Meet our Board of Trustees and Leadership team
Our Board of Trustees are a dedicated group of local volunteers who are legally accountable for the activities of the Hospice and support our Leadership Team in delivering our services to the community of Hastings and Rother.
Board of Trustees
I trained as a nurse in the 70s and worked in the NHS until 1997 in a range of clinical and management roles during which time I did a part time MBA at Edinburgh University, graduating in 1996. I left the NHS to work in the charity sector, starting as the Director of the Marie Curie Hospice, Glasgow.
I remained with Marie Curie for the next 17 years, including 7 years as Director of Nursing and Patient Services, for the UK. Because of this role I moved to London and then to East Sussex in 2009. Since leaving Marie Curie I have been the Director of the Brain Injury Rehabilitation Trust, CEO of Freedom from Torture and Interim CEO of The Brandon Centre, in London, retiring in June 2019.
I moved to Westfield in December 2019, having built our eco house here. I have been in a range of Trustee roles and am delighted to be able to put my experience to good use as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of St Michael’s Hospice.
I have lived in Hastings and Rother for the last 30 years, and joined the Board in 2019. I spent most of my working life in Government service as a senior civil servant, including a year as a Fellow at Harvard University’s Center for International Affairs. Latterly I worked for 10 years for a Sussex-based charity supporting those with spina bifida and hydrocephalus. I take a strong interest in local community matters, including a 5 year stint as Chairman of Battle Cricket Club, but, like many others, have a particular passion to see the work of the Hospice prosper because of personal experiences surrounding end of life care.
I was born in Hastings to a family who have lived here for generations. The town and surrounding area is part of my DNA, and the Hospice has been a name in my life for as long as I remember – both through support to my family and fundraising from a young age.
I started my career as a cashier at a High Street bank in 2008, and since then have been incredibly fortunate to have been given some wonderful opportunities to learn and progress. Although through different lenses, all of my roles have been focussed on customers, and more recently been focussed on strategic development.
Reflecting during the early days of the pandemic, I decided that I wanted to give back to the community that set me up for my own journey. When the opportunity presented, I was delighted to be offered my trustee role at the Hospice, to bring together my connection to the community and my learned experiences, and help the team deliver on their aspirations.
Dr Peter Dewhurst
Dr Peter Dewhurst
Leeds University Medical School 1972-77. I joined a general practice in Bexhill in 1981 and stayed there for 35 years being the senior partner of Little Common and Old Town practice for 10 years until my retirement in April 2016.
As a GP I had regular contact with the Hospice as many of my patients were cared for there. I also worked closely with the Hospice as part of my management role in general practice and with Jeremy Lee helped to secure funding for services such as Hospice at Home.
I trained as a nurse in the 1970s and worked in the NHS for over 35 years with my final role being the Director of Nursing and Quality for a community trust in South East London. I moved to the Hastings area just over 2 years ago and, as well as enjoying the sea and beautiful countryside, I have been getting involved in local activities.
I have a NED role, work as a volunteer for the NSPCC schools service and am just training to be a community first responder. I also belong to several local choirs and dramatic societies and am thoroughly enjoying my retirement. I am really looking forward to my new role as a trustee at St Michael’s Hospice.
Nigel Kirby Green
Nigel Kirby Green
I was appointed to the Board in December 2016. I started my career as an accountant in the Public Sector and went on to work in a number of global technology and management consultancy firms in senior roles. I have worked across a wide range of industry sectors including healthcare. I have lived in Ticehurst since 2011 and am passionate about the work the Hospice does across the Hastings and Rother community and look forward to supporting it over the coming years.
Having been raised and educated in and around Manchester, I made the move south in 1983 and since then have worked as a solicitor, latterly specialising in commercial property work, from offices in the Hastings area.
Having stopped working full time, I was delighted to be asked to join the Hospice board, having dealt with the Hospice on so many levels in my professional and private life. Other interests are many and varied, with a lot of my time currently devoted to Bexhill Rotary Club, for whom I have organised two successful cycle rides in Europe, one raising funds for the End Polio campaign and the second for the 2019 storms in the Bahamas.
After a career concerned with investment, financial management and recruitment, largely in London, I have now retired to Winchelsea. Keen to be involved with a first rate local charity I was pleased to join the board of St Michael’s Hospice where I hope my skills and experience will be of value and use.
I have spent most of my career as a chartered accountant working for one of the large global professional services firms, in my latter years working with the global executive team. My responsibilities included finance, marketing, business development, leadership and training. I have now retired and, as well as doing some consulting projects I am taking on some voluntary roles of which St Michael’s Hospice is a leading example. I am delighted to be associated with an organisation that I have long admired and am pleased to be able to apply my skills and experience as required.
I am a Retail & Hospitality Brand consultant working with local and global business’s to enhance and re define their product accords the areas of Space, Interior Design, Product Presentation & Marketing. I have worked within this area for over 20 years and have had the opportunity to work with some incredible brands across Fashion, Food & Beverage, FMCG, Hotels and the Arts sector including – Selfridges, Topman, Urban Outfitters, Hotel Chocolat and Fred Perry. More recently my has been local taking contracts with De La Warr Pavilion, Charleston and Eggtooth.
I also support the local LGBTQ community working with East Sussex police on hate crime initiatives and as a volunteer for Hastings Pride whilst supporting business with a focus on EDI policy. In balance, I live with my husband of 20+ years and our Boston Terrier.
I am so pleased and proud to be part of the St Michael’s hospice team and be able to share my skills, knowledge of industry and support this organisation for the next generation of teams and people whom the Hospice cares for.
Directors of the Lottery and Retail Boards
- Ian Crick (Chair)
- Tony Boardman
- Sam Carter
- Susannah Clayton
- Stephen King
- Helen Snellgrove
- James Thomas
Karen’s hospice career spans 11 years and she joined St Michael’s Hospice as Chief Executive in May 2017. Karen has 14 years’ senior management experience gained within education and healthcare where her focus was on strategic leadership and organisational change. She has an MA in Human Resource Management and in addition to lecturing on organisational change, she has presented her work on innovations in volunteering.
In June 2019 Karen was awarded her PhD in Palliative Care by Lancaster University for her research into rehabilitative palliative care as a health promoting approach.
She is also interested in how hospices and communities can co-create support for those facing the end of life.
David joined St Michael’s Hospice in October 2022 but has worked in East Sussex since June 2007 initially as Medical Director at St Wilfrid’s Hospice, Eastbourne and Consultant in Palliative Medicine at Eastbourne DGH. In the last 5 years he has extended his Hospital role to include the Conquest Hospital and is Clinical Lead for Palliative Medicine in the Trust. He has worked solely in the field of Palliative Medicine for over 20 years having initially graduated in Medicine in 1994 at the University of Aberdeen and completing his specialist training in London in 2006.
David is passionate about Interdisciplinary team and collaborative working. In his time as Medical Director at St Wilfrid’s he has always had a collegiate approach working with all the past Medical Directors of St Michael’s Hospice and is honoured to take on this temporary role to keep on track with delivery great, values driven care for East Sussex.
Income Generation Director
Perdita Chamberlain is currently Director of Income Generation at St Michael’s Hospice. She has worked here for the last 14 years, heading up the Fundraising, Lottery and Retail teams. The Hospice needs to raise over £4.4 million each and every year and the Income Generation teams are an integral part of this.
Perdita has worked within charities for over 25 years, with roles at The Royal British Legion and WaterAid during this time, having been lucky enough to work on some fabulous projects, private concerts in Royal Palaces, Remembrance Day events and, in 2002, managed the Blue Peter Water Works Appeal which raised over £1.5 million. Her passion has always been for the voluntary sector, enabling individuals to support their chosen charities and ensuring that the ability to give, however large or small, in money or in kind, is available to everyone.
Finance & IT Director
Clinical Services Director
I joined the Hospice in October 2021 as the Clinical Services Director. My background is in nursing, with over 30 years’ experience across the NHS and palliative care, I have a MSc in Advance Clinical Practice and I am a Queen’s Nurse. I manage the delivery of services to patients by the Community and In-Patient Unit teams, I am also responsible for the delivery of education. I am driven by ensuring nurses working within the Integrated Clinical team provide high standards of care, are innovative, practice in a person-centred way and forge links with the community in which they work. I am very keen to collaborate with colleagues regionally and nationally to champion the contribution of nursing in a hospice environment.
Caroline joined the Hospice in 2015 having spent all of her career working for HM Revenue and Customs in various management/project roles. Her role as Director of Organisational Development means that she has responsibility for driving systematic change through the involvement of the workforce. Caroline has overall accountability for the Human Resources/Education departments as well as Voluntary Services. Caroline is a Member of the Chartered Institute for Personnel and Development and brings her experience of workforce planning and staff development to the Hospice. Caroline is really passionate about ensuring the Hospice has the right people with a shared purpose contributing to the Hospice’s strategic aims and that all employees and volunteers are valued.