Our Team

Our Charity is led and supported by a dedicated group of professionals and volunteer Trustees

We couldn’t provide the care we do without the dedication and collaboration of our Senior Management Team, Trustees and Hospice Leadership Team. We are all committed to the shared goal of developing and delivering hospice services which meet the needs of everyone in our local communities.

Senior Management Team

Jo Turner

Chief Executive Officer

I have been at the Charity since June 2017 when I joined as Head of Fundraising, before becoming CEO in September 2018. Previously I worked at another large hospice charity as Head of Fundraising for Buckinghamshire where I was in charge of community, events and corporate fundraising. I have also worked extensively with Trusts and Foundations. I was awarded the Institute of Fundraising Diploma in 2015.

Before this I held a number of senior roles in the Government Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport where I worked on high profile issues such as free entry to national museums and increasing participation in youth sport. I spent the early part of my career working at the Imperial War Museum.

I am passionate about helping Florence Nightingale Hospice to acquire the funds it needs to care for an increasing number of people. I and my team are preparing to increase income over the next few years to help provide more hospice services to those going through the toughest times.

Lily Caswell

Head of Retail

I am fortunate to have worked for four fabulous charities in my career so far. My love of charity retail started in 2002 as an Oxfam Bookshop Manager in Oxford. This is where I first worked with a team of volunteers whose talent and commitment still inspire me today. I went on to open bookshops for Oxfam across the south of England and then worked as an Area Manager in Buckinghamshire. I then worked for Barnardo’s as an Area Business Manager, covering shops in Bucks, Hertfordshire and London. Before Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity, I worked for Save the Children for five years opening and managing eighteen Mary’s Living & Giving Shops across London.

After twenty years working for national charities, I am really enjoying working with such a lovely local Charity. Charity shop success relies entirely on the support of local people to volunteer, donate and shop, and I am continually blown away by the generosity people have for Florence Nightingale Hospice. We are the recipients of kindness in every shop, every day.

With my team, I am committed to making our shops the best they can be to raise as much money as possible, so we can continue to deliver dedicated and compassionate care for local people.

Lee Lloyd

Head of Fundraising

I joined the Charity in 2018 and I have been fundraising and volunteering for national charities for more than 20 years.  Having lived in Aylesbury since 2002 I have met hundreds of people who have been touched by the work of the hospice team, and who have given their time, money and skills to support their work.  

I say I have the best job at the Charity because every day I’m lucky enough to meet people who are all doing their bit to help us provide the very best palliative and end-of-life care to local people.  It’s a privilege to be able to see the difference they make at first-hand.

I am committed to reaching our ambitious targets to grow our income and services and enable us to reach those patients who need our support.

Nicky Saunders

Head of Finance

I joined the Charity in November 2022, as a Finance Officer. My first role back after an extended career break, it was a pleasure to join such a friendly and supportive team. 

I started my career with KPMG London, qualifying as a Chartered Accountant in 2001, specialising in external and internal audit. The work exposed me to a broad range of clients, but centred largely on Health Authorities, NHS and Police Authorities.

After qualifying, I moved to a role with the Royal Veterinary College in Camden, ultimately becoming Assistant Director of Finance.  

I was promoted to the Head of Finance for the Charity in March 2024.

Su Bennett

Volunteering Engagement Manager

Volunteering has always been an important part of my life and I have had the opportunity to be involved in many wonderful charities as a volunteer before making the career change into the voluntary sector in 2018.   In November 2022 I was proud to join the elected Executive Committee for Hospice Volunteer Managers Network (HVMN) which is the UK’s leading professional network for anyone managing volunteers in palliative care settings. After working in Volunteer Management for another Hospice charity for 4 years, I was delighted to join Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity (FNHC) in January 2024. 

FNHC has a strong and diverse volunteer base. It’s a real privilege to support and engage such a loyal and committed group of people.  There is a huge sense of pride among the volunteers when talking about their connection to the organisation.

My aims and ambitions are to continue to strengthen the volunteering experience for current volunteers, and to attract new volunteers during our special 35th anniversary year.

Claire Joyce

Project Manager

I have been with the Charity since December 2022 when I joined as Project Manager. After an almost twenty-year career in engineering, I embarked on a career change in 2017, and worked for another local hospice in fundraising until I joined Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity where I could combine my project management skills with my knowledge of the hospice sector.

I work closely with the Hospice staff, liaising with them to understand the challenges they face, how the Charity can support them and helping them to develop new ways to reach many of those people across Buckinghamshire in need of their care.  Working regularly at the Hospice gives me great insight into the tireless work of some of these extraordinary healthcare professionals, and I consider it an enormous privilege to work alongside them, helping them as they do to make a positive difference to people’s lives.

Louise Ashworth

senior marketing and communications manager

I’ve worked in the not-for-profit sector for many years, including the Royal Society of Medicine, the Royal College of Nursing and the Campaign for Real Ale.

My background is in both publishing and marketing and I joined the Charity as Senior Marketing and Communications Manager in 2023. Our team looks after our internal and external communications and works closely with all the teams at the Charity, especially with Fundraising, Volunteering and Retail. I have now become a committed charity shop shopper and love visiting our shops around Buckinghamshire.

It’s a privilege to share information about the work of our Hospice as we work to expand hospice care across Buckinghamshire. We are so lucky to be able to work with the Hospice team and talk to patients and relatives about the care and support that they receive at the Hospice, and with our supporters and volunteers and share their stories.

Saheeda Hussain

People Partner

I joined the Charity in October 2022, bringing with me over 32 years of experience in corporate retail, with the last 18 years dedicated to Human Resources.

Transitioning into the charity sector has been incredibly rewarding. Every day, I have the privilege of working alongside passionate individuals who are dedicated to making a difference in our community. As the People Partner, my primary focus is establishing a strong HR framework that supports and enhances the Charity’s mission.

We have an ambitious growth strategy and my commitment lies in ensuring that our HR practices evolve to support the expansion of our services, mirroring the dedication of our employees who are passionately raising funds and enhancing our operations to provide compassionate care for those in need. Together, we aim to foster a culture of inclusivity, innovation, and excellence as we work towards our shared goal of extending vital support to our community during their toughest times.

Our Trustees

Our dedicated Trustees volunteer their specialist knowledge and skills and each play a crucial role in reviewing the strategic plans and operational activities of the charity as well as being responsible for overseeing the charity’s investments.

Noel Ratcliffe

Trustee - CHAIR & clinical

I have been a Trustee of the Charity since 2016. I have worked with the NHS as a GP Practice Manager in the area for the past fifteen years, and have previously worked in palliative care for many years, having been Director of Nursing at Iain Rennie Hospice and Direct of Clinical Services at Peace Hospice in Watford.

I have known about the Hospice from the very beginning, and can remember looking out of the window of the ward on the spinal unit where I was staff nurse and watching the Hospice going up. Just before I went to Iain Rennie Hospice in 1995 I spent a couple of months working on the In-Patient Unit at Florence Nightingale House, refreshing my skills.

In 2004 I found myself a user of the service when my Mother was dying of cancer. She died peacefully in the Hospice in January 2005, an experience which demonstrated to me the importance of hospice care and the support that it affords families at a very difficult time.

Peter Bridgman

Trustee - surveyor

I am a Chartered Surveyor and have worked in the Aylesbury and surrounding area for over 40 years. I specialise in providing advice to clients on commercial property matters- industrial, office and retail; particularly in relation to sales, lettings, acquisitions, rent reviews and lease renewals as well as development consultancy.

Many years ago my mother spent some time at Florence Nightingale Hospice, so I witnessed first-hand the care and compassion provided to patients and relatives. I was delighted to be invited to join as a Trustee in 2017 and am pleased to be able to contribute something back to such a worthy cause.

Peter Cotton

Trustee - business & Governance

I am retired from paid work where I had a career in rail and social housing which included nine years as Deputy Chair of a large housing association, trustee of a nursing home and Chair of a care company.

Currently I am a school governor and bereavement listener as well as a Trustee of Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity.

I have been a Trustee since 2018 and joined simply because they do such important work and do it so well. The hospice movement is something this country can be proud of.

Deborah Earnshaw

Trustee - RETAIL

I am very happily retired having worked full time for 40 years and it’s now wonderful to have time to do things I really want to.  Throughout my career I have worked in retail. I briefly worked in airport and food retailing, but the majority of my career was working in department stores and latterly in a head office position with the John Lewis Partnership.

My mother was heavily involved in raising money for a local hospice in Sussex in the 1990’s therefore I have been aware of the hospice movement for many years and a great admirer of its ethos.

I became aware of Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity as they started to plan the Hospice’s 30th celebrations. Fortunately, for me there was a vacancy on the retail board, and I was invited to attend a board meeting as an observer. 

I have been a Trustee for Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity since 2018 and am still learning about the challenges of being a charity retailer.

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Mark Fabes

Trustee - IT

I joined the Board of Trustees in January 2020.

I am a highly experienced IT professional who has led technology transformation in leading retail and hospitality companies including Holland and Barrett International, Starbucks and McDonald’s UK. I am currently Chief Information Officer at Pladis Global.

Simon Jones

Trustee - finance & Audit

At present I’m pursuing a non-executive portfolio career after holding CFO/COO positions at Grant Thornton UK LLP, where I was a partner for twenty years including eighteen as an audit partner. I’m currently a non-executive director of Eastlight Community Homes which is a 12,500 home Housing Association in Essex.

I became a Trustee for Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity in January 2020. I became connected to the charity through my time at Grant Thornton and my sister-in-law was the Consultant Palliative Lead at the Hospice for a number of years.  She sadly spent her last few days in the Hospice when she had a recurrence of the cancer she had when she was much younger. My father passed away with cancer and was enabled to remain at home via another Hospice at Home service.

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John Leggett

Trustee - LAW & Governance

I have been a Trustee of the Charity since 2013. I was previously Managing Partner and then a Consultant at Parrott & Coales Solicitors in Aylesbury. I am currently the Secretary to the William Harding’s Charity and the Thomas Hickman Charity.

Jane Naismith

Trustee - clinical

I have over 20 years’ palliative care experience and was also a former Florence Nightingale Hospice matron as well as a Queen’s Nurse. I started my career as a Community Palliative Care Nurse Specialist and progressed to Palliative Care and End of Life Education Lead.

I have held a number of Senior Nurse positions at Buckinghamshire Healthcare Trust. In 2017, I joined St Joseph’s Hospice in Hackney which is one of the oldest and largest hospices in England as a Nurse Consultant and I am now the joint CEO. 

I have been a trustee for Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity for since 2017.

Chris Shennon

Trustee - Finance

I am the Managing Director at APS Accountancy Ltd, and also hold a few other Non-Executive Director positions. I am a trained Chartered Certified Accountant and have been practising for 15 years.

I became a Trustee as I believe that Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity is a great local cause and that the services they provide should be available to everyone who needs them, now and in the future.

Tracey O'Hara

Trustee - HR

Having gained over 20 years’ experience in HR, Culture and volunteer leadership, in financial services and for the last 12 years in the charity sector, I am currently the Deputy Director of People and Culture at Teenage Cancer Trust.

Florence Nightingale Hospice has a place very close to my heart as members of my family have experienced the wonderful and incomparable care provided by many of the specialist services including, the community team, in patient unit, day hospice, bereavement team and end of life care.

I had the privilege of working for the Charity as the Head of People for 6 years from 2013 to 2019, during that time I learnt about the holistic care that the Hospice provides to patients and families. Also, the massive contribution that volunteers make.

I am delighted to have been able to return to the Charity as the HR trustee, a role I was appointed to in May 2023.

Hospice Leadership Team

We are fortunate to have a very experienced palliative care leadership team who lead a large team of doctors, nurses, healthcare assistants and associated healthcare professionals to deliver specialist, compassionate and dignified palliative care to patients at the Hospice and in the community.

Dr Helen Pegrum

Consultant in Palliative Care at the Hospice and Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust.

Liz Monaghan

Lead Nurse - Palliative And End of Life Care, Florence Nightingale Hospice

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Our vision is for local patients with life-limiting illnesses, and their families, to be able to access the best possible care and support, whenever and wherever they need it.

This will only be possible with the generosity and commitment of our supporters.  Every day your donations help us to develop and deliver the services which make such a difference in our patients’ lives.   

Please support us in whatever way you can to help keep our dedicated and specialist care available for those who need it.