Our Board of Trustees - Trinity Hospice

Our Board of Trustees

Our Board of Trustees is made up of members of the local community who generously give their time to support the hospice with their broad medical and business skills and experience.

Should you wish to discuss or raise anything with them, they can be contacted via email at trustees@trinityhospice.co.uk

Nigel Law (Chairman)

I have lived on the Fylde coast since 1972 and after graduating from university I practised as a solicitor both in Blackpool and Poulton le Fylde before retiring in 1996. I met Dr David Cooper during that time and I watched with interest the growth of Trinity Hospice from its inception through the efforts of its board of trustees and its staff.

In 2010 I saw an advert seeking new trustees and after application and interview I was appointed and I now am the Chairman of Trinity Hospice Trading Company Limited which operates all the hospice shops. I hope I can bring to the hospice nearly 40 years of legal experience, together with the experience gained by me as Chairman of two other Lancashire children’s charities.

Mansel Jones (Vice-chairman)

After graduating from University of Wales, Cardiff with a BEng and PhD in Electrical Engineering my wife and I came to the North West and after initially working for an engineering company in Oldham I joined ICI on Merseyside.   In 1975 I moved to the ICI site at Thornton where over the following 25 years I undertook a range of management and engineering roles on the site in such areas as the site power station, utilities, general engineering and chemical plant operations.   My latter role was as one of the Senior Managers responsible for closing down the ICI activities there, a sad exit for a company that had contributed so much to the locality.

Since then I have worked as a management consultant in various areas but I am now fully retired although I remain involved in the activities of the Institute of Engineering Technology (IET).

Throughout my time in the area I have been actively involved in church work because my faith is a very important part of who I am. I have also been involved in a faith based charity working with those who have experienced substance abuse and which also operates a social enterprise to provide first stage employment.

I am married to Helen and we have a married daughter and three granddaughters, and a son.   An ideal family holiday would always include a time for us three lads to spend on the golf course, one of my passionate interests.

I was delighted and felt very privileged to be invited to become a Trustee of Trinity Hospice in 2003 and even more so when I was elected Vice Chair in 2011. I am very committed to the tremendous work it does within the community and wish to embrace the challenge we will face in the coming years as we evolve the service we need to provide for an ageing population.

Alan Hunter

Apart from a brief spell as a management trainee with the National Coal Board, I spent my entire career in Local Government with various local authorities in the NW of England. I qualified as a Member of the Chartered Institute of Public Finance and Accountancy in 1973, came to Wyre Borough Council in 1985 as Deputy Treasurer, became Treasurer in 1988 and retired as its longest serving Chief Financial Officer in 2002.

I was delighted when approached to join the Board of Trustees as it gave me the opportunity to continue serving the community in retirement as I have all my working life but in a decision making rather than advisory capacity. I am married with a married daughter.

Bill Holmes

Born 1949 in Bolton Lancashire, graduated from Imperial College, London University with a degree in Chemical Engineering 1970 and travelled around the world for three years from 1970 – 1973.  Worked in the Chemical industry for 30 years (primarily with ICI and then its spin-off companies), mainly in production management in Australia and then the UK. Finished up as Managing Director of European Vinyls Corporation (UK) Ltd – the largest European producer of PVC.

I became a Trustee of Trinity Hospice in 1993 when they were looking for someone with general business management experience and I was working at ICI Hillhouse Site (Thornton). I had always supported cancer charities since the untimely death of my father at the age of 38 and I was happy to get involved.

I was Chairman of Trustees at Trinity from 1998 to 2010 and Vice – Chairman from 2010 to 2011. Now retired and active in sport, walking and travelling, I have two grown up children.

Christopher Beverley

Consultant Solicitor with Blackhurst Budd Solicitors in Blackpool and the Deputy Coroner for the Blackpool and Fylde District. Member of the Lord Lieutenant’s Panel for the Queens Award for Voluntary Service and a member of the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army Bridge Project.

Having had an involvement with the Hospice since its foundation through clients, and latterly in their care of a family member, I was anxious to help in a direct way and applied to become a member of Board of Trustees. I assist in the educational programme in providing medical students and staff with regular updates on ‘The Role of the Coroner’.

Helen Grenier

I qualified in Medicine in 1981 in Manchester and except for 6 months in Burnley have spent all my medical career on the Fylde Coast,  first in Blackpool Victoria Hospital then following a GP trainee year Over Wyre I became a GP in Fleetwood in 1985 and I am still working there.

It was during my time as a trainee that I became aware of David Cooper and his vision for a Hospice on the Fylde Coast. One of the staff at Preesall Health Centre was prominently involved in the initial fundraising and it was a patient who I was caring for who was the first patient admitted to Trinity in 1985. I accompanied her on the day and still have the photo taken outside with the staff.  I could never have imagined that 30 years later I would be a Trustee. Since then I have been involved in End of Life Care in my Practice and believe passionately in aiming for the best care and support for patients and their families in their preferred place of care.  The recent implementation of Hospice at Home is a huge step forward for the community.

When not working I enjoy time with my family, walking, cooking and recently have started running with a group of ladies of similar age for fitness and laughter. I am hoping to run the Dublin Marathon in October 2015 to raise funds for Trinity.

Kath Burn

I qualified as a State Registered Nurse in 1968 and as a State Registered Midwife in 1970. Following this I worked as a Staff Nurse on night duty on an acute surgical ward before taking up the post of Junior Sister and then Senior Sister on day duty on the same ward for the next 14 years.

I moved to Trinity Hospice in 1985 as Senior Sister and was privileged to become Deputy Matron in 1992 and Matron in 1994. I was very involved in fundraising for Trinity from the early days and I still work with the Thornton Cleveleys Friends Group to raise funds throughout the year.

A year after my retirement in 2005 I became a Trustee and enjoy my continuing association with this special organisation. I am totally committed to supporting the staff who continue to provide Specialist Palliative Care to our local community and hope that my clinical expertise and knowledge of how Trinity has developed over the years will continue to be an asset to the Board.

Maureen McDermott

Started career as a Secretary, working at the now University of Salford. In 1970, I joined Salford College of Technology as a Lecturer, and stayed there for 18 years progressing to Senior Lecturer. In 1988, moved to Blackpool and the Fylde College as Head of Department. Later became Head of Faculty of Technology and a member of the College’s Senior Management Team. At the end of the 1990s, I became Director of Learning and Learning Technology, responsible for MIS, Learning Resources and IT central services/hardware. I obtained an OU First Class Honours in Mathematics and Computing and a MSc from UMIST in Computation. After retirement, I looked after my elderly mother after a series of strokes until her death, so I know at first hand the stresses and strains of caring. I was invited to become a Trustee in 1999 and did so in order to give something back to my adopted town.

Peter Jackson

Married with five children and living in Lytham St.Annes. Peter runs a successful jewellery business, Peter Jackson the Jeweller, based in Preston.  Peter has been involved with many charities over the years including the Princes Trust and the Roy Castle Foundation and has received an MBE for services to charity.

Tom Inman

Tom Inman is a retired Director of a multi-national Information Technology company with specialist knowledge in the areas of Information Technology, business management and construction matters. He decided to volunteer as a Trustee of Trinity Hospice after a close friend was given excellent end of life care in Trinity. Tom says: “The more I learnt about Trinity Hospice the more I wanted to get involved and help a brilliant team of caring professionals”