Management team and trustees

Senior
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Our senior management team is made up of four Directors and our Consultant in Palliative Medicine 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.
Sheila Popert
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Sheila Popert

Medical Director
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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
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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 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
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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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Charles Theaker

Chairman
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 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
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Joanne Maidment

Deputy Chair
Joanne Maidment
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Joanne Maidment (Jo) was elected a Trustee in 2008, and appointed as Deputy Chair in October 2016. She is a member of the Charity’s Finance Governance Committee, and Clinical & Workforce Governance Committee.

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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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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Adrian Thompson

Adrian Thompson
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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.
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Bernie Creaven

Bernie Creaven
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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.
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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 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.
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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 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.
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Dr Robert Horton

Dr Robert Horton
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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.
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Simon Fisher

Simon Fisher
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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.
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Simon James

Simon James
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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: 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.
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Steve Ridler

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

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.