John Bawden, Chairman of Governors
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.
Jenny Cowpe, Vice Chairman
Jenny is retired Director of the Keele Clinical Leadership Academy, which specialises in developing doctors, nurses, healthcare scientists and allied health professional staff to be effective leaders. Before joining Keele University, Jenny worked as a General Manager, and latterly as a Trust Chief Executive, in the NHS. She is married and lives in Worcestershire.
Prof Richard Lewis, Vice Chairman
Richard is a retired consultant physician at Worcestershire Royal Hospital. He is an honorary professor of respiratory medicine. He is married to Anne, a retired 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 and from Shetland to Spain in 2012.
Galen Bartholomew has had an interest in health and healthcare in a broad sense for many years. He holds an MBA from Henley Management College, and held senior management and financial positions in contracting and education. He was Bursar of The King’s School Worcester for 20 years prior to his retirement. Galen has been a Governor of two schools and he is delighted to work for and serve organisations connected with the county and city of his birth. Currently these include St Richard’s Hospice, the Evesham Festival of Words and the Evesham Abbey Trust.
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 sons.
With a background as Operations Director and Pension Fund Trustee in a global organisation, 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 a Governor. He has lived with his wife Valerie in Malvern Wells for 40 years. Keen on bridge, tennis and walking, Peter has enjoyed completing a number of the hospice’s long distance fundraisers – the Worcestershire Way in a Day twice, the Atlas Mountain Trek, the Great Wall of China, 50k for 50k Thames Path fundraiser and the Nepal challenge which saw him working in a hospice in Kathmandu before setting off on a five-day trek through the Himalayas.
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.
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 was a member of Worcester South Rotary Club and is a member of Worcester Clothiers Company. He joined the Board of Governors at St Richard’s Hospice in 2006.
Dr Ian Laws
Ian is a retired GP. He has worked in General Practice for more than 20 years, including practices in Droitwich and Redditch. During this time Ian developed a special interest in palliative medicine. He worked at St Michael’s Hospice in Hereford and gained a Post-Graduate Diploma in Palliative Medicine from Bristol University. Ian has experience in clinical commissioning, having worked as a Clinical Director for Stoke-on-Trent Clinical Commissioning Group. Ian also has an interest in medical education. He was a Clinical Tutor at Keele University Medical School, an Examiner for the Royal College of General Practitioners and gained a Post-Graduate Certificate in Medical Education. Ian lives with his partner in Inkberrow.
Andrea has been a Trustee at St Richard’s Hospice in Worcester since 2007 and is the Speak up Guardian for the organisation.
Andrea is the Head of HR Services at Aspire Business Partnership in Bromsgrove; an employment generalist she specialises in dealing with complex employment issues, such as business restructures, resolving disputes, mediation, and often gets invited to chair disciplinary and grievance hearings on an independent basis.
She is also Chair of a highly successful Worcestershire networking group, Wednesday Club for female business professionals.
Andrea lives in Birtsmorton with husband, Mike and India, a black Labrador who has a passion for expensive shoes and Pickle, a rather cute Jack Russell who likes to make his presence known at any opportunity!
In 2016, the family were blessed with a grandson, Edward and another grandchild Lola, was born in November 2019 to proud parents, their daughter, Zoe and her partner, Daniel.
Andrea likes spending time with her family, dog walking, baking cakes for the office and regularly signs up for St Richard’s fundraising challenges such as the Bikeathon and Paddle, Plod & Pedal.
Cllr Andy Roberts
Andy was the assistant chief officer of Hereford and Worcester Fire and Rescue Service. As the county councillor for the Warndon Villages area of Worcester he is cabinet member for children’s social services. He is also a Worcester City Councillor. He and wife Fran used to be 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.
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 as a sole practitioner. He now practices from a home/office in Stoulton near Pershore.
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 a former 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.
Professor Tamar Thompson OBE
Professor Tamar Thompson began her career in health as a Nurse. She has held roles of Director in Nursing, Quality, Workforce and Service Improvement at two Strategic Health Authorities followed by a number of key roles as Assistant Regional Director/Director of Corporate Affairs at the West Midlands Regional Office. A past Chief Executive in a Primary Care Trust and two Ambulance Services. She was a Professional Adviser for the Parliamentary Secretary for Health, and was a Commissioner on the Prime Minister’s Commission into the future of Nursing and Midwifery. She is currently a Lay member for Primary Care in Herefordshire CCG, a Fellow and Vice President of the College of Fellows at University of Worcester and Chairman of the RNC. A Visiting Professor of two Universities and Vice Chair of Worcestershire Community Foundation and a Chair of Malvern Theatres.
In 2009 she received an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours for services to Health Care.
Rachel undertook her training in Sheffield before moving to Worcester to further her career and has worked within a variety of roles such as Ward Sister, Risk Manager, National Health Service Litigation Authority Assessor and Head of Quality & Safety. Lately Rachel has focused her career towards quality improvement ensuring patient experience, quality and safety are at the forefront of driving care and treatment.
Rachel maintains her clinical practice and nurse registration in her current role as the Associate Director of Nursing & Quality at Worcestershire Clinical Commissioning Groups. Rachel has experience of working collaboratively with key stakeholders and the general public and her most recent experience within the Clinical Commissioning Group means she is also experienced in commissioning essential services across the health economy and ensuring that they are provided in a safe and effective manner.