St Giles Senior Management

St Giles Hospice's senior management team is made up of four Directors and the Consultant in Palliative Medicine who are responsible for the smooth day-to-day running of the hospice and its caring services, under the overall leadership of the Group Chief Executive.

You can find out more about each member of the team, and their individual roles, by clicking the links below.

  • Emma Hodges, Group Chief Executive
    • Emma Hodges, Business Support Director

      Emma Hodges, a local Mum of three, joined St Giles Hospice in December 2009 as Business Support Director. Emma was appointed Group Chief Executive on 1 October 2015, after serving as Deputy Chief Executive for four years.

      Emma’s professional background is in Human Resources. She joined the hospice from University Hospital North Staffordshire, where she was Assistant Director of Human Resources responsible for workforce design, education and transformation. Emma led on a number of workforce change and education projects. She has also worked in the private sector and undertaken consultancy assignments for a social enterprise in the Housing Sector.

      Since joining St Giles, Emma has been instrumental in the development of the hospice strategy, developing partnership relationships with a range of third sector and NHS organisations and developing innovative new service offers. She continues to be passionate about health inequalities, improving healthcare systems and education. Emma has a Degree in Business Administration, a Master’s Degree in Regeneration and is currently undertaking a Doctorate in Health Policy with Keele University.

  • Sarah Riches, Deputy Chief Executive
    • Sarah Riches, Nursing Director

      Sarah Riches joined St Giles Hospice in September 2005 as Nursing Director, and was appointed Deputy Chief Executive on 1 October 2015.

      Sarah has over 25 years’ experience in the field of palliative and end-of-life care. After graduating from the University of Surrey in 1988 with a degree in Nursing Studies. Sarah went on to gain a Post Graduate Diploma in Palliative Nursing in 1995 and completed a Masters Degree in Hospice Leadership in 2010.

      Sarah is the organisational lead for clinical governance and is responsible for our Quality and Workforce. She is also the Registered Manager for St Giles Hospice, Whittington.

  • Sheila Popert, Consultant in Palliative Medicine
    • Sarah Riches, Nurses

      Dr Sheila Popert joined St Giles Hospice in December 2013. She has 25 years’ experience as a Palliative Medicine Consultant, mostly in London. Her first appointment was as Medical Director of St Raphael’s Hospice followed by Consultant Posts at St Christopher’s Hospice and Trinity Hospice.

      Sheila relocated to Worcestershire for family reasons and initially worked at St Giles as a Locum. She loved it so much she applied for a substantive post when one became available.

      She is passionate about providing the best possible Palliative Care for all those in need and has particular interests in Pain Control and Dementia.

  • Nikki Archer, Director of Supportive Care
    • Nikki Archer

      Nikki Archer joined St Giles Hospice in 1998 as Bereavement Service Manager. In 2005 she became Clinical Support Service Manager and was appointed Director of Supportive Care 1 September 2015.

      Nikki is responsible for the development and delivery of Supportive Care Services, including Therapy Services, Family Support and Bereavement and Community Engagement.

      Nikki qualified as a nurse in 1991 and holds MSc and BSc (Hons) in Nursing and an Advanced Diploma in Counselling.

      Nikki was a founder of the Association of Bereavement Service Coordinators, an organisation which she now Chairs, and is a member of the steering committee of the National Bereavement Alliance.

      Prior to joining St Giles Nikki worked within Primary and Secondary health care settings alongside a number of Higher Education Institutes.

  • Katie Burbridge, Director of Clinical Services
    • Katie Burbridge

      Katie Burbridge joined St Giles Hospice in 2008 as Lead Clinical Nurse. In 2009 became Nurse Consultant for Palliative Care and was appointed Director of Clinical Services 1 September 2015.

      Katie is responsible for all clinical community and inpatient services, leading and supporting the provision of high quality care.

      Katie qualified as a nurse 1999 and holds a BSc Hons in Specialist Nursing, Post Graduate Certificate in Education, MSc in Advanced Clinical Practice, with the additional qualification as an independent prescriber.

      Prior to joining St Giles Katie worked across Primary, Secondary and Third sector health care settings together with Higher Education Institutes.

  • Bernard Kumeta, Finance and Commercial Director
    • Bernard Kumeta

      Bernard is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and has served on various company boards as CEO for over 25 years.

      Bernard was a Trustee for 13 years and chaired the Charity’s Finance Governance Committee. Bernard was appointed as Finance and Commercial Director in 2016 and is responsible for Finance, fundraising, and maximising the income from our Shops and Lottery Businesses.