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Executive Team

Alison Stevens

Chief Executive

Alison was appointed Chief Executive of Farleigh Hospice in July 2013. She is married with two daughters. Previously a Registered Nurse in the UK and USA, Alison worked in the NHS, voluntary and private sectors, holding leadership positions for 27 years. She has completed a Masters degree in Hospice Leadership. Passionate about end of life care, Alison has presented on the subject nationally and internationally. She believes collaboration with statutory and voluntary sector providers will bring about the best possible experience for people at the end of life, together with compassionate support for their families and those who are bereaved.

Sharon Ellingham

Finance Director

Sharon is a Chartered Accountant who qualified with Price Waterhouse in Bristol. She has held senior finance positions in a number of sectors including mail order, defence manufacturing and insurance. Sharon joined Farleigh Hospice in 2005 following a career break. Sharon’s role includes coordination of quality and compliance activity throughout Farleigh Hospice. She is also a director of Local Hospice Lottery Ltd.

Pauline Harvey-Jones

Commercial Director

Pauline joined Farleigh in 2015 to lead the fundraising and retail teams. She has worked in varied senior commercial roles and her third sector experience includes roles at Cancer Research UK, NSPCC and the British Heart Foundation. Pauline has a passion for strong team work, empowering and leading to success. Having a family member that experienced the impact of hospice care led her to Farleigh and she is committed to ensuring we maintain good supporter relationships whilst raising vital income for our services.

Irene Ferguson

Corporate Services Director

Irene joined Farleigh Hospice in January 2017 in a new role. She has a breadth of senior level experience throughout her career working with housing associations and local authorities with management responsibility for capital projects, business planning, strategic HR and organisational development, IT, Health and safety, risk management, maintenance and facilities.

Dr Eva Lew

Medical Director

Dr Eva Lew joined Farleigh Hospice in 2010 as a Consultant in Palliative Medicine, having undertaken specialist training in the Oxford Deanery. She was promoted to the new role of Medical Director in 2019, working alongside Farleigh Hospice’s Clinical Director to help to deliver a high quality and responsive clinical service. She is responsible for overseeing the whole medical team in providing seamless specialist medical support across our In-Patient Unit, community and local hospital. As well as being the Lead for Clinical Governance, she is responsible for developing and delivering clinical education within and outside the Hospice, working with our Head of Education. She is particularly looking forward to helping to influence Palliative Care education at the new Anglia Ruskin Medical School and being involved in innovative ways of delivering education using virtual media, such as Project ECHO.

Dr Matt Sweeting

Director of Care

Dr Matt Sweeting joined Farleigh Hospice in June 2020, having previously worked as the Divisional Director for Medicine and Emergency Care at Broomfield Hospital and Clinical Lead for Acute Frailty across the Mid and South Essex STP. He is also a Consultant Geriatrician at Broomfield Hospital and has a specialist interest in Parkinson’s disease, frailty and quality improvement in healthcare. He was previously a Darzi Clinical Fellow and completed the majority of his training at Guy’s and St. Thomas’ NHS Foundation Trust. He undertook his medical and postgraduate training at King’s College London. In his role as Director of Care, he is responsible for overseeing the delivery of all clinical services and he is the registered manager for the organisation. He is responsible for setting the clinical strategy and instigating new service developments. He ensures that we continue to provide patient-centred end of life care across the whole of mid-Essex.Matt is a committed Christian and a local Church Warden. He enjoys swimming and playing the cello whenever his children allow! Matt is the Care Quality Commission Registered Manager for our North Court Road site.