Management team and trustees

Senior
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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 Hodges
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Emma Hodges

Group Chief Executive
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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
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Sarah Riches

Deputy Chief Executive
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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.
Nikki Archer
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Nikki Archer

Supportive Care Director
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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 Taroni
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Katie Taroni

Nursing Director
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Katie Taroni (née Burbridge) joined St Giles Hospice in 2008 as Lead Clinical Nurse. In 2009, Katie became Nurse Consultant for Palliative Care and was appointed Director of Clinical Services on 1st 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 in 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
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Bernard Kumeta

Finance and Commercial Director
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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.
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Joanne Maidment

Chair
Joanne Maidment
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Joanne Maidment (Jo) was elected a Trustee in 2008, and appointed as Chair in November 2018.

As Chair of Trustees Jo sits on a number of Hospice governance committees and has regular briefings with the Group Chief Executive between the quarterly Board meetings.

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.
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Charles Theaker

Deputy Chair
Charles Theaker
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Charles Theaker has been a Trustee since 2000, and he and his wife are also washing up volunteers. He became Deputy Chair in November 2018 after serving as Chair for three years.

Charles sits on the Remuneration, Skills and Recruitment Committee along with the Workforce, Education and Research and Finance and Estates Governance Committees.

Charles and his wife run a property business in Burton on Trent.
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Dr Rashi Negi

Dr Rashi Negi
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Dr Rashi Negi joined St Giles Hospice as a trustee in August 2018 and sits on the Care Services, and Workforce, Education and Research Governance Committees.

After completing medical training, Rashi became a consultant old age psychiatrist in 2010, working at Midlands Partnership Foundation Trust. She works with families and patients suffering with dementia and associated complex problems. She is active in research and is specialty lead for Dementia and Neurodegenerative disorders for CRN at NIHR.

Outside of work, she is a keen sportsperson, with a passion for fitness.
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Alison Fowler

Alison Fowler
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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.
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Dr Magnus Harrison

Dr Magnus Harrison
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Dr Magnus Harrison joined St Giles Hospice as a trustee in August 2018 and sits on the Care Services Governance Committee.

Magnus is an Emergency Medicine Consultant by training and Executive Medical Director/Deputy CEO of University Hospitals of Derby and Burton NHS Foundation Trust. Prior to this he was the Clinical Director for Emergency Medicine at the University Hospitals of the North Midland NHS Trust in Stoke.

He lives in South Staffordshire and can sometimes be found playing hockey for Burton Hockey Club.
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Bernadette Creaven

Bernadette Creaven
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Bernadette (Bernie) Creaven has been a Trustee since March 2015. Bernie is Chair of Workforce, Education and Research Governance Committee, a member of the Care Services Governance Committee, and a member of the Forward Strategy Group.

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.
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Lindsey Williams

Lindsey Williams
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Lindsey Williams has been a Trustee since March 2015. She is a member of the Charity’s Fundraising, Marketing & P R, and Workforce, Education and Research Governance Committees.

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.
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Margaret Wood

Margaret Wood
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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 Chair of the Charity's Fundraising, Marketing and PR Governance Committee.

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.
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Steve Ridler

Steve Ridler
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Steve Ridler was elected as a Trustee in October 2016, and is Chair of the Charity’s Finance and Estates 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.
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Professor Susan Read

Professor Susan Read
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Professor Susan (Sue) Read joined St Giles Hospice as a trustee in August 2018 and sits on the Workforce, Education and Research Governance Committee.

She is Professor of Learning Disability Nursing and Research Director at the School of Nursing & Midwifery at Keele University.

Sue has an international profile around her professional interests of marginalised groups in relation to loss, dying and bereavement and has recently published her fourth book. She is also the Associate Editor of the journal Nurse Education in Practice.
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Sukie Shemar

Sukie Shemar
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Sukie Shemar joined St Giles Hospice as a trustee in August 2018 and sits on the Finance and Estates Governance Committee.

Sukie is a Partner and Head of the Corporate and Commercial Department at Enoch Evans LLP.

Her main areas of expertise on the corporate side are, sales or purchases, corporate reorganisations and advising on corporate finance on the commercial side, drafting and negotiation of a wide range of different types of commercial contracts, including joint ventures, partnership agreements and trading agreements. She has a key specialism in the healthcare sector particularly dealing with the sales and acquisitions of pharmacies.
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Andrew Donald

Andrew Donald
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Andrew was elected as a Trustee in November 2017. Andrew is Chair of the Charity’s Care Services Governance Committee and a member of the Forward Strategy Group.

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.
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Dr Paul Joshi

Dr Paul Joshi
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Dr Paul Joshi joined St Giles as a trustee in August 2018 and sits on the Care Services Governance Committee.

He is a GP in Tamworth and has a MBA in Health Management. He is an executive member of the West Midlands Regional Committee of the BMA and is also a director of Alexin Healthcare CIC, a GP Federation covering South Staffs and South Derbyshire. He is also Research Lead for the NIHR locality hub.

In his spare time he plays badminton, and enjoys cycling and pursuing electronic hobbyist projects.

Trustees

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.