We have a dedicated team of trustees and senior management leaders who ensure the hospice is run by following our purpose and values statement in a sustainable fashion.

Trustees

Our trustees are responsible for supervising the management of Weston Hospicecare. They are experienced members with backgrounds in a variety of sectors.

Together with the Senior Management Team, they make decisions that delivers a sustainable future for the Hospice.

Judi Driscoll — Chair of Trustees

Judi was editor of the Weston Mercury for 25 years until she retired in 2014. She became involved with the hospice 25 years ago when Jill Dando, a former reporter on the paper, became patron. Judi became a trustee in 2009 and took over the chair in 2015.

Judi helped launch one of the hospice’s biggest annual fundraisers — the Mercury Mendip Walk — and positioned the paper behind the hospice for many appeals and events including initiating the Ground Force production of Jill’s Garden and inviting Sir Cliff Richard and a host of celebrities to a fundraising evening in the Winter Gardens. She is married, with a son, two step-daughters and six grandchildren.

John Davey — Deputy Chair of Trustees

John is a former Director of Finance at Bristol Water, with extensive experience in a wide variety of organisations. He originally trained to be a research scientist, but that was many years ago. He is married to Janet, with two children and one grandchild and another expected very soon. Most of his spare time is involved with their two dogs and a Morgan.

He has been a trustee since 2009 following the death of a friend at Weston Hospicecare, when he was impressed by the quality of the care provided. His role within the trustees is focused on our financial position  John wants to ensure that when he retires as a trustee, the hospice will have a secure future.

Hilary Emery

Hilary worked for the NHS for 42 years, having started her nurse training at Kings College Hospital in 1963. Most of her career was in the community as a health visitor.

She has been a trustee for Weston Hospicecare since 2011 and remains fully committed to that role.

Michelle Michael MBE

Michelle is a qualified commercial lawyer and has been a director of the Grand Pier in Weston-super-Mare since 2008.

Currently an executive member of the board of Visit Somerset, Michelle is also a member of the management committee of The British Association of Leisure Parks, Piers and Attractions and is regularly involved in lobbying Parliament to improve trading conditions for tourism businesses across the UK.

Michelle has been a Weston Hospicecare trustee since 2010.

Liz Turner

Liz has been a trustee since 2017. Prior to this, she served as the hospice’s chief executive.

Liz spent 27 years at KPMG in the corporate restructuring department. During her time at KPMG, she dealt with a number of high-profile corporate restructures, including care home providers, large retailers, manufacturing and property transactions.

In her spare time Liz is a big foodie, enjoying both cooking and eating, and also enjoys long walks in the countryside.

Simon Price

Simon is a chartered surveyor and is the head of agency/development and a partner at Alder King Property Consultants, where he has worked since 1988.

Simon was born in Clevedon and has lived in Weston-super-Mare for the past 17 years. He is married with two daughters and is a keen hockey player.

Simon became a trustee at the beginning of 2018.

Dr Peter Smith

I grew up in Kent in the 1950’s after returning from the Far East at the age of two. I was state educated in an old fashioned grammar school and had no idea what to do with my science A-levels. It dawned upon me that a doctor might always find employment, so without any sense of vocation, I made it into a London medical school in the 1970’s.

After graduation, I spent several years working in oncology and other specialities, until I discovered the world of primary care general practice. It led to Weston-super-Mare, where I settled with my wife Debbi, to raise my family and spend the next 40 years as GP. During my early years in Weston-super-Mare, I became involved in the original steering group that led to the establishment of Weston Hospicecare.

I was able to watch the hospice service evolve and extend during my years in practice. Having worked with the community staff during my practice career, I was deeply touched to be invited to join the Board of Trustees shortly after my retirement. I am still following my medical interests, by teaching a new generation of Physician Associate students, on a course that I helped to found at the nearby University of the West of England.

Leslie Millar

Leslie is a Chartered Management Accountant with significant experience of both influencing and resolving complex financial challenges within the Public Sector, mainly in the Ministry of Defence. I am very focussed on delivering value for money and ensuring good governance.

I live in Yatton with my wife Jane and have two grown-up daughters both making their way in life away from home.

I have a strong desire to support the Hospice to go from strength to strength and to continue to provide exceptional support to the local community.

Dr John Dixon

John has been a resident of Weston–super-Mare since 1987 when he was appointed to a post as a consultant anaesthetist at Weston General Hospital. He was a founding member of Weston Hospicecare in 1989 and was closely involved with the organization during its first four years.

Now retired from full-time medical practice, he became a trustee in 2019. Married to Linda, John enjoys a number of pursuits in his spare time including gardening, choral singing, playing tennis and walking in the countryside.

 

John Bangham

John took early retirement having spent 34 years with one of the large international accounting and business advisory firms. During his time with the firm John gained wide experience including audit, business advisory, management consultancy and restructuring. His last position being a Director in the Advisory Practice.

Prior to retirement, John had been a trustee for 9 years of a nationally renowned drug and rehabilitation residential centre. Since retirement, John has continued to keep busy including:

• Project Management for the Hospice during 2016/17 assisting the senior management team deliver several key projects.
• School Governor at the local primary school attended by one of his grandchildren
• Part time Financial Controller for a manufacturing company based in Bristol

John is married to Pam and has lived in Weston-super Mare for over 35 years, and they have 4 children and six grandchildren.

John Katsouris

John is a financial adviser and runs his company in Weston-super-Mare, he has been a trustee for 7 years and is passionate and committed to his role as trustee.

Married with 2 adult children and a new granddaughter. In his spare time, he walks his 2 dogs and is a keen gym-goer, and watches his beloved Bristol City at weekends.

Senior Management Team

The Senior Management Team is led by the Chief Executive and is accountable for the delivery of Weston Hospicecare’s strategy. The team reports to the Board of Trustees.

Paul Winspear — Chief Executive

Paul officially joined Weston Hospicecare as chief executive in May 2017, taking over from Liz Turner.

Paul has 26 years’ experience in the offshore oil and gas sector, of which 12 were spent in the Far East and Australia, and four were in Norway. With a BSc in geophysics, Paul has served in many positions during that time, most recently as Managing Director and Chief Operating Officer in his previous two posts with multi-national contracting companies.

Married with two children, Paul and his family have relocated to Somerset from Devon.

John Bailey — Director of Patient Services

(John also serves as the Caldicott Guardian and the Registered Person for Weston Hospicecare.)
John joined the hospice in June 1995 as a hospice community nurse specialist. Before this, he spent a number of years abroad, some of which were spent doing relief work; this led him into nursing.

He trained as a registered general nurse in Torquay and later qualified as a registered mental nurse.

After working for Rowcroft Hospice, John moved to Weston Hospicecare, where he has continued to build and develop his skills to serve the people of Weston-super-Mare and the surrounding areas.

Mark Flower — Director of Fundraising and Communications

Mark boasts a wealth of third-sector experience, having joined the hospice from Tree Aid in Bristol, and previously worked with the British Red Cross and St Margaret’s hospice in Yeovil, and children’s charity BIBIC in Langport.

Prior to this, he enjoyed roles at Zurich and Aegon during a successful corporate career in finance and insurance spanning more than 30 years.

Mark said: “My main aim is to further progress all fundraising, communications and corporate endeavours to help spread word of the hospice and let the whole community know we are there for them when required.”

Sonja Hammond — HR Manager

Sonja joined the hospice HR team in 2010 having previously spent 17 years working in the social housing sector. She has qualifications in both HR and payroll.

Sonja works closely with her colleagues within the team to provide HR and payroll support to the organisation.

Sonja joined the Senior Management Team in December 2017.

Roslyn Seymour — Finance Manager

Ros has worked for the hospice for since 2008 after starting as management accountant. She previously worked for GKN Aerospace as a financial accountant, so has come from a corporate finance background.

She lives locally in Weston-super-Mare and has two young children.

Ros says: “The hospice is now very close to my heart since my mum was cared for here in her final few months by both the hospice community nurse specialist team and inpatient unit team.”

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