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 Chair and Chair Elect

Jenny has been a Governor of St. Richard’s since 2000 and a Vice-Chair since 2001. She believes strongly in the benefits which St Richard’s can offer to patients and their families and brings to her role an understanding of both healthcare and academia, based on her career spanning both the NHS and university sectors.

Trained in healthcare management in London, Jenny gained extensive experience of leading health organisations over the next twenty-five years; she then joined the faculty at Keele University, where her work on the design and delivery of Keele’s clinical leadership programmes led to the creation of the Keele Clinical Leadership Academy, which she directed until her formal retirement in 2018. She now works with the Academy on a consultancy basis.

Jenny lives in Malvern with her husband Alan.

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.


David Annetts

David joined the Board of Governors in January 2020 and is looking forward to working with St Richard’s Hospice and assisting in its continued success. David has lived in Worcestershire for all of his life and qualified locally as a Chartered Accountant in 1983. He has owned, developed and operated a number of successful businesses in the area for over 30 years. David has brought up three children in Worcestershire with his wife Lynne and is now enjoying two wonderful grandchildren.


Galen Bartholomew

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

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 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 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 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 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.


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.