Our Governors

Chairman of Governors John Bawden
John Bawden was a hospice governor for three years and vice chairman of the successful St Richard’s New Hospice Appeal before becoming Chairman. John has lived in Worcester since 1980 and had a long career with Cadbury Schweppes before retiring early in 2003.

Brenda Sheridan
St Richard's was Brenda's charity when she was Mayor of Worcester 1989 - 1990 and she has been a governor since that time. Brenda was a Worcester City Councillor for 16 years, a magistrate, and chair of Worcester Play Council. She is currently President of Home-Start, Worcester and Wychavon; a committee member of Worcester Arts council; a primary school governor and a trustee of Worcester Municipal Charities.

Richard Shaw
Richard has been a governor and Hon. Treasurer since 2004. Richard qualified as a Chartered Accountant in 1977 with Thomson McLintock (now KPMG), Birmingham.  Since 1980 he practiced at Rabjohns in Worcester until 2005 when he set up his own firm in Droitwich as a sole practitioner.

Simon Hyslop
Simon is married to Jackie and has a son, Oliver. He qualified in Production Engineering at polytechnic and worked at Metal Casting in Worcester in the early 80's. In 1985 Simon joined the family business, Armstrongs of Worcester as the Managing Director. He also owns two other businesses in Worcester. Simon has been a long standing member of Worcester South Rotary Club and joined the Board of Governors at St Richard's Hospice in 2006.

Jenny Cowpe
Jenny is Director of the Clinical Management and Leadership Team at Keele University, which specialises in developing doctors, nurses, healthcare scientists and allied health professional staff to be effective leaders. Before joining Keele, Jenny worked as a General Manager, and latterly as a Trust Chief Executive, in the NHS. She is married and lives in Worcestershire.  She is vice chairman.

Peter Flagg
Peter joined the hospice's new trading company in 2003, becoming non-executive chairman in 2004, and subsequently a member of the Financial & General Purposes committee and then a governor. He has lived with his wife Valerie in Malvern Wells for almost 30 years. Keen on tennis, bridge and walking, he enjoyed completing both the hospice's inaugural Worcestershire Way in a Day walk as well the 2007 Atlas Mountain Trek.

Anthony Glossop
Anthony came to Worcester in 1972 as company secretary of Redman Heenan expecting to stay just a few years. Four decades later and now retired after 39 years with Redman Heenan/St Modwen he is still here.  Julia and Anthony have made it their home, bringing up two daughters and being involved in many community activities.  In addition to being a Governor he is Chairman of the Trading Board.

Prof Richard Lewis
Richard is a consultant physician at Worcestershire Royal Hospital. He is an honorary professor of respiratory medicine. He is married to Anne, a Knightwick GP and they have three children. Richard has been a governor of St Richard's since 1987 and vice chairman since 1999. He is a keen cyclist and rode from Lands End to John O'Groats for the hospice in 2006.

Andrea Palmer
Andrea runs her own Human Resources Consultancy working across the Three Counties with small to medium sized businesses. She lives in rural Worcestershire and is married to Mike with two children.  
Prof Veronica Wilkie
Veronica is a GP at the Corbett Medical Practice in Droitwich and a Senior Clinical Teaching Fellow at the Institute of Clinical Leadership, University of Warwick Medical School. She has been involved in education and training doctors at all stages in their careers for the last 13 years. She is married to another GP, has three children and lives in Worcestershire.

Anne Sullivan
Anne is passionate about putting patients at the centre of all health care and about involving them in all we do.  She has worked in the NHS for 30 years.  Following Registered General Nurse training Anne worked initially as a Staff Nurse in Acute Surgery/Gynaecology in North London, and then as a Burns and Plastic Surgery Nurse in Stoke Mandeville Buckinghamshire, Wrexham Park Hospital Berkshire NHS Trust, and Birmingham Accident Hospital. Anne then specialised and had 24 years of oncology clinical practice, caring for cancer patients (predominantly in skin oncology) both in the hospital inpatient and outpatient setting and in patients’ homes, and became Macmillan CNS and Lead Clinician for Skin Oncology at Dudley Group of Hospitals NHS Trust.

In her current role as Cancer Manger/Macmillan Lead Cancer Nurse for Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust she has responsibility for strategic nursing and management lead for cancers, having overall responsibility for the effective delivery of cancer services across the Trust. Anne participated in the Kings Fund Nursing Leadership Programme for two years, she holds a BSc (Hons) in Advanced Professional Studies, an MSc in Professional Studies and is currently undertaking an MBA.

Galen Bartholomew
Galen Bartholomew has been Bursar of The King’s School, Worcester since 1996.  Previously he held senior management and financial positions with an international contracting company.  He holds an MBA from Henley Management College and for many years has had an interest in the care of people with life-threatening illnesses.  Galen is delighted to work for and serve organisations connected with the county and city of his birth.

Hannah Edwards
Hannah Edwards is the Commercial Director of a West Midlands investment boutique and a Chartered Fellow of the Chartered Insurance Institute in Financial Planning. Hannah feels that as many people as possible should be able to receive palliative care either in a hospice or at home.  A Rotarian and committed Christian, Hannah juggles a large number of commitments including regular appearances on BBC radio and TV to talk about personal finance. Hannah has been brought up in Worcester and in her spare time loves relaxing with her husband and young son.

 Dr Jan Quallington

Jan is Head of Institute of Health and Society at the University of Worcester.  She has worked in the education of health and care professionals since 1995,  her academic expertise is in applied health care ethics and has authored a number of books on Values in care practice. She is a Registered Nurse with  clinical experience  in Cardiac and Intensive Care.  She lives in Worcestershire, is married and has two daughters.


Professor Tamar Thompson OBE

Professor Tamar Thompson lives in Malvern and began her career in health as a Nurse, becoming a Ward Sister. She also held roles of Director of Nursing and Quality, Workforce and Service Improvement at two Strategic Health Authorities and an NHS Acute Trust followed by a number of key roles as Assistant Regional Director/Director of Corporate Affairs at the West Midlands Regional Office. She has been a Chief Executive in a Primary Care Trust and in two Ambulance Services. In addition, she was a Professional Adviser for the Parliamentary Secretary for Health.

Tamar was a Commissioner on the Prime Minister’s Commission into the future of Nursing and Midwifery. She is currently Vice Chair of the Board of Governors at University of Worcester and is Vice Chairman of the National Star College in Cheltenham. A Visiting Professor at London Southbank University and General Council member of the King’s Fund, Tamar is also a Director of the Worcestershire Ambassadors and Worcestershire Community Foundation and a Trustee of Malvern Theatres. In 2009 she received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to Health Care.

Cllr Andy Roberts
Andy was the assistant chief officer of Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue service and is now the county councillor for the Warndon Villages area of Worcester. He and wife Fran once worked as a hospice driver and escort team. Now they are involved in an initiative to break down the isolation of people with chronic leg ailments. Their son is an optician and their daughter is a nurse with Public Health England.






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