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Trustees

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

Governance Overview – Board of Trustees

Farleigh Hospice is a registered charity and a company limited by guarantee and as such all Trustees are company directors of Farleigh Hospice and also a charity trustee. The Board of Trustees are responsible for the governance of Farleigh Hospice and have ultimate responsibility for directing the affairs of Farleigh Hospice, ensuring that it is solvent, well-run, and meeting the needs for which it has been set up. Executive team members and the CEO of Local Hospice Lottery Ltd also attend the board meetings which are held at least 6 times a year.

The maximum term of office of a trustee is 9 years and the Chair and Vice chair are elected by the Board for 3 year terms. FH trustees (maximum 14) come from a variety of backgrounds, are of a range of ages and have a wide range of experience and skills and are all volunteers and unpaid.

Role of the Board

The main responsibilities of the board are as follows:

  • Consider, agree and review the long-term strategy and operational plan
  • Monitor implementation and performance against the plan and budget by reference to reports and updates
  • Monitor the performance of the organisation by reference to reports, statistics and standards, embracing quality of service, governance, ethics and finance
  • Develop and approve standing financial instructions, budgeting and accounting procedures
  • Regularly reviews all major risks faced by FH and ensure that action is taken to mitigate these
  • Appoint and monitor the performance of the Chief Executive
  • Set Chief Executive and Executive Team pay
  • Select directors of subsidiary companies including Local Hospice Lottery Ltd (LHLL), to ensure representation and regular progress reporting
  • Appoint a trustee to be a Freedom to Speak up Guardian to allow confidential reporting of matters of concern such as poor care, misconduct etc
  • Carry out Trustee Provider Visits at least once a year in a selected area(s) to provide an independent observational review of the organisation and its service delivery.

Board Committees

The above responsibilities are discharged by the Board, directly or through its committees, and the Executive Team and the Committees regularly report back to the Board. The standing board committees, which meet at least 3 to 6 times a year depending on the committee, are as follows.

The Board Governance Committee ensures all statutory governance matters are in order and ensures that Farleigh Hospice Board adheres to the principles of good governance, works to the Charity Governance Code and is compliant with company and charity law and regulation.

The committee comprises the Chair, Vice Chair, Chairs of other committees, Chair of LHLL, Chief Executive and Finance Director/Company Secretary.

The 3 other standing committees, namely Corporate Governance, Clinical Governance and Financial Governance, cover their respective areas including, for instance, monitoring relevant sections of operational plan and risk register. Each committee is chaired by a trustee and membership includes at least two to three trustees and the relevant Executive Team members or leads.

In addition, 3 Farleigh Hospice trustees sit on the board of LHLL (one as Chair) as Directors and regular reports of performance and any significant matters are provided to the FH Board.


Keith Spiller
Chair
Appointed as a trustee in 2016 and received chair in 2021

Keith has been a Farleigh Hospice Trustee since 2016 and has been a member of all the standing Board committees, as well as a Lottery company director. Keith worked in banking for 31 years before retiring in 2011, having gained experience in financial, operations and legal areas. His last position was at UBS Investment Bank in London where he was a Managing Director in the legal department and Chair of the Global Documentation Management Committee, as well as being responsible for setting up offshore teams. Keith, with his wife, have enjoyed participating in the Cycle and Walk for Life as well as helping with Christmas tree recycling.

Nic Crisp
Vice Chair
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.

Dr. David Blainey
Chair of the Corporate Governance Committee
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.

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.

Donald McGeachy
Chair 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.

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
Committee member for Corporate Governance & Clinical Governance
Appointed 2021

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.

Jim Miller
Appointed 2021.

Since graduating from Anglia Ruskin University, Jim has been working as a Programme Manager in retail for the last 7 years. He first encountered Farleigh’s work in 2011 through personal circumstances. Since that time, he has become both a keen volunteer and an enthusiastic participant in fundraising events. In his spare time, Jim enjoys watching cricket, especially supporting the Eagles, walking his two dogs and refereeing football in both youth and adult leagues.

Liz Fox
Freedom to Speak Up Guardian

Liz trained as a nurse at Great Ormond Street and The London hospital before moving into community nursing, and has held positions in NHS provider and commissioning organisations in London and Essex.

For the last 20 years Liz has specialised in safeguarding, working in partnership with the statutory agencies. Liz retired from the NHS in 2017 and now works as a CQC inspector. She lives near Stansted in Essex and is married with two grown up sons, and loves active holidays, home or abroad.

Wanda Hamilton

Wanda Hamilton is CEO of the Canada-UK Foundation, a small London based charity whose mission is to promote Canada in the UK through education. Canadian by birth, Londoner by choice, she is passionate about creating social change through philanthropy and education.

Wanda first joined the charitable sector some 25 years ago and has held various senior leadership positions with both Canadian and British charities. Over the last ten years she has specialized in fundraising, including corporate and major gifts particularly. In her early career she worked in communications and media relations, and prior to that enjoyed four years as special assistant and advisor to two Canadian Cabinet Ministers.

She is a graduate of Carleton University in Ottawa, and in 2019 was recognized by Said Business School, Oxford University as an Outstanding Alumna following her completion of their Advanced Management and Leadership programme in 2015. Wanda is a SheEO activator, part of a global community of women investing in societal change. She is also a senior mentor for Women of the Future and was listed last year in the Financial Times as one of their 50 Leading Lights in Kindness - building organizations through kindness, authenticity, and collaboration. She lives in Buckhurst Hill with her husband. In her spare time, she is an active motorcyclist, goldsmithing student, and charity shop bargain-hunter extraordinare.

Emma Sayers
Member of Corporate Governance Committee