Meet The Team

The Board of Trustees

The governing body of St Luke’s Hospice

The Board of Trustees is the governing body of St Luke’s Hospice. There are trustee committees dealing with Governance, Law, Marketing, Finance and Human Resources, Fundraising Strategy and other specific referrals from the Board.

Our Trustees are voluntary members who ensure the Hospice has a clear strategy and that its work and goals are in line with the vision of St Luke’s. They make sure that all decisions put the needs of the beneficiaries first. Trustees also oversee the Hospice’s assets, making sure they are used well and the Hospice is run sustainably.

A clear strategy

Facts about trustees

  • Trustees sit on the board of a charity. They play a vital role – volunteering their time and expertise to make important decisions about the charities work
  • Together, they help to make the UK the sixth most giving country in the World
  • There are approximately 194,000 charities in the UK (165,000 charities in England and Wales, 24,000 in Scotland and 5,000 registered in Northern Ireland)
  • And just over 1 million trustees (850,000 in Scotland and 30,000 in Northern Ireland)
  • Just under half of the UK’s trustee positions held by 16-34 years olds (of which 2,611 in Northern Ireland)

(Courtesy of Manchester Community Centre)

Charity management

What do Trustees do?

  • Ensure your charity is carrying out its purposes for the public
  • Comply with your charities governing document and the law
  • Act in your charities best interests
  • Ensure your charity is accountable
  • Manage your charities resources responsibility
  • Act with reasonable care and skill

(Courtesy of Charity Commission)

Trustees

Meet our Trustees

Chair

Mike Ridley

Mike retired from full-time working in the NHS in 2006 having served as Finance Director, Chief Executive and Chairman in a number of organisations. He is a Senior Associate Lecturer at Keele University, and a Methodist Local Preacher. He also works on a volunteer basis with Bunbury Aldersey CE Primary School and the Bunbury General Practice, Patient Participation Group.

Trustee

Tina Cookson

Tina qualified as a Registered Nurse in 1985. Her clinical experience is in community nursing & before retiring from the NHS in 2016 she held NHS Executive Director roles for 13 years in both Hospital and Community Trusts.  Tina is currently a Director of the South Cheshire & Vale Royal GP Alliance which support the 29 GP practices in South Cheshire and Vale Royal. She is an Executive Committee member with Central Cheshire Integrated Care Partnership & holds a Senior Leadership role in SMASH Primary Care Network.  Tina previously worked as a Care Quality Commission specialist advisor and was involved in CQC inspections. Tina is our Hospice Freedom to Speak up Guardian

Trustee

Graham Jones

Graham graduated from Cambridge with an MA in Economics in 1995. Since then he has worked in Investment Banking with HSBC, NatWest Markets and Panmure Gordon specialising in Consumer and Retail sectors.

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Colin Norman

Colin is Guernsey born & bred but came to the North West to attend Lancaster University and has now lived in Cheshire for 43 years. He qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1980 and worked in a range of businesses before retiring in 2014 to care for his partner.

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Lee Greenbury

Lee qualified as a solicitor in 1989 and has specialised in corporate & commercial legal matters. He spent 3 years in private practice in London followed by several in house legal roles, most recently as Legal Director at Müller, where he also managed the property portfolio. In January 2019 he joined 2 Sisters Food Group as Director of People & Compliance, with responsibility for the Group HR, Legal & Communications teams.

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Wendy Davies

Wendy has over 36 years experience as a HR professional and is a Full Member of Personnel and Development. She has worked for the Debenhams retail group and more recently Royal Mail where she held several senior HR positions at both National and Divisional level. Wendy semi-retired in September 2019 to spend more time with her new grandson and support her elderly parents – and to get fit!

Trustee

Tony Baxter

Tony is currently Regional Director for Northern Rail. Prior to that he held numerous operational and strategic roles in both Royal Mail Group and Post Office Ltd, including 5 years as the Service Delivery Director for Cheshire & Merseyside.

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Katie Gibbs

Katie qualified with a MBChB from Liverpool University in 2005, moving to Cheshire to complete her General Practice Training. Katie is a General Practitioner working in Middlewich, with a specialist interest in Training Doctors to become future GPs. She also has a specialist interest in Nursing Home Care and Cancer Care.

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Sean Houlston

Sean graduated from the University of Chester with a BA Hons in Geography and International Development. A strategy consultant with a background in strategic communications, Sean has worked at the heart of government as Head of Office to a senior Member of Parliament and in the energy and regeneration sector where he was responsible for stakeholder engagement for some of the North West’s biggest infrastructure projects.

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Sam Malton

Sam recently relocated to Cheshire from Nottingham. He has a background as an NHS oncology pharmacist and has worked in oncology for 15 years. He currently holds a role as a medical advisor in the pharmaceutical industry and also works clinically as an advanced practitioner in oncology, currently at Nottingham University Hospitals. He was previously a trustee of the Abel Collins homes in Nottingham before relocating.

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Zoe Ahearne

Zoe has been an ACP in general practice for 8 years, alongside this she is also a Primary Care Network (PCN) lead nurse. She has been nursing at an advanced practice level for 15 years and completed her MSc Clinical Practice in 2018. She has always been dedicated to her career to high quality care and improving practice and has been recognised as a Queens Nurse.

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Graham Aitken

By profession Graham is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants of Scotland, and has more than 40 years of financial and management experience. He has experience in the NHS, further education, charity, local government, social housing and commercial sectors; as well as regulatory activities within the legal, health and social care professions.

Senior Management Team

The day-to-day running of St Luke’s

The members of the Senior Management Team are responsible for the day-to-day running of St Luke’s Hospice and they report on a regular basis to the Board of Trustees.

Senior Management

Meet our Senior Management

Chief Executive

Neil Wright

Appointed Chief Executive of St Luke’s in 2018. He joined Nat West Bank as a graduate from Liverpool University, becoming a Nat West Corporate Bank Manager, then an Investment Manager at Merseyside Special Investment Fund (MSIF) before joining Willowbrook Hospice as Chief Executive in 2005. A lifelong keen sportsman, he is currently a member of Warrington Golf Club.

Director of Care

Kate Estcourt

Appointed as Director of Care at St Luke’s in 2021. Kate qualified as a Nurse in 2004 and has worked as a District Nurse & Specialist Palliative Care Nurse around Cheshire since 2010 before joining the End of Life Partnership in 2014 as a Practice Educator.

Director of Income Generation & Communications

Claire Langston

Having grown up in Cheshire, with a long association with the hospice, Claire joined St Luke’s in 2011. This followed a career in the tourism and aviation industry working in commercial sales, operational and marketing roles. She says, “I’ve had a fulfilling career to date and my role at St Luke’s is definitely the pinnacle.”

Finance Director

Nabela Chaudhry

On graduating from the University of Manchester Institute of Science and Technology Nabela joined RSM Robson Rhodes as a trainee Chartered Accountant in their Leeds office. She has worked in various roles before being appointed Finance Director of St Luke’s in 2015. She is a “foodie” who enjoys both entertaining and eating out.

Patrons, President and Vice Presidents

Volunteers who support and help us

Our Patron and Vice Presidents are volunteers who support us and help to promote the great work of the Hospice throughout mid and south Cheshire.

Our Patrons

  • Rosie Spiegelberg MBE (pictured)
  • Lady Rose Cholmondeley

President

  • Alexis Redmond MBE

Vice Presidents

  • Dr Violet Pritchard
  • Joan Corfield
  • Di Parsons
  • Roger Mills MBE
  • Bill Crafter
  • Fiona Bruce MP
  • Di Mather
  • Jonathan Baldwin
  • John Lea
  • Johanne Thomas
  • Chris Winward