Chair – Virginia Clough
Virginia Clough was appointed as a Trustee in January 2016
Virginia has worked in the NHS for 40 years and came to Chester in 1984 as Consultant Haematologist at the Countess of Chester Hospital. The development of the Haematology unit enabled the treatment of Chester residents with Leukaemia, Lymphoma and Myeloma to take place locally for the first time, and she has worked closely with the Hospice throughout her career.
In 2008 she joined the Board of the hospital as its Medical Director and championed appraisal, infection control and learning from all clinical incidents.
Virginia is married with 3 children. She enjoys cycling, swimming and classical music
A true recruitment professional with over 28 years’ industry experience, and a refreshing attitude to her industry that might surprise you!
An SME owner of many years, Kirsty is someone who knows all about the importance of having the right people in the right place doing the right thing at the right time. She understands the need for all businesses, large and small, to have ‘best practice’ systems and processes in place to recruit, manage and develop their employees, and to create an environment that encourages excellence at all levels.
A person with strong values based on an absolute passion for being the very best at what she does and a deep appreciation that people are at the heart of any business, Kirsty embraces entrepreneurism with real enthusiasm. She is at her best when helping her clients to grow their business through their people, sharing her hard earned knowledge and expertise with genuine openness so that her clients can benefit from her experience.
Margaret Hopkins became a Trustee four years ago and is also a member of the Finance and Investment Committee and a Director of the Hospice Promotions Company. She worked as a Teacher and then an Advisor with the CAB followed by extensive work in the voluntary sector. Her Father was cared for at the Hospice and this was a major influence when she joined the Hospice Fundraising Dept in 1999, working there until her retirement in 2006. She also enjoys golf and travel when not actively involved in caring for her grandchildren.
Stephen Britton OBE
Stephen Britton worked for 17 years as Managing Director of Siemens Healthcare Diagnostics in North Wales. In 2003 he was awarded the OBE for his contribution to the diagnostic industry. As a Biochemistry graduate with over 30 years in the healthcare sector, Stephen has knowledge, skills and experience which are relevant to the business of the Hospice.
Dr Isabelle Hughes
Dr Isabelle Hughes joined the board of trustees in November 2014. For nearly 30 years she was a general practitioner in Chester and before her retirement in 2013 she spent 18yrs at City Walls Medical Centre. Her particular interests were female health and medical education. Isabelle has greatly appreciated the assistance given by the hospice to her patients and colleagues and is now delighted to have the time to help support its management and delivery of services. She is married with two adult children and enjoys golf, walking and family life.
Alistair Jones works as a consultant solicitor with a firm based in Chester and North Wales. He has been associated with the Hospice for many years. He has taken a particular interest in the fundraising arm of the organisation and is very supportive of the Hospice’s approach to education and training.
Andrew Banks is a Chartered Architect with over 25 years’ experience in the construction sector. He has provided architectural services on a wide range of building projects ranging in value from £100,000.00 up to multi million pound projects, covering all stages of work from concept to completion. Andrew has previously worked for practices in Leeds and Liverpool. Over the last fourteen years Andrew has worked for Lovelock Mitchell Architects in Chester and as a Director within the company over the last five years.
In June 2014 Andrew established Life Architecture Ltd to concentrate on smaller projects allowing a more ‘hands on’ approach and direct Client involvement at all stages of work. Life Architecture Ltd is an architectural practice based in West Kirby, Wirral working on a range of projects in North West England and North Wales.
Andrew became a Hospice Trustee in September 2014 and is married to Liz, they have three children and live in West Kirby on the Wirral. Andrew enjoys long walks, art classes and swimming.
Malcolm Booker became associated with the Hospice in the early 1990’s whilst he was a trustee of a the Development Trust which raised funds for the Hospice’s and managed its surplus funds and investments; the assets was later transferred to the Hospice. Malcolm was invited to become a trustee of the Hospice of the Good Shepherd and was chairman from 2010-2013. Malcolm retired 3 years ago having spent his career with Natwest/Royal Bank of Scotland Group. He represents the Finance and Investment committee on behalf of the Hospice.
Maria joined the Hospice Trustee Board in September 2014. She is currently employed by Cheshire and Wirral Partnership NHS Foundation Trust as Associate Director of Nursing Therapies and Director of Infection Prevention Control (DIPC). In this role she supports a range of both mental health and physical health services, including inpatient and community care.
Having worked in Ireland and Australia, Maria has over 30 years’ experience in Health Care Systems both Mental Health and Primary Care. She is passionate about nursing care, leadership and education. Maria is delighted to have the opportunity to support the work of the Hospice and is looking forward to working with the staff.
John Pye has worked in the NHS all his working life. He started nursing in 1968 and continued for 42 years until his retirement. Now working as a Trustee for The Hospice of the Good Shepherd and for Vale Royal Disabilities Service providing his experience and knowledge to further these two great organisations. He also worked as a Consultant for Community Care, primarily dealing with supporting individuals who are wrongly paying for their care and in clinical negligence cases.
John is a keen golfer with a current handicap of 6 which he says is getting harder to maintain as the years go by. He is also attempting to learn to play the saxophone which has been a lifelong ambition.
Bill is a Chartered Accountant with over 25 years’ experience in general practice advising a wide range of owner managed and family businesses on accounting, taxation, audit and business development matters. Bill has worked at Morris & Co Chartered Accountants for 19 years, the last 12 year as a partner in the firm. Bill joined the Hospice Board as a Trustee in May 2015 and chairs the Finance and Investment Committee. Originally from East Anglia, Bill lives in Pulford with his wife Jeanette. Bill enjoys walking, golf, following Ipswich Town Football Club and when in sunnier climes, scuba diving.
Neil Large MBE
Neil is an Accountant by profession and has over 40 years, experience in the NHS including roles of Chief Executive and Financial Director in and around Cheshire & Merseyside.He is currently Chairman of the Liverpool Heart & Chest NHS Foundation Trust Hospital which in September 2016 became the first Specialist Trust in the Country to be rated ‘Out-Standing’ by the CQC. He is also a Non-Executive Director & Chair of the Audit Committee at The Christies NHS Foundation Trust Hospital in Manchester which also was in October 2016 rated as ‘Out-standing’ by the CQC.
Neil has also over the past 20 years been involved in the voluntary healthcare service as a former Trustee at Tarporley Hospital and indeed was first associated here at the Hospice back in the early 1990’s when he was then a member of the Development Trust.
Neil was recognised in the Queen’s New Year’s Honours with an MBE for his services to Healthcare.
Dr Peter Reid
Pete Reid became a Hospice Trustee in April 2016. He was previously a consultant physician with a special interest in cardiology at the Countess of Chester Hospital from 1993 until he retired from full-time practice in December 2015. He fully supports the ethos of the hospice movement and is delighted to have the opportunity to support the work of the Hospice of the Good Shepherd. Peter is married to Julie, a GP. They have 3 remaining children, having lost a son in 2012. Following this sudden and unexpected event they were very appreciative of the support given over a long period of time by the hospice bereavement team to a family member.