Hereford organisation holding progressively directorships of Human Resource, Administration and Sales and Marketing culminating in being appointed Managing Director. Concurrently he also was Managing Director of five distribution businesses in Continental Europe and in Singapore and also served as Vice President of a joint venture business in Japan. He currently serves on the Finance Committee and is the Hospice Board’s representative on the Board of the development company (DEVCO), the organisation charged with overseeing the recent redevelopment of the Hospice

David Teague Vice Chair and Chair Finance & Investments Committee

David is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants having been articled with a Gloucester firm that was acquired by Deloitte, Haskins and Sells. David moved out of practice soon after qualifying to join the Velcourt Group where he is an executive director and shareholder. He has gained vast experience over many years in the commercial and corporate arenas in the UK and elsewhere around the world.

David holds other non-executive positions. He is also a Parish Councillor and is passionate about the wonderful Herefordshire countryside that we live in. He has been a St Michael’s Trustee since 2006 and Chairs the Finance and Investments Committee.

Dele Alakija LLB (Hons) Trustee

Dele joined St Michael’s Trustee Board in 2015.

He began his earlier career in Pathology working for both the NHS and in the independent/private sector for some of the most prestigious private hospitals in the country.

His career path led him into management and he became a member of the board and a trustee of what was at that time the largest independent charitable hospital in the UK. He was later appointed Chief Executive of that hospital and the charity.

He sat as a JP for almost 10 years until he left London and returned to Hereford. During this time he also acted as a Manager under the Mental Health Act for approximately 2 years at a large psychiatric hospital in West London.

A reawakened interest in law led Dele to qualify as a barrister and he was called to the Bar in 1996. Since then has been in Chambers in Grays Inn (London) and Fountain Court (Birmingham) where he accumulated a good deal of experience in various areas of law including but not limited to Crime, Family, General Common Law and Immigration.

In 2001 he was appointed a Part Time Immigration Judge and between then and March 2013, in that capacity, sat in Birmingham, London and Newport.

Dele was also an Accredited Mediator a role to which he brought experience not only in judicial and other legal matters but also his experience having served as a Non-Executive Director in a number of companies over the years.

Dr R G Miller Trustee

Trustee

David Campion Trustee

David Campion came to Herefordshire in 1978 and joined a firm of solicitors in Hereford in 1980 as a trainee, qualifying in 1982, and has remained with the firm ever since. Both David’s parents received end of life care at St Michael’s and since he joined the Board of Trustees in 2009 he has been proud to offer something in return through his experience as a solicitor in the County for over 35 years.

Dr John Dalziel Trustee and Co-Chair Clinical Governance & Care Committee

John was a member of the council of management in the early days of the hospice and re-joined as a board member and chair of the clinical governance committee in 2008. He currently co-chairs the Clinical Governance and Care Committee with Dr Kramer.

John was a Consultant physician in geriatric medicine for Hereford hospitals from 1983 until retiring in 2011 (areas of specialty interest included Parkinson’s disease, continuing healthcare assessments and liaison with social services).

Revd Preb Kay Garlick DL Trustee

Kay became a Trustee in 2014. She came to live in South Herefordshire 43 years ago when her husband became a GP in Much Birch. She is a former teacher who was ordained Priest in 1994. She went on to work as a Sixth Form College Chaplain, a Parish Priest and Cathedral Chaplain before retiring in 2014.

Kay was on General Synod for 15 years, and chaired the GS Business Committee for 5 years while serving on Archbishops’ Council. Having had experience throughout her ministry of the way in which the Hospice can support and transform the lives of the terminally ill and their families, she was very pleased to accept the invitation to become a Trustee.

Ian Entwisle Trustee

Ian grew up in Herefordshire and was educated locally. He then moved to London and worked in The City for some 18 years before returning to Herefordshire with his wife and two young sons in 2003. Ian currently works in the local office of a firm of stockbrokers and investment managers who are based in Bristol and has been a trustee since 2009.

Tricia Greenwood Trustee

Chair of Income Generation and Marketing Committee

David Hammond Trustee

David has been a Trustee since 2013. He has been a Chartered Accountant and Tax adviser in practice and business for over 25 years, working with organisations, large and small throughout the UK.

Family, friends and a range of interests outside the day job, keep David occupied, when he is not fulfilling his role at the Hospice.

Dr Jeff Kramer (Co-Chair Clinical Governance & Care Committee) Trustee

Jeff was one of six people including Freda Pearce and Dr Richard Miller who were the prime movers in getting the Herefordshire Hospice started in 1979. He served as Chairman of the Freda Pearce Foundation and then President until the Foundation joined with the Hospice Trust to form the current charity.

Jeff came to Hereford in 1970 as the first consultant in Haematology to the Herefordshire Health Authority and remained until retirement in 1998.

He co-chairs the Clinical Governance and Care Committee with Dr Dalziel.

Jane Winney Trustee and Chair People and Facilities Committee

Chair of People and Facilities Committee

Mrs J Nicholson

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