St Giles Trustees

St Giles Hospice's Board of Trustees is made up of members of the community which the charity serves.

The role of the Trustees is to provide strategic direction for the Hospice and to ensure the local community is represented in its aim to meets its objectives while sticking to its core philosophy and values.

The Board of Trustees includes a number of Committees with responsibility for the different areas of the Hospice's work.

  • Charles Theaker (Chairman)
    • Charles Theaker has been a Trustee since 2000, and he and his wife are also washing up volunteers. He was elected as Chair of the Board in September 2015 for a period of two years. This can be extended for one further two year period if the Board approves.

      As Chairman Charles sits on all the Hospice subcommittees and has regular briefings with the Group Chief Executive between the quarterly Board meetings.

      Charles and his wife run a property business in Burton on Trent, and he is also a Magistrate on the Staffordshire bench

       

  • Simon James (Deputy Chairman)
    • Simon James was elected as a Trustee in 2001, was Chairman of the Charity from September 2011 to September 2015 and became Deputy Chairman in September 2015.

      He is currently a member of the Charity’s Fundraising Governance Committee and also a Director of St Giles Hospice Developments Ltd and St Giles Care Agency Limited.

      Simon is the Senior Partner of Ansons LLP Solicitors, of Lichfield and Cannock. He holds a number of key roles within the local community including: including: warden of Lichfield Conduit Lands Trust, clerk of Lichfield Municipal Charities, Michael Lowe and Associated Charities and Swinfen Broun Charitable Trust and chairman of trustees of the HE and CT Robinson Charitable Trust for Lokono Arawak and Carib Indians.

  • Alison Fowler
    • Alison Fowler

      Alison Fowler was elected a Trustee of St Giles in 2011. She has been involved in Hospice charity work since 2003, previously as a trustee of the Walsall Hospice Charity. She is a member of the Charity's Human Resources Governance Committee.

      Alison runs her own practice that provides specialist corporate business, service redesign and commissioning support, as well as managing complex service and capital building projects for the NHS, Department of Health and other public sector clients across England and Wales.

      She is a Commercial Practice Chartered Surveyor, with a Masters Degree in Business Administration and is a member of the Royal Institution of Chartered Surveyors. Alison is also actively involved working with the 3rd Sector in Sandwell.

  • Adrian Thompson
    • Adrian Thompson

      Surgeon Adrian Thompson has been a Trustee since February 2002. He is the Chair of the charity's Clinical Governance Committee. Adrian has been a Consultant ENT Surgeon at Queens Hospital, Burton upon Trent since 1995. He is chair of the Burton Cancer Patient's Charity committee and a member of the governance Clinical investigation group for Burton Hospital.

      He has a special interest in head and neck oncology, skin cancer and thyroid cancer.

      Outside work, Adrian is well known for his love of real ale and Burton Albion.

  • Bernie Creaven
    • Bernie Creaven has been a Trustee since March 2015. She is Chair of the Charity’s Human Resources Governance Committee, and a member of the Clinical Governance Committee, and a Director of St Giles Hospice Care Agency Ltd.

      Bernie became a registered nurse in 1979 and worked in various clinic settings, including the role of ward sister. She has also held a number of senior management positions across the NHS and private healthcare sector, including director of nursing, and director of governance and patient and public involvement and executive director of a private hospital in the West Midlands. Alongside this, Bernie has also sat on a number of regional and national boards, including ones looking at collaborative working between the NHS and private sector.

      Her interest in end of life care comes from both a personal and professional perspective.

  • Lindsey Williams
    • Lindsey Williams has been a Trustee since March 2015. She is a member of the Charity’s Finance Governance Committee and Human Resources Governance Committee, and a Director of the subsidiary company St Giles Hospice Care Agency Ltd.

      Lindsey is Group Chief Executive of Futures Housing Group, board director of Access Training and currently Chair of the East Midlands Regional Forum of the National Housing Federation

      She is passionate about the role that third sector organisations have in supporting individuals and communities and ensuring that individuals can be as independent as possible, be that through good housing, health or education.

  • Joanne Maidment
    • Joanne Hoffman

      Joanne Maidment (Jo) became a Trustee in 2008 and is Chair of the Charity’s Fundraising Governance Committee, and a Director of St Giles Hospice Shops Ltd.

      Jo runs her own marketing, communications and PR consultancy, Hoffman Marketing Ltd, providing a marketing service to a selection of clients from a number of sectors across the UK.

      She is a retail marketing graduate of Manchester University and a member of the Chartered Institute of Marketing. Jo has served as a Justice of the Peace at Sutton Coldfield and Birmingham Magistrates Court since 2005.

  • Margaret Wood
    • Margaret Wood

      Margaret Wood was elected as a Trustee in 2011, previously having served as Trustee and Vice-Chair on the Board of Trustees of Walsall Hospice, for which she also chaired the Fundraising Management Committee. She is a member of the charity's Fundraising Governance Committee, and Clinical Governance Committee. Margaret is a Director of the subsidiary company St Giles Hospice Developments Ltd.

      Margaret is passionate about ensuring ‘the right kind of care’ is given in the community. As Chair of Walsall Patient Advisory Cancer Team she continues to work voluntarily with patients, carers and health professionals to build on further improvements in cancer services for patients and their families.

      In addition to other interests, Margaret, a retired Primary school Head-Teacher, is an active member of Walsall’s University of the Third Age.

  • Dr Robert Horton
    • Dr Robert Horton

      Dr Robert Horton joined the Board of Trustees in 1993. He was Chairman from 1999 to 2003 and is a Director of St Giles Hospice Developments Ltd and St Giles Hospice Care Agency Ltd, and a member of the Charity’s Clinical Governance Committee.

      Rob, now retired, was previously a GP in Alrewas, a post he held for over 30 years.

      A keen sportsman, with a passion for the mountains, he has taken part in many fund-raising activities for St Giles including running marathons and sky-diving.

  • Simon Fisher
    • Simon Fisher

      Simon Fisher was elected as a Trustee in 2011, and is Chair of the Charity’s Finance Governance Committee. He is also a Director of St Giles Hospice Shops Ltd.

      Simon is a member of the Midcounties Co-operative Executive Management Team with responsibility for the Funeral Group. He is a qualified funeral director and is a Fellow of the Chartered Institute of Management.

      He is a Director and board member of the Black Country Chamber of Commerce and a Past President of the National Association of Funeral Directors.

  • Steve Ridler
    • Steve Ridler was elected as a Trustee in October 2016, and is a member of the Charity’s Finance Governance Committee.

      Before retiring, Steve was Deputy Chief Executive of The Midcounties Co-operative. He is a Chartered Accountant with experience in professional practice, manufacturing and retailing. He has also been involved in the management of elderly care homes and Early Years settings.

      In his private life, Steve is a devoted grandfather, an avid supporter of Exeter City and a fair-weather biker.