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Find out more about the Farleigh Hospice board of trustees, their responsibilities, and committee memberships

Dr. David Blainey
Chair of the Board of Trustees.
Committee member of Financial Governance. Chair of Clinical Governance. Appointed 2013.

David qualified as a doctor in 1975, undertaking training posts in London, Oxford, and Bristol, before moving to Broomfield Hospital. Prior to his retirement in 2012, David was appointed to a variety of positions, including Regional Director for National Cancer Peer Review, Medical Director for Mid Essex Hospitals NHS Trust, and Deputy Medical Director for MEHT (Broomfield). David's interests include travelling, music, and walking in the countryside.

Andrew Balfour
Committee member of Financial Governance. Chair of Lottery. Appointed 2012.

Andrew worked as a solicitor and partner at international law firm Slaughter and May, before retiring in 2011 after a career of over thirty years. Since 2014 he has worked part time as Chairman of the firm’s Africa Practice Group. In addition to being a trustee of Farleigh Hospice, Andrew has had a portfolio of roles, including as a trustee of other charities and a school governor. In his spare time Andrew enjoys watching sport, going to the theatre and cinema, gardening, walking, and cycling in the countryside.

Joanna Pittman
Chair of Financial Governance. Appointed 2015

Jo is a chartered accountant and partner at Sayer Vincent, a firm that specialises in audit and advice services for charities and social enterprises. Jo is the audit partner for several charities and she advises on charity accounting, VAT and tax and governance matters. Jo lives close to North Court Road in Broomfield with her husband and three children. Jo enjoys exploring the Essex coast and countryside and, as an archaeology graduate, she also likes visiting historical sites.

Richard Shail
Committee member of Farleigh Supplies Ltd, Financial Governance, and Lottery. Appointed 2016.

Richard is a Chartered Accountant and was in private practice retiring in 1995. Since then he has held a number of Non Executive Directorships in the private sector. Richard has two adult children, James and Victoria. Apart from time spent with them his main interests are golf, travel and walking. He has been a Non Executive Director of the then North Essex Health Authority and Non Executive Director and Chairman of a London Housing Association.

Keith Spiller
Committee member of Clinical Governance and Lottery. Appointed 2016.

Keith worked in banking for 31 years before retiring in 2011. His last position was at UBS Investment Bank in London where he was a Managing Director in the legal department. He was responsible for setting up Legal Documentation teams in Poland and India and was Chair of the Global Documentation Management Committee. Whilst working, Keith was an Associate of the Chartered Institute of Bankers. Keith enjoys golf, reading, music, and having a go at DIY.

Donald McGeachy
Member of the Clinical Governance Committee. Appointed 2019.

Donald trained at Glasgow Medical School and became medically qualified just over 40 years ago. Since then he has mostly worked as a GP both here in the UK and abroad in Tonga (South Pacific) and New Zealand.

He has also spent time working in local hospices for several months and have enjoyed providing palliative care to his patients over many years.

For the past 15 years or so Donald has been increasingly involved in commissioning and management of healthcare in Essex and certainly for the past 10 years has held Board level positions in PCGs/PCTs and CCGs. He is currently involved in the Mid and South Essex Sustainability and Transformation Partnership as their Medical Director in the Acute Commissioning team.

Donald is passionate about the need to provide high quality palliative care to our population and looks forward to his time on the Board of Farleigh Hospice.

Katie Lockwood
Member of the Corporate Governance Committee. Appointed 2019.

Katie is a Commercial Real Estate Solicitor at Birkett Long LLP, specialising in property development work. Katie qualified as a Solicitor in January 2016, having studied Law International Exchange at the University of Essex, which included a year living in Madrid studying Spanish Law. She completed her Legal Practice Course at the University of Law. Katie lives in Chelmsford and in her spare time, enjoys walking, travel and spending time with friends and family.

Nic Crisp
Appointed 2019.

Nic’s background is commercial. She spent 20 years working in marketing, innovation and sales within some Global organisations before setting up her own consultancy Head and Heart Leadership, where she coaches and supports Chief Execs and Senior Executive teams across a wide variety of sectors. Nic is a mother to 2 teenage girls, Ella and Amy, and when not spending time with them, is a keen long distance open water swimmer and loves to travel, most recently to New Zealand to study traditional Maori healing techniques.

Ranjith Joseph
Member of the Clinical Governance Committee. Appointed 2019.

Ranjith initially trained at St. John’s Medical School in Bangalore, India, and for the past 17 years has been working in Paediatrics at hospitals across England. Ranjith currently works as a Consultant Paediatrician leading Children’s Cancer and Palliative care at Queen’s Hospital, Romford, working hard to improve standards of care for sick children. He organises an annual Children’s Palliative study day, sits at the Mid Essex Die Well Group, and chairs the Mid Essex Children’s Palliative forum. He has completed pioneering work in Children’s Palliative MDT working which was shortlisted for HSJ MDT awards. He is passionate about the need for better transition from children to adult services, raising awareness and exposure to palliative care and parallel planning in Palliative care - planning for life and death going hand in hand. Ranjith lives in Chelmsford with his wife and 2 girls. In his free time he likes to explore new places and cuisine, spend time with his family and take part in voluntary work.

Caroline Rassell
Appointed 2021. Committee member for Corporate Governance.

Caroline has held a number of senior roles in the NHS across Essex including as a Chief Executive. Caroline is currently working for a large national charity, Versus Arthritis, as the Director of Planning and Operations. Caroline is a Trustee of her professional body, Chartered Institute of Public Finance, and is a board member of Active Essex. Caroline lives in Chelmsford with her family and is proud park runner and soon to be half marathon runner.

Emma-Jane Carrington
Appointed 2021. Committee member for the Lottery.

Emma Jane is a seasoned Global Key Account Management Director specialist in high-level global accounts management, blue-chip clients interfacing, new business development, and customer acquisition and retention, including leading and developing global account managers teams. A strong commercial acumen with exceptional business presentation and negotiation skills, strong influencing, and stakeholder management. Leadership skills and repeated success in managing teams to deliver complex projects aligned to sales strategies.. When not spending time working, Emma Jane is a keen amateur photographer and loves to travel.