We couldn’t provide the care we do without the dedication and collaboration of our Senior Leadership 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
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.
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.
Head of Fundraising
I joined the charity in 2008 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.
Head of Finance
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.
Trustee - CHAIR & clinical
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Trustee - LAW & Governance
Dr Ruth Mason
Trustee - clinical
Dr Mason joined the Board of Trustees in August 2022 as the expert on General Practice. She has recently retired from the Norden House Surgery in Winslow where she has been a Partner since 1991.
I know the huge importance of good quality palliative care. I have had personal experience, looking after both my parents and my father-in-law, at the end of their lives and have seen first-hand, the difference that support from the Hospice can make by providing support and care in their own homes in a timely fashion.
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 am now the Director of Clinical Services.
I have been a trustee for Florence Nightingale Hospice Charity for since 2017.
Trustee - legal
I am a retired solicitor and became a Trustee of the Charity in 2016. I specialised in Property Law and for about 15 years worked for a local law Firm in Aylesbury and subsequently became a Managing Partner.
I became involved in the charity having watched a dear aunt struggle with cancer. It made me witness the care and compassion that is required at the end of life. I wanted to be able to contribute to help others and families at this difficult time of life.
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.
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.
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.
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