What does a Trustee do?
Trustees are responsible for setting strategies; overseeing the correct running of the organisation to carry out its aims through the policies and procedures laid down, whilst conforming to charity law; line managing the Chief Executive through the chair; attending trustee meetings which allows trustees to stay in touch with what is going on and to make informed decisions about matters brought before them - by the Chief Executive.
Trustees represent the Hospice - as do all employed and voluntary staff - they are aware of the power of the effect this has on the general public and behave in a manner that will promote the aims of the Hospice. Trustees have an obligation to advise about their specialist knowledge, when their expertise is required and to give their time and talents freely.
Raymond Priestman, Chair of Trustees
Area of Specialism: Management and Finance
My Job: Chartered Accountant
Why I became a Trustee: I was originally approached to be Treasurer following the retirement of the previous treasurer. I later was appointed Chair of Trustees following the resignation of the previous Chair.
How I support the Hospice through my role: I provide support through attendance at regular meetings with Hospice Chief Executive and Senior Management Team, Finance Committee and Trustee Board and I am also involved in individual development projects as and when required.
Lorna Jones, Vice-Chair of Trustees
Area of specialism: Psychology
Your job: Parapsychotherapist
Where you live: Hartlepool
Why I became a Trustee: I was interested in the Hospice from before its conception, became a founding member at the first management meeting and converted to a Trustee when we were growing into a large organisation. I think that the Hospice has a wonderful message to give to the world and I feel privileged to be part of it.
How I support the Hospice through my role: I take relation sessions for Day Patients and speak at meetings on behalf of the Hospice.
Thomas Chacko, Trustee
Area of specialism: Operations, Business Development
My Job: Self Employed business owner: Domiciliary Care and Business Development Consultancy
Why I became a Trustee: I have always had and continue to have an interest in working with and supporting local community activities.
Whilst working for a previous company, I had supported the Hospice in the great work that they do within the local community. When approached by the Hospice to become a Trustee, I was privileged to be more actively involved and be in a position to make a positive contribution. I continue to enjoy the time spent in my role alongside my colleagues and look forward to seeing the Hospice go from strength to strength in the positive role that it plays within the local community.
How I support the Hospice through my role: I support the Hospice through my role as a Trustee, working with specific Sub-Committees and through the knowledge that I, in helping make informed decisions, support the Hospice development and growth. Where ever possible I am an ardent voice in supporting the great work that is being done by the Hospice, within the local community and the wider audience.
Annaliese Barber, Trustee
Area of specialism: Legal
My Job: Solicitor specialising in Private Client work
Why I became a Trustee: My firm and the staff have been long standing supporters of Alice House Hospice. The Hospice holds a very dear place in the hearts of the people of Hartlepool. Being a Trustee means that I am giving something back to the Hospice and the local community.
How I support the Hospice through my role: Being a Private Client Solicitor means that I have a lot of contact with people who have had a loved one who has been cared for in the Hospice. I have visited the Hospice on many occasions to see clients in my professional capacity. My firm also takes part in the annual Make a Will Month raising money for the Hospice and many members of staff take part in fundraising.
Malcolm Cairns, Trustee
Area of specialism: General Management of Healthcare Services
My Job: Retired NHS Administrator
Why I became a Trustee: I have been involved from the beginning when Mrs Bendle persuaded me that a Hospice was necessary in Hartlepool. I take great pleasure simply remembering the past and how the Hospice has developed into today’s charity.
Joanne Regan, Trustee
Area of specialism: Finance
My Job: Director and Head of Audit at Evolution, Wynyard
Why I became a Trustee: I saw being a Trustee as a great way of supporting to our local community. The Hospice touches everyone in some way and I am proud to be part of the organisation.
How I support the Hospice through my role: As the Hospice Treasurer I can provide financial expertise in operational and strategic matters making sure that all income received is utilised for the benefit of our charitable objectives
Area of specialism: Architecture and building design
My Job: Retired Architectural Consultant
Why I became a Trustee: To form a link between design, build and operational use.
How I support the Hospice through my role: I am involved in ensuring that the building fabric is maintained to the highest possible standard to meet current and future regulations.
Area of specialism: Environmental Management
My Job: Retired Environmental Sales Manager
Why I became a Trustee: When the opportunity arose to be involved and put something into this amazing charitable organisation, I was delighted to accept as I have seen at first hand the compassion and care shown to patients and their families.
How I support the Hospice through my role: My role is to act as a critical friend and give support to senior management in order for them to sustain and take forward the purpose of the hospice.
Area of specialism: GP with an interest in Palliative Care
My Job: GP
Why I became a Trustee: I became a Trustee to help support and develop the services provided for the community of Hartlepool and East Durham by the Hospice.
Area of specialism: Specialist Palliative Care (community)
My Job: Macmillan Clinical Nurse Specialist. County Durham and Darlington NHS Foundation Trust 2005- present.
Why I became a Trustee: I became a Trustee because I felt I wanted to contribute in some way to the work of Alice House Hospice in the local community. I have worked in this area for 15 years and have a good understanding of the needs of the local population and how the hospice can help. I feel very passionate about the role of the hospice and the important part it plays in serving those who need it.
How I support the Hospice through my role: Through my role I ensure patients I meet are aware of the Hospice and the services which may be of benefit to them. I work closely with the Hospice and refer patients regularly for services which they can offer. I promote the excellent care the Hospice delivers and the support it offers to patients and their families.
Area of specialism: Business Manager
My Job: Retail Manager
Why I became a Trustee: I have over 40 years of experience running a local furniture store and was asked to join the Board by the Chief Executive. I would like to contribute something back to the local community and feel it is a most worthy cause. It is a great service that I am proud to support and would encourage others to do the same.
Area of specialism: Clinical (Nursing)
My Job: Clinical Advisor
Why I became a Trustee: I believe that as a member of the Board of Trustees, I will be able to contribute to the vision, strategy and direction of the Hospice. Using previous skills and experiences not only from my time working in industry but also from my time working in health care I feel I can contribute to the board ensuring good governance for the clinical operation of the organisation as well as helping to ensure the Hospice fulfils its charitable objectives.
How I support the Hospice through my role: I have a particular focus on Clinical Services, in particular in ensuring good governance, to maintain the high standards required by Alice House Hospice and to meet the Care Quality Commission standards (safe, responsive, well led and delivered in a compassionate manner) in order to provide the best possible care for patients.
Area of specialism: Learning and development
My Job: I’m now working as a Performance Officer for a 3rd sector organisation that delivers / manages community safety projects in the Tees Valley area principally.
Why I became a Trustee: I became engaged following the care and treatment given to a close family member.
How I support the Hospice through my role: I endeavour to contribute to the Hospice as a Trustee, share my views and opinions as a non-clinical participant and provide support wherever possible. I always promote the Hospice and its good work wherever possible across the wider community.