Staff and Trustees
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.
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.
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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 was made a Life Patron in 2018 in recognition of his dedication, commitment and hard work in founding St Michael’s.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Chair of Income Generation and Marketing Committee
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.
Chair of People and Facilities Committee