Our Governors

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 Cowpe Governor Keele Uni photoJenny 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.


Prof Richard Lewis, Vice Chairman
Governor Vice Chairman Prof Richard LewisRichard 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

governor galen bartholomew Galen Bartholomew was Bursar of The King’s School, Worcester from 1996-2016.  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
governor Hannah Edwards croppedHannah 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.

Peter Flagg

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 some 38 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 and the 50k for 50k Thames Path fundraiser in support of Build 2020. He is currently taking part our Nepal challenge which sees him working in a hospice in Kathmandu before setting off on a five-day trek through the Himalayas.

Anthony Glossop
governor 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.


Simon Hyslop
governor simon hyslop croppedSimon 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.


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 Palmer

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
Governor 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 Shaw
governor 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 as a sole practitioner.  He now practices from a home/office in Stoulton near Pershore.



Brenda Sheridan
Governor Brenda Sheridan croppedSt 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

Governor Tamar-Thompson-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.

Anita Hobday MSc, RN, DN, Dip PC, FHEA

Anita qualified as a registered nurse in 1985. She became a District Nurse working in various areas of Birmingham in 1986. In 1998 she took up as post as a Macmillan Nurse in Gloucestershire. As part of this role she became interested in the treatment and care of patients with Lymphoedema. Lymphoedema care was extremely under-recognised with very few services across the UK. Anita joined the Macmillan Lymphoedema Association as a founder member in 2003.

She was lead specialist for Gloucestershire Hospitals Lymphoedema Service as a Consultant Nurse and previously lectured at Birmingham City University where she has set up accredited courses. In 2005, Anita qualified as a teacher in specialist lymphoedema management. While still working in Gloucester she established a network of lymphoedema trained practitioners in Gloucestershire. She was instrumental in establishing lymphoedema services in Worcestershire and Herefordshire.

In 2013 she became a full time Senior Lecturer at the University of Worcester joining the undergraduate nursing programme team. She continues to offer training in all levels of lymphoedema practice including establishing appropriate education for undergraduate, pre-registration nursing students. This, in part, has resulted in her achieving Fellowship of the Higher Education Academy. Anita maintains her clinical practice and nurse registration through her own clinics.

Rachel Dunne

Rachel is a Registered General Nurse and has worked in clinical practice for over thirty years. During this time Rachel also attained a qualifying law degree from Sheffield University.

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.