Our senior management team is made up of five Directors who are responsible for the smooth day-to-day running of the hospice and its care services, under the overall leadership of the Group Chief Executive.
Emma HodgesGroup Chief Executive
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 RichesDeputy Chief Executive
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 PopertMedical Director
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 ArcherSupportive Care Director
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 TaroniNursing Director
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 KumetaFinance and Commercial Director
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.
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.
Joanne MaidmentDeputy Chair
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.
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.
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 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 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.
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
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.
Andrew has worked in the NHS for nearly 40 years, the last 20 years at Director and Chief Executive Level.
His last post prior to retirement in April was as the Accountable Officer for three Clinical Commissioning Groups in Staffordshire and had a responsibility for the provision of £600 million healthcare for a population of 500,000. Andrew has worked at both national (Department of Health) and local level as well as six years in the private healthcare sector providing consultancy services to the NHS.
Andrew has a range of skills and expertise in strategic planning, change management and organisational development and has a detailed understanding of healthcare. He has previously advised governments in Europe, North America and Australasia. He regularly contributed to national policy debates. He has particular interest in End of Life and Palliative Care and attempted to pioneer a different way of coordinating and planning End of Life Care services in a partnership with Macmillan Cancer Support.
An interest in preventive healthcare led Andrew to leading the development of the first telephone based healthcare service in the UK, this was replicated in a number of other countries.
Andrew has a Master’s in public administration from Warwick University and is now providing mentorship to current MBA students.
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.
Our 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 maintaining our core philosophy and values.