Our leadership

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We have a dedicated team of trustees and senior management leaders who work hard to ensure the hospice is run in accordance with our mission and in a sustainable fashion.

Our Board of Trustees, which is made up of experienced members with backgrounds in a variety of sectors, meet regularly to monitor and advise on how care is delivered and how the necessary funds are raised.
On a day-to-day basis, the charity is managed by our senior management team, which is headed up by our chief executive.

Trustees

Our trustees are responsible for controlling the management and administration of Weston Hospicecare.
 
Together with the senior management team, they make decisions that promote a sustainable future for the hospice.
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Judi Driscoll — Chair of Trustees
Judi was editor of the Weston Mercury for 25 years until she retired in 2014. She became involved with the hospice 25 years ago when Jill Dando, a former reporter on the paper, became patron. Judi became a trustee in 2009 and took over the chair in 2015.

Judi helped launch one of the hospice’s biggest annual fundraisers — the Mercury Mendip Walk — and positioned the paper behind the hospice for many appeals and events including initiating the Ground Force production of Jill’s Garden and inviting Sir Cliff Richard and a host of celebrities to a fundraising evening in the Winter Gardens. She is married, with a son, two step-daughters and six grandchildren.

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John Davey — Deputy Chair of Trustees
John is a former Director of Finance at Bristol Water, with extensive experience in a wide variety of organisations. He originally trained to be a research scientist, but that was many years ago. He is married to Janet, with two children and one grandchild and another expected very soon. Most of his spare time is involved with their two dogs and a Morgan. He has been a trustee since 2009 following the death of a friend at Weston Hospicecare, when he was impressed by the quality of the care provided. His role within the trustees is focused on our financial position John wants to ensure that when he retires as a trustee, the hospice will have a secure future.

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Hilary Emery
Hilary worked for the NHS for 42 years, having started her nurse training at Kings College Hospital in 1963. Most of her career was in the community as a health visitor. She has been a trustee for Weston Hospicecare for more than 5 years and is fully committed to that role.

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Dr David Evans
David has been a GP in Weston for 32 years. He was involved with the hospice from its very beginnings in Montpelier. David found contact with the hospice was invaluable to him in his work. He became a trustee 5 years ago and has since retired from General Practice. David believes the hospice to be irreplaceable in the community and says he will continue to give it his full support.

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Iain Kilpatrick
Iain’s background is in education, and he is currently headmaster of Sidcot School in Winscombe. Iain has been on the board of several charities and is currently chair of an educational trust in Weston. Married with two teenage children, Iain’s interests outside work are theatre, Scottish literature and golf.

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Michelle Michael MBE
Michelle is a qualified commercial lawyer and has been a director of the Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare since 2008. Currently an executive member of the board of Visit Somerset, Michelle is also a member of the management committee of The British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions and is regularly involved in lobbying Parliament to improve trading conditions for tourism businesses across the UK.

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Angela Smythe
A Bristolian married to Devonian John for almost 46 years, Angela has two sons and three grandsons. Her professional background in nursing spans several disciplines, including both ophthalmic and district. Angela has been a trustee for 6 years, after being introduced to the hospice through a lymphoedema clinic. Keen to ensure the hospice received the support needed and deserved, Angela then set up a support group and enjoys fundraising for the hospice. Angela is also a Licensed Reader for the Church of England. Her faith forms the foundation of her life and has been immeasurably strengthened through her connection with the hospice.

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Tony Roche
Tony, who has lived in Weston for over 30 years, has been a trustee at Weston Hospicecare since 2010 and is also involved in a number of other voluntary activities within Weston. He originally wanted to support this vital local community resource having seen up close and personal the tremendous home support hospice staff and volunteers gave to a close relative who was terminally ill.

As a trustee, Tony puts more than 35 years of experience in the telecoms industry to use for the hospice, pulling from the various finance, IT, project management and union representative roles he’s held both in the UK and overseas. Tony tries to use his business experience to help the hospice provide the best quality care to those with life-threatening illnesses.

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Glenys Taylor
Glenys has been a trustee for Weston Hospicecare for more than three years. She is a qualified human resources practitioner, and during her career, she has gained experience in both the public and private sectors. Glenys set up her own HR consultancy business in 2009, working primarily within NHS organisations. Glenys has lived in Wrington for over 30 years and is married with a son, daughter, three step-daughters and a growing number of grandchildren.

Senior Management Team

The Senior Management Team is led by the Chief Executive and is responsible for the delivery of Weston Hospicecare’s strategy. The team reports to the Board of Trustees.

The hospice relies on a dedicated team of professionals to handle the day-to-day operations and demands of the hospice. Together with the trustees, dozens of employees and a team of volunteers, they work to ensure that the hospice is run in a sustainable fashion.

Paul Winspear — CEO
Paul officially joined as our new CEO in March 2017, having taken over from Liz Turner. Paul has 26 years’ experience in the offshore oil and gas sector, of which 12 years were spent in the Far East and Australia, and 4 years were in Norway. With a BSc in Geophysics, Paul has served in many positions during that time, most recently in the capacity of Managing Director and COO in his previous two posts with multi-national contracting companies. Married with two children, Paul and his family are relocating from Devon to Somerset.

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John Bailey — Director of Patient Services
(John also serves as the Caldicott Guardian and the Registered Person for Weston Hospicecare.)
John joined the hospice in June of 1995 as a Hospice Community Nurse Specialist.  Before this, John spent a number of years abroad, some of which were spent doing relief work; this led him into nursing. He trained as a Registered General Nurse in Torquay and later qualified as a Registered Mental Nurse.  After working for Rowcroft Hospice, John moved to Weston Hospicecare, where he has continued to build and develop his skills to serve the people of Weston-super-Mare and the surrounding areas.

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Alison Sopp — Director of Fundraising and Communications
Alison has worked for a number of charities, including Ambitious about Autism and Action for Blind People. Before this, she spent a few years abroad working for nonprofit organisations in Hungary and Bosnia. She has been Weston Hospicecare’s Director of Fundraising since December 2015.

 

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Gemma Turner — Director of Retail
Gemma’s background is in mainstream retail, but after many years with large organisations, she decided to put her passion for charity shopping to good use and joined Weston Hospicecare as Retail Director in 2015. Gemma’s aim is to prove that looking amazing needn’t cost the earth – environmentally or financially.