Management and trustees
Strategic Management Team (SMT)
Chief Executive & Company Secretary
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.
Finance & Facilities Director
Liz Cotton is the charity’s Finance Director. She joined the charity in December 2013 and is responsible for ensuring all the charity’s funds and assets are recorded and accounted for in accordance with Company Law; Charity Commission requirements; and any other relevant regulatory authorities.
Income Generation, Marketing & Communications Director
Rachel joined in September 2022 and benefits from 15 years of hospice expertise, with a passion for income generation and marketing. Alongside a committed team, Rachel leads the Fundraising, Marketing and Retail strategies for St Michael’s to ensure income is maximised and the profile and reach of the hospice is increased within the community where she lives.
Charles became a trustee in 2022. A Fellow of the Royal College of Surgeons, he trained in medicine at Guy’s Hospital in London. He researched transplantation and immunology early in his career, obtaining his Master of Surgery degree. Charles was a prominent London-based surgeon and a pioneer in developing laparoscopic surgery, helping train many of today’s excellent surgeons in Europe. After retiring from clinical practice in 2007, Charles established a private biopharmaceutical company developing novel immunotherapeutic products. Charles believes in excellence, legacy, charity, and service to one’s fellow man.
Chair of Trustees
David became a Trustee in 2006. After chairing the Finance and Investments Committee, he was appointed Chair of Trustees in 2021. David qualified as a chartered accountant in the 1970’s, having been articled with a Gloucester firm that was acquired by Deloitte, Haskins and Sells. He moved out of practice soon after qualifying to join the Velcourt Group, where he was an executive director for many years, and is now a non-executive director. David has a vast experience of commercial and corporate arenas in the UK and around the world. David holds other non-executive positions. He is also a Parish Councillor and passionate about the Herefordshire countryside. David has lived in Brampton Abbotts for over 30 years with his wife, Cornelia. David and Cornelia have two sons, James and Patrick
Eric became a trustee in 2020. Since 1979, Eric has been involved with the agricultural industry throughout the UK and now works alongside two of his four sons in the business. He is involved with several other businesses, including a UK-wide private storage firm and a property business run by his other two sons, who all live within the county. While originally from Scotland, Eric and his family enjoy everything the county has to offer. He has been a parish councillor for many years and enjoys the countryside and country sports.
Ian re-joined the board of St Michael's in 2022. He grew up in Herefordshire before moving to London to work in the financial services industry for approximately 20 years. He returned to Herefordshire in 2003 with his family and remains involved in the investment management industry to this day. He is a Member of the Securities Institute. He has a wide range of interests including walking, dogs, skiing and travelling.
Chair of People and Facilities Committee
Jane became a trustee in 2012. Her long and varied career in healthcare was spent working across and in the NHS and private and commercial sectors locally and nationally. Jane was involved in formulating national guidelines for specialised care and was a contributor to international conferences.
Chair of the Clinical Governance and Care Committee
Paul became a trustee in 2022. A GP in the county for 36 years, he first visited the Hospice in 1985 and has worked with the education team here over the years. Paul was a partner in Ross for 30 years and later worked at Much Birch as a regular locum. Paul has also worked in various roles in medical management and training within the NHS. Paul relaxes by spending time with his family, reading, running and playing five-a-side football. He also plays in a local band.
Chair of Income Generation, Marketing and Communications Committee
Tricia became a trustee in 2006. She spent a successful career in event management and marketing, working in the advertising, production and sports worlds. Tricia later retrained as an archivist, helping companies such as Pernod Ricard substantiate the heritage of its brands. Born in Surrey, Tricia lived and worked in London before relocating to Gloucestershire in 2003.
Alister was made a life patron in 2021. He began offering his experience to St Michael’s as a volunteer in the gardens before becoming a trustee in 2003. He spent 17 years on the board of trustees and was Chair for 11, during which time he made an incredible contribution to the Hospice. Alister owns Hereford-based estate agency Stooke Hill & Walshe, and he runs a small farm as a hobby.
Jeffrey was made a life patron in 2018 in recognition of his dedication, commitment and hard work in founding St Michael’s. He 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. Jeffrey served as Chair of the Freda Pearce Foundation and then President until the Foundation joined the Hospice Trust to form the current charity. Jeffrey came to Hereford in 1970 as the first consultant in Haematology to the Herefordshire Health Authority and remained until retirement in 1998.
Life Patron (2018 – 2024)
Richard was made a life patron in 2018 in honour of his support and commitment to St Michael’s. Along with Freda Pearce and Dr Jeffrey Kramer, Richard was one of the six people who met in his front room in September 1979 to launch the Freda Pearce Foundation to plan and raise funds for St Michael’s Hospice. He was a member of the Foundation until it merged with the Hospice Trust. Richard retired as a trustee in 2014 but remains deeply committed to the Hospice. Richard came to Hereford in 1963 where he worked as a houseman at Hereford County Hospital for a year. He then entered general practice at Moorfield House Surgery where he developed an interest in end-of-life care. He retired in 1994 and sadly died in 2024.